A View to a Kill
By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Tired 007 effort has ridiculous plot, iffy behavior.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
James Bond may be a good guy, and may have saved the world, but he seduces women, drinks alcohol, doesn't seem to care much about destroying property, and never really learns any lessons. Moreover, he has a license to kill and can leave dead bodies in his wake with no consequences. Some of the women characters are treated as objects, helpless and powerless.
Positive Role Models
Technically, James Bond is a highly trained hero, and tries to save the world from the bad guys, but his methods are highly questionable.
Violence & Scariness
We see plenty of guns and shooting, as well as fighting and chasing. There are some dead bodies, but not much blood. A man gets a fishhook in his face, with some blood shown. A man is chopped up in a fan underwater, with some blood swirling through the water. In one scene, the bad guys believe that they have killed Bond, but he survives. A woman has a shotgun filled with rock salt (ouch).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bond is involved with women during the course of the film. Kissing is shown, and sex is presumed, although very little is actually shown. He relaxes in a hot tub with one woman. Grace Jones is shown removing an article of clothing, but no nudity is shown. Grace kisses both Bond and Zorin. During a chase scene, a camper shell is torn from a truck, revealing a man and woman in bed together.
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"S--t" and "hell" are used twice each. "Damn" is used once. "Oh my God" is used.
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Products & Purchases
Bond prominently uses a "Sharper Image" card to open a lock. A Chevron sign is prominently shown. A bottle of Stolichnaya vodka is shown. A 1985-era Apple computer is shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bond produces a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka, but is not seen drinking from it. He drinks fancy champagne at a dinner, and drinks at a party. He drinks wine at a woman's house. A drunk on a park bench is briefly shown during a chase scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A View to a Kill is the 14th official James Bond film, and Roger Moore's final outing in the series. It contains guns, shooting, chasing, fighting, and some killing, but bloodletting is minimal. Bond has four lovers over the course of the movie. Kissing is shown and sex is implied. He drinks fairly often, but mostly in a social way, though one comical drunk is briefly shown. There is some brief strong language, notably one clear use of "s--t" (and one partial use of it). We see some obvious product placement, specifically for the Sharper Image and for Chevron. It's widely considered one of the worst of the Bond movies, though, as always, purists and die-hard fans will want to see it.
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What's the Story?
In Siberia, special agent 007, James Bond (Roger Moore), discovers a microchip on the body of the late agent 003, leading him to wealthy industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken). Bond first observes Zorin cheating in a horse race, and there meets Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), whose company Zorin is trying to take over. After traveling to San Francisco, Bond and Sutton discover Zorin's secret plans to destroy Silicon Valley, thereby cornering the world's microchip market. But before Bond can stop him, he must contend with Zorin's deadly protector, May Day (Grace Jones).
Is It Any Good?
Roger Moore was nearing sixty when he made this, his seventh and final James Bond film, and the entire movie just seems tired. Worse, it unwisely allows for a strain of ridiculous humor, beginning with the use of a Beach Boys song while Bond snowboards down a hill. Unfortunately, even when it's not trying to be funny it tends to be rather ridiculous (in one scene, Bond even makes quiche for his Bond girl), and sometimes dumb.
On the plus side, Christopher Walken and Grace Jones make two of the more colorful characters in Bond's rogues gallery. A battle over the Golden Gate Bridge is a highlight, as is Duran Duran's title song. Moore also has a few funny scenes with Patrick Macnee, who is perhaps best known for his role on the legendary spy TV series "The Avengers." If you look fast, you can spot Dolph Lundgren as a henchman, but even Lundgren has made better movies than this.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? How many characters have to die so that Bond can save the world? Are there any consequences?
Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. What is appealing about him? Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why or why not?
How are the women in this movie treated? Why are they attracted to Bond? Would any of them be interesting in a movie of their own?
How much alcohol does Bond drink in this movie? Does he make drinking look cool? In real life, would it get in the way of doing spy work?
- In theaters: May 24, 1985
- On DVD or streaming: October 17, 2000
- Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts
- Director: John Glen
- Studio: MGM/UA
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 130 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- Last updated: April 27, 2023
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