Roger Moore’s fifth outing as 007 was once again seeing James Bond evolve onto a new decade, which meant another change of direction for the series. Bringing us to day 12 in our “20 days of 007”, For Your Eyes Only puts Roger Moore’s Bond in a different light, a wholly grittier film in both it’s plot and style. An interesting piece of trivia is that Cassandra Harris, who lends her acting talents in For Your Eyes Only to the character of Countess Lisl, was actually married to 5th Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
After a ship sunk off the coast of Albania, the world’s superpowers begin a feverish search for its valuable lost cargo: the powerful ATAC system, which will give its bearer, unlimited control over Polaris nuclear submarines. As Bond joins the search, he suspects the suave Kristatos of seizing the device. The competition between nations grows more deadly by the moment, but Bond finds an ally in the beautiful Melina Havelock, who blames Kristatos for the death of her parents. The non-stop action includes car chases, thrilling underwater battles, and even a breathtaking tour over razor-sharp coral reefs. But is all of this merely a prelude to 007’s cliffhanging assault of a magnificent mountaintop fortress?
For Your Eyes Only is great fun in more ways than one, containing great humour as well as the staple action sequences the franchise is known for. Despite the fact I wouldn’t class it as one of the better Bonds, it still has a great go of it and it’s interesting to see Roger Moore portray the character in a “tougher” way than previous Moore outings would suggest.