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I build a small module taking this module's filter stuff as mother module to return the number of results of the View instead of embedding the View.
Not sure if this would be a useful feature or not, but I'd like to see if you are open to extend this module or make it as a new module.
Filter process internal function is taken from this module, but it executes the result in a different way (sets pager to 0to get all results). Plus, my this tiny module supports "current-view" as a valid View's machine name so we can get View's total number of results in View's footer or header without executing the View.