Dalton was badly needed here
3 March 2011
Warning: Spoilers
A View to a Kill marks the end of Moore's run in the role and in some ways, the film is a tribute to Moore's previous outings before the series would reinvent itself in the next film. However, many like to label this film as the very worst and while others find it to be an entertaining, if flawed film. I belong in the latter group, the film most definitely has it's number of flaws, clichés, and the like for sure but this is a far better film than Diamonds are Forever and Live and Let Die.

A View to a Kill is far from perfect but it manages to be entertaining nonetheless. People's (valid) criticisms seem to go like this - Moore was far too old in the role at this point, the plot was basically a rehash of Goldfinger, Stacy Sutton is one of the worst Bond girls of all time, the Beach Boys song in the pre-title sequence and the overall tired feel by cast and crew alike. While I wouldn't necessarily defend these criticisms, the film has it's good points like any Bond film. Firstly, we get a perfectly cast villain in Christopher Walken and is an awesome villain. Secondly, Barry's score is great as always when he's on board and the title song by Duran Duran is simply one of the best Bond songs of all time.

Tanya Roberts is horribly miscast as the Bond girl here. She serves no real purpose in the film other than eye candy, and she brings more attention to just how old Roger Moore looked in the film and gave their relationship a very creepy side to it as she was young enough to be Moore's daughter. It just makes it harder for us to believe that younger women would fall for a man of Roger Moore's age and someone like Maud Adams would have been believable but with someone around Tanya Roberts' age, it just doesn't work.

Story-wise, the film could and should have been better. By 1985, were Maibaum and Wilson really out of ideas where they *had* to recycle the plot from Goldfinger? A View to a Kill recycles many scenes from that film one way or the other. Firstly, Bond sees the villain initially when said-villain is involved in a cheating scam. While Goldfinger was cheating at a rather mundane game of cards, Zorin is introduced with a horse racing scam. Secondly, we have a similar sequence to when Goldfinger outlines his plans to the group of hoods which he ends up gassing them immediately afterwards. In A View to a Kill, Zorin outlines his plan to a group of businessmen on an airship and disposes of the lone dissenter (the Solo of this film) down some retracting steps into the cold waters of San Francisco Bay below.

Despite all of this, the film manages to be entertaining throughout. However, with a much better script and with Dalton in the role, the film would rank higher in the subconscious of the public and fans alike.
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