A View to a Kill

1985

A View to a Kill

Critics Consensus

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

37%

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40%

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Director John Glen tries his damnedest -- a pre-credit snowmobile chase, a parachute jump off the Eiffel Tower, a life-or-death struggle with a blimp on top of the Golden Gate Bridge -- to inject some life into this fourteenth episode of the long-running James Bond series. A View To A Kill also marks the departure of Roger Moore (who puts in his last appearance as James Bond here) and series regular Lois Maxwell (who played Miss Moneypenny since the inception of the series in Dr. No). The story kicks into gear when arch-fiend, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), a mad, power-crazed industrialist, attempts to corner the market on computer chips by doing it the old-fashioned way -- i.e. destroying Silicon Valley with a well-placed earthquake. Bond is sent out to stop him. In Europe, Bond is partnered with Sir Godfrey Tibbet (Patrick MacNee), but when he travels to the States, he is joined by hot and sexy geologist Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts). Sent in to slow down Bond and Company is Max Zorin's sadistic and murderous sidekick May Day (Grace Jones).

Cast

Roger Moore
as James Bond
Tanya Roberts
as Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones
as May Day
David Yip
as Chuck Lee
Fiona Fullerton
as Pola Ivanova
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Alison Doody
as Jenny Flex
Manning Redwood
as Bob Conley
Willoughby Gray
as Dr. Carl Mortner
Walter Gotell
as Gen. Gogol
Jean Rougerie
as Aubergine
Mary Stavin
as Kimberley Jones
Dominique Risbourg
as Butterfly Act Compere
Carole Ashby
as Whistling Girl
Anthony Chinn
as Taiwanese Tycoon
Geoffrey Keen
as Minister of Defense
Lucien Jerome
as Paris Taxi Driver
Joe Flood
as US Police Captain
Gerard Buehr
as Auctioneer
Gerard Buhr
as Auctioneer
Tony Sibbald
as Mine Foreman
Bill Ackridge
as O'Rourke
Ron Tarr
as Guard
Seva Novgorodtsev
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for A View to a Kill

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (36)

  • Moore is worth every wrinkle on his face in "A View to a Kill," the seventh movie he has made in the Bond series and the most enjoyable since "Moonraker" back in the '70s.

    May 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not double-oh-seven anymore, but double-oh-seventy, the best argument yet for the mandatory retirement age.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture.

    Aug 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This one, directed by John Glen, just follows the numbers, plodding from one unimaginative set piece to the next.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It is exhausted and exhausting, an old joke retold once too often.

    Oct 13, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for A View to a Kill

  • Feb 08, 2016
    Some entertainment just doesn't stand the test of time, including the 1985 James Bond film "A View to a Kill." Problems galore with this film. Here are just a few. Roger Moore is just too old to be playing Bond at this point. The fight scenes are laughably bad. Plus he is supposed to be a sex symbol. It's not that he is such a bad guy but it's just so terribly obvious that he is not the kind of man that women would be throwing themselves at like this film portrays. Another problem is the misogyny and sexism itself. It's not that post-industrial society stopped being misogynistic or sexist, it's just that it could never be as blatant as all this is. There is a gal named Jenny Flex in the film. Bond says, "Of course you are." Get it?! Her name is Jenny Flex, like the word "genuflect," which means to bow down in front of someone. Like a woman would to be subservient to a man. Or to suggest sexual activity on one's names. Oh ho ho. What a knee-slapper. If this film represents anything, it's that we're not nearly as bad as a society toward women as we once were. Hopefully.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    Well past his sell-by date, Roger Moore shamelessly headlines an overly camp adventure where the only action comes courtesy of a killer theme song. Trading adventure in for bad jokes, this rote outing marks an embarrassing entry for the series. Thanks to A View to a Kill, Sean Connery didn't suffer the indignity of being the only Bond to go out on a low note. In his 7th outing as Bond, Moore's superspy has become Perry Como with a License to Kill. Low energy as he goes through the all-too-familiar paces of redundancy, his now-lackluster 007 fails to throw off sparks even with a villainous two-fer played by Christopher Walken and Grace Jones. In this PG-rated spy adventure, an investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 (Moore) to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. When a slow-moving blimp is the literal 'vehicle' that sets your supposedly explosive climax in motion, you know it's time to hang up your Walther PPK. Indeed, the final San Francisco Bay Bridge action set piece offers the most excitement of the entire flick ...which is to say, none at all. At this troubling juncture, Jones' character name, Mayday, seems symptomatic of the franchise in general. Bottom line: That Fatal Kiss
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2015
    Feast your eyes on the last and weakest entry in the Roger Moore era of James Bond flicks. "A View to a Kill" follows a much older looking bond as he rides horses, takes down blimps, and runs on top of a bridge. With a laughable villain in Christopher Walken, there is some enjoyment to be had with this film, even though it is not good enjoyment. With one-liners at a new low, a villain that is not interesting, excess build-up to a disappointing finale, and an atmosphere that is way too far from the feel of bond, this film fails on many levels. Aside from a few cool action bits spread throughout, everything else feels uninspired. This is one of the worst films of the franchise by far. "A View to a Kill" is just plain dumb.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2015
    The 80's produced several all-time great action films, but A View to a Kill is not one of them. In fact, it's one of the weaker ones. It's unfortunate because this film ends Roger Moore's long 15 year run as everyone's favorite British Secret Service agent. Films have come along way since he began in 1973, but the quality has varied in this franchise. Bond films attempt to go bigger and bigger with every release, but A View to a Kill fails at bringing a more mainstream approach to the series. It's also unfortunate that we have a wasted performance from Christopher Walken, who very well could have been an all time great villain. The action definitely feels bigger, and there are a few notable action scenes that I can see myself re-watching. But the film is poorly paced with an incredibly slow first half. It doesn't help that the first action scene we see is before the opening credits and it's yet another ski chase. Only that this time Bond gets away on a snowboard, how original. Speaking of the opening credits, this film contains one of the better credits songs and the score for the entire film is great. So it's not all bad. Walken plays a horse breeder, yes Bond goes after a horse breeder. The twist on his character was welcomed and it definitely made more sense as to why 007 would be assigned to this case. The problem is, this happens half way through the film, so the first hour or so just seems like an entirely different film. On the other hand, at least they attempted to change up the villain formula from past installments, but Walken's performance never takes off. A strong point for the series often includes strong supporting characters. Unfortunately, none of the women or even men that Bond gets help from prove to be of any relevance. In other words, not enough care is given to them in the script to make us feel sympathy for them when everything hits the fan. So in all, A View to a Kill is another missed opportunity to have a classic film with a classic villain. Once again, there's some entertainment to be had, particularly in the climax, but it doesn't make up for the lackluster first half. +Opening credits theme +John Barry's adjusted score -Wasted role for Walken -Don't care about the supporting characters -slow slow start 4.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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