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!
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.
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.
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.
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.