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A View to a Kill (1985)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 29

Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.

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Secret Agent 007 must stop a megalomaniacal technology mogul from destroying Silicon Valley in this fourteenth episode of the long-running James Bond series. Computer baron Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) is planning to trigger a major California earthquake in order to wipe out his competitors. Bond is dispatched to stop him in Europe, where he is partnered with Sir Godfrey Tibbet (Patrick MacNee). Sent in to slow down Bond and Company is Max Zorin's sadistic and murderous sidekick May Day (Grace

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Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Michael G. Wilson

Oct 17, 2000

MGM/UA Entertainment Company

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All Critics (45) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (29) | DVD (20)

This one, directed by John Glen, just follows the numbers, plodding from one unimaginative set piece to the next.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It is exhausted and exhausting, an old joke retold once too often.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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While Bond pics have always traded heavily on the camp value of its characters, A View to a Kill almost attacks the humor, practically winking at the audience with every move.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Once 007 was licensed to kill; now he not only eats quiche, he cooks it himself.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As lavishly escapist as they are, the latest James Bond films have become strenuous to watch, now that the business of maintaining Bond's casual savoir-faire looks like such a monumental chore.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A View to a Kill is often numbered among the worst of the series, but, upon closer inspection, this film is a vast improvement over Octopussy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Tired 007 effort has ridiculous plot, iffy behavior.

May 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This time around, 007 is a paunchy old man looking like he needs to retire. The film has little energy, thrills or fun, which is essential for a Bond film. The series has now reached an all time low.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Contrary to historical opinion and some truly awful movies, Moore conjured roguish magic over his 12-year tenure. His Bond cast the spell that initially charmed me as a kid - one perhaps so intoxicating to him that it was simply hard to let go.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

What says "outlandishly dumb action film from 1985" better than a plot to flood Silicon Valley and corner the world's microchip market?

September 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This Bond eats quiche.

February 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A View to a Kill is not the worst Bond film ever made, but it's closer to the bottom than to the top of the barrel.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A workmanlike entry brings Moore's long and increasingly tired tenure to a close.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Roger Moore's last Bond and not before time.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bond is old but still cool

February 10, 2008

A View to a Kill is at least better than Octopussy, but it's so absurd as to make for a less than perfect time.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The aging Roger Moore rehashes his somewhat foppish Bond in this sad '80s installment with Grace Jones as a vampish villainess. Awful, and an embarrassment to the Bond mystique.

March 25, 2006

Roger Moore's final Bond film is a solidly entertaining entry in the series.

September 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Moore's tryst with Grace Jones is, on the one hand, a well-intentioned attempt to tear down the Bond-girl color barrier, and, on the other, a rather disturbing image.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Moore's final Bond picture is one too late. Walken is a fine villian, though.

January 9, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Registers as another high-flying James Bond adventure story.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for A View to a Kill

The 14th Bond film and finale for the Roger Moore era ends his tenure on a flat note, showing us everything that was not up to par with Connery's era while also proving that Bond still can deliver great action set pieces even when the story and script aren't as strong. These films are always technically well made. A View to a Kill is, however, the worst Bond film since Live and Let Die (my pick for the worst of the series) and almost gives it a run for its money. Ultimately, I just barely prefer this one because it doesn't have the blaxploitation that Live and Let Die had. The plot is incredibly weak despite having a decent villain in Christopher Walken and a good side villain in Grace Jones. Tanya Roberts character starts off strong, but by the end she is just the typical damsel in distress Bond girl who can barely act and constantly screams for help. Roger Moore is sleep walking through the role at age 57 and probably should not have been involved with the past two installments. The action is pretty good, especially the finale on the Golden Gate bridge, but it's all for naught. Overall, Roger Moore had a couple decent Bond films, but his era was mired in mediocrity and put the franchise in jeopardy before the mantle was passed on to Timothy Dalton. He was done with the role two movies ago, and so was the audience (evident by the low box office numbers).
January 21, 2013
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Roger Moore's final turn as James Bond, despite being entertaining (if not always for the right reasons) is a rather unremarkable entry in the series, and I guess a good enough way to end my least favorite (overall) era.

This time around a crazy computer industrialist named Max Zorin plans a devious scheme to get rid of his competitors in Silicon Valley. Okay, sounds fine I suppose. But, to do that, he wants to trigger an earthquake that will flood the entire valley. That's really over-the-top, even for a Bond villain.

I used to dig this one, but it's lost some of its charm over time. Yeah, Grace Jones is memorable as the lead hench(wo)man, if only for her statuesque presence, and there's something undeniably fun about seeing Christopher Walken in typical Walken mode as Zorin, but I dunno, this one is just kinda blah. I give it a slight boost because the action scenes are well staged, and, like I said, Walken really holds it together, but this is overall quite blah, uninspired, and really offers nothing all that fresh or interesting.

At least it's watchable, but I question if it really needed to be 131 minutes in length.
December 21, 2012
cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

In Roger Moore's final turn as Bond, James Bond, he delivers one of his better movies, which really doesn't say much for his run as Bond. This is basically the same as the rest of his Bond movies with a couple exceptions. This time around he has to stop a technology mogul from destroying Silicon Valley. Only instead of some no namer it's Christopher Walken, actually a blonde Walken at that. He's over the top and gives that awesome Walken performance that only he can do. The movie is cheesy and very outlandish, but it's fun. Well, except for Grace Slick, when she is on screen it is just kind of awkward. The best thing about the movie is the title song. "View to a Kill" by Duran Duran is a total 80s song, but its still awesome. The opening with the black lights is still pretty crazy looking, but it works and helps makes this just a very fun Bond movie.
November 17, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A big and endlessly enjoyable thrill-ride from start to finish. Roger Moore is brilliant once again in his final performance as James Bond, adding the humor, charm and cool that made him great, even at the time 57 years of age he still had the goods. Christopher Walken is one of the best and enjoyable bad guys in the series. A explosively entertaining and terrifically fun action-packed adventure.
November 17, 2012
allan913

Super Reviewer

    1. Stacey Sutton: It was granddad's ashes. But he always loved a good fight.
    – Submitted by George P (8 months ago)
    1. Tibbett: Another wealthy owner?
    2. James Bond: Who knows? But she certainly bear closer inspection.
    3. Tibbett: We're on a mission!
    4. James Bond: Sir Godfrey, on a mission I am expected to sacrifice myself.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (16 months ago)
    1. May Day: [looks through Zepplin window at Golden Gate Bridge] Wow... What a view.
    2. Max Zorin: To a kill.
    – Submitted by Daniel m (20 months ago)
    1. Max Zorin: You lost, 007.
    2. James Bond: Killing Tibbett was a mistake.
    3. Max Zorin: I'm about to make the same mistake twice.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Max Zorin: So.. Does anyone else wanna drop out?
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
    1. Max Zorin: You slept well?
    2. James Bond: A little restless, but I got off eventually.
    – Submitted by Alannah D (2 years ago)
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