For Your Eyes Only Locations
Locations Manager(s): Peter Bennett
Under their watchful eye, the following special places were used for filming "For Your Eyes Only":
Becton Gas Works, which is situated on the banks of the River Thames in East London was used for the helicopter sequence.
On September 15, 1980, principal photography began, on the Greek Island of Corfu, on For Your Eyes Only, starring Roger Moore. The casino at the Achilleion Palace, on a knoll near the village of Gastouri was used as a casino interior. Another scene was filmed in the artistically-laid-out gardens, complete with many statues, and with breath-taking views across Corfu Bay.
The "beach buggy" sequence was filmed at a scorching-hot location on St. George's Beach, in the South-West of Corfu. These were followed by scenes on boats and a float-plane in Katami Bay, on Kanoni Island (off the Corfu Coast and close-by the Hilton Hotel) and in Pagi Village, which was the setting for some spectacular car chases and crashes, supervised by Remy Julienne, one of the world's top automobile action experts. Later came more dramatic action on the sea-front by the historic old Turkish Fort, on the edge of Corfu Town, followed by the Achilleion Palace sequence.
Mountain-climbing sequences were shot at the Meteora mountains and the small town of Kalambaka, in Central Greece.
The graveyard of Stoke Poges Church in Buckinghamshire, traditionally believed to be the setting of Thomas Gray's famous poem Elegy, written in 1751, was used for the scene where Bond visits the grave of his late wife, Tracy Vicenzo (portrayed in On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Diana Rigg).
The grounds and swimming-pool area of the luxurious "Villa Sylva", at Kanoni, in the hills above Corfu Town was used.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, in Northern Italy, amidst the towering Dolomite Mountains was also used. Cortina d'Ampezzo was the home of the 1956 Olympic Winter Games. Set in a network of over 100 km. of ski-runs in the bowl-shaped Ampezzo Valley, the local attractions include the Olympic Ice Stadium, Olympic Bobsleigh Run, Olympic Ski-Jump, Olympic Ski-Run and the Speed Skating Track. Scenes were shot on all of these but the last.
The Bond team also filmed for several days in the main shopping center of Cortina d'Ampezzo but, because no snow had fallen for several weeks, there was little or no snow on the ground. So it was that the production, in conjunction with the town administrators, had to move in 25 large truckloads of virgin snow from the outlying districts for spreading around on the streets!
Scenes were also filmed outside Cortina's famous Miramonti Hotel, and (after a heady, 3-stage cable car ride) on the top of Tofana Mountain, the highest peak (at 3,243 meters) in the Dolomites above Cortina d'Ampezzo.
[Locations information extracted from an article published in AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER in August 1981. Reproduced here for entertainment and research purposes only]
A reader kindly wrote in to say that Kalami bay in Corfu is also seen in the film as you can see the Durrells square White House on the left as you look at the beach.
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