May 6, 1985 - 2020: 35 years of: A View To A Kill.

One of the biggest song of the 80s sadly spoiled ...for one of the most boring movie of the 80s.

DURAN DURAN ...England's biggest export and synonymous with new-wave and the MTV-pop generation of the explosive 80s.

JAMES BOND ...England's finest agent, MI6's best, servant to the Queen and synonymous with the 60s and 70s Cold War frenzy.

The song is a turning-point, commercially, for DURAN DURAN, adding more hooks and more drive to an already hot-catalog. The track chews you alive at first bite, the keyboard progression and Simon LeBon's silky voice charms the listener until we all frenetically dance into the fire. Pretty boys, they were leaders of the Brit-pop race AKA the Second British-Invasion, closely followed by DEPECHE MODE. Enter legendary British composer John Barry. Mister Barry was already known as a soundtrack-composer and also penned 10 out of 13 BOND world-renown scores, including: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball.

The match is heaven-made, as LeBon and crew learned from the Master, while he himself, got a taste of this new young hip-trend that was sweeping dance-floors across the globe.

Diametrically, the adventurous yet cheesy movie, sadly shows tiredness from EON Productions and it's licensed to kill special agent. They tried to incorporate the "computer element" that was setting in, in mid-decade, but the world-domination plot and expectations didn't match their previous classic works. Even Christopher Walken's devilish performance, Grace Jones's colorful exhibition and a #1 Billboard chart-topping pop-song couldn't rejuvenate the franchise.

A View To A Kill would be Sir. Roger Moore's 7th and final incarnation as 007, the end of the less-classy-more-funny BOND-era with larger than life antagonist.

RIP John Barry OBE (1933-2011)
RIP Roger Moore KBE (1927-2017)

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