A View to a Kill (1985)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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).
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
MGM/UA Entertainment Company

Cast

Roger Moore
as James Bond
Tanya Roberts
as Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones
as May Day
Patrick Macnee
as Tibbett
Patrick Bauchau
as Scarpine
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
Papillon Soo
as Pan Ho
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
Peter Ensor
as Tycoon
Seva Novgorodtsev
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for A View to a Kill

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2016
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

It's not double-oh-seven anymore, but double-oh-seventy, the best argument yet for the mandatory retirement age.

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

Hard as it is to justify Bond films on intellectual grounds, there's something invigorating -- and strangely reassuring -- about this sort of picture.

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is exhausted and exhausting, an old joke retold once too often.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for A View to a Kill

½

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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).

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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