Magazine article American Cinematographer

Behind the Scenes of James Bond 007 for Your Eyes Only

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Behind the Scenes of James Bond 007 for Your Eyes Only

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Good, not-so-clean fun, but also a tour de force of cinematic magic is this 12th and latest in the series of Ian Fleming 007 adventures

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The staff of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER wishes to express its appreciation to Contributing Editor David W. Samuelson whose dedicated efforts were instrumental in generating a majority of the articles which appear in this Special Issue devoted to the technology of filming the latest James Bond thriller, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.)

On September 15, 1980, principal photography began, on the Greek Island of Corfu, on FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, starring Roger Moore-in his fifth James Bond (007) movie-as the world's most famous super-hero. The rest of the picture was made at Pinewood Studios in England and on further locations in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Northern Italy.

The film-twelfth in the most successful screen series of all time-is produced by Albert R. Broccoli and directed by John Glen, with the story and screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Michael Wilson, who is also executive producer. Associate producer is Tom Pevsner, Director of Photography Alan Hume, production designer Peter Lamont, costume designer Elizabeth Waller, editor John Grover, sound mixer Derek Ball and special effects director Derek Meddings.

Starring with Roger Moore are Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Julian Glover, Cassandra Harris and Jill Bennett, plus the usual bevy of glamorous "Bond Beauties."

Joining an equally long list of Bond villains-for are they? There's a certain amount of mystery about both men until well into the story)-are distinguished Israeli-born actor Topol, forever remembered for his brilliant portrayal in UA's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and well-known and versatile English actor Julian Glover, with an impressive list of stage and screen credits behind him.


The locations for FOR YOUR EYES ONLY are, as usual in a Bond film, fascinating, spectacular and scenically beautiful. They also range from the very hot to the very cold, in the two very different locales of Corfu in the Ionian Sea of Greece, to Cortina d'Ampezzo, in the Alps of Northern Italy.

Filming for the picture began last September (the first set-up-'Scene 133'-was a close-up of Bond Beauty Vanya) in the grounds and swimming-pool area of the luxurious Villa Sylva, at Kanoni, in the hills above Corfu Town, on the most popular of Greek islands, and one of the loveliest.

More than 3,000 years ago Homer chose Corfu as a literary setting for his Odyssey. So did Shakespeare for The Tempest. Napoleon was obsessed with the island's beauty. So was Empress Elizabeth of Austria, who built the beautiful Achilleion Palace there, on a knoll near the village of Gastouri, in the mid-19th century. The German Kaiser (Wilhelm II) bought it after her death. It was in the Casino of the Palace that sequences for the film were shot, involving Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Julian Glover and Cassandra Harris, notto mention 250 gorgeously-dressed extras. Another scene was filmed in the artistically-laid-out gardens, complete with many statues, and with breath-taking views across Corfu Bay.

With a length of around 40 miles and a width ranging from 2½ to 18 miles, the Island of Corfu is scythe-shaped and the seventh-biggest Greek island. Its semi-mountainous terrain is blanketed with dense vegetation, including 3½ million olive trees, as well as orange, lemon, acacia, plane and cypress trees and numerous fragrant and colorful bushes and flowers.

A key sequence was filmed at a scorching-hot location on St. George's Beach, in the South-West of Corfu (which involved Roger Moore and Cassandra Harris in some exciting sequences involving "beach-buggies"-small, jeep-like cars ideal for fast-driving on sandy beaches). These were followed by scenes on boats and a float-plane in Katami Bay, on Kanoni Island (off the Corfu Coast and close-by the Hilton Hotel) and in Pagi Village, which was the setting for some spectacular car chases and crashes, supervised by Remy Julienne, one of the world's top automobile action experts. …

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