A View to a Kill
Has James Bond finally met his match?
A newly developed microchip designed by Zorin Industries for the British Government that can survive the electromagnetic radiation caused by a nuclear explosion has landed in the hands of the KGB. James Bond must find out how and why. His suspicions soon lead him to big industry leader Max Zorin.
"GET ZORIN FOR MEEEEEEEEEEE!"
You may or may not have noticed that it's been quite a while since I watched and reviewed Octopussy. I've been thinking up all kinds of excuses not to watch A View To A Kill - watching Rutger Hauer films about giant rat Satanists, for hell's sake. But I finally caved in. And no, I don't wish that I had.
Blimey, Roger was looking really old by this point. I mean, he wasn't exactly a spring chicken in Octopussy but he seems to have aged about 20 years in the 2 years between these two. Yet Lois Maxwell seems to have de-aged. Hmm. I'm not sure why it was believed to be at all a good…
So, anyone else want to drop out?
Before the release of A View to a Kill, the 57 year old Roger Moore informed the long time James Bond caretaker and producer, Cubby Broccoli, that it would in fact be his last Bond Film. His contractual obligations to Bond were originally fulfilled in 1977, and he actually did try to leave a few times, but he kept being asked back, so he kept coming back. No one can accuse Moore of not being loyal. I do wonder however just how far they would have gone with him as Bond if he hadn't taken…
A slight element of bias may creep in here as A View to a Kill was probably the first James Bond movie I remember watching, in the late 80's as a young boy when it was shown on TV. It's certainly the one that sticks most vividly in my mind when I recall my first 007 experience and for that alone will always have a special place in my heart. Objectively? I'd probably have to knock off a star. It's not the worst of Roger Moore's run at all, but as an epitaph to, for many, the quintessential Bond, much like Sean Connery before him it's not the most auspicious of departures.
The problem is, it's all starting to look…
Never Say Never Again might have been hot poop on a stick, but compared to this, it was at least an interesting looking train wreck of style and craft, from the ear-bleeding theme song to the video game cluster-fuck moment. A View to a Kill begins with one of the best Bond themes and a devilish Christopher Walken but still manages to find itself to the top of most boring Bonds (at least up until 1985). The level of inspiration is incredibly lacking, most notably in Moore's performance. I began watching the series from the beginning mostly dreading to watch the Moore films, having never seen a single one, but I was pleasantly surprised by how good some of his…
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.…
All those years ago when was but a wee lad, I watched this almost on a constant loop. And I loved every second of it. Clearly I suffered from a serious case of the crazies as this film is so, so boring. That's not to say it's completely without merit. The first act is rather enjoyable. All the scenes the scenes at the stables of villain Max Zorin were halfway decent. But much like it's star, A View To A Kill is rather laboured and starting to feel old.
Ah yes. It's star, Roger Moore. I've always liked Sir Roger and it's clear to see that he still has the gleam in his eye and was probably willing to carry…
A great, if some how uunder-rated, addition to the Bond series and a fitting farewell to one of the most loved, passionate and greatest 007 actors of all, Sir Roger Moore.
The story tells about how psycotic industrialist Max Zorin(Christopher Walken) and his glamarous, yet deadly, sidekick May Day (Grace Jones) plan to bring about the destruction California's Silicon Valley to monopolize the world micro-chip market, able to run almost everything in modern homes and defence programmes.
From linking Zorin to the death of 003 in Siberia, Bond is joined by MI6 aide Sir Godfrey Tibbet (Patrick Macnee) to go undercover at Zorin's grand French Chateau in an annual horse market to investigate. Travelling from Europe to America, Bond joins…
Roger Moore's final Bond movie...is a hit & miss action romp, with a couple of ropey moments and weird music choices (Beach Boys...why?) but what it does have is: John Barry's excellent score (one of the series best), Duran Duran's ace title song, Christopher Walken's main villian and of course Mr Moore...despite pushing 60 here he handles the role with his usual class...well apart from that weird bed scene with Grace Jones! On the whole its probably the weakest in the series but thats not too say a awful experience.
Com um tema de abertura fraquíssimo pelo Duran Duran (?), 007 Na Mira dos Assassinos encerra a geração Moore, já passando um pouco da hora, uma vez que o ator já estava beirando as seis décadas de vida, durante a produção deste filme. A propósito, não tenho nada contra sexagenários em filmes de ação, adoro o Stallone em Rocky, Rambo IV ou Mercenários, mas um Bond sessentão não colou não.
Infelizmente nos despedimos também de Lois Maxwell, que por sinal tem a mesma idade de Moore (ambos eram também amigos íntimos, tendo Maxwell declarado certa vez que "Moore era o Bond perfeito para casar e Connery o perfeito para ser o amante").
Quanto ao filme, bem... Essa é mais uma…
just amazing, brilliant
Quite an average Bond film, and even Christopher Walken's performance didn't interest me much. At least we'll get a new Bond in the next film.
Even the awesomeness of Christopher Walken couldn't rescue the thoroughly unengaging story.
Also at 57, Roger Moore was looking very long in the tooth and quite frankly, a little creepy, snogging all those women half his age. He should have stopped at Octopussy.
Best part about the film was the Duran Duran theme song and that great bass line.
Meglamania Plot Score: 9/10 - Flood Silicon valley, killing millions of people so he can push his stocks up. Pretty mental, but he gets extra marks for mowing down all his minions at the end. No one can play psycho like Walken.
Henchmen Score: 8/10 - Grace Jones as Mayday. Nuff Said.
Im letzten Roger Moore Film hat mir vor allem Grace Jones gefallen, und auch Christopher Walken macht seine Sache ganz gut. Allerdings war der Rest ziemlich mau... Bond wird alt, Qs Gimmicks wurden (bis auf die überflüssige Schlussszene) komplett gestrichen und die exotischen Orte auch. Die Geschichte springt von Thema zu Thema: Microchips, Pferdesport, Doping, Pipelines, Erdbeben, und die Russen sind natürlich auch wieder dabei. Zwar hängt am Ende alles irgendwie miteinander zusammen, aber wirklich rund fand ich die Story nicht.
Was bleibt ist ein o8/15 Actionfilm, in dem die Action mich ziemlich gelangweilt hat. Selbst auf dem Papier spannend klingende Szenen, wie eine Verfolgungsjagd mit einem Feuerwehrauto, waren öde inszeniert. Es wollte weder richtiges Bond Feeling aufkommen, noch hatte der Film andere Qualitäten. Er war nicht schlecht... nur halt gar nichts besonderes.