The Bond is at it again. So what if we last saw this incarnation fifteen years
ago? Starring Roger Moore, who donned the famous spy's mantle after Sean Connery,
A View To A Kill is not just a return to the Bond brand of entertainment,
but also a return to the decade of the '80s. And it is also noteworthy for certain
special reasons: it was the swansong of two long time Bond actors - Lois Maxwell,
who played Miss Moneypenny for 23 years, and Moore himself, who ended his 12 year
and 7 film run as James Bond with this film.
Yet, watching this 1985 release is a slightly dated experience, especially given
the astounding realism and sophistication of today's computer generated effects.
While it has the traditional ingredients of any Bond film - great villains, exotic
locations, beautiful women and terrific stunts and action scenes - there are certain
flaws as well.
The story revolves around a brilliant but perverted industrialist, Max Zorin (Walken),
who wants to take over Silicon Valley and propagate his own microchip industry.
Bond's (Moore) efforts to stop his diabolic plans take him to Paris, and then
to the United States - San Francisco, to be precise.
Like we said, this was Moore's last stint as agent 007, and perhaps just as well.
Moore looks a little too old (and he was!) and tired to play the part of a dashing
secret agent cum woman magnet, and the stunt doubles are clearly just that. A
pre-title ski chase in Siberia turns humorous as Bond skis down the slopes to
the tune of California Girls!
Christopher Walken as the berserk and psychotic Max Zorin, and Grace Jones as
May Day, his silent, mysterious sidekick, make for great and memorable villains.
But Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton is perhaps the worst Bond girl ever - she certainly
takes the prize for the whiniest ever. At every given opportunity she screams
for help, leaving Bond with an eternally dependent damsel in distress to deal
with. As beautiful as she is, she can't act to save her life. Her conspicuous
moment is at the end when she rushes to embrace Bond and fails to notice the giant
blimp that is out to kidnap her!
The movie does have its redeeming features - Zorin and May Day's chillingly evil
characters, Duran Duran's title song, the mine escape, a car chase through Paris
and a death defying leap from the Eiffel Tower are among its highlights. And how
can one forget the superb climax scene atop the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
where Bond and Zorin fight it out?
If you're a James Bond fanatic, then you have probably already seen this movie.
If you haven't, then here's your chance - while it might not be one of the best
in the Bond series, it certainly has its moments.