A View To A Kill: The LS Cut

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A View To A Kill: The LS Cut
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Original Release Date:
1985
Original Running Time:
131
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124
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7
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Brief Synopsis:
A View to a Kill is often classified as Roger Moore's one outing too far - in other words, it's the Bond film where he's too old to play the part. However, that in itself has never bothered me - why can't we have an older version of Bond anyways? But there's little doubt that A View to a Kill is not a perfect Bond film. From the ill advised use of the Beach Boys song "California Girls" during the opening ski chase, to the over use of sexual innuendos which even for Moore are a little too much, to the inconsistent quality of editing and choreography for some of the fight scenes, there's still plenty to fix here for a faneditor.
Intention:
So, the intention with this edit is to present a final outing for Moore's 007 which is tighter, a tad more serious and overall an extremely entertaining way to end the Moore era. Welcome to A View to a Kill - The LS Cut
Special Thanks:
Sophie Welch
BionicBob
and anyone who has shown an interest in the edit
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
Audio Commentary by Last Survivor
Cuts and Additions:
- Removed Beach Boys song during opening ski chase, replaced with John Barry’s score
- Slight cut when Bond enters the escape vehicle camouflaged as an iceberg, to remove the romantic scene with intelligence operative Kimberly Jones
- Cut Bond’s line “There’s a fly in his soup” after Aubergine has been killed
- Sightly restructured the Eiffel tower scene as Bond chases after Mayday to try and Improve the flow
- Removed jumping platform when Mayday jumps off the Eiffel tower
- Cut Bond trying to pursue Mayday after she has jumped off the Eiffel tower
- As Bond and Tibbet are investigating the stables, have cut the fight scene which ensues with the security guards due to the comedic nature
- Bond is still waiting for Mayday in her bedroom, but we no longer see her get into bed with Bond. This is due to awkward jump cut which is present in the film (probably done to hide some unwanted nudity)
- Removed dialogue between Tibbet and Bond, which references the fight they had in the barn (as in this cut, the fight never happens)
- Trimmed scene where the guy who does not agree with Zorin’s Silicon Valley plan, is forced out of the airship and falls to his death. We only briefly see him fall now – this is to remove the blatant use of a dummy
- Trimmed dialogue between Pola Ivanova and Bond at the Spa, in an attempt to erase the most cringe worthy moments of not very subtle innuendo
- Re-edited the fight scene between Bond and Zorin’s henchmen at Stacy’s house. In an ideal world I would have completely cut this scene. However, the scene has to stay as it allows Stacy to trust Bond. Have tried to re-edit the scene to hide the awful wig one of the stuntmen is wearing as much as possible, and to sharpen up the sequence to improve what is in all honesty a pretty poorly put together fight scene. It’s still far from perfect mind (this involved some sound replacement work)
- Trimmed the fire truck chase sequence, in an effort to remove the silliest of moments and try to make the cops seem less like complete idiots
- As Bond is hanging from Zorin’s airship, removed the scene of him colliding with the radio mast, as it’s only there for comedy value
- Trimmed some of the over the top innuendo dialogue when Bond and Stacy are in the shower, just before end credits start


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Never seen the original, as with a few other entries in the Bond canon avoided because of their less-enthusiastic receptions. The general impression, at least for the first half of the film, is one of tiredness, and it only emphasises how energising the appearance of Timothy Dalton must have felt to audiences back in 1987.

I was surprised though how, given the film's reputation, I never felt anything worse than neutrality towards this edit and was even getting properly engaged when the pace picks up during the later sections, but perhaps I shouldn't be though considering the improvements Last Survivor made to other Bond films. A/V and editing quality are excellent as expected, the only thing that I can think of that might help further would be some additional scoring though I would not be one to know how to do this!

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Many people before me have said that this edit does make A View To A Kill good and they're right. I didn't think that the original version was bad, but it was still the worst of the Moore's Bond movies. I really enjoyed LastSurvivor's edit of the film, but the pace does still feel a little sluggish and it probably is better on a more drastically cut edit of the movie. But this edit is still great, so well done, LastSurvivor. You made A View To A Kill surprisingly greater than the source material could ever do.

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I like the Edit movie it was entertaining. I like you took off the Beach Boys music off, The silly fights, the dumb S.F. cops. Sexual innuendoes, the bad lines & diving board off the Eiffel Tower. Keep up the good work. Also I want to add the commentary was good. I like the way you explain about the Roger Moore acting history, the movie & editing.
Thanks & Cheers from Mike.

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After watching this edit, I came back to review the change list and was surprised. The *impact* of the edit far outweighs the *changes* of it. It's actually a decent movie now. I recall wanting to like the movie, and never really could because of the cartoonish silliness. Now that is mostly gone and it's now a fun romp.

The biggest things I noted was the lack of constant, silly sexual innuendo, and that Mayday (Grace Jones) didn't come off as a completely over-the-top lunatic. That by itself hugely helps the movie. The chase scene cuts helped, and allowed the story to move along.

This is a very successful edit, and will be my go-to for watching in the future.

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This is what I think you'd call a light cut. Pretty much everything you remember about the original is still there but with most of the extra silliness taken out of it. So the infamous fire engine chase is still there, yet somehow it doesn't seem quite so silly anymore. Of course, I know what was taken out because I've read the changes / edits. But watching it, it didn't feel like I was missing anything.
I viewed this as a Bond fan, and as a viewer, not an editor so I'm not going to comment on the quality of the edits other than to say, I didn't really notice anything jumping out at me as not being quite right. Quite the opposite. It all just felt right. I remember seeing this as a teenager when seeing a Bond film was the one film each year you went to the cinema to see. It was an experience, even if, in the end, Bond wasn't what he used to be.
So what did I miss? Or rather, what did I notice wasn't there? The Beach Boys. That's all. But I also remember thinking, even back then, how silly that scene was, and thank goodness, it's been removed. Apart from that, I didn't really notice that anything in particular was missing. Of course, I noticed that some sequences somehow didn't seem quite as long as I remembered, but it actually made for a better film, because, as the editor said, the intention was just to remove the silliness, and that he's achieved admirably. A superb edit. Thoroughly recommended.

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