30 August 2010

The Bond retrospective - Number 16

Remember this one?

We're confused too
16. A View To A Kill

Apparently the lowest ranked Bond film on Rotten Tomatoes, I have to say I disagree, while Moore’s final appearance is no classic, it is hardly discernable from any other average Bond film. The plot is fairly straightforward and understandable, if somewhat contrived, the action scenes are decent enough, with campness being kept to a minimum and there’s a decent villain in Christopher Walken. However, it doesn’t get much better than that, it’s quite long and trudges in parts, the plot is paper thin, Moore was already too old in the seventies, and Grace Jones was a terrible, terrible mistake. The long and short of it is, there’s nothing really bad here, on most counts you can find a film that did it worse, for example despite all the criticism of Moore’s age, I found it more of a problem in FYEO, which was four years earlier, it’s just that there’s nothing really good here either, it’s completely unmemorable aside from being ‘the one with Grace Jones and Christopher Walken in’ – hence why I’ve barely mentioned the film itself here, so yes it’s average, forgettable, but if you’re looking for the worst Bond film you would probably overlook this one as it simply slips under the radar.

Christopher Walken is one of the better villains
Duran Duran, anyone?

Nothing to remember fondly
Grace Jones

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