For Your Eyes Only

Trivia: British model Caroline Cossey, who appeared as one of the women in the film was revealed after the film to be a transsexual. She was born a man.


Trivia: Michael G. Wilson, producer of many of the Bond films and stepson of Cubby Broccoli appears in a number of films in a cameo role. In "For Your Eyes Only", he plays a Greek priest in the scene when Bond meets with "Q" in a church.


Trivia: Because of Carole Bouquet's sinus problems, the close-up underwater shots of Bond and Melina were shot in an entirely dry studio and not underwater. They were shot at a higher frame rate with wind machines. Derek Meddings, the special effects man, added the bubbles in afterwards.


Trivia: At the beginning of the film, Bond visits the grave of his wife. This is a two part reference to the 1969 Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". First, Mrs. Bond (play by Diana Rigg) was killed in that movie, and second, the inscription on the gravestone is "We Have All the Time in the World" - the theme song for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", sung by Louis Armstrong.


Trivia: The parrot that is seen at the very end of "For Your Eyes Only" saying "Give us a kiss," to Mrs. Thatcher (actually Thatcher impersonator Janet Brown) later appeared in another Bond movie - 1987's "The Living Daylights". You can see him on the perch at the safe house in the latter movie

Trivia: Sheena Easton who sings the theme song appears in the opening music sequence - this is the first time the title singer appeared in the opening of a Bond film.

Trivia: To enter the identigraph booth, Q enters a four-digit code. Those four digits were the first four notes to the chorus of "Nobody Does It Better", the theme to "The Spy Who Loved Me". Bond responds by entering the final three notes.


Trivia: Stuntman Paolo Rigon was killed during filming of the bobsled chase.


Trivia: The opening of the movie, with Bond visiting his wife's grave, was initially created as an introduction of a new Bond when it looked like Roger Moore would not be returning to the series. When he did join, the filmmakers decided to keep it in anyway.

Trivia: The amazed extra from the beach in The Spy Who Loved Me and the surprised guy in St. Mark's square in Moonraker gets another eyeful when Bond skis through his dinner.

Trivia: The location for the film's climax posed several problems for the crew. A Monastery, atop a column of rock near Kalambaka, in the Pindus mountain range, had been chosen for the villain's hideaway. Permission had originally been granted, but just before filming was due to commence, the monks staged a protest and refused filming. The locals were furious with this and the disagreement was eventually settled by the Greek Supreme Court - in the film-makers' favour. The mountain scenery did not suit Moore, and it quickly became apparent that he was afraid of heights. One of the film's major stunts - Bond's 100 foot from the mountain - was performed by Rick Sylvester, who had originally done the ski-jump off the mountain-top in the pre-credit sequence of "The Spy Who Loved Me". At only 5' 6", he was much shorter than Moore, for whom he was doubling .

Trivia: This is the first Bond film that does not feature Bernard Lee. He died before filming began.

Trivia: Countess Lisl is played by Cassandra Harris, who was Pierce Brosnan's first wife.

Trivia: Following the success of the movie, car manufacturer Citroen sold a limited edition of 300 of Melina's car, complete with 007 stickers and fake bullet holes.

Trivia: The voice of Blofeld in the pre-credits sequence was Robert Rietty, while the man in the chair was John Hollis. Neither were credited. Robert Rietty was also previously uncredited for dubbing the voice of Largo in 'Thunderball'.

Trivia: Emile Locque (Michael Gothard) doesn't have a single line of dialogue in the film.


Trivia: The scene where Bond and Melina are dragged through the water for the sharks to eat was actually taken from the Ian Fleming novel "Live and Let Die".


Trivia: Due to Roger Moore's great fear of heights, he had to take a small amount of Valium and drink a glass of beer before some of the scary mountain sequences.


Trivia: Carole Bouquet was originally offered the role of Dr. Holly Goodhead in "Moonraker", but was unavailable at the time as she was already signed to do another film, "That Obscure Object of Desire".


Trivia: The producers, director John Glen and Sir Roger Moore all discussed whether Bond should kick the car with Locque inside, or whether he should just throw the dove lapel pin into the car, which would fall due to its weight. Eventually they decided it would be best for Bond to kick the car, although Moore was not happy about it, feeling it did not match his version of Bond.

Revealing mistake: When Bond throws the dead pilot out of the helicopter, you can tell it's a dummy as its arms and legs bend at impossible angles.

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James Bond: Forgive me father, for I have sinned.
Q: That's putting it mildly, 007.

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Question: What exactly happens in the opening? I'm assuming Blofeld is the one Bond kills, but what was the point of it? Was it just to answer the question about what happened to him? And why was his face not shown?

Answer: The producers of the film had a falling out with Kevin McClory, who had the rights to the character of Blofeld. They decided to kill off Blofeld to show McClory that the films could manage fine without the character. Obviously, without McClory's permission they couldn't go so far as to say that the guy in the wheelchair is actually Blofeld, otherwise they'd get into legal bother, so they just left it to fans to assume that's who it is.

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