Video Hangover: Duran Duran – “A View To A Kill”

Twice a week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, we break ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“A View To A Kill”
Duran Duran, 1985

Some things to consider while you?re trying to figure out which Taylor is which…

OK, maybe that last part does make sense
Where most bands would have been content to incorporate promotional movie clips into a video, Duran Duran decided to incorporate themselves into the movie. An innovative approach, but the plot suffers as a result. Taylor vs. Taylor, Nick vs. Roger, LeBon vs. blimp — anybody want to take a guess at what?s going on here? Doesn?t appear to make much sense. Then again, neither does the actual film, which features microchips, a plot to flood silicon valley, and Grace Jones as a stick-wielding bodyguard.

A-ha is tied with Louis Armstrong at #4
Purists might disagree, but a case could be made for ?A View to A Kill? as the best Bond song ever. It?s definitely in our top three, along with ?Goldfinger? and ?Live and Let Die.? Top three Bond songs? Hey, we?re just as surprised as you are.

?Taylor — Andy, John, or Roger Taylor? didn?t have the same ring
We?d like to take a moment to praise Simon LeBon, one of the most compelling figures of the MTV video era. Whether it was running through the jungle, bathing with elephants, or blowing up a helicopter with a walkman, he always made things interesting. And he absolutely nails the last line of this video, which might be one of the best forgotten moments of the ’80s.

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