For Your Eyes Only (1981): James Bond No. 12, Starring Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol

For Your Eyes Only was directed by John Glen (in his feature debut) and produced by Albert R. Broccoli.

The film stars Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, and co-stars French Carole Bouquet, Israeli Chaim Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, and Julian Glover.

The 12th 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 sci-fi-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 approach and the narrative theme of revenge and its consequences rather than the fantasy text 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 June 24, 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 its more serious tone.

The film was a financial success, generating $195.3 million worldwide, against a budget of $28 million.

This was the final Bond film to be distributed solely by United Artists; the company was absorbed by MGM soon after this film’s release.

A graphic, taking up three-quarters of the image, on black background with the bottom quarter in red. Above the picture are the words “No one comes close to JAMES BOND 007.”

The graphic contains a stylized pair of women’s legs and buttocks in the foreground: a pair of bikini cover the bottom. The woman wears high heels and is carrying a crossbow in her right hand. In the distance, viewed between her legs, a man in a dinner suit is seen side on, carrying a pistol. In the red, below the graphic, are the words: “Roger Moore as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.


Directed by John Glen
Written by Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson

Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by John Grover
Music by Bill Conti
Production company: Eon Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date: 24 June 1981
Running time 127 minutes
Budget $28 million
Box office $195.3 million