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A View to a Kill [1985] (1 disc)

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Director:John Glen
Writer:Michael G. Wilson
Richard Maibaum
Composer:John Barry
Length:131 minutes
(2 hours 11 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:36%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.


Reaction: Another typically ridiculously overambitious scheme from our villain, and a number of sections feel much more like typical action movie violence rather than a Bond film. It's okay.


Personal Rating: 5/10

Select Cast and Crew
John Glen => Director
Michael G. Wilson => Writer / Man Heard Over Loudspeaker at San Francisco City Hall (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Maibaum => Writer
John Barry => Composer
Ian Fleming => Story
Alison Doody => Jenny Flex
Bill Ackridge => O'Rourke
Bogdan Kominowski => Klotkoff
Christopher Walken => Max Zorin
Daniel Benzali => Howe
David Yip => Chuck Lee
Desmond Llewelyn => Q
Dolph Lundgren => Venz
Fiona Fullerton => Pola Ivanova
Geoffrey Keen => Minister of Defence
Grace Jones => May Day
Jean Rougerie => Achille Aubergine
Lois Maxwell => Miss Moneypenny
Manning Redwood => Bob Conley
Mary Stavin => Kimberley Jones
Papillon Soo => Pan Ho (as Papillon Soo Soo)
Patrick Bauchau => Scarpine
Patrick Macnee => Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Robert Brown [II] => M
Roger Moore => James Bond
Tanya Roberts => Stacey Sutton
Walter Gotell => General Gogol
Willoughby Gray => Dr. Carl Mortner

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The disclaimer, "Neither the name Zorin nor any other name or character in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" was added after producers discovered a real company known as Zoran Ladicorbic Ltd. Their industry was fashion design.
  • The role of Zorin was offered to Rutger Hauer.
  • This was Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Miss Moneypenny. Apparently, after she was told that she would be retiring from the role, she thought that she could become the M character as a promotion. However, at the time producer Albert R. Broccoli believed that audiences would not accept James Bond being given orders by woman. The M character did become a lady a decade later when Judi Dench took on the role in GoldenEye.
  • According to former CIA agent Tony Mendez~~ (the subject of the spy film Argo) after watching this film his superior at the CIA asked him did they have any facial recognition technology as depicted in 'A View to a Kill'. When Mendez told him they did not he ordered them to develop it.
  • At the premiere Sean Connery told the press, "Bond should be played by an actor 35, 33 years old. I'm too old. Roger's too old, too!"
  • Singer David Bowie was offered the part of Max Zorin. Bowie turned down the role in favor of one in Labyrinth.
  • Roger Moore said that he decided to end his run as James Bond when he realized that Tanya Roberts's mother was younger than he was.
  • Although only appearing very briefly, this movie is Dolph Lundgren's first on-screen role, playing General Gogol's KGB bodyguard Venz. He landed the position because he was dating Grace Jones at the time of the filming, and was conveniently on set when director John Glen realized he quickly needed someone to fill in as a simple gun wielding body guard.
  • The casting of Grace Jones and selection of [?] Duran Duran to perform the theme song were seen as attempts to help market the film (and potential future [James Bond] movies) towards a younger audience, specifically the so-called MTV Generation.
  • When Grace Jones as May Day screams during the mine sequence when sparks fly around her, her screams are for real. She did not know that electric cables around her would go off as a special effect for the scene.
  • Christopher Walken became the first Academy Award-winning actor to star in a [Bond] film.
  • Roger Moore celebrated his 57th birthday during filming, making him the oldest actor to play Bond. Sean Connery was 52 in Never Say Never Again.
  • This film was intensely disliked by Roger Moore himself. Moore who was barely on speaking terms with Grace Jones during filming. He did not consider this to be a real 007 movie. On the scene where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people, Moore said, "That wasn't Bond, those weren't [Bond] films. It stopped being what they were all about. You didn't dwell on the blood and the brains spewing all over the place."