Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/USA, 1985. Eon Productions. Screenplay by Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson, based on the story by Ian Fleming. Cinematography by Alan Hume. Produced by Albert R. Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson. Music by John Barry. Production Design by Peter Lamont. Costume Design by Emma Porteous. Film Editing by Peter Davies. Golden Globe Awards 1985.
Roger Moore was far too old to be playing the world’s greatest superspy by the time he got around to filming his last James Bond adventure, something even he admitted, but he still has a good time clowning around in this enjoyable entry. Bond is recruited to put a stop to the evils of a microchip tycoon (Christopher Walken, the first Academy Award winning actor to play a Bond villain) who plans on destroying California in an effort to take over the software market and become a billionaire. Bond makes friends with the daughter of a slain employee (Tanya Roberts) who helps him get close to the bad guy, while Walken keeps the company of what is probably the scariest-ever Bond girl (and one of the most deliciously daring bits of casting as well), Grace Jones. The script never really comes together, but there are enough death-defying stunts and gorgeous locales (Paris and San Francisco mainly) to keep even the pickiest viewer seated for two hours. A fire engine chase is particularly fun, and although Roberts is one of the more vapid Bond girls in the series, she’s still quite charming and likeable.