For Your Eyes Only (1981) - ***
Often overlooked, this confident Bond outing is actually very good indeed.After the bloated space flop Moonraker, the Bond team obviously tried to bring their beloved hero back to earth. Literally. OK, so Moore is past his best, the lead villain is perhaps a little uninspired (but played with menace by an excellent Julian Glover) and the girl is a rehash of Dominique from Thunderball (and not so well performed), but you know what? It's still better than Diamonds are Forever. The credit for this is largely due to a fantastic performance from Topol as Bond's ally, Milos Columbo. He manages to inject enough energy and charisma to outshine the rest of the cast and possibly become one of the most memorable allies in Bond's career. The rest of the cast are also excellent; Julian Glover revels as Aristotle Kristatos, and Micheal Gothard is unnerving as the icy Locque. Also watch out for a small part played by Charles Dance. The girls, Melina Havelock and Bibi Dahl are both quite tame and not the series' most alluring femmes. Moore, who was 54 when the film was released, looks more like Bibi's father than a potential romancer, but thankfully the scenes the two of them share are brief. Moore himself is on great form, his performance is one of best as the super-spy, you get the impression at several points that he is rather amused by all this nonsense, the film could be captioned "Bond on Holiday" as, for the most part, he seems to be having quite a good time. The locales live up to Bond standards, we get an exciting ski run, a trip to Sardinia and a brief underwater adventure which never fails to excite. All in all, this is, if not an essential addition to the Bond plethora, a very enjoyable flick, which should be cherished.