Roger Moore's last outing as James Bond is evidence enough that it was time to pass the torch to another actor. Beset by crummy action (an out-of-control fire engine?) and featuring a fading Moore still trying to prop up h... more »is mannered idea of style, the film is largely interesting for Christopher Walken's quirky performance as a sort-of supervillain who wants to take out California's Silicon Valley. Grace Jones has a spookily interesting presence as a lethal associate of Walken's (and who, in the best Bond tradition, has sex with 007 before trying to kill him later), and Patrick Macnee (Steed!) has a warm if brief bit. Even directed by John Glen, who brought some crackle to the Moore years in the Bond franchise, this is a very slight effort. --Tom Keogh« less
slick66 | Weiser, Idaho United States | 01/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A View to a Kill is my all time favorite Bond movie. I think Roger Moore gives a great performance in his last Bond film. ...The pre-title ski scene is magnificent, probably my favorite out of all.
The best thing out of this whole movie is Max Zorin's main method of transportation is by blimp, a very interesting aircraft. Very interesting when involved in the finale action scene. Also I must say i was very fond of Zorin's head of security, Scarpine, played by Patrick Baucheau.... One last thing about this movie is that I think it has the best music out of all the Bond films especially what they play during action scenes."
Moore showing how bad a Bond movie can be
Marco Maroni | 06/15/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"'A View To A Kill' is a rarity - a boring Bond movie, that goes nowhere, and does nothing.This movie just drags on and on and on. It runs something like this ....Pretitle sequence and title song - great. Everything after that - deadly dull and boring. Cooking and dinner sequence - time to change channels and see what else is on.But it is worth watching the part when poor, aged Roger Moore is in bed with Grace Jones. It looks as if Grace would have Roger for breakfast. She should have played Bond - she would have done a much better job than old Roger.Another high point is the car chase through Paris. When the little Renault Bond is driving gets chopped into a convertible, there are some close-shots where you can see very, very clearly that the driver is not Roger Moore. It looks as if Bond has morphed into someone else, then morphed back into his normal, old Roger face. The continuity in this sequence is so bad, you'll be laughing.And the plot? Destroy Silicon Valley. Sounds like a great idea to me. When it's all rebuilt, using insurance money, it would be better built so that computer hardware will be better made. The only flaw in Zorin's plan is he should have destroyed Microsoft in Seattle at the same time. That would have made the film much more interesting.If you want to see a terrible, badly made, badly acted and just plain boring Bond film, with major continuity problems, then you'll love this one."
Could have been much better
slick66 | 07/01/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was really disappointed how Moore's last outing turned out. It had a good-sized budget, a clever title, came after the great Octopussy, and should have ended The Moore years (which were fairly good) with a bang. This is far from it. View has several good aspects, one being an excellent villain in Christopher Walken, who plays Max Zorin, a German industrialist with a hidden past (which is he is the result of a Nazi experiment) whom embarks on a quest to destroy the microchip -producing Silicon Valley by creating a major earthquake to greatly increase the amount of his own horde. The plot is a basic retread of Goldfinger, yet the microchips are possibly more interesting as is the earthquake but yet more unrealistic. The other good aspects are the pre-title ski chase (yet it isn't as good as TSWLM's), the mine escape, Duran Duran's dynamic title song hit, the car chase through Paris, the Eiffel Tower jump, John Barry's score, the cinematography, and the battle atop the Golden Gate Bridge between Zorin and Bond. However, everything else is poor. Moore gives a wooden performance as OO7 and is very unconvincing as being such a woman magnet. Tanya Roberts is possibly the worst Bond girl as the incredibly annoying Stacey Sutton, a geologist who works at City Hall (PLEASE). Grace Jones does a good job of playing MayDay but is monotonous and has an odd screen presence. Most of the other action is crummy, including a ridiculous and boring car chase through the streets of San Francisco and an unrealistic horse-racing chase. There are about no gadgets, and you barely get to see Q and don't even get to see his workplace. Finally, View is slow-moving and doesn't have a good feel to it. Like You Only Live Twice, View has so much potential and could have been one of Moore's best yet unlike Twice, View squanders its potential almost entirely. Overall, my least favorite OO7 adventure, even slightly worse than The Man With The Golden Gun."
Don't know why, but I really liked this!
gottliebschaller | 06/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All in all, I'd have to say that this was a below-average Bond film. The girl, Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts) threatened to singlehandedly bring the entire movie down herself. She is easily the least interesting off all the Bond girls (a geologist who works at city hall? Pul-Leeeze!), and she did a very poor acting job to boot.Still, I can't help having a lot of fun every time I watch this. Stacy aside, all the characters are interesting (Zorin, MayDay, Jenny Flex). This film goes all over the place: the Eiffel Tower, aristocratic England, diving scenes, horse races, mining scenes, the Golden Gate Bridge, and finally a blimp (emblazoned with the famous "Zorin" logo of course)!It's so off the wall that it works. Roger Moore is hitting on girls a third of his age (of course from the looks of it he was 93 when he made this one), there's action all the time, and a far-fetched but interesting plot. There are many better Bond movies than this, but somehow this is one that I like to watch quite a bit. I really can't defend my liking this, I just do!"
We Miss You, Roger Moore
Christian Milin | Woodside, NY USA | 10/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A viewer below mentioned how the scene where Roger Moore carries Tanya Roberts out of City Hall reminded him of a time when heroes were heroes. I could not agree more. "A View to a Kill" is not the best film out there, I admit, but to me, it is more than just a movie. It marks the end of the genre of the classic Hollywood hero. There are heroes today, but those actors also do comedies, dramas, and other types of movies. Roger Moore is the truly the last cinematic hero. Some of his films are not perfect (nobody's are), but his name alone is associated with action and adventure. You see his name in the credits, and you know that you're in for some sort of spectacle. For me, Roger Moore belongs up their with the likes of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Guys like Pierce Brosnan and Nicholas Cage are good, but I know they're acting. Moore was a natural. He was the last actor that you believed WAS the character. They don't make them like that anymore. That's why I love "A View to a Kill." Not so much for its content, but for what it is."