A View To A Kill

BBB.5

(out of 5)


 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 (, 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 () 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), . 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.


Eon Productions

United Kingdom/USA, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the story by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Michael G. Wilson

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“A View To A Kill”, music and lyrics by John Barry, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Roger Taylor)

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