A View To A Kill

1985, Movie, PG, 131 mins

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Costing $30 million, A VIEW TO A KILL is not the worst Bond film ever made, but it's closer to the bottom than to the top of the barrel. In it Roger Moore--making his seventh and reputedly last appearance as James Bond--takes on Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), a microchip tycoon, and May Day (Grace Jones), Zorin's amazonian playmate. Zorin amuses himself by breeding sure-winner race horses, implanting microchips in them that guarantee they will be the first across the finish line. His real goal, though, is to fill the San Andreas Fault with water, causing a devastating earthquake that will wipe out Silicon Valley and leave him on top of the microchip heap. Luscious geologist Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) gives Bond a hand (and more) as the action moves from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Directed by John Glen (FOR YOUR EYES ONLY), this movie has all the standard Bond components--beautiful women, picturesque locales, thrilling chases--but the time-tested formula is more than a little threadbare here. Moreover, Walken doesn't have the lines, the strength, the presence, or the dastardliness required to be a top-notch Bond adversary. English band Duran Duran contributes the title song. leave a comment

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