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James Bond 007 in the 80s
Around the World with Secret Agent James Bond - in the 80s

© by Mike Keenan


     Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981) For Your Eyes Only (1981) is the twelfth in the series, the fifth with Roger Moore in the usual action sequences such as a helicopter escapade, car chase and possibly the best pursuit scene ever with Bond racing on skis.
     Bond must retrieve the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), aboard a sunken British navy ship in the Ionian Sea before the Soviets but KGB General Gogol knows about the St Georges, and activates his man in Greece. Marine archaeologist, Sir Timothy Havelock, asked by the Brits to locate the St Georges, is murdered with his wife by Cuban hit man, Hector Gonzales.
     Spying on Gonzales' Spanish villa, Bond is captured, but escapes with Gonzales killed by arrow shot by Melina Havelock, daughter of Sir Timothy. With Q 's help, Bond identifies hit man, Emile Leopold Locque, and goes to his base in Italy, meets contact Luigi Ferrara and Greek businessman and intelligence informant, Aris Kristatos, who tells Bond Locque is employed by Milos Columbo, (the "dove" in the Greek underworld), Kristatos' former resistance partner during WWII.
     Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only (1981) After Bond accompanies Kristatos' protégée, figure skater Bibi Dahl, to a biathlon, a group of three including East German biathlete Eric Kriegler tries to kill him. Bond escapes, and goes with Ferrara to bid Bibi farewell in an indoor ice rink where he fends off yet another attack by men in hockey gear. Ferrara is killed in his car, with a dove pin in his hand. Bond travels to Corfu in pursuit of Columbo.
     Ensuing action includes: Countess Lisl von Schlaf and Bond ambushed by Locque, a Bond, Columbo and crew raid at one of Kristatos' opium-processing warehouses in Albania, recovery then loss of the ATAC from the wreckage of the St Georges, Bond and Melina breaking into an abandoned mountaintop monastery, St. Cyril's, Bond's disposal of the biathlete Kriegler, Gogol arriving by helicopter to collect the ATAC, but Bond destroying it first, saying "Détente, comrade. You don't have it; I don't have it." Bond and Melina later spend a romantic evening aboard her father's yacht.
     Filming locations involved St. Cyril's and Corfu as well as the Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora and the Achilleion in Greece, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy , Spain and England, with underwater footage being shot in the Bahamas. For Your Eyes Only generated $195.3 million worldwide. The title song was sung by Sheena Easton , the first title song artist to appear on screen in a Bond film.
     Maud Adams as Octopussy in Octopussy (1983) In Octopussy (1983), Roger Moore follows a general who steals jewels and relics from the Russian government, leading to wealthy Afghan prince, Kamal Khan, and his associate, Octopussy. Bond uncovers a plot to force disarmament in Europe with the use of a nuclear weapon. British agent 009 is found dead at the British embassy in East Berlin, dressed as a circus clown and carrying a fake Fabergé egg . At an auction, Bond swaps the real egg with a fake, and engages in a bidding war with exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan. Bond follows Khan back to his palace in Rajasthan, India , and beats Khan in backgammon. Bond escapes with his Indian colleague Vijay, evading Khan's bodyguard Gobinda's attempts to kill them both. Bond is seduced by one of Khan's associates, Magda with a blue-ringed octopus tattoo. Magda steals the real Fabergé egg fitted with a listening device by Q, while Gobinda captures Bond and takes him to Khan's palace. Bond discovers Khan works with Orlov , a Soviet general, who seeks to expand Soviet borders into Europe.
     Bond infiltrates a floating palace in Udaipur, India, and finds owner, Octopussy, a wealthy woman who leads the Octopus cult, of which Magda is a part. Orlov has been supplying Khan with priceless Soviet treasures, replacing them with replicas, while Khan smuggles the real versions into the West via Octopussy's circus troupe. Orlov plans to meet Khan at Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) in East Germany , where the circus is scheduled to perform. After evading Khan's assassins, who kill Vijay, Bond goes to East Germany.
     Further action includes: the usual Q scene, Bond driving Orlov's car along the train tracks, twin knife-throwers, Mischka and Grischka, evading the West German police dressed as a clown , an assault on Khan's palace, an aeroplane chased by a missile , clinging to the fuselage of another, a fight with an attacker named Yo-Yo and recuperating with Octopussy aboard her private boat in India.
     Much of the film was shot in Udaipur, India. The Monsoon Palace served as the exterior of Kamal Khan 's palace, while scenes set at Octopussy's palace were filmed at the Lake Palace and Jag Mandir, and Bond's hotel was the Shiv Niwas Palace. In England RAF Northolt, RAF Upper Heyford and RAF Oakley were the main locations. The Karl-Marx-Stadt railways scenes were shot at the Nene Valley Railway, near Peterborough, while studio work was performed at Pinewood Studios and the 007 Stage.
     Alison Doody as Jenny Flex in A View to a Kill (1985) A View to a Kill (1985) is the fourteenth in the series, a commercial success, with the Duran Duran theme song "A View to a Kill." Bond ( Roger Moore ) is sent to Siberia to locate the body of 003 and recover a microchip from the Soviet Union which Q establishes to be a copy made by government contractor Zorin Industries.
     The action involves: more great ski and surfing action, Bond at the Ascot Racecourse where Zorin 's horse wins, Sir Godfrey Tibbett, a horse trainer and MI6 agent who believes Zorin's horse was drugged, French private detective Achille Aubergine and dinner at the Eiffel Tower, Aubergine assassinated by Zorin's bodyguard May Day, Bond and Grace Jones as May Day in A View to a Kill (1985) Tibbett at Zorin's estate for the horse sale, a break-in at Zorin's laboratory, Tibbett's assassination, Zorin's plan to destroy Silicon Valley, an oil rig owned by Zorin and KGB agent Pola Ivanova, Bond and Sutton infiltrating Zorin's mine, discovering his plot to detonate explosives beneath the lakes along the Hayward and San Andreas faults, Zorin trying to kill Bond, who manages to moor an airship to the framework of the Golden Gate Bridge. General Gogol awards Bond the Order of Lenin for having foiled Zorin's scheme. M orders Q to seek Bond and using his system of surveillance, he finds 007 cavorting with Stacy.
     The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in London, Iceland, Switzerland, France and the United States. Several French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower , its Jules Verne Restaurant and the Château de Chantilly were filmed. The rest of the major filming was done at Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco . The Lefty O'Doul Bridge was featured in the fire truck chase scene. The horse racing scenes were shot at Ascot Racecourse. The scene in which Bond and Sutton enter the mineshaft was then filmed in a waterlogged quarry near Staines and the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in West Sussex.
     In The Living Daylights (1987), Timothy Dalton takes over for retired Roger Moore. Bond acts as a counter-sniper to protect a Soviet defector, Georgi Koskov. General Pushkin , head of the KGB, systematically kills British and American agents. When Koskov is seemingly snatched, Bond follows him across Europe, Morocco and Afghanistan.
     Action includes the usual characters: M, Q , Moneypenny and features Koskov 's escape from a concert hall in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia via the Trans-Siberian Pipeline into Austria and then on to Britain, Bond's return to Bratislava to track down cellist, Kara Milovy, their trip to Vienna, Pushkin meeting with arms dealer Brad Whitaker in Tangier, Bond meeting his MI6 ally, Saunders , and Koskov, Necros, Milovy, and the captive Bond flying to a Soviet air base in Afghanistan, part of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, where Koskov betrays Milovy and imprisons her along with Bond. The pair escape and in doing so free a condemned prisoner, Kamran Shah, leader of the local Mujahideen.

Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983))    Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only (1981)    Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill (1985)    Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983)    Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985)

     The film was shot at Pinewood Studios at its 007 Stage in UK, as well as Weissensee in Austria . The pre-title sequence was filmed on the Rock of Gibraltar and the sequence shows a hijacked Land Rover and the Mojave Desert. Other locations include Germany, the United States, and Italy. The desert scenes were done in Ouarzazate, Morocco . The conclusion of the film included the Schönbrunn Palace , Vienna and Elveden Hall, Suffolk.
     The title song of the film was co-written with Paul Waaktaar-Savoy of the Norwegian pop-music group A-ha and recorded by them.
     Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in License to Kill (1989) Licence to Kill (1989) marks Timothy Dalton's second and final performance in the role of James Bond. Bond is suspended from MI6 as he pursues drugs lord Franz Sanchez, who has attacked his CIA friend Felix Leiter and murdered Felix's wife during their honeymoon.
     Action includes: on the way to Felix Leiter's wedding in Key West, Bond assists in capturing Franz Sanchez by attaching a hook and cord to Sanchez's plane in flight near The Bahamas, pulling it out of the air with a Coast Guard helicopter. Bond and Leiter parachute down to the church in time for the ceremony. Sanchez escapes. Leiter is maimed by a tiger shark and wife Della is raped and killed. Bond, with Felix's friend Sharkey discover a marine research centre run by Milton Krest, one of Sanchez's henchmen. Bond kills Killifer by pushing him into the tank with the shark that maimed Leiter, M meets Bond in Key West's Hemingway House and orders him to an assignment in Istanbul, Turkey. Bond resigns after turning down the assignment, but M suspends Bond instead and immediately revokes his licence to kill. Bond flees from MI6 custody and becomes a rogue agent, bereft of official backing but later surreptitiously helped by MI6 armourer Q.
     Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in License to Kill (1989) Bond boards the Wavekrest - a ship run by Milton Krest - and foils Sanchez's latest drug shipment; he recruits Pam Bouvier, an ex-CIA agent-pilot whom he rescues from Dario at a Bimini bar, and journeys with her to the Republic of Isthmus, met by Q. With the aid of Bouvier, Q and Sanchez's girlfriend Lupe Lamora, Bond frames Krest by placing the five million dollars he had stolen into the hyperbaric chamber on board the Wavekrest. An angry Sanchez traps Krest in the chamber and then rapidly depressurises it, killing him; meanwhile, for Bond's perceived loyalty, Sanchez admits him into his inner circle.
     Bond learns that Sanchez's scientists dissolve cocaine in petrol and then sell it as fuel to Asian drug dealers, the buying and selling conducted via the televangelist Professor Joe Butcher.
     Sanchez's base burns, as he escapes with four articulated tankers full of the cocaine and petrol mixture. Bond pursues them by plane , with Bouvier at the controls. During the course of a stunt-filled chase through the desert, three of the four tankers are destroyed and Bond kills many of Sanchez's men.
     Budgetary reasons made Licence to Kill the first Bond not to be shot in the United Kingdom, with locations in both Florida and Mexico. The film earned over $156 million worldwide.
     Some underwater sequences were shot at the Isla Mujeres near Cancún. In August 1988 production moved to the Florida Keys, notably Key West . Seven Mile Bridge towards Pigeon Key was used for the sequence in which the armoured truck transporting Sanchez following his arrest is driven off the edge. Other locations there included the Ernest Hemingway House , Key West International Airport, Mallory Square , St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church for Leiter's wedding and Stephano's House 707 South Street for his house and patio. The US Coast Guard Pier was used to film Isthmus City harbour.
     The pre-credits sequence involved a bungee jump, which was filmed at the Contra Dam near Locarno, Switzerland. Reference footage for a scene consisting of a tank chase was shot on location in St. Petersburg. Scenes on a satellite dish were shot at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Epsom Downs Racecourse and the Nene Valley Railway were both used. For the title song, Gladys Knight was chosen

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Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..    Alison Doody as Jenny Flex in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ..    Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983) ..   Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)..    Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in License to Kill (1989)..    Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Caroline Munro as Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)..    Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)  .. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)..   Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..    Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die (1973)..    Grace Jones as May Day in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)..   Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..    Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983)..    Lana Wood as Plenty OToole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)..    Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan in Thunderball (1965)..    Maud Adams as Octopussy in Octopussy (1983)..    Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965)..   Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..    Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in License to Kill (1989)..    Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..    Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Ursula Andress as Honeychile Ryder in Dr. No (1962)..   Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in Dr. No (1962)

Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.

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