A View to a Kill (1985)
UK / English
"Adventure Above And Beyond All Other Bonds "An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.
Under-rated Bond entry.
A View To A Kill seems to get more than its fair share of criticism. Often
it is labelled the weakest of the Bond entries, but I don't think this is
particularly true. Personally, I don't even rate it as the poorest of Roger
Moore's Bond outings, with Moonraker and The Man With the Golden Gun
standing out in my memeory as less memorable escapades than this
It's Moore's final appearance as 007, and he is trying to prevent a
psychotic business magnate, Max Zorin (Walken) from destroying Silicon
Valley and cornering the world electronic market all for himself. To make
matters worse, Zorin is not your average adversary, since he was born as the
result of a Nazi doctor's scientific tamperings resulting in him being
hyper-intelligent but also uncontrollably murderous. The mission takes Bond
from Zorin's French chateau, to San Francisco, and ultimately to an
abandoned mine close to Silicon Valley, where Zorin plans to detonate a bomb
which will trigger a cataclysmic earthquake.
The set pieces are memorable, including a parachute pursuit from the Eiffel
Tower, a fire engine chase around the hilly streets of San Francisco, and an
airship crash on the Golden Gate bridge. Moore looks a bit old for the part,
and his sexual humour bears a greater emphasis than usual of the "dirty old
man" baggage. However, he still has an easy-going charisma and good comic
timing. Walken makes for a good, supremely confident villain, and is well
backed by the fearsome Grace Jones. However, Tanya Roberts might be a
gorgeous looker, but her Bond girl character is whining and screaming so
much in this film that she eventually wears out her welcome. The theme song
from Duran Duran is rather too '80s, but the instrumental music by John
Barry is stirring and dramatic.
I'm not sure what all the disappointment is about. A View To A Kill is an
above average Bond flick with plenty to keep you entertained.
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