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A View to A Kill

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A View to A Kill
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Roger Moore's Bond confronts Max Zorin, who has devised a plan to corner the world's microchip market, even if he has to kill millions to do it. Before Bond can stop the madman, he must confront Zorin's beautiful and deadly companion May Day.
Title: A view to a kill
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2006, p1985.
Edition: Widescreen, ultimate ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1985.
Summary: Roger Moore's Bond confronts Max Zorin, who has devised a plan to corner the world's microchip market, even if he has to kill millions to do it. Before Bond can stop the madman, he must confront Zorin's beautiful and deadly companion May Day.
Audience: MPAA rating PG.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson ; screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson ; directed by John Glen
Credits: Director of photography, Alan Hume ; editor, Peter Davies ; music composed and conducted by John Barry.
Performers: Roger Moore, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones, Patrick Macnee, Chistopher Walken.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English or French dialogue ; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Thai ; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama.
Genre/Form: James Bond films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Spy films.
Topical Term: Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Publisher No: 106005
309726
152631
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Feb 03, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the 14th installment of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as James Bond.
Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California's Silicon Valley.
In the opening scene, James Bond is sent to Siberia to locate the body of 003 and recover a microchip originating from the Soviet Union.
The group of Soviet KGB agents start chasing Bond, who skillfully evades those men using his skiing technique and snowboarding tactics in such a splendid way
that you'll for sure get fascinated and thrilled to death.
In the final scene, Zorin, who had escaped in his airship, abducts State Geologist Stacey Sutton as Bond grabs hold of the airship's mooring rope.
Zorin tries to kill Bond, but Bond manages to moor the airship to the framework of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sutton attacks Zorin.
Eventually she flees and joins Bond out on the bridge, but Zorin follows them out with an axe.
The ensuing fight culminates with Zorin falling to his death.
This fighting sequence is one of must-sees.
You would definitely love to see this gripping, thrilling and deadly-exciting fighting scene.

Jul 30, 2012
  • maritia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The movie was very exciting and as always Bond(James Moore) excellent. The leading actress wonderful plus the costars as well.
The second disk shows how and where the movie was made and what cities they used. Also the Bond set at Hollywood for the mine setting was incredible. The sound, set crew did an excellent job.
That movie will keep you on your toes! Please take the time to look at the second disk too.

Aug 29, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

In order to maintain the 'One Good, One Bad, One Good, One Bad' pattern you need to consider "Never Say Never Again" as part of the system, with it slotting in right after "Octopussy". Both EON Films and Bond Fanbois® will object to this, but can get knotted as this is my pattern, not theirs.

This is the film than clinched it for Roger Moore: he would do no more. One can see why by looking at the number of gadgets (Lord knows), the number of international locations (4 if you count England), and the preposterous behaviour of a villain who not only doesn't care about the welfare of his crew of workmen, but actively murders them en masse with a machine gun seemingly for the sheer excitement of the thing. Can't say I blame Zorin for doing it: they were all going to drown anyway, so he's doing them a favour by killing them quickly. Still, think of the expense of the ammo! Besides, he's already blowing a hole in the ground which triggers the San Andreas Fault and floods a massive area around San Francisco Bay and on into Silicon Valley (for not much of an end-benefit than cornering the market for supplying microchips to the world, so why doesn't he simply purchase most of Taiwan?) during which millions will be drowned or have all their worldly possessions destroyed. so how much more "eeeeeevil" does he have to be made to appear?

Tanya Roberts, as "Stacey Sutton", is saddled with the single-worst Bond Girl to ever be created; helpless, hopeless, and brainless. She is the precise opposite of Dinah Rigg's character, in that Miss Sutton never once is able to defend or protect herself, constant whining "James! Don't leave me! Jaaames!!" It's all I could do to refrain from screaming "No! Leave her behind in the burning building! You'll be better off, trust me!" Given she's the evil henchman's dogsbody, Grace Jone's "May Day" is a far better Bond Girl in the end than Miss Sutton is, actually doing things and helping along the plot, as opposed to wearing heels, screaming for help, and generally getting in the way.

There's two things that makes this film work for me in a small way: Patrick McNee (ace!) and — here's the bit where I become unique — Grace Jones. I happen to think Ms Jones is sexy. When saying this, many people look at me as though I've just suggested that 'gnawing off one's own leg for recreation is wizard!' and rapidly change the subject. None the less, I happen to find the lady attractive.

The fight on the bridge at the end makes me hold my breath and wriggle around in discomfort, but I'm acrophobic, so this also might cause people to worry about my judgment.

So... ultimately this isn't all that damned good, but isn't as awful as it might be. It's pretty damned close, though. It's probably the worst of Roger Moore's outings, and certainly is the reason people threw up their hands and declared Bond is nothing but toys and boffing.

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