For Your Eyes Only (Movie Poster) Homage Covers
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth film in Ian Fleming’s James Bond film franchise. Released in 1981, Roger Moore reprised for the fifth time his role as Fleming’s dashing and sophisticated international spy, James Bond. Before Moore, the James Bond character had been previously and famously portrayed by Sean Connery.
The screenplay takes its characters and combines elements from two of Ian Fleming’s short stories published in 1960 in the short story collection likewise titled For Your Eyes Only. Some elements of the film were also inspired by Fleming’s novels Live and Let Die, Goldfinger and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The film’s score was composed by Bill Conti, who also composed the scores for such well-known films as Rocky and The Karate Kid, including many of the sequels. Conti, with the help of Michael Leeson, also composed the title song which would be sung by Sheena Easton.
The producers of the film originally hired Debbie Harry to sing the title song, but Harry quit when the producers refused to allow her band, Blondie, to write and perform an original song for the film. Harry and her band, Blondie, nevertheless composed and recorded a song titled “For Your Eyes Only,” and published it on their 1982 album, The Hunter.
The title song, sung by Easton, was released simultaneously with the launch of the film in June 1981 and became a worldwide hit, reaching the top ten in the UK, #1 in the Netherlands, and the top five in the United States. “For Your Eyes Only” remains one of Sheena Easton’s biggest hits and is often included on compilation soundtrack albums.
The movie poster, like the song, was a big hit. The poster, produced by Bill Gold, who had previously produced the iconic artwork for the Dirty Harry film, prominently features a woman from behind from the waist down, dressed in high heels and a bathing suit, with her legs spread, holding a lowered crossbow. She is looking forward at Bond, who, gun drawn, is framed between her legs. Viewers’ eyes are drawn from the barrel of Bond’s gun upward to the woman’s feminine assets. This provocative scene graced the film’s soundtrack as well.
The poster became so iconic that it inspired the marketing for later films, including Kingsman: The Secret Service, Fifty Shades of Black and The Transporter, as well as SOME of the comic books shown below, particularly those which feature the attractive nether regions.
Gold’s poster, obviously, was not the first time that this between-the-legs motif had been used. Prior to Bill Gold’s noteworthy poster for the film, similar poses graced the cover of Wonder Woman #176 (June 1968), Conan the Barbarian #43 (October 1974) and The Fantasatic Four #187 (October 1977). Did Irv Novick’s cover art inspire these other early between-the-legs covers or Gold’s movie poster? It’s hard to say officially. The Wonder Woman and Conan covers and Gold’s poster feature sexually suggestive poses and similar characteristics of design.