This is Roger Moore’s final Bond appearance and what a way to go — having a love scene with Grace Jones when he’s all of 57 years old. For his part, Moore would say, “I was only about four hundred years too old for the part.” He was not a fan of this movie, as he would later look back and say, “I was horrified on the last Bond I did. Whole slews of sequences where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people. I 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.”
Walken was the third choice, as David Bowie and Sting almost played Max Zorin, the product of a Nazi genetic experiment who wants to destroy the Silicon Valley. Patrick Macnee — once John Steed from The Avengers — shows up as Sir Godfrey Tibbet and Tanya Roberts plays Bond’s love interest, Stacey Sutton. Dolph Lundgren also has an early role as a KGB agent.
As fuddy duddy as much of this movie feels, at least it has a great Bond song. Duran Duran killed it, pardon the pun, with “A View to a Kill,” which came about when bassist John Taylor, a lifelong Bond fan, drunkenly cornered Cubby Broccoli and said, “When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?”
The movie itself is kind of all over the place with horses being given adrenaline and airships and mines. But hey — like I said, Grace Jones pins down Bond and you genuinely worry for Roger Moore’s life. According to Moore’s biography, she had a large black dildo with her in their bed scene.
Roberts was nominated for the Worst Actress Golden Raspberry Award, but she lost to Linda Blair, who appeared in Night Patrol, Savage Island and Savage Streets. Those guys have no sense of taste whatsoever. She was one of the reasons why Moore decided to retire as Bond, as he learned he was older than her mother.
I liked this movie when I was a young James Bond fan and didn’t know any better, but it is by far one of the worst – Spectre being a close 2nd, if not 1st. The theme song is forgettable, Moore looks exhausted, the SF city hall fire scene with Roberts screaming is intolerable, and to be honest, it’s like the plot was ripped straight out of one of the worst John Gardner novels.
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