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James Bond in Our Sights written by Andrew McNess

By: Anders Frejdh
A close look at a view to a kill
Publication of James Bond in Our Sights: A Close Look at A View to a Kill (1985) in paperback. A film appraisal written by Andrew McNess.

Largely seen by fans and critics alike as the overly-formulaic orphan child of the 1970’s smash Bond hits, A View To A Kill (1985), the 14th instalment of the modern cinematic classic, is the film in question in Andrew McNess’s "James Bond In Our Sights". McNess puts up an exuberant display of a film critic’s sharp, trenchant observations and a complete fan’s reverence for the condign qualities of Ian Fleming’s cool and womanising spy-hero.

The film marked Roger Moore’s final performance as Agent 007. However, in the author’s superbly well-reasoned contention, A View to a Kill's intriguing, even subtle, qualities have been unrecognized or passed over since its 1985 release. Such is the fate of the erstwhile late entry in a series that already commanded a solid, respected place in the popular imagination. By reason, perhaps, of various factors attendant upon a popular culture vehicle, the film was simply accepted as another Bond film.

In entertaining and thought-provoking fashion, McNess shines a light on the unique qualities of the film and how they achieve transcendence through working creatively within formulaic parameters, rather than struggling against them.

Book details:
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1465382380
ISBN-13: 978-1465382382
Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches

About the author:
Andrew McNess is based in Melbourne, Australia. He has a doctorate in sociology and has published scholarly work in the subject areas of youth bereavement and health promotion. He works for The Compassionate Friends, an international peer support organisation for bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.

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