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AVAILABLE NOW: For Your Eyes Only: A Fan Edit

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Update: released to the spleen. see updated changelist in this post.

The 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.

The big idea is to tighten the film, and replace the Bill Conti score with classic John Barry music from other Bond films.

JULY 2017 UPDATED CHANGELIST
Removed

  • UA/MGM LOGO. replaced with 1981 UA logo
  • Original pre-credits opening with graveside scene and helicoptor 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
  • Bibi Dahl no longer tries to seduce Bond, most of her scenes 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

  1. nearly every scene in the movie has tightened editing, some gags and bad effects removed
  2. some new sound effects added to help the impact of action scenes
  3. color timing changed on a scene-by-scene basis to make it feel more “cinematic”
  4. replace Conti with Barry

The film’s original running time is 127 mins.

New running time is 99 minutes.

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Just a quick mention that Im still working on this. This summer marks the 35th anniversary of For Your Eyes Only being released to theaters.

Here is great article with a few Bond fans discussing the films legacy.
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/history-legacy--showmanship/for-your-eyes-only-35th

This qoute sums up my feeling on the film, and why I started this project.

“For Your Eyes Only enjoys a reasonably enthusiastic following among Bond fans. It’s certainly not top-of-the-pack but its attributes have aged well while its weaker elements don’t seem any worse than they did in 1981. The movie greatly misses a John Barry score and a bit of judicious editing could have made it much better by trimming some of the embarrassing gags, but in the end, it has held up well — and provided fans with what many think is Moore’s best interpretation of Bond.”

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July 5 update:

The recent passing of Roger Moore has revitalized my interest in finishing this project. Good news: its nearly done. Ive aquired Adobe Premiere Pro, so the editing process has taken a major step forward. Thankfully, the 5.1 mix isolates the Bill Conti score to the left, right, and surround channels, so removing it while keeping dialoge and sound effects intact has proven much easier than anticipated.

Final touches are happening now.I hope to be sharing this cut on the spleen in the coming weeks.

some comparisions: original followed by recolored
http://imgur.com/a/3WjzB

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Cool work so far. I would like to demo this when you have a work print.

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This is really exciting for me! Over father’s day I had recently re watched this for the first time in quite a while. I Agree with basically all your decisions as well.

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Rendering the release candidate now. My friends and I will be reviewing it in the next few days.

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Ive always liked the opening - a bit of silly fun before the proper story begins - but I completely understand cutting it all in favour of the attack.

Removing Margaret Thatcher is a good policy in all aspects of life, not just fan editing. Well done.

I’m looking forward to watching this!

“I’m a scientist!”

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Mark’s Down On Your Syntax said:

Ive always liked the opening - a bit of silly fun before the proper story begins - but I completely understand cutting it all in favour of the attack.

Removing Margaret Thatcher is a good policy in all aspects of life, not just fan editing. Well done.

I’m looking forward to watching this!

I love the stuntwork in this scene, and the graveside scene is also quite nice. But neither really make sense in the finished edit.

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update: editing complete. doing another pass to correct some audio levels. dialoge and music levels were a bit off.

Hope to release this in < 2 weeks.

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I just recently watched the Blu Ray of this for the first time. I’m very excited to see your cut! I think the tightening your doing will improve the good action that is in this film!

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Ok folks, the finish line is near. Just finishing up a last few tweaks. I hope to have this loaded on the spleen by the weekend.

I realize OT.com may not have a huge 007 fanbase, but this is where I like to hang out.
Thanks to the few of you that have offered encouragement. This was a huge project for me. Im very pleased with the final result.

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this edit is complete… ill let you know when its posted to the spleen.

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Could you please send me your fan edit? FYEO is one of my favorite Bond films, I’d love to see what you did with it! Thanks!

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Kermanator said:

Could you please send me your fan edit? FYEO is one of my favorite Bond films, I’d love to see what you did with it! Thanks!

As i said, its on myspleen.

http://originaltrilogy.com/announcement/Requesting-invites-to-private-torrent-sites-ie-Myspleen/id/52834

It looks like youre new here. Generally speaking, most content isnt shared here on originaltrilogy. Discussion about content occurs here but most content is actually aquired elsewhere.

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