Roger Moore by 1985 really wore out his welcome as Bond. When For Your Eyes Only should have been his final film and go out on a high note, he was pressured to come back for 83's Octopussy to compete with a rival Bond production that had Sean Connery which I can understand but here, he has no business being in a Bond movie anymore as much as I liked him. He's too old to play the role and the movie itself has it's problems.
Bond is called into action this time when a millionaire, Max Zorin has been suspected of dealing in microchips for the Russians. Following Zorin and his superpowered henchwoman May Day from France to San Francisco that leads to the most absurd of Bond plots ever involving explosives to trigger the San Andreas faultline to destroy Silicon Valley and it's technology. People thought that Tommorrow Never Dies story of a media head creating a war to get money through high ratings was silly. This plot takes the cake. It's very similar to Goldfingers plot but using microchips instead of gold as the commodity.
Putting Roger Moores age aside, he's still the same as he ever was in a Bond movie, charming, humorous and light-take it for what you will. Christopher Walken as Zorin is clearly having a great time as a villain who is a little on the unstable side trying to corner the technology market boom of the time. Patrick Macnee is a definete highlight as Tibbet, a put upon assistant to Bond. Almost any other character is forgetable say for Grace Jones's May Day a kinda sorta sexy/scary henchwoman to Zorin. She creates an impression but it's an odd one to say the most. The less said about Tanya Roberts as another shrieking Bond girl the better, especially when lovely ladies like Jenny Flex and Paula Ivanova are around...for a few scant minutes.
Well, what about the action and stunts? Bond does a cool escape from Russia in the opening on skis that turns a little silly with a Beach Boys song playing. At one point Bond snowboards away and it's said that this is a scene that helped kick off the sport like how The Spy Who Loved Me is the first movie to showcase jetskis. The action in France is standard but a jump from the Eifel Tower is cool. Finally the underground mines in San Francisco going into a fight on a blimp atop the Golden Gate bridge is nice, just nice nothing great. The opening theme, Duran Duran's A View to a Kill is great but it's supplemented by a real gaudy and neon filled opening title sequence.
The plot is largely stupid, Moore is too old, not many of the characters are great save for Zorin and Tibbet and while there are some nice set pieces and stunts, none of them are spectacular and Two Bond girls who aren't all that interesting, while two who could have been given a shaft. While it is better then The Man WIth The Golden Gun, it's marginal and at the very least the plot for as ridiculous as it is DOES try to at least make it easy to follow compared to the movies before and after this one (Octopussy and The Living Daylights which are needlessly complicated). Not a great Bond movie by any stretch and you can often find it near the bottom of many people's favorites lists in the series but some people like it SOLEY for Christopher Walken. Hey, at least they like the highlight of the movie. Thankfully the View changed next time for the next movie.
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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