Here’s why Roger Moore liked his final James Bond adventure A View To A Kill the least out of his run. Despite the immense success enjoyed by the Sean Connery era of Bond, there were serious doubts the series would survive once he left. His successor George Lazenby famously departed the role after only one outing, and producers paid Connery a hefty sum to return for 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. After many actors were considered for Live And Let Die, including Burt Reynolds, Timothy Dalton and Anthony Hopkins, Roger Moore landed the role.
Moore would end up playing the role seven times, which is a run that remains unbroken thus far. His take on Bond was considerably more lighthearted and tongue in cheek compared with Connery’s, though he displayed occasional moments of cold-bloodedness in the likes of For Your Eyes Only. Moore’s final outing was 1985’s A View To A Kill, where he’s pitted against Christopher Walken evil businessman Max Zorin and his right-hand woman May Day (Grace Zones).
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A View To A Kill is somewhat well-regarded for Walken and Jones’ delightfully hammy turns, the catchy Duran Duran theme and the finale involving an airship over the Golden Gate Bridge. That said, it’s one of the worst Bond outings thanks to a dull story and mostly uninvolving action, though Moore is still entertaining in the role. The veteran actor would later reveal during a commentary track for A View To A Kill that it was his least favorite of his own run.
Moore partly attributes this to being somewhat worn down while making it. He states that around the time he made 1983’s Bond outing Octopussy he was getting a little tired, as production on the movies could be exhausting. He was also nearing 60 when he shot A View To A Kill and felt it was time to hang up his Walter PPK. Roger Moore also admits to being surprised at the high level of violence in the movie, especially in the scene where Zorin gleefully massacres a group of miners with an Uzi.
He disliked the increase in violence and preferred what he refers to as the old school James Bond adventures. This isn’t much of a surprise as the actor, despite starring in more blood action fare like The Wild Geese, had a noted distaste for guns and later lamented how violent the Bond movies became after he left. Even fans of Roger Moore would probably rank A View To A Kill among the lower end of his run, though even in lesser Bonds, he always made them worth watching.
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