For Your Eyes Only Cast
Roger Moore as James Bond
Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock
Julian Glover as Aris Kristatos
Chaim Topol as Milos Columbo
Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf
Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl
Michael Gothard as Emile Leopold Locque
John Wyman as Eric Kriegler
Jill Bennett as Jacoba Brink
James Villiers as Bill Tanner
Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray
Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
John Moreno as Luigi Ferrara
Jack Hedley as Sir Timothy Havelock
For Your Eyes Only Cast
The For Your Eyes Only cast was a relatively large one and saw Roger Moore don the tuxedo for the fifth time. It proved to be a bit of a turning point in the franchise, as it presented a more serious and grounded version of the character, after the fantastical Moonraker (1979).
It was certainly one of Roger Moore’s better films and the aging star was now on a film-by-film contract, but the aging actor certainly delivered in this film. He shows his skills on the ski slopes, in a submarine, a helicopter and a bright yellow Citreon 2CV, and of course taking on all comers.
One of the key players in For Your Eyes Only cast is Carole Bouquet’s Melina Havelock. A determined and resourceful woman seeking revenge for the murder of her parents, marine archaeologists who were killed while trying to recover the ATAC system, a device capable of controlling British submarines.
She teams up with Bond, who’s investigating the whereabouts of the ATAC system, and even though she’s young enough to be his daughter, but she certainly isn’t about to sit on his knee. Not until they get it on late in the film.
Julian Glover’s Aristotle Kristatos is a complex and intriguing villain, initially presented as an ally to Bond before revealing his true motives as a KGB agent seeking to sell the ATAC system. Glover was in consideration for the role of Bond in Live and Let Die cast until the producers went with Roger Moore. He turns up 5 movies later as a very believable villain.
Another standout performance comes from Chaim Topol as Milos Columbo, a smuggler and Kristatos’s former partner turned ally of Bond. Topol infuses the character with charm and wit, and the way he asserts his innocence and blames Kristatos for being the actual drug smuggler, you have to believe him there and then.
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According to him, he’s only involved in smuggling gold, diamonds, cigarettes, and most significantly, pistachio nuts, and it’s Kristatos he should be going for. He was telling the truth but as everything it was the way Topol delivered his lines.
Lynn-Holly Johnson’s Bibi Dahl, an ice-skating prodigy with a crush on Bond, adds a touch of lightness to the film, but also serves as a reminder of Moore’s age. Johnson’s skating skills are on full display during her scenes, and her character’s obsession with Bond is quite funny, but the age gap is so obvious, even Bond says no to her advances.
Cassandra Harris’s Lisl, The Countess Von Schlaf, is a smaller role but still memorable, as Columbo’s mistress and a Bond girl. While watching it you can hear her European aristocratic accent fading, and you wonder what’s going on until Bond points it out, and she comes clean, telling Bond that she’s from Liverpool and not from European gentry.
Cassandra Harris was married to future Bond actor Pierce Brosnan at the time of filming, and she introduced him to Albert R. Brocolli, and of course we know the rest is history.
Michael Gothard’s Emile Leopold Locque, a hired assassin with distinctive octagonal-rimmed glasses, is a memorable henchman, particularly during his tense confrontation with Bond on a cliff edge.
James Villiers’ Bill Tanner and Geoffrey Keen’s Sir Frederick Gray provide the necessary exposition and political context, filling in for the absence of Bernard Lee’s M, who had passed away prior to filming.
Overall, the cast of For Your Eyes Only is one of the film’s strongest assets, with each actor bringing their a-game to the table. While it isn’t without its flaws, the film remains a solid entry in the Bond canon, thanks in no small part to the performances of its cast.
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The rest of the cast and crew of For Your Eyes Only
Walter Gotell as General Anatoly Gogol
John Hollis plays the bald villain in wheelchair
Janet Brown plays Margaret Thatcher
John Wells as Denis Thatcher
Charles Dance as Claus
Paul Angelis as Karageorge
Toby Robins as Iona Havelock
Jack Klaff as Apostis
Alkis Kritikos as Santos
Stag Theodore as Nikos
Stefan Kalipha as Gonzales
Graham Crowden as First Sea Lord
Noel Johnson as Vice Admiral
William Hoyland as McGregor
Paul Brooke as Bunky
Eva Reuber-Staier as Rublevich
Fred Bryant as Vicar
Robbin Young as Girl in Flower Shop
Graham Hawkes as Mantis Man
Directed by John Glen
Produced by Albert R. Broccoli
Written by Richard Maibaum
and Michael G. Wilson
Based on For Your Eyes Only
“Risico” by Ian Fleming
Cinematography Alan Hume
Edited by John Grover
Music by Bill Conti
Production company: Eon Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates: 24 June 1981 (UK); 26 June 1981 (USA)
Budget $28 million
Box office $195.3 million