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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

 

For Your Eyes Only
Directed by John Glen
MGM Home Entertainment 06/81 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG

In a culture that switches its pop heroes faster than it cranks them out, James Bond is a tried and true survivor. It's been 19 years since Ian Fleming's fictional British Secret Service agent appeared on the screen in Dr. No. Over the years, audiences have come to rely upon 007's predictable qualities: his handsome looks, his sophistication, his coolness under pressure, and his penchant for lovely women.

For Your Eyes Only continues the Bond tradition in good form. It's all here — the luxurious settings in Greece and Northern Italy (lushly photographed by Alan Hume); the wild and exciting chase sequences (including a scene in which cyclists pursue Bond off a ski jump and onto a bobsled run); the clever use of technology (one villain learns the hard way that the "burglar protected" sign on Bond's car means what it says); and the obligatory scene filled with voluptuous women in a state of undress.

The plot revolves around a Russian attempt to salvage a top secret British targeting device from a sunken submarine. In the wrong hands, the ATAC system could be used to direct Britain's missiles toward her own citizens. Agent 997 (Roger Moore) gets some help from Melina (Carole Bouquet), whose parents were killed by a Cuban assassin hired by the Soviets. He is pursued sexually by Bibi (Lynn-Holly Johnson), an aspiring Olympic skating star and by Lisl (Cassandra Harris), a European countess with a faulty accent. His most formidable enemies are Kristatos (Julian Glover), a wily Greek businessman; Locque (Michael Gothard), a multi-talented killer; and Kriegler (John Wyman), a KGB agent. From the opening scene of Bond trapped in a pilot-less helicopter to the closing scenes where he must survive being dragged through shark-invested waters and then scale a treacherous mountain wall, For Your Eyes Only delivers what every 007 movie promises — plenty of chills and thrills.

 

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