Trivia / For Your Eyes Only

  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Chaim Topol's idea for Colombo to chew on pistachio nuts.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: Probably the only reason anyone would connect Sheena Easton's song to this movie is that they share a title.
    • Easton does have the distinction of being the only performer of a Bond title theme to appear in the film's opening titles.
  • Cast the Expert: Lynn-Holly Johnson was an American professional ice skater, and played a professional ice skater.
    • The pilot of the submersible that attacks Melina and Bond after their escape from the St. Georges actually piloted the submersible during the stunt sequence.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Only For Your Eyes (France, Italy, Spain)
    • On A Deadly Mission (Germany)
    • Agent 007: Strict Confidence (Denmark)
    • From A Lethal Viewpoint (Sweden)
    • Top Secret (Finland)
    • 007 For Your Eyes Only (Brazil)
    • Only [strictly] For Your Eyes (Norway)
    • 007 Only For Your Eyes (Portugal)
  • Creator Backlash: Roger Moore hated the final scene with Margaret Thatcher. He felt it didn't suit the serious tone of the rest of the film. He also didn't like getting a clue about the ATAC from a parrot. Moore thought it the type of silliness his Bond films were usually criticized for being.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Lynn-Holly Johnson, 22 when the movie came out, plays the underaged (16, according to some sources) Bibi Dahl. Contrast Carole Bouquet, only a year older, whose character seems to be in her late twenties.
    • Inverted with Kristatos, who is supposed to be a WWII veteran, yet Julian Glover was born in 1935.
    • Roger Moore himself. Already older at the time of his first film than many Bond actors were when they left the role, this movie officially made him the oldest actor to play Bond, at 54 years old when it premiered.note 
  • Deleted Scene: Two scenes were shot but cut from the final film.
    • The first involved a scene on the Havelock's boat just before Bond starts working with Melina on the case. Melina tells Bond that she tried to call him at his hotel room, to which he replied that he didn't make it back last night. His sex life is mentioned by both characters before Bond asks that they work together. Director John Glen cut the scene as he felt it did not fit Melina's character.
    • The second major cut was to the ice hockey fight sequence. The action was originally longer, featuring more stunts and Bond taking control of a Zamboni ice rink machine. The scene in the final film ends at the third period buzzer, but extra shots were filmed of Bond dumping snow from the machine on the three goons trapped in the net, and a final reveal shot of actor Charles Dance as one of the skaters.
  • Fake Nationality: Both played straight and lampshaded.
    • English actor Julian Glover, French Actress Carole Bouquet and Israeli actor Haim Topol all play Greeks (half-Greek half-British in Carole Bouquet's case).
    • German hitman Eric Kriegler is played by British actor John Wyman, Cuban hitman Hector Gonzales is played by Indian-Trinidadian actor Stefan Kalipha, and Belgian hitman Emile Leopold Locque is played by English actor Michael Gothard.
    • Recurring character Russian General Gogol is played by the German character actor Walter Gotell.
    • English actress Jill Bennett plays the Germanic/Scandanavian skating coach Jacoba Brink.
    • The real kicker is the famous lampshade-hanging scene with the Austrian Countess von Schlaff who turns out to be from Liverpool (played by the late Australian actress Cassandra Harris, wife of Pierce Brosnan until she died in 1991).
  • Fatal Method Acting: Stuntman Paolo Rigonu became the first fatality on a James Bond movie when he was killed when the bobsled he was driving overturned while shooting a chase scene.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Bernard Lee, the original M actor, sadly died before production started. Out of respect to his memory, the producers and filmmakers chose not to recast the role of M right then and there, so they established early in the film by way of Ms. Moneypenny that M was "on leave" (vacation) to explain his absence, and the scenes that would have normally featured him were rewritten with other government official characters acting in his place carrying out his usual tasks. M would return in Octopussy played by Robert Brown, but it's never established if Brown is meant to be the same character simply played by a different actor (as Bond usually is across his many recasts) or if he is meant to be a new character replacing the previous M.
  • Recycled Script: The whole film is strongly reminiscent of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In both films Bond is with a Countess, on a beach, threatened by mooks, kicks a gun out of a mook's hand, and he's wearing a tuxedo sans jacket. Both films show Bond at a casino with the aforementioned Countess. Both times the women are losing at baccarat. The opening teaser sequence shows Tracy Bond's grave and Blofeld in a neck-brace. Also the fact in this film Melina is Half-English, Half-Greek. In OHMSS Tracy was Half-English, Half-Italian. Both films have Bond allied with a crime syndicate figure who doesn't sell drugs. Bond also escapes in both films by riding in the car of the female lead who does the majority of the driving. Both films have a wedding scene and Bond riding in a helicopter piloted by someone else. Both films have Bond speaking with a "priest" at some point. Both films are set in the Alps at one point, show a Bond Girl on ice,have Bond on skis getting shot at, and have a bobsled track fight/battle sequence. Mountain climbers are shown in both at some point. Both films have a Germanic female character who is in charge of a girl/girls. Finally, in both films Bond and his crime syndicate ally assault a mountaintop lair.
  • Wag the Director: Attempted, but failed by Roger Moore, who disliked the scene where Bond kicks Locque's car over the edge of the cliff. He suggested that the scene be changed to depict the added weight of Locque's "calling card" that Bond throws in causing the car to fall over the cliff by itself, but director John Glen said that his suggestion was the type of silly stuff they were trying to get away from.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Blondie submitted a possible theme song, but they went with Sheena Easton instead.
    • Roger Moore considered quitting as Bond before this movie. The opening scene where Bond visits his wife Tracy's grave was written as a way to introduce the new Bond actor. Namely, Timothy Dalton, who was approached to take over as Bond in this film. In the end, Moore changed his mind, and Dalton would wait several years before he finally took over as Bond.
    • Steven Spielberg was reportedly interested in directing a Bond film and met with Broccoli regarding this film, but the producer explained he only wanted British directors; soon afterwards, with the help of George Lucas Spielberg started work on his own action franchise.
    • Director John Glen stated that there had been some discussion of bringing back Jaws for a third time, but eventually the idea was rejected as it they felt he did not fit the film's more serious tone.
    • The assassination of Melina Havelock's parents was first intended as part of the pre-credits sequence. The reaction shot of the murder was intended to cut to a close-up on her face whereby the look of anger and revenge in her eyes would then segue into the main titles.
    • In an original draft, Melina would have been 006's girlfriend, who would have been murdered early in the film.
    • In earlier drafts of the script, the chase sequence in the snow had James Bond pursued by bad guys in snowmobiles rather than on motorcycles.
  • Written-In Absence: Because Bernard Lee had died before production started, M is explained as being on leave. Cubby Broccoli refused to recast the role out of respect, so his lines were given to Tanner.
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