A View to a Kill

A View to a Kill is a 1985 spy film and the fourteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and is the seventh and final appearance of Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian Fleming's 1960 short story "From a View to a Kill", the film has an entirely original screenplay. In A View to a Kill, Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California's Silicon Valley.

A View to a Kill
Theatrical release poster by Dan Gouzee
Directed byJohn Glen
Screenplay byRichard Maibaum
Michael G. Wilson
Based onJames Bond
by Ian Fleming
Produced byAlbert R. Broccoli
Michael G. Wilson
CinematographyAlan Hume
Edited byPeter Davies
Music byJohn Barry
Distributed byMGM/UA Entertainment Co. (United States)
United International Pictures (International)
Release date
  • 22 May 1985 (1985-05-22) (San Francisco, premiere)
  • 13 June 1985 (1985-06-13) (United Kingdom)
Running time
131 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom[1] United States[2]
Budget$30 million[3]
Box office$152.4 million

The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who also wrote the screenplay with Richard Maibaum. It was the third James Bond film to be directed by John Glen, and the last to feature Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, who frequently took umbrage with the effects of Moore's advanced age on his performance, it was a commercial success, with the Duran Duran theme song "A View to a Kill" performing well in the charts, becoming the only theme song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Song.