For Your Eyes Only: 007 Cut

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For Your Eyes Only: 007 Cut
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Brief Synopsis:
Tighten the editing film, and replace the Bill Conti score with classic John Barry music from other Bond films.
he 12th James Bond film is a favorite of mine. After the silly Moonraker, the film makers decided it was time to return to a more serious tone, with a traditional spy plot. The film mostly succeeds, but there a few missteps that have always bothered me. My goal is to make FYEO a more “classic” Bond film.

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the editing of scenes was a big process, but the music replacement is by far the biggest undertaking. There a too many changes to list them ALL. the trims and changes number in the thousands. The music editing and placement is extensive. Hardcore fans are sure to recognize some music from other films, but a casual fan might assume the music was scored especially for this film. It just... sounds like James Bond music. :-) Its all timed to work perfectly with dramatic moments within the film. I'm quite proud of the work Ive done.
Other Sources:
CD soundtracks For John Barry's Bond Scores
Youtube videos
Special Thanks:
my buddy TF for teaching me Adobe Premiere
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There a too many changes to list them ALL. the trims and changes number in the thousands. here is a broad overview:

- UA/MGM LOGO. replaced with 1981 UA logo
- Original pre-credits opening with graveside scene and helicopter removed. new opening is the sinking of St. Georges,murder of the Havelocs
- opening title/song re-synced and pitch corrected with the original album version Sheena Easton’s song
- toned down MI6 chief of staff’s disdain for 007
- identigraph scene dramatically shortened
- motorcycle attack on Melina removed
- hockey player attack removed
- submarine attack removed
- Bond and Melina’s afternoon shopping removed
- Margaret Thatcher removed

In addition to the above major alterations, there are these changes that alter the timing and feel of the movie:

- nearly every scene in the movie has tightened editing, multiple rear projection shots removed during ski chase, multiple "underwater" effects removed
- some new explosion sound effects, new underwater sound effects
- color timing changed on a scene-by-scene basis to make it feel more “cinematic”
- Conti score replaced with Barry score
- Gun barrel effect added: when transitioning from the gun barrel opening to the first shot of the st. Georges, an optical iris effect has been added
- Bill Conti's on screen credit during the opening credits has been digitally removed and replace with John Barry's.
- Pre-movie and post movie credits added to reflect edit work
Cover art by nostromo777 (DOWNLOAD HERE)

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(Updated: July 19, 2020)
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It seems like most people regard The Spy Who Loved Me as Roger Moore's best outing as 007. I disagree. For Your Eyes Only is his best in my opinion, and this edit of it only makes it better. But let me start with the negatives: the cutting seems quite jumpy at times, especially in the very first scenes onboard the ship which sinks. I understand the idea was to tighten almost every single scene in the movie, but it takes some getting used to. Between cuts there would sometimes be a split second of an odd frame. The audio during some dialogue is very low compared to the music in other scenes. And I think the traditional Bond theme may pop up once too often---it is hard to know if these were actually variations of the Bond theme that were just too close to identical for me to tell.
OK, that was all the "bad" stuff. Forget all that, because it barely detracts at all from this great edit of a 007 spy thriller. I would scarcely call many 007 movies spy thrillers, especially the Moore era ones, but this one is. Removing bits of the annoying ice skater girl helped a lot. The music throughout was very cool---using some of the Thunderball music during underwater scenes was perfect. And, indeed, the classic James Bond theme was very welcome during some scenes. I was worried that all the humor would be removed, but what remained was ideal. The Craig era could really learn a lot from the music in this edit. Actually, the Brosnon era could have as well. This cut achieved what the best of the Connery era achieved--when it ended, the music was echoing in your head and you felt like putting on a nice suit and driving really fast and dangerously. It reminded me of that feeling of wanting to be James Bond because he was the coolest guy on earth with his own personal theme song! (Indiana Jones may be the only other character in history with as great a theme song). The narrative and enjoyment level here is perfect. It isn't my "go to" version because the file size is prohibitively humongous so I had to delete immediately after watching, but if not for that, this is the version I prefer. It is the best cut of Roger Moore's best Bond outing. It is easily the most realistic Bond since Goldfinger and until The Living Daylights (and finally again with Casino Royale). This is THE essential Moore era Bond and the ideal (if very slightly flawed) edit of For Your Eyes Only. Highly recommend! (Especially if you have the 18Gb to spare on your hard drive!)

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