A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the USSR with a computer chip. This chip is capable of withstanding a nuclear electromagnetic pulse that would otherwise destroy a normal chip. The chip was created by Zorin Industries, and Bond heads off to investigate its owner, Max Zorin. Zorin may only seem like a innocent guilty man, but is really planning to set off an earthquake in San Andreas which will wipe out all of Silicon Valley. As well as Zorin, Bond must also tackle May Day and equally menacing companion of Zorin, whilst dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. Written by
This film is often credited with helping to spark the interest in snowboarding due to its use in the pre-credits opening action snow sequence. The The Beach Boys song "California Girls" can be briefly heard as an in-joke when James Bond snowboards. The song however does not feature on the soundtrack album. See more »
As Bond and Stacey are climbing up the elevator shaft, the cables burn through and the elevator falls down the shaft. Elevators have braking systems that prevent them falling even in the event of loss of their supporting cables. See more »
Saved by Grace Jones and Bond has an unusual skill in this
I think anyone who flicks on ITV1 in England on a Saturday afternoon will see this about three times a year. Basically the plot is about a psychotic billionaire named Max Zorin who wants to destroy Silicon Valley in California so his corporation gains a monopoly in the computer and IT industry.
However, while a decent film to round off Moore's 12 years as Bond and vastly better than Connery's sign off with the ghastly Diamonds Are Forever, what really stands out for me is Grace Jones as Mayday. Beautiful in an unconventional way and with a conditioned physique, Grace Jones really takes to the role as Zorin's lover, assassin and bodyguard. This is one lady you wouldn't mess with as she is an expert at karate and judo and an expert with all kinds of weapons. Also she redeems herself at the end by siding with Bond when she realises Zorin has tricked her and has left her to die. Now if only Grace Jones had the role as the Bond girl- maybe as a good version of Mayday- this film would get ten stars as I found Tanya Roberts dull as the Bond girl in this.
Also Bond develops an unusual skill not normally associated with 007, he is an expert cook, making a quiche Gordon Ramsay would be proud of. This again is typical of Moore's portrayal of Bond, being a bit more human than Connery, and as ever the corny quips keep coming throughout the film.
If you decide to watch A View To A Kill, it is quite a good film with its budget well spent and is a good way to pass two hours. However, it isn't up there with the likes of Goldfinger and Moore is starting to look old by 1985.
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