Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Bond: A View to a Kill

11.11.2008

Despite the fact that Roger Moore was ready to leave the Bond franchise after FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, the follow up, OCTOPUSSY was popular enough to prove that audiences worldwide still loved him in the role. Even though he was now fifty eight, he nonetheless agreed to return for yet another outing.

A VIEW TO A KILL

PLOT: Bond goes after a Silicon Valley microchip magnate, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) with ties to the KGB.

REVIEW: As much as I loved OCTOPUSSY, Iíll be the first to admit that Moore should have quit the series immediately after wrapping that film. To be fair to Moore- he didnít look bad for a guy approaching sixty, but even Moore himself, in the DVD commentary, admits that he should have sat this one out. Itís almost unintentionally funny watching Moore in this film, as he chases women less than half his age, and comes across as lecherous, and not the least bit suave.

That said- Moore is not the only problem with this film. A VIEW TO A KILL will never be remembered as one of the better entries in the series- and with good reason. The film itself is a really lazy, unimaginative outing. Obviously the filmmakers were trying to be edgy and current, with a plot set in Silicon Valley- but really, what theyíve done is essentially remake GOLDFINGER- replacing gold with microchips. Everything about this film is secondĖrate; Moore, the plot, the action scenes- everything. And donít even get me started on Grace Jones as May Day! Yuck.

BOND

Everything that I hate about Moore in this film can be summed up by the opening teaser- where we get an amazing action sequence (easily the best in the film), while barely seeing Mooreís face- as he was obviously doubled for pretty much the entire thing minus a few close-ups. Once we finally do see him, heís hitting on some blonde that looks like she could be his grand-daughter, and worse- doesnít look even slightly attracted to him. For Bond to work as a lady killer-he has to be believably attractive to women. Sadly, here he was simply too old to work as either an action star or a ladiesí man. Itís a real shame that this was his last Bond- as he deserved to go out on a higher note- and OCTOPUSSY would have fit the bill perfectly.

VILLAIN

Christopher Walken as Max Zorin is, obviously, the highlight of the film. In anyone elseís hands- Zorin probably would have been boring- but Walken makes the character work. Nobody plays a villain like Walken, and in the eighties- he was really in his prime. He was easily the best Bond villain since Curt Jurgens in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

BOND GIRL

Tanya Roberts as Stacey Stutton is one of the blandest Bond girls ever. Sheís a beautiful woman, but itís really a nothing role- and the filmmakers didnít even really give her a chance to be sexy, as she spends the whole film dressed in big boxy, eighties-style blouses with big shoulder pads. Itís also worth nothing that she was far too young to be playing Mooreís love interest. According to Moore- he decided to quit the role when he met Roberts` mother- as she was the same age he was when he began as Bond in `73.

BOND MUSIC: John Barry is once again on hand to provide a memorable Bond score- this time given an eighties new wave sound- which actually doesnít sound too dated, and comes off quite well. Also- love that theme song by Duran Duran.

BODY COUNT: Only two- but this is actually one of the more violent Bond's- thanks to Walken's psychotic Zorin, who enjoys mowing down his own henchmen with an Uzi, or throwing KGB spies into his boat's motor propeller.

NUMBER OF WOMEN BOND SLEEPS WITH: Bond must be taking his viagra in this one, as he nails four women- although one of them is Grace Jones- ewwwww.

BEST ONE- LINER: Not much here- but Walken gets off a good one after dropping a tycoon out of his blimp: "So, anyone else want to drop out?

BEST DOUBLE ENTENDRE: Bond lets loose this gem the morning after sleeping with May Day (Grace Jones)
Zorin: You slept well?
Bond: A little restless but I got off eventually.

BEST GADGET: : Nothing all that memorable here to be honest- although Q has a little ROCKY IV-style robot that peeps on Bond & Stacey during the final love scene.

RECEPTION: Despite the fact that it is not one of the better Bond films, it still did fairly well. It pulled in $49 Million in the U.S, and $152 Million worldwide- less than OCTOPUSSY or even NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, but still more than decent considering the product.

GRADE: 5.5/10- overall not a very good Bond, but still entertaining in its own way.

Previous reviews: DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE , GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER , LIVE AND LET DIE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, OCTOPUSSY, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

Source: JoBlo.com

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

+0
1:26PM on 11/16/2008
Well, I gotta say, due to the fact that this was one of the first movies I saw on HBO (which at the time, for us, was exciting) it was one of the first Bond's I really remember watching, so this one has a special place in my heart, and therefore is one of my faves. I agree, it's not a strong entry, but I do love it.

It's true, Moore was clearly too old to be super-spying, but I've always liked him, and still like him here. Whenever I think of James Bond, I think suave, debonair,
Well, I gotta say, due to the fact that this was one of the first movies I saw on HBO (which at the time, for us, was exciting) it was one of the first Bond's I really remember watching, so this one has a special place in my heart, and therefore is one of my faves. I agree, it's not a strong entry, but I do love it.

It's true, Moore was clearly too old to be super-spying, but I've always liked him, and still like him here. Whenever I think of James Bond, I think suave, debonair, sophisticated; and that WAS Roger Moore. Of course, that image of Bond probably came from the fact that Roger Moore played the character when I was a kid. Either way, I do like Roger Moore.

And I agree, Christopher Walken is the highlight here as the villain. I thought he was great, and one of the most cold-blooded, hands-on killers of the series; with the blimp at the beginning, the uzi at the end. Most Bond villains seem to kill as a matter of course, but Zorin seems to enjoy the killing.

I love the pre-credits scene in the snow (with the exception of the horrible inclusion of "California Girls", which was truly wretched.)

And speaking of "wretched", Grace Jones is... well... one of the ugliest women I've ever seen. I'm not trying to be mean, but... wow. I've always hated her part in this, because I can't imagine the attraction he's supposed to have to her.

And I'm also very pleasantly surprised to hear everyone's love for Duran Duran's theme song, which I'd say is my favorite of the series. ("Live and Let Die" being a REAL close second.)

Yeah, in the big picture, this isn't one of Bond's best, but for reasons of nostalgia, it's easily in my top five (hard for me to rank 'em too specifically.)

9/10
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
12:18AM on 11/12/2008

oddly

my least favorite bond has my most favorite actor(walken)

moore is really dated here and duran duran's theme was solid but imo worst of the series 4/10
my least favorite bond has my most favorite actor(walken)

moore is really dated here and duran duran's theme was solid but imo worst of the series 4/10
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:49PM on 11/11/2008

Thank God!

The Moore era was finally ending! (It should have ended with 'For Your Eyes Only.')

There is sooo much wrong with this film, I think Mr. Bumbray's review hit 'just the icing.'

The ONLY thing cool; the ONLY thing cool....was the theme song from Duran Duran...

Score: 1/10
The Moore era was finally ending! (It should have ended with 'For Your Eyes Only.')

There is sooo much wrong with this film, I think Mr. Bumbray's review hit 'just the icing.'

The ONLY thing cool; the ONLY thing cool....was the theme song from Duran Duran...

Score: 1/10
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:09PM on 11/11/2008
St. John Smythe was so fucking pimp (this Bond is awful, the best part being Duran Duran).
St. John Smythe was so fucking pimp (this Bond is awful, the best part being Duran Duran).
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+0
9:01AM on 11/11/2008
Definitely one of the lesser of the series. I even thought Walken was kind of bland in it... and how the hell do you make Christopher Walken bland???

3/10
Definitely one of the lesser of the series. I even thought Walken was kind of bland in it... and how the hell do you make Christopher Walken bland???

3/10
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:54AM on 11/11/2008
Totally agree that Walken is the best thing in A View to a Kill. Much to your opposition, I kinda like May Day character, hehe. And you put "Body Count" context in the "Number of women" section.
Totally agree that Walken is the best thing in A View to a Kill. Much to your opposition, I kinda like May Day character, hehe. And you put "Body Count" context in the "Number of women" section.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting

Movie Hottie Of The Week

More