Sunday, March 2, 2008

Screenshot 101: Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only

Recently I had the real pleasure to rewatch the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only and was reminded as to why I think the film is among the very best in the Bond canon. Like On Her Majesty's Secret Service and more recently Casino Royale, For Your Eyes Only was a deliberate attempt by the Bond producers to pull the series back to basics after a highly financially successful but more campy and relatively disappointing offering. Also like the two films I just mentioned, For Your Eyes Only is one of the more serious, emotional and most effective films of the series although I don't think it has ever gotten the respect or admiration it deserves.
One thing that really struck me while watching it this time was gorgeous French actress Carole Bouquet, who provides the film with one of the most intelligent and classiest Bond Girls of the series. Bouquet, who did such solid work for Bunuel and Lommell before For Your Eyes Only and has been consistently good since, is really enthralling as Melina Havelock and here are some screenshots I put together as a small but sincere homage to her performance in the film. The rather shocking close up of her face fifteen minutes into the film alone deserves its place as one of the most memorable moments in any James Bond production. Enjoy.


Rogue Spy 007 said...

This was the first Bond film I ever saw. I saw it at our local drive-in. It was the last film I saw there before it closed down. This has only held a special place in my heart for many reasons. It is definitely one of the best of the Bond films. I love Carole Bouquet. I always found her very beautiful. She was refreshing and quite different from many of the previous Bond girls. She's always been one of my favorite Bond girls. What a great film. I don't think it gets recognized as much as it should. I'll always love this film.

Joe said...

In terms of story, this is absolutely one of the best 007 pictures of all time. You hit the mark on what makes it so memorable, Jeremy: the fact that it's grounded in reality. The Greek Isles and WWII networks appeal to me much more than secret lairs hidden in a hollow volcano or whatever.

I like how Bond is pitted more against the elements - whether it be a ski run, a sunken vessel or a cliff face - than bad guys with silly names.

I have to disagree with you about Carole Bouquet. As lovely as she was a model, she cannot act and gives some incredibly stiff line readings that ruin the illusion of her being the tempestuous daughter of a marine archaeologist. Too bad Ornella Muti was never in a 007 movie.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith,
This was actually the first Bond film I remember being in the teaters as well...thanks so much for your personal memories and for commenting in general.

Thanks Joe...agree on the film, diasgree on Carole and agree on Ornella. Two out of three isn't bad! Thanks as always for stopping by and commenting...