For Your Eyes Only

(GB, 1981, 127 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
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CAST Rogert Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris, Jill Bennett
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Roger Moore was well into his groove by the time this adventure came along, an attempt to bring the series back down to terra firma after the OTT space antics of Moonraker.

Said director John Glen, a former editor who went on to helm four Bond movies, "We had gone as far as we could into space. We needed a change of some sort, back to the grass roots of Bond. We wanted to make the new film more of a thriller than a romp, without losing sight of what made Bond famous – its humour."

Even so, the film’s staunchest admirer is something of a surprise: French art house director Robert Bresson raved about it, "It filled me with wonder because of its cinematographic writing … if I could have seen it twice in a row and again the next day, I would have done."

A ship containing an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), which can control ballistic missile attacks, is sunk. Bond is sent to retrieve the ATAC before the Russians do. MI6 had sent archaeologist Timothy Havelock to discretely locate the ship, but he and his wife were murdered in front of their daughter Melina. Bond tracks down their killer, Hector Gonzales, and must complete his work before Melina takes her revenge.