After a long delay, the Introducing James Bond series returns with the final Roger Moore film, A View to a Kill (1985).
A View to a Kill is a movie that probably shouldn’t have happened, not with Roger Moore in the title role at any rate. As I’ve stated before, starting with For Your Eyes Only in 1981, it was becoming more and more obvious that Moore was rapidly aging out of the part of James Bond (who, by the way, is described as being 37 in the novels). This was painfully obvious in A View to a Kill, the 14th James Bond film of the series. As Moore himself stated, he knew he’d gone too far when he discovered he was slightly older than his co-star’s mother (yea, that’s not a good sign).
Now that being said, the movie did have a bright spot in Christopher Walken as the insane ex-KGB agent Max Zorin, but other than that the movie doesn’t do very much for me (to be perfectly honest). Bond is meant to be stopping Zorin from destroying Silicon Valley, but something about the action feels…forced, not as interesting as it might have been.
The titular theme for this movie was performed by Duran Duran and written by perennial Bond composer John Barry. To this day, it remains the only Bond theme song to have reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Duran Duran and Barry also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song (though sadly they did not win).
Credit to Art of the Title
On the plus side, the interesting thing about this title sequence is that there’s an extensive use of black light to show off body art. For me, things get a lot more interesting once Timothy Dalton assumes the role in The Living Daylights (1987), so for now, I leave you with the last title sequence to feature Roger Moore. Until next time! -Bex
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