A View to a Kill (1985)
Critic Consensus: Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.
When a sinister microchip manufacturer, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) comes up with a scheme to wipe out all of his Silicon Valley competition, it is up to James Bond (Roger Moore), agent 007, to put a stop to his deadly plan. However, Bond will have to defeat Zorin's ruthless friend, May Day (Grace Jones), in order to get to the to the microchip tycoon. The title song for this film was performed by Duran Duran.
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Critic Reviews for A View to a Kill
The film also fails on other traditional Bond levels. For example, the gadgets. Zorin and his gang have an inflatable dirigible, but so what? The key to the best Bond gadgets has been that they were something you might want to own yourself.
It's not double-oh-seven anymore, but double-oh-seventy, the best argument yet for the mandatory retirement age.
Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture.
This one, directed by John Glen, just follows the numbers, plodding from one unimaginative set piece to the next.
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).
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.
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.
A View to a Kill Quotes
|Stacey Sutton:||It was granddad's ashes. But he always loved a good fight.|
|Tibbett:||Another wealthy owner?|
|James Bond:||Who knows? But she certainly bear closer inspection.|
|Tibbett:||We're on a mission!|
|James Bond:||Sir Godfrey, on a mission I am expected to sacrifice myself.|
|May Day:||[looks through Zepplin window at Golden Gate Bridge] Wow... What a view.|
|Max Zorin:||To a kill.|
|Max Zorin:||You lost, 007.|
|James Bond:||Killing Tibbett was a mistake.|
|Max Zorin:||I'm about to make the same mistake twice.|
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