The Cast of For Your Eyes Only
Chaim Topol as Milos Columbo
Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf
Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl
For Your Eyes Only Cast
The For Your Eyes Only cast was bigger than most, and saw Roger Moore slip into the tuxedo with an effortless charisma for the fifth time. This film, evocative with a whiff of maturity, nudges the franchise into grittier, earth-bound terrain comapred with the lunar flights of fancy from Moonraker (1979).
Most Bond fans agree that this was one of Moore’s more refined turns at the wheel. With his tenure now assessed on a film-by-film basis due to his advancing years, Moore glides with aplomb – be it on snow-draped ski slopes, within the confines of a submarine, or gallantly manning a bright, almost farcical, yellow Citreon 2CV.
Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock is nothing short of electric. Possessed with a steely determination born from the violent loss of her parents – the very marine archaeologists entangled in the intrigue of the ATAC system – she allies with Bond in the chase.
There’s a spark between the pair that’s palpable, yet prudently restrained, given the gulf of years separating them. Nevertheless Bond gets his way, even if the age gap appeared a bit of a stretch.
The main villain is Julian Glover’s Aristotle Kristatos, a man dripping with sophistication, and a villain with many layers. Initially your quintessential ally, he unveils a web of deceit as a KGB agent with eyes on the ATAC prize.
Then there’s the delightful Chaim Topol, breathing vivacity into Milos Columbo. A smuggler, once in cahoots with Kristatos but now Bond’s right-hand man, Topol weaves charm and wit into the fabric of the character.
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When Columbo points a finger at Kristatos, echoing accusations of drug trafficking, it’s hard not to nod in vehement agreement. Columbo claims not to be involved in drug trafficking anymore and instead only deals ingold and diamonds to the humble pistachio nuts.
Enter Lynn-Holly Johnson’s Bibi Dahl, the ice-skating sensation nursing a rather pronounced infatuation with Bond. She pirouettes in, lightening the ambiance, yet, playing a supposed 16-year-old, also glaringly illuminating the age disparity between her and Moore’s Bond.
Dahl’s fervent and often comical ardour for Bond serves as a gentle jibe at the age-old spy, one that even he, with all his charm, seems to tactfully rebuff.
Cassandra Harris’s Countess Lisl von Schlaf graces the screen with an air of European nobility, yet there’s an unmistakable Liverpudlian lilt peeking through. It’s a delightful touch that doesn’t go unnoticed by Bond, and her confession makes for one of those perfectly Bond-esque moments.
The delightful twist? Harris, at that time, shared her life with the soon-to-be 007, Pierce Brosnan. Their intertwined destinies with the franchise, thanks to an introduction to producer Albert R. Broccoli, stand testament to the universe’s serendipitous ways.
The quiet menace of Michael Gothard’s Emile Locque, with his unmistakably unique glasses, serves as a testament to the legacy of memorable Bond henchmen, his fate sealed in a thrilling cliffhanger, quite literally. While James Villiers’ Bill Tanner and Geoffrey Keen’s Sir Frederick Gray step in, filling the void left by Bernard Lee’s iconic M.
Ah, and then there’s the subtextual dance of John Hollis, essaying a figure eerily reminiscent of Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Unnamed and uncredited, yet there’s an electric undercurrent of recognition.
The pre-title sequence where Bond dispatches this ‘Blofeld’ lookalike is not merely an act of spectacle, but a statement, almost a daring tip of the hat to Kevin McClory, keeper of Blofeld’s rights. It’s a cinematic gauntlet, asserting the Bond makers’ readiness to evolve and stake their claim over Bond’s trajectory.
In sum, the For Your Eyes Only cast parades an ensemble that’s not just rich in talent but pivotal to the film’s charisma. It’s a chapter in the Bond odyssey where, even amidst flaws, the sheer artistry of the cast cements its status as a not-to-be-missed spectacle.
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The rest of the cast and crew of For Your Eyes Only
- Roger Moore – James Bond
- Carole Bouquet – Melina Havelock
- Lynn-Holly Johnson – Bibi Dahl
- Cassandra Harris – Countess Lisl von Schlaf
- Desmond Llewelyn – Q
- Lois Maxwell – Miss Moneypenny
- Julian Glover – Aristotle Kristatos
- Chaim Topol – Milos Columbo
- John Wyman – Erich Kriegler
- Walter Gotell – General Gogol
- John Moreno – Luigi Ferrara
- Michael Gothard – Emile Locque
- Charles Dance – Claus
- James Villiers – Bill Tanner
- Jack Hedley – Sir Timothy Havelock
- Eva Rueber-Staier – Rublevitch
- Geoffrey Keen – Sir Frederick Gray
- Robbin Young – Girl in Flower Shop
- Janet Brown – Margaret Thatcher
- Jill Bennett – Jacoba Brink
- Paul Brooke – Bunky
- Fred Bryant – Vicar
- Graham Crowden – First Sea Lord
- Paul Angelis – Karageorge
- Stefan Kalipha – Hector Gonzales
- Jack Klaff – Apostis
- Toby Robins – Iona Havelock
- Noel Johnson – Vice Admiral
- Alkis Kritikos – Santos
- Graham Hawkes – Mantis Man
- John Wells – Denis Thatcher
Who directed For Your Eyes Only?
For Your Eyes Only was directed by John Glen.
Who produced For Your Eyes Only?
For Your Eyes Only was produced by Albert R. Broccoli.
Who wrote the screenplay for For Your Eyes Only?
The screenplay for For Your Eyes Only was written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson.
Was For Your Eyes Only based on any book?
Yes, For Your Eyes Only was based on “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico” by Ian Fleming.
Who was responsible for the cinematography in For Your Eyes Only?
The cinematography for For Your Eyes Only was done by Alan Hume.
Who was the editor for For Your Eyes Only?
For Your Eyes Only was edited by John Grover.
Who composed the music for For Your Eyes Only?
The music for For Your Eyes Only was composed by Bill Conti.
Who sang the theme song for For Your Eyes Only?
The theme song for For Your Eyes Only was sung by Sheena Easton.
When was For Your Eyes Only released?
For Your Eyes Only was released on 24 June 1981 in the UK and on 26 June 1981 in the USA.
What was the budget for For Your Eyes Only?
The budget for For Your Eyes Only was $28 million.
How much did For Your Eyes Only earn at the box office?
For Your Eyes Only earned $195.3 million at the box office.