A View to a Kill

James Bond is sent to investigate a security leak at the high-tech Zorin Industries, after one of his new microchips that has the ability to withstand electromagnetic pulse is discovered in the hands of the Soviets.  The company’s mysterious owner, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) wishes to dominate the world’s microchip market, placing his company at the very head of the global market and it seems he does not care if he has to kill millions of innocent people to do it!   Bond goes undercover to investigate Zorin as he believes more than money is behind his schemes but the madman’s beautiful and deadly companion May Day (Grace Jones) is never far from his side.   In order to uncover who exactly is behind pulling this maniacal psychopaths strings, Bond must team up with gorgeous geologist Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) and together will discover the terrifying truth and the deadly consequences if he is not stopped.

The film’s title is taken from a short story in Ian Fleming’s 1966 short story collection A View to a Kill although the film’s plot is entirely original.  I say original but it’s easy to see a lot of elements from Goldfinger, Moonraker and even The Towering Inferno throughout.   Cristopher Walken for me is who holds this together, exhibiting all of the traits that good Bond villain needs.  It would actually be epic to see Walking now as a Bond Villian, older darker more menacing.  It’s not that A View to a Kill is a bad movie it’s just not a memorable bond, apart from the fun back and forth between Bond and Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Manning Redwood) there was nothing that stood out.  I mean there is a lot of cool stuff happening but its so far from believable that it is ruined by its very concept.  The theme song “A View to a Kill” was composed and written by John Barry and Duran Duran who also performed the song. Its an aright tune and done alright in the UK charts!

Why did I choose this movie? I had thought it was going to be better than it was, I guess that’s the thing with re –watching movies memory’s slip in and out and get muddled up.  Over all it just felt out of balance, it had all the classic elements of bond and a handful of new additions for the younger audience but they never connected them in any real sense of the way. There is a real lack of chemistry between the characters, it just feels tired and forced in many parts.  The opening sequence is the worst I have seen to date, adding the slapstick and any real thrilling moments dissolved by inter cutting The beach Boys.  Its full of action but has no suspense and falls flat because of it.  A View To A Kill marks the last appearance of not only Roger Moore as James Bond but of Lois Maxwell, who has played Miss Moneypenny since Dr. No.  Dolph Lundgren makes his first on-screen role, playing General Gogol’s (Walter Gotell) KGB bodyguard Venz, which I have never noticed until just watching it again!  In a nutshell the film-makers have vamped up all the aspects of bond but not in a clever amusing way, just drama and screams and throw away stunts.  It is entertaining enough but I just wasn’t feeling it this time around….James Bond will return in The Living Daylights.

 My Rating: B
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork by: Alain Bossyut


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