Moore ends his run as Bond with a whimper not a bang in this pretty terrible entry in the long running series. Tanya Roberts plays a state geologist (!!!) almost as convincingly as Walken plays a super villain....not at all. Even the stunt work seems lazier in this entry with the differences between cast and stuntmen quite obvious. It was bad when Bond seemed like father to the women he seduced...but grandfather?
Not as bad as some would argue, but still very weak. The Parisian half is classic Bond; outlandish action, great villains, locations, a sense of intrigue and danger; Bond actually having to work to stay alive! Second half in San-Fran takes a turn for the mundane and becomes a dull conspiracy thriller. One great and surprisingly surreal sequence in an unfurnished house offers a brief glimmer, but the rest is plodding.
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.