For Your Eyes Only is a 1981 British spy film directed by John Glen (in his feature directorial debut) and produced by Albert R. Broccoli. The film stars Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and co-stars Carole Bouquet, Chaim Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Julian Glover.
The twelfth film in the James Bond franchise produced by Eon Productions, For Your Eyes Only was written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson, based on two Ian Fleming short stories "For Your Eyes Only" and "Risico". In the plot, Bond attempts to locate a missile command system while becoming tangled in a web of deception spun by rival Greek businessmen along with Melina Havelock, a woman seeking to avenge the murder of her parents. Some writing elements were inspired by the novels Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, and On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
After the science fiction-focused Moonraker, the producers wanted a return to the style of the early Bond films and the works of 007 creator Fleming. For Your Eyes Only followed a grittier, more realistic approach and a narrative theme of revenge and its consequences rather than the fantasy narrative of Moonraker. Filming locations included Greece, Italy and England, while underwater footage was shot in The Bahamas. Scottish pop star Sheena Easton performed the title theme song.
For Your Eyes Only was released in the UK on 24 June 1981 and in the US two days later; it received a mixed to positive critical reception. The film's reputation has improved over time, with reviewers praising the more serious tone. The film was a financial success, generating $195.3 million worldwide. This was the final Bond film to be distributed solely by United Artists; the company was absorbed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer soon after this film's release.
Sound Effects Used
- Benny the Cab Revving
- Benny the Cab Skidding
- CINESOUND - EXPLOSION TYPE 2
- CINESOUND - EXPLOSION TYPE 5
- CINESOUND - EXPLOSION TYPE 6
- CINESOUND GUNSHOT 01
- Disney - B.E.N. ELECTROCUTING
- Looney Tunes Cartoon Fall Sound
- Sound Ideas, ARCHERY - WHOOSH AND IMPACT, SPORTS 01
- Sound Ideas, CARTOON, BOING - POING 04 (debut)
- Sound Ideas, GUN, RICOCHET - MACHINE GUN RICOCHETS, BULLET 01
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - CARTOON RICCO 05
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - LONG SHELL SCREAM RICCO
- Sound Ideas, RICOCHET - RAPID RICCOS
- Sound Ideas, SCI FI - HERCULOIDS: GLEEP WALKING FOOTSTEPS
- Tom Scream ("AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!" heard differently)
- WB CARTOON, AIRPLANE - PROP PLANE POWER DIVE SCREAM, LONG