Bond: View to a Kill
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Roger Moore's last outing as James Bond is evidence enough that it was time to pass the torch to another actor. Beset by crummy action (an out-of-control fire engine?) and featuring a fading Moore still trying to prop up his mannered idea of style, the film is largely interesting for Christopher Walken's quirky performance as a sort-of supervillain who wants to take out California's Silicon Valley. Grace Jones has a spookily interesting presence as a lethal associate of Walken's (and who, in the best Bond tradition, has sex with 007 before trying to kill him later), and Patrick Macnee (Steed!) has a warm if brief bit. Even directed by John Glen, who brought some crackle to the Moore years in the Bond franchise, this is a very slight effort. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • a view to a kill
    a view to a kill is a great bond film, why do people dislike it? I have to say it is my favorite Roger Moore film although he was looking too old Tanya Roberts is okay it's just she never stops screaming. Cristopher Walken has to be my FAVORITE bond villian ever!!! also Grace Jones did a good job as May Day too....more info
  • AWESOME!
    I have been wanting this movie because of Grace Jones for so long and could never find it by itself until recently. It is always tucked in with a boxed set of James Bond movies for a hefty price. Excellent movie, and Grace Jones is superb!...more info
  • The best JAMES BOND 007 WITH ROGER MOORE !
    With not pretty GRACE JONES but so STRANGE and CHRISTOPHER WALKEN as A GENIUS WHO SERVES THE EVIL AGAINST THE GOOD SPY SECRET AGENT NUMBER 007 PLAID BY ROGER MOORE IS THE BEST OF THE BESTS SECRET AGENT 007 BY HIM THROUGHT THE MANY ACTORS WHO HAVE PLAID THIS AGENT OF ITS MAJESTY THE QUEEN ! beside evidently mister SEAN CONNERY ant the others but i like these TWO basics actors in this gender of MOVIES A VERY GOOD MOVIE DVD FILM ! ... SURELY ... And also don't forget PATRICK MAC NEE ! ... A SPLENDID "CODGER" BRITISH ACTOR WHO SERVE THIS FILM !...more info
  • Unfortunately the Audience is Killed Off
    There is a certain amount of nostalgia to this Bond film in that it is Moore's last outing as 007 and he knew it going into it, but sadly, it's a bad film. The action is boring, the acting is hammy, the women, stunts and effects are all pedestrian at best, and the dialogue is just awful.

    I admit I was never a "fan" of Moore as Bond as his view of him was very different than Connery's, the ultimate Bond and originator of the famous role. Moore often played Bond in a baffonish cartoon superhero-like manner. He always had too much tongue-in-cheek cutesy punchline humor and he was rather a sissy about doing his own stunt work. I accepted him as Bond and enjoyed him as much as I could. He was terrific in "The Spy Who Loved Me." That was his definitive Bond film as it had it all with good action sequences, acting, script, effects and stunt work going for it.

    The other Moore Bonds I liked were "The Man with the Golden Gun", "Moonraker", and "Octopussy" even though that was a bit over-the-top in some areas. I hated "Live and Let Die", but I thought "For Your Eyes Only" was just okay. I was sad to see this be Moore's last Bond film as it it didn't do him justice. "Octopussy" would have been a better end for him than this Saturday afternoon matinee silliness....more info
  • Not too far off the beaten track
    After 1981's "For Your Eyes Only", the excitment in the Bond series went from sizziling to a near cold cut platter. 1983 brought "Octopussy" which started a trend with a more mellow Bond that didn't save the world that much (This trend contiued until 1987's "The Living Daylights" broke the trend, and 1989's "Licence to Kill" continued it, but in a much darker fashion). In 1985, "A View to a Kill" was introduced. How does it stack up to the other Bonds of the '80's?
    Roger Moore returns in his seventh and final outing as James Bond 007. After the intense, adreniline pumping pre-credits sequence and a pretty good theme song, the movie loses it's momentum and slows down. Bond is assigned to investigate Mr. Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) and his '80's trendy girlfriend (Grace Jones). Roger Moore's stunt man played a good role in his jumps, runs, and driving.
    Later the movie switches to San Francisco and we then learn Zorin's plot to flood Silicon Valley. Bond then meets a geologist, Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts) who is an extreme hottie who can scream and can't act. In fact, she is number four on the worst Bond list. Right behind Denise Richards, Michelle Yeoh, and Britt Eckland. If not for those three, she would have the worst Bond Girl Award, which is now in Denise Richard's possesion.
    A View to a Kill stacks up as an ejoyable, but flawed Bond film, which features a fading Roger Moore doing what he loves best, playing James Bond. The score is probably the only thing that doesn't hurt the film, besides the acting (excluding Tanya Roberts), the score is perfectly done. This is a good Bond flick to watch if you're a hardcore Bond film like me. I still say Roger Moore should have left "Octopussy" and this to the underrated Timothy Dalton....more info
  • Just plain silly
    Even Walken couldn't save this movie. Just plain silly. Flood silicon valley so he would be the only manufacturer of chips? huh?...more info
  • AVTAK needs to be re-evaluated
    Recently I upgraded from VHS to these new 2-Disc ultimate edition DVDs and i couldn't be more pleased. The films look and sound great, and the special features are intriguing.



    I've always considered A View to a Kill as one of the worst, alongside The Man With the Golden Gun and Diamonds Are Forever.


    Upon re-watching AVTAK i was amazed to discover that i really, REALLY liked it.


    Here are some of the reasons why:


    1. Great pre-title sequence with Bond in Iceland. First ever use of a snowboard in the movies! However, I still think using "California Girls" is inappropriate, but thats only a minor quibble. The chase ends in classic Bond fashion with an Iceberg Submarine waving the Union Jack flag.

    2. Great theme song by Duran Duran.

    3. Roger Moore looks old, but not unbelievable in the role. His age is a testament to his popularity as 007. I'm glad he came back for one more after Octopussy.

    4. Christopher Walken and Grace Jones and some of the best villians EVER!

    5. Amazing scene where Mayday basejumps from the Eiffel Tower, which is followed by one of my favorite car chases ever. Bond keeps driving despite his vehicle taking heavy amounts of damage.

    6. Badguys getting back up after Bond used a shotgun loaded with rock
    salt.

    7. Bond using the air from car tires to avoid drowning.

    8. Exciting climax on the Golden Gate Bridge


    I could go on and on....basically this 007 film is a great adventure from start to finish.

    Roger Moore had a string of highbudget, high entertainment films starting with the Spy Who Loved me and ending with A View to a Kill.


    Give this one another chance...this is classic 007....more info
  • Revisiting all the Bonds, this was good!!!
    I enjoyed this movie a lot more than I thought I would. Roger Moore seems to play Bond with humor and Bond should not be played that way in my opinion. Moonraker was tought to watch. A View To A Kill was a nice surprise. Bond kept the one-liners to a minimum and played the roll fairly straight. I think Roger Moore was much better when he was trying to be serious. And he did a good job here. Walken was a GREAT bad guy. Grace Jones was wonderful as May Day. Overall AVTAK is one of the best Moore Bond films. ...more info
  • This movie is great despite the criticism!
    I love "A View to a Kill"! It is in my Top 5 Bond movies ever made. The villains are stupendous, Christopher Walken (as Nazi superbaby industrialist Max Zorin) and Grace Jones (as Amazonian assassin May Day) could be among the best in the series. Many people hate Tanya Roberts. I don't see much of a problem. Her character is that of a girl that was definitely spoiled when she was younger and never had to fend for herself until Zorin's scheme to flood Silicon Valley using his oil wells, which again, an over-the-top scheme that is more acceptable than lets say Stromberg's or Drax's. Roger Moore is definitely aging here, but he is a very youthful looking man so it's hardly noticeable. Many beautiful women adorn the production such as Allison Doody as Jenny Flex, May Day's henchwoman, Tanya Roberts as Stacy Sutton, California geologist, and Papillon Soo Soo as Pan Ho, another of May Day's henchwomen. The sets are wonderful, the Chateau Chantilly has to be one of the best locations for the Bond movie! San Francisco and the fight atop the Golden Gate Bridge was glorious! One of the most exciting fight scenes ever in a Bond movie! The Paris Chase is also wonderful (despite the car being cut in half and still being able to function) it's fun as is the pretitle sequence and I am one of the people that don't mind "California Girls". All in all, this movie is in my Top 5 and why people hate it baffles me!

    A must-see Bond adventure!!!!!...more info
  • Underrated
    Roger Moore's last Bond film, "A View to a Kill", is considered by many to be one of the worst films in the series. In my opinion it's underrated. Yes, Roger Moore was getting a bit too old for the part but he still does a good job. My main complaint is Tanya Roberts's character, Stacey Sutton. She's not a very good Bond girl, but it is somewhat redeemed by Grace Jones's May Day character, one of the more colorful (no pun intended) Bond girls. Christopher Walken is a good villain and Bond gets help from Patrick Macnee who also does a good job.

    The story is something of a rework of "Goldfinger", but it' still fun and has added some nice twists and been updated to fit the 1980s. The movie offers lots of fun action and in my opinon delivers what I expect from a Bond movie. ...more info
  • [3.5] Christopher Walken is the star here
    Seen as one of the weakest Bond films ever made, A View To A Kill is not as bad as one might think. Roger Moore is over the hill in this one, and the Bond girls are about as annoying as ever. The action is toned down compared to some Bond films, but the lead villain and his interesting henchwoman make up for the loses, as well as an exciting climactic action scene that is must see.

    Christopher Walken steals the show in this one. He plays the psychopathic villain named "Zorin", who is out to destroy the supply of microchips in Silicon Valley, California by creating the largest earthquake ever known. He hopes that the destruction of the Valley will place the silicon market in his favor. The man comes off as interesting in the beginning of the film, and ends up as a complete psycho - betraying nearly all his people and shooting them down in a rampage. Christopher Walken delivers the lines with such originality and flavor, in a style that is, well - Christopher Walken. You can't help but love this guy (as far as excellent villains go). To add even more spice, he has a henchwoman named "May Day" who is easily the strangest villain ever seen in a Bond film. Her choice for attire and hairstyles is quite unique to say the least, but she is an expert in martial arts and other skills as well, so to speak.

    The story and suspense were something to expect from a Bond film, but toned down overall, and slow at times. Zorin, being an ex-KGB, keeps Russia involved in the mix - something that has been a consistent for the Roger Moore films. I was hoping for more action than there was, and the film could use it. Most of the scenes weren't too exciting, but a few did stand out. Specifically, the exciting climax of Bond hanging onto Zorin's air blimp while it goes straight into the Golden Gate bridge, followed by an exciting fight at the top. There is also a chase scene where Bond and Stacey (the annoying Bond girl) steal a firetruck and are follwed by cops. It would have been more powerful if the villains were involved in the chase, but the lack of made the action scene a bit unnecessary.

    Locations are also more toned down too. The film begins in Paris, and there is actually some action on the Eifel Tower. Then the action shifts to Zorin's massive estate (and if you love horses, this is a treat.) The last half of the movie takes place in California, mostly in San Francisco and an underground mine in the valley.

    It was probably time for Moore to retire before this film, for his age kept a lot of spice from his performance - and kept other elements of this movie stale as well. But overall, this will still please to the die hard fan. The villain is worth the price, as is the final scene on the Golen Gate bridge.

    Acting - 3.5
    Action - 3.5
    Characters - 4
    Story - 3.5
    Overall - 3.5
    ...more info
  • A Movie of Its Time
    There seems to be two schools of thought on this film. One says that one loves the actors, vilian, etc. The other says this movie is shockingly awful.

    I think of the third, it is a work of its time.

    My reason to revisit this film was because of the computers in it. I heard there was a Commadore 64, my elder brother's first computer, in there (false). Actually, there's a lot of technology in this film. I also wanted to see this film because I have a good friend called Max who looks a lot like Max Zorrin.

    Why? Probably because after the phenomenon of more 'mainstream' (think Star Wars) Moonraker, and the less than as spectatular Octopussy, MGM tried again to jump on the bandwagon of current fads and create a film that fit in with more 'modern' times in the blind hope it would equal another smash hit. This is why to some degree it looks VERY dated.

    1980s related themes and techniques include evil greedy business tycoons and corporate branding (Zorrin), the round, balding Mayor and display of city hall (Like in Ghostbusters), Cop-related humour (Police Acadamy and similar movies), Computers and technology, Wide shots to fast zooms then cutting to a closeup (the man with the fishing boat after Zorrin drained the lake), the name 'Stacey'.

    If one takes the above into account then the movie and what is included makes far more sense. The plot itself is quite intelligent and holds up even today.

    What does not hold up is the casting. There were some really bad shots of Moore in this film- he did look nearly geriatric, like when he looked around the corner as he snuck into City Hall once or twice. Some have said he seemed to be just walking through the film to get his next paycheck: I agree. He didn't seem nearly interested in Zorrin's activites to have gone to the lengths that his character, Bond, did. There is no way in the world that Timothy Dalton should have been given the role- one might as well have cast a manequin rather than make people suffer through one of his performances...this movie needed humour to soften the hard edges of Zorrin. Every bond film needs humour to differentiate it from every other run-of-the-mill action film, so people see it doesn't take itself to seriously as it isn't written to be 100% realistic. This is why Christopher Walken's performance of Zorrin does not hold up. The man is supposed to be a psychopath, but Walken's performance is far to introverted to prove that he is one. Bond baddies overdo it...look at Blowfeld, Goldfinger, Alex Trevalyn, Eliot Calver. They all have a wild, angry steak and a spark in their eye when things to their way (Electra King was an acception- just icy but very sexy). Zorrin was neither. Zorrin's performance to me said, "I am bored to be just a step away from carrying out my plans to destroy Silicon Valley". His role should have been similar to Calver's role- very visonary and not so ponsey. For Zorrin to have made it to the top of the KGB the way that he was is far to astonishing.
    Walken's performance gave the impression that Zorrin was more interested in flying in blimps than in destroying Silicon Valley- the look on his face when he saw the bridge with May Day and seeing Silicon Valley before he throught it would be flooded was far more convicing than the rest of his potrayal, with one acception.
    The relationship between May Day and Zorrin in the single scene they had just together was very strong, and in my view far too strong for him to just leave her to die at the end. Zorrin showed far more interest in the relationship than May Day did, who snapped her teeth at him as he tried to kiss her. However, he was more than obliging to send her to sleep with Bond when she asked if she should join him.

    Next problem is the character development. Stacey was just a SC-REAM...don'tcha think? All that screaming just wanted me to grab her shoulders and give her a GOOD SHAKE. Why was May Day on Bond's and her's tail in the mineshaft? Because she SCREAMED.
    The backflip by May Day was also unrealistic. Grace Jones, who has quite a filmography, must have done the best she could with May Day's furied backflip at the end. Despite her undying loyalty to Zorrin, she quickly backflips at the end and calls him a 'jerk' and kamakazis with the bomb to get revenge on him.

    Some plot leads just died. When the guy from Washington was abducted in his own car, he was never, nor 'going to washington', mentioned again.

    The theme was reasonable- not the best theme by a long shot. It was the second best theme of the decade in my view, Ah-ha's "The Living Daylights" far more musical.

    Editing wasn't fantastic. This film ran for two hours! It should have only run for 90 minutes, really, 90 is enough.

    Memories warp events. But mine was about right on how good the film was. The blimp explosion at the end and the plot involving the mine wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was, but the potrayal of Zorrin not as frenzied as I recalled.
    My aim was to see old computers (yes, I go on old computer websites and spend hours looking at old computers...it's fun). I saw them, and saw particular computers doing things that they could and would never do (same thing happened in Goldeneye). I also saw the awesomness of Grace Jones and the her wonderful (but sometimes very dated) costuming- as a devil at Zorrin's Horse fair for example.

    This film is definetly worth watching, but, that alone does not make it a 5 Star film....more info
  • My favourite James Bond
    I love Roger Moore as James Bond and this James Bond is great !...more info
  • 2.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Long-in-the-tooth Roger Moore stars in an uninspired Bond entry that lifts large portions of its plot directly from its (better) predecessors; A View to a Kill has little to offer aside from a catchy theme and an interesting Bond girl in Grace Jones' Mayday...more info
  • License to vanish !
    Despite the final spectacular sequence in Golden Gate bridge, the whole script lacks consistence; Tanya Roberts is one of my favorite Bond girls on screen (despite her performance is far to be effective)and the sumptuous Parisian locations are a visual delight but this is not enough. On the other hand Moore seems to be tired and wishful the saga comes to an end as effectively happened. Grace Jones exhibited her prodigious musculature all the way and Christopher Walken looks uncomfortable (the villain with the blond hair? Give me a break!) with the role.

    After having watched it you feel the necessity Moore should be replaced for the sake's 007.
    ...more info
  • An Endearing Last James Bond from Roger
    A VIEW TO A KILL is Roger Moore's last James Bond film and it is one of his best. It is the pinnacle of Roger Moore's irony and contradiction to the James Bond established by Sean Connery and brought to fruition by George Lazenby. Here Roger Moore gives greater depth to James Bond than we have ever seen making his performance one of the most endearing. Guy Hamilton established this approach with GOLDFINGER and honed it with his excellent THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, which was a mixture of action and absurdity at its best.

    A VIEW TO A KILL is the most luxurious looking Bond movie. Zorin's magnificent palace and stables are the type of cinematic refinements found in GOLDFINGER, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, MOONRAKER and OCTOPUSSY. Zorin along with Scaramanga, are the best villains of the series. Zorin's a real psycho. May Day, Zorin's right hand, gives a real twisted performance right out of the outrageous 80's.

    The opening pre-title sequence is one of the best. Bond is being chased down an ice-covered slope by Russian troops in Siberia to an exciting John Barry score highlighted by the Beach Boys' "California Girls" while he escapes on a ski mobile runner turned ski board. This is an excellent scene full of action and laughs. The Beach Boys' "California Girls" was a stroke of genius. John Barry really knows how to score a Bond movie!
    The getaway in a mini sub disguised as an iceberg was another stroke of genius. I was on the edge of my seat. Duran Duran's opening main theme is the best of the series. It was even better than Lulu's THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. Maurice Binder's main titles were his best since THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

    This film is just so great. Roger Moore looks young at heart in this one. I never saw him move better. I think these are the most stunts that he ever did in any Bond movie. The fight scene in Zorin's warehouse was one of his best. I like the way he lays out the guard on the conveyor belt and gets automatically wrapped like a corrugated carton.

    The steeplechase scene was also great and real suspenseful. I didn't know that Roger could ride a horse like that. When he breaks away into the woods that was really well filmed just like the similar scene in MOONRAKER.

    The Eiffel Tower scene where Bond is chasing May Day through Paris in a stolen taxi, is one of the greatest scenes in the series. It was so amusing. When Bond's taxi gets cut in half I thought he was done for. However, he keeps up with her and manages to crash a wedding on a moving barge. Crazy stuff! This kind of thing is what made the 80s so great!
    Q had some of his best scenes in this film. The microchip briefing in M's office was good and reminiscent of MOONRAKER and OCTOPUSSY. I liked Q's surveillance machine. That was very innovative. It was also good to see Bond, Moneypenny and M all at the races. General Gogol had some good scenes too. I like when he puts the cassette in the player in his car and it starts playing the Japanese Spa music. That was really funny.

    The underwater scenes in this film were excellently filmed. I was holding my breath when Bond taps the tire of the sunken Rolls for air. That was very innovative. Zorin's San Francisco pumping station was also done well. When Bond was underwater I thought for sure he was going to get sucked in by those propeller blades.

    The sets in this movie were great. The interior of Zorin's airship was very reminiscent of GOLDFINGER and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Zorin's mine was one of the best sets from the entire series. Just like SPECTRE, Zorin eliminates undesirables just like they were terminated similarly in THUNDERBALL and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

    Stacey was the best Bond girl since Mary Goodnight. You really feel for her. I almost thought Bond was going to leave her in the elevator shaft the way she was screaming. Bond saves her just in time. She was also great in the fire engine chase and the ultimate battle between Bond and Zorin on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    This film has it all: action, suspense, humor, laughs, terror, set designs, great underwater scenes, car chases, an great John Barry score and one of Roger Moore's best performances. ...more info
  • License to Bore
    People who rave about this movie, it makes me wonder .. have you ever seen a Bond before (Particularly the early ones with Sean Connery and the Moore films LALD, TPWLM, FYEO & OP). This is a bad film no ifs ands or buts. Period. The plot is warmed over GOLDFINGER with Christopher Walken over the top as an East German superman experiment out of control as Max Zorin. Grace Jones bizaare as May Day, Tanya Roberts totally unbelievable as Stacy Sutton, geologist. The opening has Bond in the artic retrieving a micro-chip off a dead agent. This sparks a wild chase by Russian soldiers on skies. Bond starts on a captured snowmobile which gets blown up and the front fender becomes a snowboard, with Moore shooting down the snowy slopes to the Beach Boys "California Girls" !!! Lois Maxwell -- having participated in the aging process with gusto -- looks like Roger Moore's mother! The one -- and I do mean one -- bright spot is Patrick MacNee as Sir Godfrey Tibbet. John Barry's next to last Bond score and a title song by Duran Duran -- the title shortened FROM A VIEW TO A KILL to make it easier to come up with the lyrics....more info
  • A great Bond classic

    Let's face it. At this point no one is watching James Bond films to see if Bond can overcome the bad guys and win the day and the girl. Everybody knows who is going to come out on top. The reason for watching Bond films is not Bond himself but the peripherals, the gadgets, stunts and/or the villains.

    In this case, Max Zorin, played by Christopher Walken, is the main reason this film is so good. The gadgets this time around are pretty run-of-the-mill, especially by today's standards. But walken can walk onto a set and turn a mediocre script and an aging actor still trying to pass himself off as a ladies man (in this case Roger Moore) into something well worth the time.

    The final battle between Bond and Zorin always gives me the creeps, more so on the big screen than it does on a small TV, but it still is breathtaking....more info
  • GREAT BUT NOT THE BEST
    GOLDFINGER WAS MY FAVIORTE BUT IN A CLOSE THIRD IS A VIEW TO A KILL GREAT VILLAN(MY FAVIORTE)MAX ZORIN GRACE JONES AS MAY DAY SHE WAS VERY SCARY. THE WORST PART IS THE BOND GIRL... ...more info
  • This View Doesn't Kill... Nor Thrill!
    The title song by Duran Duran is arguably the series' best, and John Barry's score is equally great, reminiscent of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." But it's all downhill from there. It's a shame that such wonderful music stays in your head reminding you of a film that is anything but. There are so many things wrong with this movie, which in essence makes it among the worst of the Bonds. For one, the Bond girl this time around, as played by Tanya Roberts, is not only the series' worst, but practically looks like jailbait next to Roger Moore, who is 30 years her senior! Christopher Walken is an interesting casting choice in the role of a psychotic industrialist, but his performance borders on camp. Some impressive stunt work is done at both the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge, but both sequences ultimately disappoint, at least compared to what we've come to expect. Elsewhere the action is silly and comic-bookish. Among the few high points is the inspired casting of Patrick Macnee in the (unfortunately too short) role of Tibet, and also, but to a lesser degree, that of Grace Jones as a butchy villainess with a good death scene. But perhaps the movie's greatest weakness is the fact that by this film Roger Moore is clearly over the hill as our suave and ruthless secret agent, looking almost geriatric next to his leading ladies, and in the process destroying the film's credibility. If you're still not convinced, consider this: Moore (at his oldest) gets laid more in this film than in any of his previous turns as 007, and one of them being Grace Jones! Pause. Breathe. Get another Bond....more info
  • A View to a Kill Roger Moore's best yet!
    I loved this film, I thought that for his last effort as Bond, Roger Moore did an excellent job. I always thought he was so cool as Bond, to me Roger Moore and Sean Connery will always be the best James Bonds. I loved the action seqences and I agree that it does some what resemble "Goldfinger" another favorite of mine, but this one is a few steps up. I'm a big 007 fan from way back and this one is one of my favorites. Love the theme song also, done by Duran Duran. Roger Moore and "A View to a Kill" rocks!!!...more info
  • An Endearing Last James Bond from Roger
    A VIEW TO A KILL is Roger Moore's last James Bond film and it is one of his best. It is the pinnacle of Roger Moore's irony and contradiction to the James Bond established by Sean Connery and brought to fruition by George Lazenby. Here Roger Moore gives greater depth to James Bond than we have ever seen making his performance one of the most endearing. Guy Hamilton established this approach with GOLDFINGER and honed it with his excellent THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, which was a mixture of action and absurdity at its best.

    A VIEW TO A KILL is the most luxurious looking Bond movie. Zorin's magnificent palace and stables are the type of cinematic refinements found in GOLDFINGER, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, MOONRAKER and OCTOPUSSY. Zorin along with Scaramanga, are the best villains of the series. Zorin's a real psycho. May Day, Zorin's right hand, gives a real twisted performance right out of the outrageous 80's.

    The opening pre-title sequence is one of the best. Bond is being chased down an ice-covered slope by Russian troops in Siberia to an exciting John Barry score highlighted by the Beach Boys' "California Girls" while he escapes on a ski mobile runner turned ski board. This is an excellent scene full of action and laughs. The Beach Boys' "California Girls" was a stroke of genius. John Barry really knows how to score a Bond movie!

    The getaway in a mini sub disguised as an iceberg was another stroke of genius. I was on the edge of my seat. Duran Duran's opening main theme is the best of the series. It was even better than Lulu's THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. Maurice Binder's main titles were his best since THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

    This film is just so great. Roger Moore looks young at heart in this one. I never saw him move better. I think these are the most stunts that he ever did in any Bond movie. The fight scene in Zorin's warehouse was one of his best. I like the way he lays out the guard on the conveyor belt and gets automatically wrapped like a corrugated carton.

    The steeplechase scene was also great and real suspenseful. I didn't know that Roger could ride a horse like that. When he breaks away into the woods that was really well filmed just like the similar scene in MOONRAKER.

    The Eiffel Tower scene where Bond is chasing May Day through Paris in a stolen taxi, is one of the greatest scenes in the series. It was so amusing. When Bond's taxi gets cut in half I thought he was done for. However, he keeps up with her and manages to crash a wedding on a moving barge. Crazy stuff! This kind of thing is what made the 80s so great!

    Q had some of his best scenes in this film. The microchip briefing in M's office was good and reminiscent of MOONRAKER and OCTOPUSSY. I liked Q's surveillance machine. That was very innovative. It was also good to see Bond, Moneypenny and M all at the races. General Gogol had some good scenes too. I like when he puts the cassette in the player in his car and it starts playing the Japanese Spa music. That was really funny.

    The underwater scenes in this film were excellently filmed. I was holding my breath when Bond taps the tire of the sunken Rolls for air. That was very innovative. Zorin's San Francisco pumping station was also done well. When Bond was underwater I thought for sure he was going to get sucked in by those propeller blades.

    The sets in this movie were great. The interior of Zorin's airship was very reminiscent of GOLDFINGER and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Zorin's mine was one of the best sets from the entire series. Just like SPECTRE, Zorin eliminates undesirables just like they were terminated similarly in THUNDERBALL and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

    Stacey was the best Bond girl since Mary Goodnight. You really feel for her. I almost thought Bond was going to leave her in the elevator shaft the way she was screaming. Bond saves her just in time. She was also great in the fire engine chase and the ultimate battle between Bond and Zorin on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    This film has it all: action, suspense, humor, laughs, terror, set designs, great underwater scenes, car chases, an great John Barry score and one of Roger Moore's best performances. ...more info
  • My Heart Went Out for Roger in this One
    When I first saw this film on its initial release I didn't know what to make of it. It seemed like it got its inspiration from GOLDFINGER and Ian Fleming's Bond novel MOONRAKER. However, it was like a jumble of everything thrown up in the air and played out in the order in which they landed. Actions just seem to turn on a dime in this film. For example: Bond is being chased down an ice-covered slope by Soviet troops in Siberia all to an exciting John Barry score. This is an excellent scene. A gattling gun mounted on a Soviet helicopter blows the ski mobile right out from under Bond. He picks himself up, grabs the runner from the ski mobile and begins to ski board down the slope this time to the musical accompaniment of the Beach Boys' "California Girls." What happened to John Barry's score? The scene and all its dramatic tension are destroyed, yet it seems to work much better today, 21 years latter.

    The film looked a bit sloppy. The stunt doubles are not always matched to Roger Moore very professionally. His hair colour seems to go from brown to straw to red. In one scene when Bond is chasing May Day through Paris in a borrowed taxi, there is one camera shot where you can see that it is definitely not Roger Moore. The fight scene where Bond and Sir Godfrey wrap up some of Zorin's guards in the warehouse has to rank at the bottom of the series. The editing couldn't even salvage it.

    However, your heart kind of went out for Roger in this one. He didn't have a good outing in this picture and it being his last Bond film, he perhaps deserved better. There were a few memorable scenes that do make this film a good one. After Bond is chased into the woods on horseback and is captured, Bond tells Zorin that there will be retaliation if they kill him. "You amuse me Mister Bond," says Zorin with indifference. "The feeling's not mutual," responds Bond. After that scene I was hoping that Bond would really put this fellow out of his misery. The one image that remains with me from this film is when Bond carries Stacey on his back climbing down the fire truck ladder rescuing her from the burning City Hall. As corny as that scene may have looked it hearkened back to a time in films when heroes really were heroes. Roger did a fine job during his tenure.

    After Bonds have come and gone through the years A VIEW TO A KILL somehow still entertains more with each passing year.

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  • "A View to a Kill" is a true remake of "Goldfinger."
    Let's start with the villain and his scheme... The villain, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), is a true and exact copy of Auric Goldfinger... He owns a stud farm, and wins horse races by cheating... He is the European outsider who plans to wipe out a massive American resource, thus increasing the value of his own stockpiled wealth...His lust for power are greater than his loyalty to a lover...

    Disco diva Grace Jones took the role of May Day, Zorin's natural born killer... May Day's leap off the top of the Eiffel Tower is a fine moment in best Bond tradition...This statuesque Jamaican woman--with sharp-cut hair to enhance her profile--is cast as a horse-taming, Kickboxing American who, according to Q, 'must take a lot of vitamins.' Nevertheless, at the film's climax, she retained a few shreds of humanity...

    The film opens on an icy Siberian shore, where Bond recovers a microchip from the body of 003, driving back a party of Russian militiamen in his flight back to a British submarine disguised as an ice floe and controlled by blonde compatriot Kimberley Jones (Mary Stavin). The location chosen is both arresting and well-photographed enough to distinguish itself...

    Bond is alerted to Zorin's intentions while investigating how the Russians have managed to duplicate a secret microchip resistant to damage caused by the magnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion... The technology has been leaked to the KGB following Zorin's purchase of the research company that developed the chip...

    Tanya Roberts--who had joined the cast of television detective series Charlie's Ange1s in 1980--is cast for the role of Stacey Sutton, the beautiful blond geologist and heiress who results a vital assistance to 007 in unraveling the details of Zorin's scheme to detonate a bomb in one of his mines and create a cataclysmic earthquake...

    "A View to a Kill" represents the farewell of Lois Maxwell who appeared as Miss Moneypenny for over 20 years of loyal secretarial service, and a unique claim to have featured in every Bond film... The motion picture also concludes Roger Moore's activities for over a decade in Bond adventures...In all his Bond's movies, he was a likable hero who saves the world seven times with charm, intelligence, and great dialog... However action sequences lost their deadly flavor and took on a madcap flavor... In battles with characters such as J. W. Pepper, Nick Nack, Jaws, and May Day, it was hard to keep too straight a face--and Bond didn't...
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  • The Worst Bond Film...EVER!
    This film is such an embarassment to the James Bond series, I can't even bring myself to watch it. First of all, Roger Moore looks OLD as heck in this film! His last film as Bond should have been "For Your Eyes Only", which is his best performance as Bond. Tanya Roberts (Stacey) is the most annoying Bond girl of all time and not at all believable as a California's state geologist and a businesswoman. 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.

    The only good thing about this movie is Christopher Walken plays a great villian and its good to see the great Patrick Macnee on screen again. Also, the title song by Duran Duran is awesome too. Other than that, this movie is lame. Watch if you must!...more info
  • Good
    I just dont understand Roger Moore isnt old at all he looks the same as if he was in Live and Let Die the movie its self was very good the villan was the best and the fight in top of the Golden Gate Bridge was JAW BROPPING...more info
  • Your Heart Goes Out for Roger
    Your heart kind of went out for Roger in this one. Roger did not exactly have a befitting outing in this film and it being his last Bond film, he deserved better. There were a few memorable scenes that I did like just the same. John Barry's score did capture these elegiac scenes with great feeling and endearment and that is the way it should have been. Well done.

    After Bond is chased into the woods on horseback and is captured, Bond tells Zorin that there will be retaliation if they kill him. "You amuse me Mister Bond," says Zorin with indifference. "The feeling's not mutual," responds Bond. After that scene I was hoping that Bond would really put this fellow out of his misery. The one image that remains with me from this film is when Bond carries Stacey on his back climbing down the fire truck ladder rescuing her from the burning City Hall. As sentimental as that scene may have looked it hearkened back to a time in films when heroes really were heroes. Roger did a fine job during his tenure. ...more info
  • huh?
    this movie looks like on her majesty secret service a whole lotta talkings on it and roger moore final apperance as 007 his finall apperance as 007 is [bad] but theres a whole lotta stunts on it a q made a stupid gadget q made a puppy oh please!
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  • Underrated Roger Moore entry
    'A View to a Kill' may be the most underrated film in the James Bond series, simply because so many people think it is the worst of all. This is hardly true. Among Roger Moore entries, sure, it's no 'The Spy Who Loved Me' or 'For Your Eyes Only'...but it's a helluva lot better than 'The Man with the Golden Gun', 'Moonraker' or 'Octopussy'. The pace is sometimes unnecessarily too slow, Moore does look worn out for the role, but the villains (Christopher Walken and Grace Jones) are truly memorable, and the climactic thrill scenes in San Francisco and the San Fernando Valley are exciting and enjoyable. As an overall movie in the James Bond series, it's in the middle of the pack. Certainly not one of the best, but hardly the worst. It will make for enjoyable viewing for any Bond fan. Roger Moore was wise, however, to make this his last outing. ...more info
  • Moore's Last Bond
    Roger Moore's last Bond seems endless. History has been kinder to Roger Moore after mumbling swashbuckler Timothy Dalton and 110-pound weakling Pierce Brosnan proved he wasn't really that bad, but this is still a very weak film.

    What's the common theme that make post-Connery Bonds so aweful: Director John Glen. With Glen behind the camera, Bond becomes a very workman like production with textbook framing and establishing shots. It's painful to watch, so formulaic.

    Christopher Walken and Grace Slick were ripe with potential as villians, but ultimately a total waste of talent in this outing. Instead, incompetent Tanya Roberts is given the lion's share of screen time after Moore, and she sets a news standard for weak leading ladies in Bond films. Patrick Macnee from the Avengers appears, and actually serves well as Bond's sidekick in the first half of the film.

    At 131 minutes, don't look for too many outakes on the DVD. When an action set involves Bond driving a firetruck, the fire is already out....more info