For Your Eyes Only

Name: For Your Eyes Only
Year: 1981
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 127
Description: After disposing of a familiar looking face, Bond is sent to recover a communication device, known as an ATAC, which went down with a British Spy ship as it sunk. Bond must hurry though, as the Russians are also out for this device. On his travels, he also meets Melina Havelock, whose parents were brutally murdered. Bond also encounters both Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo. Each of them are accusing the other of having links with the Russians. Bond must team up with Melina, solve who the true ally is and find the ATAC before it’s too late.
Stars: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet and Topol
Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Certainly not bad at all! Especially the first half was good. I did lose some interest during the second part, but the final scene was totally worth it. Didn’t like Melina and don’t understand why the general didn’t try to kill Bond at the end, did like the plot twists.

The score was really interesting. It was overflowing with energy, joy and emotion all the time. Possibly my favourite Bond score so far, though that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service theme was equally good, but here, the underscore was definitely superior to anything I’ve heard in the series so far. During one chase sequence, I did fear the worst after a two-note theme clearly suggested Jaws would make another appearance, but luckily that didn’t happen. And the song is most definitely my favourite so far: its mood was oddly fitting given Moore’s passing. Also, someone clearly had great fun spreading all the sound effects over different channels. One sound, a bird flying by, did sound pathetic.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Name: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Year: 1981
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 115
Description: The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman
Genres: Action, Adventure

Not bad at all, though it’s indeed really funny how Indy doesn’t contribute anything to the plot. John Williams’ themes were of course great, but the rest of the score didn’t make any impression on me, except for a few notes here and there. Even Marion’s theme didn’t move me at times.

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an Irish audio-describer. He also chose to describe lots and lots of things long before they happened, an approach I really liked because it leaves so much of the film sound untouched. And the sound mix was great too, even though the dialogue could have been a little louder.