YMMV / For Your Eyes Only

The film:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Fans have questioned and debated for decades as to whether or not the vicar is in on Blofeld' s plot to kill Bond, given the omnious sign of the cross he gives towards Bond as the helicopter takes off.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The title song by Sheena Easton
    • "A Drive in the Country" and "Runaway".
    • The theme that plays when Bond regains control of the helicopter
    • Note that the music is done by Bill Conti, aka the Rocky composer.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Teaser has nothing to do with the rest of the film and only exists to kill off Blofeld
  • Fridge Brilliance: The spy ship is sunk by an underwater mine, presumably from the war...but Kristatos' Albania warehouse stores one of them - maybe he deliberately sinks ships to help his salvage operation.
    • Or he sank the St Georges to get his hands on the coding machine, knowing how valuable it would be to his Soviet clients.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Countess Lisl was played by Australian actress Cassandra Harris, married to an up-and-coming television actor named Pierce Brosnan (who came to visit the set). She always wanted to see him play 007; unfortunately, by the time that happened Harris had died of cancer (in 1991).
    • The scene where James Bond climbs up a cliff and almost falls to his death can seem like this, since it would later be revealed in GoldenEye that, like in the books, his parents died in a climbing accident.
    • When settling down after their (hectic) first meeting, James tries to talk Melina out of taking revenge. Melina tells Bond, "I don't expect you to understand. You're English. And I'm half-Greek. And Greek women, like Elektra, always avenge their loved ones." Another woman named Elektra takes Melina's sentiment to heart in The World Is Not Enough.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Locque and Kriegler look and behave vaguely similar and Bibi mentions that Kriegler never shows any interest in women. Might not sound like much to go on, but that's not prevented a slightly shocking amount of slash fiction involving these two.
  • Narm: "Blofeld" pleading for his life, as Bond dangles him from a helicopter, saying "Please, Mister Bond! I'll buy you a delicatessen! In stainless steel!" note  before plummeting down the chimney while emitting a Bomb Whistle.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Charles Dance appears as a Mook.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the climbing scene, where Apostis (a henchman of the Big Bad) attempts to drop Bond off the cliff by loosening his hooks, the moment where Apostis starts falling off the cliff himself after Bond throws one of his hooks at him, right behind him "on top" of the cliff a part of the actual filming room can clearly be seen.
  • Squick: Bibi Dahl isn't very far past her mid-teens and she's not a virgin. Even Kristatos isn't aware of this, and Bond is quite shocked by the news. And if her age and lack of virginity isn't squicky enough (she has reached the ages of consent of both Italy and Greece, if not by much), the reason we know she isn't a virgin is that she tells a man more than twice her age that while attempting to seduce him. Given the wink that Columbo gives Bond after the Big Bad has been taken care of when 007 comments that Bibi might have a new sponsor, it seems that Columbo has a broad concept of the word, and apparently isn't bothered by her age...
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: To the over-the-top Moonraker, if you're in the "realistic Bond" crowd. Of course, if you prefer the humorous style, it is, instead, an example of Sequelitis. Take your pick!
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Bond visiting his dead wife's (Teresa from On Her Majesty's Secret Service) grave in the Cold Open. It's especially sad when you see the Ironic Echo "We Have All the Time in the World" is etched on her tombstone.
    • The deaths of Melina's parents, followed by Melina's intense Thousand-Yard Stare at the camera. Not even the music could make this any less sad.
  • What An Idiot: While Bond is hanging on to the outside of Blofeld's remote controlled helicopter, the villain flies it over the rooftop of the building that he is on. About 5 or 6 feet over the rooftop, for a good few seconds. All Bond had to do was practically hop down onto the roof. Instead, he clings on while Blofeld steers the copter away.
    • Subverted as the helicopter was moving at speed and had Bond jumped, he might have been injured and at the mercy of Blofeld.
  • Win Back the Crowd: Widely regarded as a return to form after the exaggerated silliness of Moonraker, opting for a much more down-to-earth plot against the backdrop of the Cold War.

The book:

  • Values Dissonance: In "The Hildebrand Rarity", Bond muses that "the only trouble with beautiful Negresses is that they don't know anything about birth control." Admittedly, he was having a conversation about Nigeria at the time, where contraception is indeed less prevalent, but the line's still jarring.