View to a Kill

View to a Kill

Director: John Glen

Cast: John Glen, Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts

     
 

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Secret Agent 007 must stop a megalomaniacal technology mogul from destroying Silicon Valley in this unexceptional entry in the James Bond series. Computer baron Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) is planning to trigger a major California earthquake in order to wipe out his competitors. Bond is assigned to stop him, but first he must doSee more details below

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Secret Agent 007 must stop a megalomaniacal technology mogul from destroying Silicon Valley in this unexceptional entry in the James Bond series. Computer baron Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) is planning to trigger a major California earthquake in order to wipe out his competitors. Bond is assigned to stop him, but first he must do battle with Zorin's statuesque partner in crime, May Day (Grace Jones). The expected high-wire confrontations ensue, as Bond battles the villains at international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and takes the occasional break to romance an attractive geologist. Unfortunately, nothing fresh is brought to the familiar formula, and even the well-staged action sequences prove less than exciting. Indeed, this otherwise by-the-numbers production is most notable for the fact that it marked the final appearance of Roger Moore as the dashing Bond.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Scott Engel
007 films have a strict set of rules and are best viewed within those parameters. That being said, Roger Moore's final turn is a mixed bag. John Glen again takes the helm as he did with every Bond film of the Reagan/Bush '80s and decides to take James to new heights, literally, by having him ski off cliffs, jump off the Eiffel Tower, and hang off the Golden Gate bridge. In between, the aging Mr. Moore is clearly done with the series and mails in a performance so thin he can't even pull off his wink-at-the-camera take on the character. Dual bad guys Christopher Walken and Grace Jones are one of the most inspired casting choices and sinister villains in the series to date. Sadly, as has been the case with later Bond films, they spend minimal time onscreen and are given little more to do than deliver awful lines. Imagine Mr. Walken being allowed to take Max Zorin to a crazy, campy extreme and the possibilities are limitless. Another disappointment is the lack of Bond gadgetry, none here at all. But the film is not a total bust; one of the more interesting aspects is Grace Jones, who kicks more ass than almost any other female in the series up through that time. Other moments include the always enjoyable Q (who gets the plot going after comparing two microchips on a micro-comparator, get it?) and the typical over-the-top locations and set pieces. Many have accused this film of being a rip-off of the superior Goldfinger, which may be true, but producers have never felt they needed to apologize for Bond plots. And why should they when A View to a Kill can boast a theme song by MTV darlings Duran Duran? Try and top that, Mr. Connery.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
UPC:
0883904267096
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:11:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore James Bond
Christopher Walken Max Zorin
Tanya Roberts Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones May Day
Patrick MacNee Tibbett
Patrick Bauchau Scarpine
Fiona Fullerton Pola Ivanova
David Yip Chuck Lee
Manning Redwood Bob Conley
Alison Doody Jenny Flex
Willoughby Gray Dr. Carl Mortner
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Walter Gotell Gen. Gogol
Geoffrey Keen Minister of Defense
Gerard Buehr Auctioneer
Papillon Soo Soo Pan Ho
Jean Rougerie Aubergine
Daniel Benzali Howe
Bogdan Kominowski Klotkoff
Mary Stavin Kimberley Jones
Dominique Risbourg Butterfly Act Compere
Carole Ashby Whistling Girl
Anthony Chinn Taiwanese Tycoon
Lucien Jerome Paris Taxi Driver
Joe Flood U.S. Police Captain
Gerard Buhr Auctioneer
Dolph Lundgren Venz
Tony Sibbald Mine Foreman
Bill Ackridge O'Rourke
Ron Tarr Guard
Taylor McAuley Guard
Peter Ensor Tycoon
Seva Novgorodtsev Helicopter Pilot
Robert Brown M

Technical Credits
John Glen Director
M. James Arnett Stunts
John Barry Score Composer,Songwriter
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Claude Carliez Stunts
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Peter Davies Editor
Duran Duran Songwriter
John Fenner Art Director
George Frost Makeup
Armin Ganz Production Designer
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Ken Morris Special Effects
John Morris Special Effects
Willy Neuner Special Effects
Tom Pevsner Associate Producer
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
John Richardson Special Effects
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Bob Simmons Stunts
André Trielli Special Effects
Jason White Stunts
Joss Williams Special Effects
Michael G. Wilson Producer,Screenwriter

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