Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) November 07, 2012
Largely seen by fans and critics alike as the overly-formulaic orphan child of the ‘70’s smash Bond hits, “A View To A Kill,” the 14th installment 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, womanizing 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 unrecognised 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.
In entertaining and thought-provoking fashion, McNess shines a light on the unique qualities of the film and how they achieve a transcendence through working creatively within formulaic parameters, rather than struggling against them. (The band Duran Duran does its turn to funk up the proceedings in cameo.) As with its more successful siblings, “A View To A Kill” went in smooth and strong like James Bond’s favorite liquor but it’s already saturated audience failed to notice the heretofore unused accents and flavors incorporated in the vintage. From chuckling megalomaniacs to deceptively serene airships, A View to a Kill provides many an intriguing variation on the Bondian formula.
James Bond In Our Sights is a unique addition to the world of James Bond literature, and will be absolutely engrossing read even for non-fans. Andrew McNess can and does write hook-laden prose that serves his wholly supportable thesis very well.
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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.
James Bond In Our Sights * by Andrew McNess
A Close Look At ‘A View To A Kill’
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
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