Review: A View To A Kill (1985)

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“If you’re the best they’ve got, they’re more likely try and cover up your embarrassing incompetence.”
– Max Zorin

003 is murdered in Siberia and 007 agent James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to recover the microchip that was on his colleague. The microchip is intended to endure an electromagnetic pulse and is manufactured by Zorin Industries. Bond is sent on a mission to research a little bit more about the microchip development as well as the developer. Attending a horserace at Ascot Racecourse, he sees that Max Zorin’s (Christpoher Walken) horse wins the race though he was decidedly the underdog. The horse is agitated, and Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick Macnee) is convinced that Zorin is cheating somehow.

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“Somebody will take care of you. ” – May Day

Bond meets up with a French detective and discovers that Zorin is hosting a horse sale, but is murdered during dinner. With the information, Bond and Tibbett get themselves onto the invite list for the horse sale under a disguise, and progress to snoop around. They determine that Zorin really is drugging the horses by implanting adrenaline-releasing devices into them. May Day (Grace Jones), Zorin’s lover and henchwoman, and Zorin establish that their compound has been breached and rapidly break through Bond’s disguise. May Day assassinates Tibbett and attempts to go after Bond, though she is unsuccessful.

It turns out that Zorin was financed and trained by KGB, and General Gogol (Walter Gotell) is furious that Bond was killed without permission. However, Zorin has gone rogue. He is planning to destroy Silicon Valley so that he can claim the Valley for himself and some potential investors, and they will run a monopoly over microchip manufacture. Zorin is going through great pains to execute his plan, and attempts to pay of State Geologist Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) for her family’s oil business. Bond and Sutton come together to figure things out, and have a few show downs with Zorin himself, who is a true psychopath.

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“Well, actually, captain, I’m with the British Secret Service. The name is Bond, James Bond.”

They establish that Zorin has a plot involving setting off an earthquake that will cause terrible repercussions. This will guarantee that Silicon Valley will be taken over. Can Bond find a way to prevent all the explosives from going off? Will Sutton be able to help him, or will she just hinder him? Will they be able to make Zorin accountable for his actions, and if they do, will he even care?

Another 5/10. Moore had nothing moving in his performance at all, but I read elsewhere that even he did not like the film. However, I must say that I enjoyed Christopher Walken. He was a great villain and something fresh and new. His whole character was a little cooked, but I liked it, and he pulled off the role. May Day was truly one scary looking woman, and more often than not had me thinking of Satan, what with all that dodgy red and the hair put up in spikes and horns. Loved the little machine that Q made, it was quite sweet. The banter between Sir Godfrey and Bond was also entertaining, the poor guy had to take some serious flak from 007. I was truly not even shocked to see Bond on skis in this film, and even less so when he ended up on only one ski again. Crazy car jumps and all, and naturally he was hanging off of some airborne craft again, so you can understand this was your typical Roger Moore Bond. Overall, better again, but I am just glad I have reached the conclusion of this era.

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8 thoughts on “Review: A View To A Kill (1985)

  1. Dan Heaton says:

    I thought for sure it would be more like a 4 this time. I do have a soft spot for this movie because of Walken and Grace Jones, but it’s pretty terrible Tanya Roberts is up there with the worst female leads in the series. I’m really curious to hear what you think about the two Dalton films.

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  2. ruth says:

    I grew up watching Moore’s Bonds but this is my least fave from his work, well I guess a tie w/ Live & Let Die. Christopher Walken is an awful baddie though I find him generally amusing, but Tanya Roberts is even worst as Bond girl. Btw, did you review Octopussy yet? Now that’s a guilty pleasure for me 😀

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    • Zoë says:

      Yeah I reviewed that one before this one, can’t say I was a fan haha. Bond growing up in my era was Pierce Brosnan, so maybe I am more forgiving haha, but really disliked Moore.

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