REVIEW: A View to a Kill (1985)

view_to_a_kill_xlgAfter investigating a horse racing scam, James Bond (Roger Moore) discovers a plot by the industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) to destroy Silicon Valley in order to create a worldwide microchip monopoly.

A View to a Kill is Roger Moore’s final Bond film so it’s rather fitting that it starts with a lot of snow and Bond on skis as so many of his other outings as Bond involve a ski chase. The first sequence was a lot different to previous snowy-Roger Moore stuff as it had snowmobiles and helicopters with machine guns and a rather cheery soundtrack of the Beach Boys’ California Girls which was a bit of a surprise.

A View to a Kill’s plot is pretty absurd, often cheesy and quite dull. The horse racing part lasts longer than it really needs to and it takes James Bond a while to figure out Zorin’s master plan. While Christopher Walken certainly looked as if he was having a fun time, Zorin is definitely not a memorable Bond villain.

Zorin’s henchwoman May Day (Grace Jones) is pretty awesome though. She’s super strong and is certainly a match for Bond. Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) is the other Bond Girl in the film and while she is captured a few times, she also manages to stand up for herself and Bond discovers she’s been conducting her own investigation of Zorin before they meet.

A View to a Kill is just not that enjoyable. It didn’t grab my attention and while the set pieces are still pretty great, the story left much to be desired. It just wasn’t a memorable Bond film – in fact, the most memorable thing about it is probably the theme song by Duran Duran.

While I quite liked the women in A View to a Kill, I found it quite slow and the final third couldn’t make up for the rest of the film being rather boring. 2/5.

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