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1981 James Bond Movie starring Roger Moore

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'Cause it's back down to earth again...

  • May 12, 2010
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+4
The Spy Who Loved me was big and great, Moonraker was bigger and stupid where do you go?  Back down to Earth and great again.  Theres no way that the series would have survived if they went bigger and betterer after Moonraker.

For your Eyes Only first of all is low key.  No super world domination, the villian wants a salvaged computer that can be used to control balistic missile systems.  The movie doesn't go all over the world and back, Bond goes to Greece and Albania on his mission.  No tricked out car and gondola hovercrafts, a regular car and his wits.  Sure there are the beautiful locales, some nice sets, lovely ladies, plenty of action.  Just little gimmickery and what there is, at least is tasteful in the "real world" of Bond.  This movie has Bond using his two cents to survive.  It really makes it awesome.

Bond is given a mission to locate the ATAC, a submarine computer with balistic missile control that MI6 learns the Russians will be after.  Running afowl of a hitman who murdered a woman's family who were assisting in the salvage, Bond and the woman work together to find the ATAC before smugglers get ahold of it and sell it to the Russians on the black market.

Lets start with action which every good Bond movie needs and this one is NOT an exception.  Theres a car chase downhill with the villains in nice sedans whereas Bond gets stuck with a clapped out heap.  Theres a ski scene that goes down a ski jump, through some trees and down a BOBSLED track.  A nighttime raid on a warehouse, then underwater to the battleship and the only mountain climbing scene which is tense and great.  The finale even has a scant number of men (and one woman) storming the castle to save the day.

Now Bond.  Bond is starting to show some age here but is clear headed and strong to complete his mission.  No lame leering and the jokes are toned down.  Again, with The Spy Who Loved Me, it's Moores best job as Bond.

The women.  Carole Bouquet is gorgous as Melina Havelock a woman driven to revenge after her family dies.  Her voice, her hair, face..she is gorgous.  Sorry to sound smitten but every time I see her in the movie she is wonderful.  Not a bimbo or an obnoxious shreiker shes tough and not the stupid "Bond's equal" kind that gets played out movies later.  Lynn Holly Johnson is Bibi Dahl a figureskater, sure shes cute but man o man is she the biggest issue in this movie that brings it down.  Silly lines, superflouous in need and stupidly in love with Bond, which Bond politely (and awesomely rebuffs with a line about ice cream).  Yes, she's in the movie to attract young movie goers.  Bull s**t.  I hate demographic crap.  I understand it but it's like algebra.  Just cause I understand it, doesn't mean I can't think it sucks.

The villian, without giving away plot details that come into play is pretty standard slimy a**hole type, even callously leaving behind one of his men in need during a fight.  Another character who knows the villian is AWESOME and is one of the best characters in the franchize.  I can't talk about it cause theres some bait and switch that goes on later in the movie.

The music...is mixed.  Some of it is nice, rousing action stuff by Bill Conti (the Rocky guy) but it's VERY 80's, even moreso with Sheena Easton appearing in the opening title sequence and singing the song which is pretty average.  The touch of 80's isn't helped anymore when the figureskater girl exclaims "It's the pits!!"  Love that dialouge.  Somewhere Alan Alda's haircut from M*A*S*H  is seen I'm sure.  Nothing wrong with a touch of 80's but still I do perfer that timeless feel that a movie has.

All in all theres some great action, a sexy/tough leading lady with Bond using his wits to succeed in the end.  The villian is nasty but underwhelming, and the figureskater girl is annoying as hell.  It's not nearly enough to ruin the experience.  I'll be honest- I'm giving this a 4 and not a 5 cause of the stupid skater girl.  Don't feel bad Lynn Holly.

The Moore era gets bashed for being too silly or light.  When Moore's movies were good, they were good, when they were bad, they were bad.  This one is good and I think it's a lot better then a bunch of the Connery and Brosnan films that got made, the ones that people say are "cool".  It's too bad that the next film went back to bad humor and clowning around.
'Cause it's back down to earth again...

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 26, 1981
Runtime: 128 Minutes
Studio: United Artists
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