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JAMES BOND IN OUR SIGHTS: A CLOSE LOOK AT 'A VIEW TO A KILL': A CLOSE LOOK AT 'A VIEW TO A KILL' Paperback – December 12, 2011
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"Well written, engaging, and informative...[the author] does a very nice job of analysing how this particular entry in the Bond canon diverges from expectations." - Phillip Sexton, Writer's Digest
"Immersive from beginning to end...strikes a good balance between solid film criticism and a breezy, fun read." - Joseph P. Menta, Jr., Kindle Taproom
"One of the most interesting and most entertaining Bond books I've read...[it's] definitely fun to see a movie you think you know inside and out with different eyes." - Martin Funke, Bond & Beyond
"A great Bond book about an under-appreciated Bond flick...[the author provides] great insight into John Glen's direction and John Barry's fantastic film score, along with all the subtle nuances of the characters and their performances, and more." - Matt Sherman, The James Bondlist
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We know Dr. No. We know Goldfinger. But do we know A View to a Kill? The fourteenth official James Bond film, A View to a Kill marked Roger Moore's final performance as Agent 007. However, the film's intriguing, even subtle qualities have remained largely unrecognised since its 1985 release. In entertaining and thought-provoking fashion, author Andrew McNess shines a light on A View to a Kill, and argues we may well be overlooking one of the most interesting and engrossing evocations of the James Bond formula. James Bond in our Sights is a fascinating read for Bond fans and non-fans alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, though the author tends to gloss over the weaknesses of the film, he does a very nice job of analyzing how this particular entry into the Bond canon diverges from expectations. One of the slams against the film is that it's very "by the numbers" Bond and poorly made. But a closer look at character motivation, development, relationships, and some plot structure shows that the film actually goes out of it's way to try something new, on a rather epic canvas. I found this aspect of the book fascinating and it made me re-watch the movie with a new sense of appreciation.
Don't get me wrong - the bad parts of the film are still there. But it's pretty clear that there have been far worse Bond movies made than this one, and many made with less of interest in doing something unique and different.
A side note: For those of you who recognize it as such, this is a print-on-demand title, which is a production type that's typically associated with "self-published" books. All too often such projects suffer from poor editorial and design quality compared to traditionally published books. I'm happy to note, however, that while I think the design of this book could use some refinement, the editorial quality is excellent. The book is well written, engaging, and informative, and I found it to be a good investment, particularly given my appreciation of film criticism and Bond films in general.
He had to say to himself, "Well, I'll put the book on Kindle, too, so that'll make it worth writing."
Well, whatever got him going, I'm glad Mr. McNess wrote "James Bond In Our Sights: A Close Look At 'A View To A Kill'". As I was never one of those Bond fans who dismissed the film out of hand, it was fun to read Mr. McNess put into words why I, and likely many others, have always perfectly enjoyed the movie, which features Roger Moore's 7th and final performance as Agent 007.
In six concise but meaty chapters (chapters 001 through 006-- how did the author resist not having a chapter 007?), the author discusses the movie's plot, characters, the master plan of the villain, the more laidback and paternal approach to James Bond provided by both the story and Mr. Moore's portrayal, and all sorts of other aspects of the film. Immersive from beginning to end, the book as a whole strikes a good balance between solid film criticism and a breezy, fun read.
If you ARE one of the people who never really liked this movie but- as a Bond fan- are thinking of reading this book anyway, Mr. McNess may just convince you to move 1985's "A View To A Kill" at least a couple of notches up in your personal ranking of Bond films. But even if he doesn't, you'll likely still enjoy his conversational approach as he tells you why he likes the movie so much.
You'll also enjoy the trip down memory lane, as the book brings up (at least once or twice each) every Bond film from 1962's "Dr. No" to 2008's "Quantum of Solace" (he even mentions 2012's "Skyfall", though the movie wasn't complete and available for him to see at the time of the book's writing). I enjoyed how Mr. McNess bounced the various films' aims and approaches off one another, in service of further explaining why "A View To A Kill"" made the choices it did.
I would say it's fairly easy to write a book about a movie everyone loves and reveres. I guess that's why there are so many books about "Lawrence of Arabia", "Vertigo", "Pulp Fiction", and the original "Star Wars" trilogy. So kudos to Mr. McNess for thinking that he and he alone loving a film was reason enough to sit down and write a book about it. The freshness and audacity of his idea certainly pays off in the quality and readability of the final product.
And who knows, it may even turn you into a defender of the Roger Moore Bond films, even those later ones where spoilsports complained that he was "way too old" for the part. Yes, Mr. McNess may yet teach you to respect your elders!