To my amazement there isn't one yet - so high time to start it, surely.
FYEO just does what it says on the tin - no more, no less. All too often overlooked for it’s divisive PTS, criticized for being too average or having 'that silly blonde' in it, FYEO is what I like to think of as the very best 'distillate' of a Bond-adventure: it encapsulates both literary Fleming Bond and ‘cinematic’ Bond in one tight, well-paced 120 minute episode.
And yes, it does feel like an ‘episode’, but that’s part of its strength. For a movie that has the tag of being a ‘scaled-down’ 007 film it has a surprising variety of locations and set-pieces, all of which are well-integrated and move the story along. The whole film is focused and there was obviously a very clear vision of what the makers wanted to do.
So, FYEO isn't 'BIG' or particularly dramatic, but it has a unique warmth & charm that the other entries lack - hard to put my finger on what it is, exactly, but it has something to do with the way the story weaves perfectly from well-used locale to the next, whilst both Bond & the audience become invested in Melina’s mournful vengeance. Roger Moore is, arguably, at his very best here - his pensive demeanor whilst standing in front of Tracy's grave at the start really signal that we are in for a more personable kind of adventure.
This film isn’t at the top of my ranking (it’s about 6th or 7th depending on mood, etc.) but I have great affection for it - I feel compelled to revisit it quite often, and it may be the 1st one I show my son when he is old enough…