Bond’s adversary this time is the international industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) and his love-hate interest, May Day (Grace Jones). Bond tangles with them at their regal horse sale and uncovers a profitable scheme in which microchips are surgically implanted in the horse to assure an easy victory.
Horse business is moderately entertaining, particularly when Patrick Macnee is on screen as Bond’s chauffeur accomplice. Action, however, jumps abruptly to San Francisco to reveal Zorin’s true motives. He’s hatching some master plan to pump water from the sea into the San Andreas fault causing a major earthquake, destroying the Silicon Valley and leaving him with the world’s microchip monopoly.
While Bond pics have always traded heavily on the camp value of its characters, A View to a Kill almost attacks the humor, practically winking at the audience with every move.
As for Roger Moore, making his seventh [and final] appearance as Bond, he is right about half the time. He still has the suave and cool for the part, but on occasion he looks a bit old and his womanizing seems dated.