Watched "For Your Eyes Only" over the past 3 nights. Why 3? Mostly because I start watching these things from between 01:00 to 02:00, and I've been hit with a cold this past week.
Anyhow, I'm going to mark this one as the worst film in the series. Not because it isn't very well made - it is, the downhill skiing chase and underwater battles are really, really well done. Simply because the film is utterly forgettable. I say this because I vaguely remember my brother being a big fan of this film (especially the skiing parts), and watched it many, many times. However, until I started watching it, I couldn't remember a thing about it. Of course, once I started watching, I remembered the outcome of every scene, but rarely could I vaguely remember what came next.
Compare this to the other JB films, were even the bad ones, I still remember scenes, sequences, villains, allies, babes and plots.
So, there's nothing really wrong with the film. Well, OK, there's a couple of major flaws. The first is that at no point did I ever really feel like I cared about the outcome of a scene/sequence/the entire movie. This is compounded and/or caused by the lack of emoting by the main actress. Sorry, but her impression of burning desire to get revenge for her parents as she kneels in their blood after just watching them killed is... well, even the dude who played Anakin in Revenge of the Sith had better acting in key scenes such as when he finds out he's going to be a father (that's saying something). The last problem would be the villain and his henchmen. Sure, it's interesting to keep the main villain hidden, but they didn't really introduce his henchmen very well. So, all of that combined simply made me not care.
What I did like about the movie are James Bond using his mind more than gadgets, the one seen where the ruthless Bond emerges (kicking the car off the cliff), and the submarine battle (admittedly I was thinking "so that's where James Cameron got his idea for the sub battle in "the Abyss" from, and not really paying too much attention to the scene other than it's technical merits).
Hmmm... funny, "Moonraker" was over the top, yet fun in a silly, campy way. "For Your Eyes Only" was a return to 'serious Bond', but it didn't work. A decade and a half later, "Die Another Die" is way over the top, and rotten. Yet "Casino Royale", the return to 'serious Bond' is pure awesomeness teh sex. Funny.