The dark history of For Your Eyes Only

It seems a dark cloud hangs over the movie For Your Eyes Only, which has a strangely high occurrence of tragic loss.

Most Bond fans know that Cassandra Harris, who played Countess Lisle in For Your Eyes Only, was the wife of Pierce Brosnan, and died tragically young (age 43) of ovarian cancer.

Most fans also know that FYEO is the only Bond film without an appearance by M. Bernard Lee, who played M in all the previous films, had just died. Rather than replace him hastily, the Chief of Staff briefs Bond while M is “on leave.”

Michael Gothard, who played Locque, and Jill Bennett, who played Jacoba Brink, both committed suicide; Bennett in 1990 and Gothard in 1992.

And Toby Robins, who appeared briefly as Melina’s mother, died of breast cancer at the age of 56.


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