For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#33); 1981

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Sheena Easton’s career began on television in 1980 when it was not commonplace, and may even work against the artist. Video crews from the BBC followed her for months, accumulating footage for their documentary, The Big Time: Pop Singer, which covered the making of a music star.

The move boosted Sheena on to the charts in both England and the U.S., and she won a Grammy for Best New Artist. So, when Sheena Easton was tagged to record the theme song for the latest James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, she followed in the footsteps of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Paul McCartney’s Wings.

However, unlike any of the other theme singers, before or after, Sheena appeared on screen. Her appearance brought a little bit of Scotland back to the franchise, since Englishman Roger Moore, rather than her fellow countryman Sean Connery, now played Agent 007.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Christopher Neil

Lyrics Written by:

  • Bill Conti
  • Mick Leeson