“For Your Eyes Only” is the theme tune to the 12th James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson, and performed by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number eight on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards in 1982.
The song itself is written by Bill Conti and Mike Leeson.
Conti – who was also responsible for the film’s score – had originally written the song thinking about Donna Summer or Dusty Springfield, singers he thought “fit the Bond style”. Film studio United Artists suggested Sheena Easton, an up-and-coming singer who had recently scored a No.1 hit in America with “Morning Train”. Conti heard Easton’s debut album Take My Time and felt unimpressed, but decided to work with her in the song after meeting Easton in person. Leeson’s lyrics originally only used “for your eyes only” as the final line, as the lyricist felt he could only use the phrase as a conclusion. After Conti met credit sequence artist Maurice Binder, who complained about having to synchronize the unveiling of the title with it being said in the theme song, he decided to meet with Leeson to make lyrics that opened with “for your eyes only”.
Easton is the only artist (to date) to be seen singing the theme song to a Bond movie during its opening titles, as Maurice Binder liked Easton’s appearance and decided to add her to the credits. Her seductive appearance in these clips was, according to Roger Moore, more sexy than any of the Bond girls, although Easton herself states that the filming process was very unglamorous.
In particular, Binder had to attach Easton to a chair so she would be immobile during a take where the camera zooms on the singer’s lips.
Easton is one of three Scots to have sung a Bond theme, the others being Lulu’s singing The Man with the Golden Gun and Shirley Manson (as part of the band Garbage) for The World Is Not Enough.