Sunday, October 28, 2012

The 10 Best Moments from For Your Eyes Only (1981): Countdown to Skyfall— Nov. 9th!

Spoilers, of course. Although at times I've been purposefully oblique: if you're a fan, you'll get the references.

Here's my list of the top ten best moments from For Your Eyes Only. I've tried to pick actual individual moments rather than sequences. What are your favorite moments?

10. Bond and Columbo nearly shoot each other on the ship in the pre-dawn raid.

9. Bond places his ski pole between two trees as he's being pursued.

8. Melina "perforates" Gonzales.

7. Bond sends the motorcycle through the shop window.

6. Bond brakes and swerves backward in the Citroen, causing one of the henchmans car's to rear end the other, and sending it rolling down the hill (in the same way they had just done to Bond/Melina).

5. Bond scoops up the wheelchair-bound villain in the pre-title sequence.

4. Locque falls out of the car, as it tumbles (presumably a happy accident with the dummy).


3. Henchman Apostis kicks Bond back down the cliff side.

2. Bond takes care of Apostis.

1. Bond sends Locque over the edge.

For Your Eyes Only has long been my favorite Bond movie, with Roger Moore delivering as a tough 007 yet still with a twinkle in his eye, and a series of top-notch actions sequences.

For good measure, what I think is the worst moment from For Your Eyes Only: Bond pats "Blofeld" on the head in the pre-title sequence (clearly a dummy) and says "keep your hair on"....

Which brings me to: If I could change three things in the Bond series, they would be the following:

1. In From Russia, With Love-- possibly the Bond movie that's the closest to perfection-- I would cut the boat sequence with the barrels that Bond sets aflame at the end.  After Bond's duel with Red Grant, this sequence is terribly anticlimactic.  I can see the producers not wishing to drop an expensive action sequence, but if we went from Rosa Klebb saying that there's "still time [to get Bond]" to her appearance in Bond/Tatiana's hotel room, the movie, tightened from 115 minutes to 111.5 minutes, to me, would be perfect. One simple cut.

2. For Your Eyes Only is a such a great Bond movie and it's marred by the pre-title sequence with the (just seconds-only) joking with Blofeld/unidentified Blofeldesque villain and then the villain's weird delicatessen line.  If Bond didn't joke with him (he's deadly serious the rest of the time) and if the villain just pounded on the window, and if Bond didn't end with the "oh, you want to get off" line, but instead said, "This is for Tracy" [which would also clearly ID the man as Blofeld]-- how much better would that pre-title sequence be/ and For Your Eyes Only be on the whole? (And, in a interesting way, it would also tie in ironically with Melina wanting revenge and Bond cautioning her against it.)

3. Dumping that darn slide whistle effect during the great The Man with the Golden Gun car stunt-- that one at least the producers have admitted regretting! See someone's You Tube correction of this travesty.

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