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A View to a Kill (1985)

An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.

Director:

John Glen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Christopher Walken ... Max Zorin
Tanya Roberts ... Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones ... May Day
Patrick Macnee ... Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Patrick Bauchau ... Scarpine
David Yip ... Chuck Lee
Fiona Fullerton ... Pola Ivanova
Manning Redwood ... Bob Conley
Alison Doody ... Jenny Flex
Willoughby Gray ... Dr. Carl Mortner
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Robert Brown ... M
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Walter Gotell ... General Gogol
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Storyline

James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the U.S.S.R. with a computer chip. This chip is capable of withstanding a nuclear electromagnetic pulse that would otherwise destroy a normal chip. The chip was created by Zorin Industries, and Bond heads off to investigate its owner, Max Zorin. Zorin may only seem like an innocent man, but is really planning to set off an earthquake in San Andreas, which will wipe out all of Silicon Valley. As well as Zorin, Bond must also tackle May Day and equally menacing companion of Zorin, while dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. Written by simon

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Has James Bond finally met his match? See more »


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A View to a Kill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,687,114, 26 May 1985

Gross USA:

$50,327,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,327,960
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Eon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first line of the Ian Fleming short story read: "The eyes behind the wide black rubber goggles were as cold as flint." The last line read: "Bond took the girl by the arm. He said: 'Come over here. I want to show you a bird's nest.' 'Is that an order?' 'Yes'." See more »

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[Bond and Aubergine are discussing the use of steriods in Zorin's horses]
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[...]
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Great end for Roger Moore's Bond series
20 May 2011 | by kriitikkoSee all my reviews

"A View to a Kill" (1985) is director John Glen's third James Bond movie. The title is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill" but has an original plot. It's the last film to star Roger Moore as James Bond. This is also the last Bond movie featuring Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, role she had played in all the Bond films since "Dr. No".

The British Secret Service discovers that someone has been manufacturing microchips that can withstand electromagnetic pulses to Russians. Bond is sent to investigate Max Zorin, the owner of Zorin Industries that most likely developed the chips. Bond follows Zorin to his estate in France pretending to be interested in horse races. Bond finds that Zorin has developed chips to help him win the races, but is discovered soon after. Zorin also has something far more sinister planned in San Francisco.

Like "Octopussy", "A View to a Kill" is a highly underrated Bond movie. The things people have problems is that the plot owns a lot to "Goldfinger" and that Roger Moore was too old to play the part. While I admit the plot does have many similarities to "Goldfinger" it still manages to be very 80's instead of 60's and not seem like a complete rip-off. The movie also has a great theme song by Duran Duran and John Barry's best score since "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

Moore definitely is showing his age here and it was obviously time for him to quit. Yet I have to say he still manages to carry the movie with the same charm as the previous films and his age isn't really that distracting as people complain. What I find amusing is how this is the only movie showing what a great cook Bond can be in a kitchen.

The rest of the cast is an unusual mix of people. Tanya Roberts plays the good girl of the film, Stacey Sutton, and while she's not great she's okay enough to not to ruin the film. This is still the part of her career when she managed to keep her clothes on. The bad girl of the movie, May Day, is played by singer Grace Jones. Definitely an unexpected choice for the role but in all honesty, Jones does really well in the part and is more interesting than Roberts.

The role of the main villain of the movie, Max Zorin, was first offered to such people as David Bowie and Sting. While Bowie would have been interesting to see as Bond villain, I can't complain that they ultimately got Christopher Walken, who had recently won an Oscar for "The Deer Hunter". Walken always makes a good bad guy and out of all the Bond villains Zorin has to be the most psychotic. Just watching him laugh while he shoots people with a machine gun shows how crazy he is.

"A View to a Kill" is not amongst the best Bond films made, but it's definitely above average and a fun movie to watch. There's a lots of action like Bond driving a fire engine through the streets of San Francisco and a climactic battle at the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a fine Bond movie and a proper way for Roger Moore to end his career as 007.


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