Does For Your Eyes Only have the weakest ending scene of the series?
Overall I find FYEO to be one of Roger Moore's better films. Notwithstanding, however I do think the finale scene is tonally jarring and poor. Bond's romance with Melina seems to come out of nowhere given that Bond's previous interactions with Melina have depicted him more as a paternalistic mentor figure; Melina throughout the film comes across more as Bond's ally and sidekick than his eventual love interest.
The scene is also strange from a plot standpoint- why is Bond being called up for congratulations by the Prime Minister when he has (arguably) failed his mission by failing to retrieve the ATAC in good working order? Surely there are larger-scale missions in 007's career, like The Spy Who Loved Me, more deserving of prime ministerial praise than this one?
Finally, the inclusion of Margaret Thatcher raises a chuckle in the moment but is also self-indulgent and eccentric-it's odd to see Bond interact with supposedly 'real' political figures from our world. Sean Connery didn't meet a comedic Lyndon B. Johnson impersonator aboard the presidential jet in Goldfinger...
What do others think of the ending scene of FYEO? Do you find the sequence funny, or just facetious? Is it a true contender for one of the worst ending scenes in any Bond film?
"The spectre of defeat..."