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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.
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.
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“For your Eyes Only’ is one of my top-5 Bond movies, it’s one of the few that does a near-perfect balancing act between serious and fun (plus Melina is the strongest and best ever Bond girl ever IMO). It has a few moments of silliness though and while I do love the Bill Conti synth score (he has done some beautiful scores), I have always wondered what a more traditional Bond score would be like. nostromo777 has made the dreams of everybody who has wanted a fanedit of FYEO, come true. The re-scoring is better than even my wildest dreams. I thought I’d miss some moments but even beautiful pieces of scoring from Conti such as when Melina’s theme plays (after her parents are murdered) are replaced with a Barry passage so similar in tone and feel that I was amazed. The moment when Bond says “You left this with Ferrara I believe” and then you add a slow arrangement of the Bond theme, was so, so cool (I had to rewind and enjoy that moment quite a few times!). Where did you find that new piece of beautiful piano for the end scene, genius! At many points, I found myself forgetting that the score had been replaced (which I mean as a compliment) because you replaced it with pieces so natural to the scenes… …one of my all-time favourite edits” -TM2YC, Fanedit.org admin
"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. 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 edit of For Your Eyes Only. Highly recommend! anarchemist
"Nostromo777 makes a good Bond film better!
The narrative is improved with a tighter plot. The music is remarkably improved by replacing Conti’s (badly dated) score for a selection of Barry’s 007 scores. Some of the musical cues will be recognizable to Bond fans, which could distract you momentarily. But it’s worth it when you compare this edit to the original!
The sound replacement work is such an accomplishment that that alone already merits checking out this edit!" -lapis-molari, Fanedit.org admin
7/19/18 UPDATED CHANGELIST
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 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 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” replace Conti score 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 cas 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 my edit work
The film’s original running time is 127 mins.
New running time is 99 minutes.
editing using Adobe premiere, audio sourced from the original soundtracks
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