An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley. –IMDb
John Glen (born 15 May 1932) is a film director. He was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. A former film editor and second unit director, Glen has carved his niche in action pictures. His first credit was on the James Bond flick “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969). Other credits as film editor include Peter Yates’ “Murphy’s War” (1970), the trial drama “Conduct Unbecoming” (1975) and the Bond films “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) and “Moonraker” (1979), both directed by Lewis Gilbert. He moved to the director’s chair with “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), which eschewed much of the gadgetry and cartoon style of the previous entries in the series. Glen serviceably directed four more Bond films “Octopussy” (1983), “A View to a Kill” (1985), “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “Licence to Kill” (1989). Since abandoning the Bond franchise, he has overseen “Aces: Iron Eagle III” and the unsuccessful “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” (both 1992). —TCM
Arguably the weakest entry in the Roger Moore era, A View to a Kill is an oxymoron; trying to update the franchise to 1985 while clinging on to the same tropes and aging actors as before. It does have its perks, namely the theme song by Duran Duran, the Golden Gate climax, and the stellar Christopher Walken as Max Zorin. That aside, the film suffers from uneven pacing and a few odd gags.