Is 'For Your Eyes Only' the most boring James Bond film?

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  • Creasy47 wrote: »
    I didn't say anything about wanting a different movie. I just don't think your explanation here tracks.

    I do think, now that I've been opened to the sort of missing and heated discussion about what revenge does, it would've been interesting to see that attempt in FYEO, but I love it for what it is and it's my favorite of Moore's era.

    Same here.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    Indeed, but anyway, since it's been an interesting discussion, let's save all of our thoughts in @thedove's missed opportunities thread when we get to FYEO.
  • edited December 2023 Posts: 480
    Creasy47 wrote: »
    Melina's so innocent that she managed to infiltrate a highly guarded compound and snipe a man diving into a pool with a crossbow.

    She doesn't have licence to kill. She is a random woman and she spoils his mission. She is losing her innocence too.

  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Carole Bouquet is of course lovely but she is so miscast opposite Roger Moore. Very little romantic chemistry (which is the case with many Moore films). Imagine if Lisl had been the main Bond girl--better, right?
  • echo wrote: »
    Carole Bouquet is of course lovely but she is so miscast opposite Roger Moore. Very little romantic chemistry (which is the case with many Moore films). Imagine if Lisl had been the main Bond girl--better, right?

    Imagine a younger Bond. :D
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    echo wrote: »
    Carole Bouquet is of course lovely but she is so miscast opposite Roger Moore. Very little romantic chemistry (which is the case with many Moore films). Imagine if Lisl had been the main Bond girl--better, right?

    Imagine a younger Bond. :D

    How about, Pierce Brosnan? :)
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    echo wrote: »
    Carole Bouquet is of course lovely but she is so miscast opposite Roger Moore. Very little romantic chemistry (which is the case with many Moore films).

    I always think she's rather miscast just in the role of a Greek lady.
    "Thay keeled ma parontz!" :D
    echo wrote: »
    Imagine if Lisl had been the main Bond girl--better, right?

    She's a bit too silly for the main lead, but I agree there's a quite tangible, quite grown-up warmth between the two of them. The night he spends with her, and the walk on the beach in the morning, is one of the most surprisingly romantic trysts in any of the Bond films.
    It's quite hard to imagine Connery's colder, shallower Bond in those scenes with Lisl.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    I actually think that Ornella Muti would've been more fitting for Melina (she's once considered for the role).
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Funny how Carole Bouquet was only 2 years older than Holly Lynn Johnson! Yet Bond is robbing the cradle with Bibi and with Melina it's more age appropriate. Bond was 30 years older than both women. Which is crazy when you think of it. Admittedly Melina was played as an old soul and Bibi was more a youthful teen, but still you can see the obvious age difference between Roger and both women in the film.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    thedove wrote: »
    Funny how Carole Bouquet was only 2 years older than Holly Lynn Johnson! Yet Bond is robbing the cradle with Bibi and with Melina it's more age appropriate. Bond was 30 years older than both women. Which is crazy when you think of it. Admittedly Melina was played as an old soul and Bibi was more a youthful teen, but still you can see the obvious age difference between Roger and both women in the film.

    Yes, that's why I think Dalton should've been in this, it's obvious that this was written with a new and young actor in mind.
    Then yes for Bouquet (who thankfully I'm not alone in seeing how miscast was she, beautiful though, but also added to that was her stiff acting, and no chemistry with Moore; well as usual with his female leads), I wished it's Ornella Muti who played the role instead with Dalton as the opposite lead.
  • I love FYEO apart from the silly Margaret Thatcher and Parrot interface scene!
  • LucknFateLucknFate 007 In New York
    edited December 2023 Posts: 1,380
    I love FYEO apart from the silly Margaret Thatcher and Parrot interface scene!

    I recently showed that to my friend who is not into Bond, and he laughed and was shocked something like it was ever in a Bond movie and is now even more curious about them, to be fair.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    "Thatcher isn't for everyone." says Mr. White while watching people react to the ending of FYEO! LOL!

    It would have been more in place in MR but I don't think Margaret was elected yet. Interesting that earlier in the film doesn't Freddie Gray say "she'll have our guts for garters" referring to the female PM? Seems Wilson and Maibaum were trying to reflect reality in their script and play off the new PM.
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    I wouldn’t call any Bond film boring in a collective sense, especially not FYEO for me. Personally, the one that tends to bore me the most is TWINE.

    I support this view. Felt that way since my first viewing in '99 when my friend turned to my and said "No superlatives."
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    Personally FYEO is my favourite Moore Bond. I could see how in the gamut of Moore Bond films it could appear boring, but, for me, Octopussy is the most boring Bond film.
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    I think Skyfall is the most boring Bond film.
  • brinkeguthriebrinkeguthrie Piz Gloria
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    DAF. Not even close.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    It's funny because I don't find DAF boring at all. Sloppy, sure. An insult to OHMSS, of course. A hot mess, absolutely. But never boring.

    The one I most dread putting on, because it's so boring, is TMWTGG. But TND is up there too.
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    I think the original claim is outright absurd. FYEO have tons going for it. Great Bond film and Moore's best.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    jobo wrote: »
    I think the original claim is outright absurd. FYEO have tons going for it. Great Bond film and Moore's best.

    I agree, @jobo. Here's where I'm at with Moore:
    His best Bond film: FYEO
    His most fun Bond film: TSWLM
    He looked best as Bond in: MR
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    jobo wrote: »
    I think the original claim is outright absurd. FYEO have tons going for it. Great Bond film and Moore's best.

    I agree, @jobo. Here's where I'm at with Moore:
    His best Bond film: FYEO
    His most fun Bond film: TSWLM
    He looked best as Bond in: MR

    Probably a fair analysis. His best performance was FYEO in my opinion.
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    echo wrote: »
    It's funny because I don't find DAF boring at all. Sloppy, sure. An insult to OHMSS, of course. A hot mess, absolutely. But never boring.

    The one I most dread putting on, because it's so boring, is TMWTGG. But TND is up there too.

    I think both DAF and TMWTGG start off really well, but struggle in the latter stages to keep your attention!
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    In a world where NTTD exists, FYEO is anything BUT boring.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    I don't think any Bond film is boring. TWINE comes closest for me, and even that one is far from boring. I have yet to see a boring Bond film.
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