Rewatched Sep 13, 2012
Matt "Cinebro" Conti’s review:
After an unintentional extended break... The Journey to Skyfall continues with the 14th James Bond film, A View to A Kill!
It wouldn't be outdone for another 17 year, but up until then, the absolute worst James Bond film was A View to A Kill. It's an undeniably weak entry in the franchise, and is relatively boring.
Part of this lies with the fact that the film gets off to a decent start, and then it continues to start. The film is perpetually stuck in the first act, which is usually the weakest part of a strict formula Bond film. It doesn't help either that the film is stupid. Like, really stupid. Stupid even for a Roger Moore Bond film. I mean, Moonraker and Octopussy were cheesy and all, but at least they made some kind of sense. Seriously, the villains here are stupid, even on bad Bond villain standards. All of this leaves us with an utterly dull Bond film. It's not without some redeeming moments, but they're too far and few between all the dumb boring stuff.
Bond Essentials Review
Bond: Moore's absolute worst performance. It's a shame to see yet another Bond go out so bad. I can't really fault Moore here though. Bond is given absolutely nothing to do in this, although part of this I might blame on Moore's age, considering he was pushing 60.
Bond Girls: Well... which one? There's plenty of women in this film, and they all blur together because most of them are blonde and they all look alike. They're plenty sexy though. But they don't even make their mark. May Day is good though, but she rarely gets a true moment to shine.
Villain: Christopher Walken's Max Zorin isn't really bad (despite being stupid), but it's a complete waste of Walken, who never really gets a moment to be truly insane in the fashion of some of the best Bond villains. It's like having Nicolas Cage in a movie where he's completely sane and calm.
The Action: Barely serviceable. There's some clunky editing going on, and part of this has to do with the fact that they're working really hard to obscure Moore's stuntmen.
The Theme: Oh man. If you only listened to the theme, you wouldn't believe a theme song this awesome was in a Bond film this dull. Because this theme song is AWESOME.
Main Titles: Also some cool stuff going on with glow in the dark makeup and clothes, and it really fits the 80s tone the film is in. But once again, it's comparatively dull when you look at everything else the Bond franchise has done.