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Ranking the Bond Movies: #17 – A View to a Kill (1985)

I had a feeling about A View to a Kill. When I saw it the first time, I knew I liked it more than its reputation would suggest. Going in this time, I figured it would drop a bit. I knew my opinion on the first watch was probably influenced by Walken, so I figured this would suffer a bit of a drop. But honestly — this still pretty much ended up in the area it was at last time. The only difference is that other films climbed up on my list, so this didn’t drop so much as it fell by default.

My opinion of this film is the same, if not higher, than the first time I saw it. I really like this one. It’s a little on the slow side, in terms of pacing, but on the whole, this is a great movie. I think it works very well, has memorable characters, memorable moments — of course it’s not one of the best Bond movies ever, but in terms of the Roger Moore films, I think this is definitely okay. It definitely has some stupid moments that are the hallmark of the Moore years, but on the whole, I think you can do a lot worse for a Bond movie.

Also — the tandem of Christopher Walken and Grace Jones alone makes this more interesting than at least four or five other Bond movies. I think this is a very underrated movie in terms of people’s perception of it. As a Bond film, it’s just okay (hence the ranking), but even at 17, a film can still be underrated.