YMMV: For Your Eyes Only

The film:

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Teaser has nothing to do with the rest of the film and only exists to kill off Blofeld
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme tune, "A Drive in the Country" and "Runaway".
    • The remix of the theme song that plays when Bond regains control of the helicopter
    • Note that the music is done by Bill Conti, aka the Rocky composer.
  • 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.
  • 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 his parents died in a climbing accident.
      • One of the 00 agents in the opening of The Living Daylights is killed while climbing the Rock of Gibraltar.
  • 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.
  • Love It or Hate It: For most Bond fans, this is either Roger Moore's best film or his dullest.
  • Narm:
    • "Blofeld" pleading for his life, as Bond dangles him from a helicopter:
    Please, Mister Bond! I'll buy you a delicatessen! In stainless steel!
    • It was apparently the film's producer, Albert R Broccoli, who came up with that line, which is supposed to be based on Mafia slang he picked up during his youth in New York City.note 
    • Also, the Bomb Whistle he emits as he plummets down the chimney.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The poor mook that gets devoured by sharks due to Bond's efforts to avoid drowning (admittedly, the "devoured by sharks" part was unintentional). He dies begging his boss to save him as the sharks eat him.
    • The mook that gets injured, but actually survives being shot by Melina. Being hit with a crossbow bolt must the extremely painful and he cries in agony until Milos finally knocks him out.
  • 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 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, Columbo apparently isn't bothered by her age...
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: After the incredibly over-the-top Moonraker.
  • Tearjerker: 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 Melinda's parents. 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.

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.