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1980s, Action -Spies, OO7

Bond 12: For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Bond12

Elevator Pitch.

When a British spy ship, with a control system for Polaris submarines is accidentlly sunk a number of clandestine organisations are searching  for it, in order to capture the control system and sell it to the eager Russians. In order to frustrate the searchers, Bond is required to infiltrate their organisations then find the wreck and recover the device. He is helped by Melina, the daughter of a murdered archaeologist with vengeance in mind and must negotiate the plots and proposals of the gang leaders and their girls.

Content.

Bond visits M’s office several times meeting with government representatives, his Lotus blows up but he escapes in the heroine’s 2CV, he meets a businessman in Swizerland, is chased by assassins while skiiing and combats some killer hockey players on an ice rink. Later he and Melina use a miniature submersible to recover the ATAK device from the sunken spy ship, but lose it to the villains. Hence there are further adventures including an assault on a monastery perched on the top of a rock. Some girls in bikinis, a bit of cleavage with implied sex, and a bit of drinking.

A View.

This outing quite well liked by everybody, since apparently it was intended to be a bit more gritty, with fewer gadgets and more action, and Roger Moore’s tendency to add jokes of his own curbed.  I felt that the plot was a bit thin, particularly Bond’s requirement to travel all over Europe, and his almost magnetic attraction for young women. I watched it to add to my collection, and if I’m honest I’m not sure the decision to reduce the gadgetry was a good idea. Life may be too short for you to watch them all, so put this one fairly far down on the list.

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) A
Source of story A couple of Ian Fleming short stories from a volume titled “For Your Eyes Only”, and the themes developed in the previous 11 films.
Director John Glen
Writers/Script Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson
Starring Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover,Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett, Michael Gotherd, Jack Hedley, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Geoffrey Keen, Walter Gotell, Charles Dance, John Wells, Janet Brown
Additional Info The poster was altered in some American states ,who thought there was too much bum exposed, by the addition of shorts.

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