Podcast | A View To A Kill (1985) and Buster (1988)

A View To A Kill
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Roger Moore’s farewell to James Bond 007 in A View To A Kill and Phil Collins taking on his first lead movie role: both in the Film Stories podcast.

It’s back to the 1980s in this episode of the Film Stories podcast, kicking off with one last James Bond 007 adventure for Roger Moore.

A View To A Kill – teased at the end of 1983’s Octopussy as From A View To A Kill – came together initially with little fuss for a James Bond movie. Roger Moore was quickly invited back. John Glen was asked to direct even before he’d finished the last film. Pinewood Studios was booked. And then the problems: question marks over whether Roger Moore was too old for the role, announcing someone for the villain who turned the part down – and then the 007 stage at Pinewood burning down.

1988’s Buster by comparison was a fairly smooth shoot. Phil Collins agreed to take his first lead role while Julie Walters was in the USA for the Oscars when she got the script. But the story of one of the Great Train Robbers came with questions, not least whether a serious real-life story should have been told with such a light tone. Still, it got to the Oscars…

Stories of both – and their respective royal premieres – are told in this episode…

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