A View To A Kill: Moore's Final Chase

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This 14th James Bond film is Roger Moore's 7th and last. There is less screaming, bloat, and cheap laughs. There are no Beach Boys, gratuitous sex, springboard on the Eiffel Tower, cop-car pile-up, or shower scene.
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Original Release Date:
1985
Original Running Time:
131
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117
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14
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Brief Synopsis:
A View to a Kill - Moore's Final Chase cuts the bloat, the cheap laughs, and much screaming. No Beach Boys, gratuitous sex, or shower scene. The springboard atop the Eiffel Tower is erased. The fire truck chase is trimmed.
Intention:
Psychotic Max Zorin has tremendous potential as a Bond villain. Aided by menacing May Day, he, like Lex Luthor in Superman (1978), wants to trigger a Californian earthquake. Where Gene Hackman's Luthor is intelligent in a reasonable kind of way, Christopher Walken gives Zorin a level of insanity that convinces us he could actually come up with the scheme - and see it through to its genocidal conclusion.
Much of the shine of this movie was buried under cheap jokes, long chases, and screaming. Oh, the screaming! Trimming / cutting those polishes the movie into the worthy final adventure that was hidden inside.
Other Sources:
A View to a Kill soundtrack CD to replace the Beach Boys cover.
The Man with the Golden Gun blu-ray for Roger Moore saying the word "bed" with usable speed and inflection.
Special Thanks:
LastSurvivor for the Eiffel Tower shot and constructive criticism, bionicbob, Zarius, and everyone who contributed suggestions in the forum thread.
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
1080p
5.1 AC3 640kbps
English subtitles
Cuts and Additions:
Pre-title sequence:
- Replaced Beach Boys song with James Bond theme copied from the Eiffel tower jump & chase.
- Cut a green-screen close-up of Bond skiing (bad FX).
- Cut all interior shots of submarine.
- Moved two cutaways shots of Soviet skiers to fill the slots of the above-mentioned removed shots, and cut one exterior submarine shot.
- Cut a few seconds of the ski-chase for pacing, moved a few shots around to make that work.

UK:
- Cut lame joke in Moneypenny's office about Bond's return from Siberia.
- Mute Q's "micro comparator" (unnecessary and I find it makes Q sound like he's *trying* to be smart, which he needn't show off nor would he).
- Cut joke about Bond winning at the races (not funny and made Moneypenny look daft).

France:
- Cut absurd face and mute sexist comment by Aubergine (this isn't 'Allo, Allo!).
- Mute lame joke of "fly in his soup" (thanks @LastSurvivor for inspiration).
- Trim Bond chasing Mayday up the Eiffel tower (making him less of a bad shot and not get tangled up in the fishing wire).
- Erase the diving-board on the Eiffel tower (actually Lone Survivor erased the diving-board. He did this perfectly for his own excellent edit [], and I am thankful to copy his work for this shot).
- Dub the cabbie's exaggerated English with actual French, he now shouts "Ma voiture!" (not all French sound like "Rene from ze Cafe", using the blu-ray's French DTS track).
- Cut two shots of the cabbie to reduce his exaggerated flailings (unfunny physical comedy).
- Mute Bond's sexist comment that Stacey "bears closer inspection" and cut the subsequent bad joke to Tibbett that Bond would be doing that for duty. This doesn't fit anymore, because in this edit Bond does *not* sleep with Stacey. He acts like a responsible father figure to her.
- Cut the terrible fight-scene between Bond/Tibbett and two guards in Zorin's storage. Moved the Bond/Tibbett exterior shot immediately after for better narrative flow. Re-ordered the subsequent Mayday/Zorin martial arts practice to accommodate that I removed its cutaway shots.
- Trimmed Mayday in bed with Bond: cut the first 18 frames to get rid of the infamous frame jump. Cut the last frames that had Bond rolling his eyes to the tune of God Save The Queen. It's a weak joke and I prefer to make up my own mind whether Bond is doing this merely for "Queen and Country" or that he not. (I tried to smooth the frame jump of Mayday getting into bed with Bond by adding frames made in photoshop. I added 10 frames with 4 layers for different movements: Bond's arm, Mayday's body, sheets, background. I was not satisfied with the result, so decided not to use them and instead I cut 19 frames to remove the frame jump).
- Change Bond's cringe-inducing joke to Zorin that he "got off eventually" into that he "got to bed eventually" (the word "bed" taken from The Man With The Golden Gun).
- Erased Mayday from two shots when Tibbet's at the gate. It bugged me that Tibbet wouldn't bother to look in and around the car to see where she suddenly disappeared to.
- Cut Bond's jocular comment that his horse is a little spirited (lame).
- Cut all shots of gimmicks at the Bond/Zorin horse-race, making the race simply brutal for Bond because Zorin's "exercise boys" beat him up while riding.
- Fix a brief audio drop-out in the front-left channel during the horse race.

USA:
- Cut most of the jacuzzi scene (bad jokes and slow pacing). Bond still gets the girl, just without the goofy stuff (and without Tchaikovsky).
- Cut product placement for The Sharper Image when Bond enters Stacey's home through the window (retain "click" for unlocking the window).
- Trim fight inside Stacey's house (to minimize bad chareography).
- Mute goon's "Hey, wait for me" (sounded too much A-Team villain). Used the German DTS track for this.
- Cut Stacey's "what is [a quiche]?" (Plea to scriptwriters: fewer dumb lines for actresses please!).
- Cut Stacey's "ten times more than they're worth" (made her principally sound decision into a bad business decision, without that information these interests no longer need to conflict).
- Cut Stacey's "I'd sell everything and live in a tent before I give up" (the silence speaks for itself).
- Trim exposition between Bond/Stacey/CIA's Chuck Lee (for pacing, and because superfluous).
- Trims to Bond & Stacey entering at City Hall (for pacing).
- Trims to burning elevator (excising much of the screaming Tanya Roberts was made to do in this movie, the German audio track proved helpful because not all screams were copied).
- Outside burning City Hall: cut cop's "goddammit", mute fireman's warning about the latch on the truck (made cop sound not in control, and fireman's reference no longer applies as the resulting sequence is cut).
- Many trims to fire-truck chase, including removal of the loose crane and cop-car pile-up. (This isn't the Blues Brothers). Now the chase ends with Bond's trademark announcement that his name *is* "Bond, James Bond".
- Many small trims in Zorin's cave (for pacing).
- Cut the pit inside a tunnel (inconsequential, slows down the story, and *nobody* would dig a shaft there).
- Trims to Zorin shooting his own men (to tone down Zorin's cartoon-villain excess).
- Cut shot of Stacey seeing the blimp coming toward her. It's bad enough that she can be taken by surprise by a blimp, but did they really have to make her *see* the thing and still not manage to escape it?
- Cut shot of Bond hanging from blimp, grazing a skyscraper antenna (bad & cheap joke).
- End on bridge. No Q, no robo-dog, no shower, no sex.
- Dub in Grace Jones "Storm" over the end credits (trimmed to fit). I love Duran Duran's song, but that already has the opening titles and many callbacks in Barry's score. The movie is better balanced by having a different song over the end credits.
- Add a brief post-credits clip: General Gogol offering an award for Bond. I enjoy Gotell's Gogol and his lines add to the story, so I didn't want to cut him just because I cut the shower scene. So here it is as a post-credit.
- I tested raising the center channel volume, as I found dialog was overshadowed by other sounds, but did not find the result to be an improvement. So the volume balance remains unchanged.
- I had intended to make a bunch more micro trims (for pacing), including further reducing the goofiness of the Parisian cabbie and the two-wheeled car. But I couldn't line up John Barry's score to make it work. I would've had to do a lot of sound replacement work and be stuck with inserting music from the CD (which rarely sounds seamless) for all of about 30 seconds of trims.
- Added FE logo.
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9.3
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9.6(5)
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9.2(5)
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9.6(5)
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9.2(5)
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(Updated: March 31, 2021)
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9.4
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
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9.0
I always wanted to see a more serious version of Roger Moore's Bond. This is it. All the corny jokes, one liners and silliness have been cut out. There's no silly fire engine chase. No Beach Boys. The Eiffel Tower sequence has been edited perfectly. This is the Bond I always wanted Roger Moore to play. It's more heavily cut than the LS cut. It makes it a more serious film. I have just one criticism. It just ended abruptly. There's no after action scene to bring us gently down to earth at the end of the film. Or rather, there's no Bond in bed with the girl at the end. I understand why it was done. The girl in this case was Tanya Roberts. Roger Moore was probably old enough to be her grandfather. So I understand it. But I think personally, I might have been tempted to leave at least some of that in there, for the sake of rounding out the film itself, because as it stands, the film does just end rather abruptly with the climactic fight scene atop the Golden Gate Bridge. That said, this is still the kind of Bond film that I always wanted Roger Moore to make, and one I would happily watch again.

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This is a really good edit of A View To A Kill. Watching it I did feel resigned to the fact that I'll never like the movie, no matter what is cut out - for me it's easily Moore's worst 007 film, it's also the first 007 film that I consider a legitimately bad movie. This edit removed nearly everything I would have chosen to remove and it's clearly far superior to the original version. It flows smoothly, nothing that is cut is missed. But I still have to say that it's not a very good movie. This isn't a knock on Lapis at all, I honestly don't think he could have done much more with what he had.

The editing is pretty much flawless, the only time I noticed the audio is with the removal of the Beach Boys song. I feel like using more of the AVTAK score - which is iconic and by far the best thing about the movie - would have been preferable. Somehow the new music in that section doesn't feel like it belongs. alongside the regular score during that scene.

Beyond that the audio and video editing was superb, and the choices made were equally superb. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to find a version of this movie that they can sit through. Don't expect it to become a great Bond movie, but it is now watchable. It's become my go-to version of the movie.
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9.0
Another Bond edit is always welcome and as a fellow Bond fan, I'm always intrigued to see what Lapis will come up with, particularly as his edits are brave enough to take bold risks to get the film the way he wants it. A View to A Kill - Moore's Final Chase is no exception to that rule and for the most part works extremely well.

As a film, I've always had a soft spot for A View To A Kill. The old criticism that Moore is too old to play the part only bothers me during some of the more outlandish action sequences where you question whether a Bond of that age would be able to do such feats - but hey, we're talking a Roger Moore Bond film here, and in the title role he's as likeable as ever. The story is pretty cool stuff, involving the wonderfully psychotic villain, Max Zorin and his mad plan to destroy California's Silicon Valley, with a terrific performance from Christopher Walken. Then there's one of John Barry's best scores, which makes fantastic use of Duran Duran's excellent theme song during the film, not to mention the always reliable Patrick Macnee and the formidable presence of Mayday, as played by Grace Jones.

Having said that, the film certainly has its faults. John Glenn's direction is a little pedestrian at times, almost like he's getting distracted and longing to make a harder edged Bond film. Also, whilst some of the action set pieces hit the mark in typical Bond fashion, there are also two fist fights which are probably the worst in the series long history. Terribly shot, and choreographed, it's amazing they're from a Bond movie to be honest. Tanya Roberts meanwhile is pretty wooden here as the main Bond girl, Stacey, but I have to say that her character is very likeable nonetheless. Oh and did I mention the Beach Boys? What were they thinking!?? So, with Lapis taking his usual bold approach to fine tune these elements and more beside, I was intrigued to see how Moore's Final Chase turned out.

Firstly, the edit looks great and on the whole the visual editing here is spot on. There are no hard cuts or anything like that, and even sequences which are heavily trimmed such as the firetruck chase, are executed very skillfully and work well in what Lapis is trying to achieve. They may not be the way I would go about approaching such sequences, but that's purely personal taste and Lapis deserves kudos for how well they work here. I did enjoy the way the jacuzzi sequence between Bond and Pola Ivanova was trimmed - nothing is lost in the narrative to the tapes being switched, but you get most of the awkward and cringe inducing double entendres now removed. In fact, I loved the balance that Lapis gets here in making this a more serious Bond caper, but not overly so. There's still the usual Moore charm here, but the skillful edits lend his Bond more believability as secret agent.

The audio editing is mostly good too. However, the removal of the Beach Boys song during the opening ski chase has Lapis using the infamous James Bond theme instead - this in itself is fine of course, but the transition as it ends to then going into Barry's main action cue which is used throughout A View To A Kill, is not very smooth and is in all honesty a bit jarring. Also, as that scene comes to an end and Bond gets into the iceberg sub, the music transitions are clearly coming in and out from the start and ends of scenes which Lapis has cut. It's not terrible, but I did pick up on it. Other than those sequences, the audio editing is well executed.

The choice to end the film on the Golden Gate bridge is a bit too abrupt for me, although with Lapis' intention to not have Bond and Stacey in the shower together in the film's end scene, it was probably the only way to end the edit. It's well done though, and the inclusion of Grace Jones' song from The Avengers film works a treat. Lastly, another post credits scene fails to do anything for me - it feels cheesy and unnecessary. Plus, it comes after the blu-ray technical restoration credits, which just feels weird.

On the whole though, I had a great time with this edit. It's about as bold as one can get in editing down A View to A Kill and still keep the narrative intact. Recommended to all 007 fans ;)
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This movie was very enjoyable! The cuts and the pacing the editor did to the film was just awesome! It made the film under a 50 year old Roger Moore being 007 much more serious and a better bond film overall!!! I highly recommend this cut to the fans out there who want to see a good Bond film!!!!

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The nips and tucks have made this a far more enjoyable experience . Big recommend and a must have for fans of the franchise.

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