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24 JUNE 2016

By: Anders Frejdh
On this day in Bond history, For Your Eyes Only (1981), Roger Moore's fifth film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas 35 years ago. The film was first released in the UK on 24th June 1981. The Swedish premiere took place on XXX June. In the United States, the film premiered on YYY June.)


>Harry Saltzman (producer) attended the Royal film premiere in London.

This film, billed as the biggest Bond of all, was directed by Terence Young (his third and final Bond at the helm). It was awarded with an Academy Award for Best Special Effects (to John Stears) as one of only three Bond films to receive that honour ("Goldfinger" got one for Best Sound Editing and "Skyfall" got two for Best Song and Best Sound Editing respectively).

Dubbing editor Norman Wanstall says that he immediately recognised the biggest challenge for him would to be the underwater scenes. He experimented at an early stage with various basey water sounds which composer John Barry listened to with great interest. Barry said he would compose in a higher register to complement the basey water atmospheres, but whether this was a success in the final analysis is open to question. As an example of a highly dramatic sound that he had faked in the recording studio, Norman nominates the Vulcan bomber crash-landing on the surface of the ocean.

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)

A selection of filming locations for For Your Eyes Only:
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England (studio)

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet some of the cast and crew from For Your Eyes Only:

>Albert R. Broccoli (producer)
>Desmond Llewelyn (actor)
>Lois Maxwell (actress)
>Martine Beswicke (actress) >interview with Martine
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nosher Powell (stuntman)
>Richard Graydon (stuntman)
>Richard Maibaum (screenwriter)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Roger Moore (actor)

United Artists (MGM?) & Albert R. Broccoli present Ian Fleming's James Bond in Thunderball.

Editor's note:
For more James Bond anniversaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:

Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) (1979) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig


Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for For Your Eyes Only (1981) from FSWL's private collection.

Read more about the film For Your Eyes Only on MGM's official website:



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