For Your Eyes Only

A British vessel, St Georges, carrying some piece of high-tech gadgetry for communicating with the Royal Navy’s fleet of Polaris submarines, is sunk in the Ionian Sea. Our hero, 007 is dispatched to retrieve the gadget before the Soviets…

Time is against Bond, as KGB head, General Gogol, already knows the fate of the St Georges and has his best man on the job. Marine archaeologist, Sir Timothy Havelock, asked by the British to locate the St Georges, is murdered by a Cuban hitman, Hector Gonzales. Bond goes to Spain to find out who hired Gonzales.

Spying on Gonzales’ villa, Bond is captured but manages to escape as Gonzales is killed by a crossbow bolt. Outside, he finds the assassin was Melina Havelock, Sir Timothy’s daughter, and the two escape.

Q and Bond use some of that new-fangled computerised technology to identify the man Bond saw paying off Gonzales as Emile Leopold Locque. Bond is dispatched to Locque’s possible base in Italy. There Bond is told that Locque is employed by Milos Columbo, known as “the Dove” in the Greek underworld.

Bond and figure skater Bibi Dahl are chased by three men including East German biathlete Eric Kriegler. The action then moves to an ice rink, where Bond fends off another attempt on his life by men in ice hockey gear before travelling to Corfu in pursuit of Columbo.

More shenanigans ensue before Bond eventually retrieves the all-important gadget from the St Georges, which is immediately stolen by the other side again. Now accompanied by Melina, Bond breaks into St Cyril’s, an abandoned mountaintop monastery and steals back the gadget. Before Gogol can get his grubby hands on the gadget again, Bond throws it off the cliff.

Finally, and it wouldn’t be a Bond film without a scene like this, Bond and Melina spend a romantic evening aboard her father’s yacht when he receives a call from the Prime Minister.

Superman II

Receiving its first release in Australia and mainland Europe in December 1980, Superman II was not released in the UK until 9 April 1981.

Featuring Christopher Reeve as the eponymous hero and Gene Hackman as the fabulously deranged evil mastermind Lex Luthor, Superman II is tremendous knockabout fun regardless of what critics may say. Margot Kidder reprises her marvellously kooky role as Lois Lane and the villain count is upped by Terence Stamp’s memorable portrayal as the truly vile General Zod. This doesn’t do justice to other fine performances from Valerie Perrine as Luthor’s girlfriend Miss Teschmacher and Ned Beatty as Otis, Luthor’s would-be dastardly henchman.

To paraphrase the plot is not hard. Three criminals, General Zod and his hench-people Ursa and Non have been banished from Superman’s birthplace Krypton and cast into the Phantom Zone.

Unknowingly released by Superman’s redirection of a hydrogen bomb into outer space, the three arrive on Earth with powers equal to Superman’s and immediately force the President of the United States to surrender the planet to them.

The only person capable of resisting them, Superman (aka Clark Kent), has decided to trade his own superpowers for a lifetime of love with Lois Lane. It soon becomes apparent to Clark and Lois that their promise must be reversed and Superman duly joins battle with the three, who are assisted by Luthor and his cronies.

After a tense set to, with lots of BIFF! and KERPOW!, not to mention THWACK!, Superman wins the day seeing off Zod and his cronies; returning Luthor to jail, and wiping Lois’ memory of who his alter ego at the Daily Planet is. Oh, and he also returns the Stars and Stripes to where it belongs on top of the White House.

Arthur

Dudley Moore plays New Yorker Arthur Bach, rich, alcoholic and incredibly spoiled. Heir to a chunk of his family’s vast fortune, he is told he will only inherit if he marries Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry), the daughter of a business acquaintance of his father.

Herein lies Arthur’s problem; he does not and intends never to love Susan. Unfortunately, his family have different feelings on the subject. Fed up by his drunken antics, they think she will inject some much-needed maturity into Arthur.

On a trip into Manhattan, Arthur and his valet Hobson (John Gielgud in an Oscar-winning performance) witness a young woman, Linda Morolla (Liza Minnelli), doing a bit of shoplifting. After intervening with the security guard, Arthur asks her for a date. How will the family feel about this latest dalliance?

Arthur shares his feelings for Linda with his grandmother Martha (Geraldine Fitzgerald), but to no avail. Hobson, in a more-like-a-father-than-his real-father moment, encourages Linda to attend Arthur’s engagement party. Hobson, you see, believes that Arthur is beginning to grow up and it’s down to her.

So, Linda crashes the engagement party and in a yeah-right moment, she and Arthur spend time alone together – a fact noticed by both families.

An old man, Hobson is later hospitalised. Arthur rushes to his side and vows to care for the person who has long cared for him. Several weeks later, Hobson dies and the previously sober Arthur goes on a drinking binge. On the day of his supposed wedding to Susan, Arthur visits Linda at the diner where she works and proposes to her.

He then tells Susan that there will be no marriage. Her enraged father, Burt begins to attack Arthur, landing several meaty blows. Linda arrives and tries to intercede. At this point, Burt grabs a cheese knife and goes after the pair. They are saved by the intervention of Grandmother Martha, who slaps Burt, bringing him out of his murderous haze.

A wounded and groggy Arthur announces to the congregation that there will be no wedding then passes out. Later Linda attends to his wounds and they discuss living and him having to get a job. A horrified Martha overhears and tells Arthur that he can have his fortune because no Bach has ever been working class. The happy couple is driven off through Central Park by Arthur’s chauffeur Bitterman.