A View to a Kill (1985) Movie Review: The Roger Moore Era Limps to the Finish Line

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever Moore has an “I’m too old for this shit” look on his face

Take a Drink: whenever you’re reminded how lame the 80s were

Take a Drink: “breeding”

Take a Drink: for long falls

Take a Drink: for classic Walken line readings

Do a Shot: for steroid jokes

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Movie Review

By: Henry J. Fromage (Five Beers) –

The year is 1985.  Wham! and Madonna are at the top of the charts, and the cultural spectrum ranges from Reagan reactionism to mainstream-saturated androgyny.  How to bring Bond into this modern age?

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Or better yet, “Why bring Bond into this modern age?”

The plot is as bizarrely convoluted as always, ranging from horse doping to people doping to… Lex Luthoring the San Andreas fault in order to corner the market on microchips?  Sure.

A Toast

Admittedly, the skiing/snowboarding opening action sequence has some pretty spectacular stuntwork, further shaming Die Another Day‘s godawful stuntwork/CGI 20 years later.  The underground lair/battle finale is a fun throwback to Ken Adam’s meticulously created supervillain sets of the 60s and 70s.

Also, if you’re casting a megalomaniac with a bizarre speech cadence, then you can’t do much better than Christopher Walken.  Even more of a scene-stealer, though, is taboo-busting androgyne Grace Jones, who plays a ‘roided up henchwoman who is as intimidating as she is sexy.  Her love scene with Roger Moore must have led to many a confusing 80s teenage wank session (and a confused and frightened Moore- apparently Jones wore a giant dildo during it).

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Playboy wasn’t helping those feelings back then.

Beer Two

Some folks like the Duran Duran title song… but I’m not one of them.  The title sequence’s lame attempt at capturing the zeitgeist is mirrored by an unsuited synth and sax-happy score.  Nope.

Beer Three

The 80s pandering includes cassettes, Silicon Valley, and, of course, a robot dog.

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Operated by Q, displaying an unhealthy but unsurprising obsession with Bond’s sex life.

Beer Four

The plot really raises the stakes for Moore-era inanity.  The description above doesn’t include killer fishing poles, supervillain blimps, a surprising amount of blood for the Bond franchise, a return to dubbing Bond girls’ every word, a doofy butler sidekick, and a killer car wash.

Beer Five

What really hammers a nail in the coffin of the film, though, is how tired of it all a 57 year old Roger Moore seems to be.  His deadpan, quippy style carried the franchise through an Adam Westian amount of silliness, but at this point he was clearly done.  Here’s hoping he ran away with the always age-appropriate Moneypenny.

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Verdict

Forgot to mention- Jones got her then bf Dolph Lundgren his first onscreen opportunity in this film.  Otherwise, though, A View to a Kill sees the Moore era out with more of a whimper than a bang.

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About Henry J. Fromage

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