A View to a Kill Reviews
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.
There are some great sequences here...the fire truck chase, Golden Gate Bridge fight at the end, the horse race fight and some lovely evil ladies make it a good Bond flick but Moore is just too old...very clearly. Good but could have been better with a younger Bond and you gotta love 'Duran Duran's' theme :)
Tanya Roberts is extremely annoying and not at all believable as California's state geologist and a businesswoman whose shares Zorin is trying to buy. Every time it comes to a fight or some action she cowers and whimpers, yelling `Help me James' at the top of her shrill voice, and spends most of the time as some sort of damsel in distress for Bond to save. Christopher Walken makes for a good, supremely confident villain, and is well backed by the fearsome Grace Jones.
Also, the technically well-done chase sequence in Paris is ruined due to a ludicrous moment in which Bond-s care is hit by another and breaks in half! It looked cool driving on two wheels, but it would have been better in a cartoon. In keeping with some of the less attractive Bond conventions, some of the other action scenes are ruined by an overly-jokey feel - the San Francisco fire truck chase, for example, is played totally for laughs, and, like the Golden Gate Bridge scenes, features so much poor back-projection it is hard not to laugh.
The film is about French industrialist Max Zorin (Walken) who has a plan to corner the worlds microchip market by destroying Silicone Valley (it's hilarious to see microchips in this film that are bigger than my iPod). It's up to Bond to stop his plan of turning the San Fernando valley into Atlantis.
Yes, once again Moore was getting pretty old in this one and it was probably time to hang it up. He's quoted as saying that when the Bond girl's mothers started getting younger than him it was time to end his run. He's still Bond, just a Bond at the end of his run. It's Walken that shines in this film, a glowering supervillain that by the end is blatantly gunning his own workman down with Uzi's. And this was before he became such an icon.
As usual with a Bond movie the locations are spectacular and as much as you can complain about the plot, you can go through the previous franchises entrys you can find things that are more ridiculous than A View To A Kill. An underrated film that was a great swan song for Roger Moore.
Christopher Walken was a cold-hearted and bleached-blond villain. Grace Jones was like an exotic panther as the bad strong-girl, she didn't have much dialogue in this movie. Tanya Roberts was a pretty bland Bond girl.
There were interesting locations like the Eiffel Tower, deep mines, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
I was hoping for a better send-off for Roger Moore; they should've done something really special for him.
This is a long film; it's hard to get through in one sitting.