For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Y’all should’ve just gone ahead and cast your new James Bond…

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CW: Violence including violence against women, casual sexism, sexual harassment, murder, public outing of transgender people

Full disclosure - this movie was so boring at spots that at least one of us was falling asleep in the climactic scene. I mean, there’s good action and a darker, tougher James Bond, but there’s something so inescapably mediocre about this very boilerplate 80’s action film. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s so many similar plot points to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service that this movie would’ve gotten sent to the principal’s office for cheating in high school. Or maybe it’s the fact that this was supposed to be Roger Moore’s final Bond film and so many younger Bonds could have taken this movie and run with it. This one’s a mess, and not in the fun way. Listen as we break down 1981’s For Your Eyes Only!

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Excerpt taken from "James Bond Theme," written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1962, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.

Excerpt taken from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” written and composed by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. ℗ 1969, 2012 Capitol Records LLC.

Clip from Return of the Jedi are © 1983 & 1997 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Excerpt taken from “For Your Eyes Only,” written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson, and performed by Sheena Easton. Copyright 1981 Liberty Records; Danjaq, S.A. & United Artists Music Co., Inc.

Excerpt taken from “For Your Eyes Only,” written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and performed by Blondie. Copyright 1982 Chrysalis Records.

Clips from For Your Eyes Only are copyright 1981 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.

Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.

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