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First James Bond movie to have an associated video game produced tied-in with it. The game had two versions, one was called James Bond 007: A View to a Kill (1985) and the other A View to a Kill (1985). Though there had been a James Bond video game produced prior to it called James Bond 007 (1983), this was the first to have a Bond film's name which was also the name of the video game. A video game called "James Bond as seen in Octopussy" had been developed in 1984 by Capcom and Parker Brothers for the previous film Octopussy (1983). It was designed for the Atari 2600/5200, Commodore 64 and ColecoVision platforms but was never released.
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Roger Moore said that he decided to end his run as James Bond when he realized that Tanya Roberts's mother was younger than he was. However Albert R. Broccoli said he wanted a younger actor for the next film The Living Daylights (1987) and would not have kept Moore as Bond anyway. Broccoli felt that retaining Moore, who was 57, for this film had been a mistake. Contrary to what some sources have said, Moore was never offered another Bond film after this one.
Roger Moore on his DVD commentary has said that this is definitely his least favorite Bond movie of the seven he starred in, mainly because of the increased violence but also because he felt he was too old for the part and, as confirmed in his autobiography, he felt there was no chemistry between himself and Tanya Roberts, and a genuine dislike of Grace Jones.
At the time of the film's release Sean Connery told the press, "Bond should be played by an actor 35, 33 years old. I'm too old. Roger's too old, too!"
Roger Moore turned 57 during filming, making him the oldest actor to play Bond. Sean Connery was 52 in Never Say Never Again (1983).
This was Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Miss Moneypenny. Apparently, after she was told that she would be retiring from the role, she thought that she could become the M character as a promotion. However, at the time producer Albert R. Broccoli believed that audiences would not accept James Bond being given orders by woman. The M character did become a lady a decade later when Judi Dench took on the role in GoldenEye (1995).
The Remy-Julienne Stunt Team from France did many of the stunts in this movie, but in the San Francisco segment, a scene in which Roger Moore was supposed to be driving a fire truck, the stunt driver was too short to reach the pedals and properly operate the truck. There wasn't much time to 'rig' the truck so Moore volunteered to drive it himself, quite expertly as noted by the local San Francisco Teamsters. Moore claims he was a lorry driver among other things before his acting paid the bills.
Christopher Walken became the first Academy Award-winning actor to star in a Bond film.
Although only appearing very briefly, this movie is Dolph Lundgren's first on-screen role, playing General Gogol's KGB bodyguard Venz. He landed the position because he was dating Grace Jones at the time of the filming, and was conveniently on set when director John Glen realized he quickly needed someone to fill in as a simple gun wielding body guard.
Reportedly, Grace Jones had a black dildo with her during the bed scene between May Day and James Bond, according to Roger Moore's biography.
The title song was written by John Barry and Duran Duran and was sung by Duran Duran. It has been the only ever James Bond song to reach #1 in the USA. It stayed at the top position for two weeks out of its seventeen week run in the charts. It entered both the UK and USA charts on 18 May 1985 and it peaked at #2 in the UK charts. The soundtrack album charted in the UK on 22 June 1985 where it went to #81. In the USA, the soundtrack album peaked at #38 after entering the charts on 29 June 1985.
According to former CIA agent Tony Mendez (the subject of the spy film Argo (2012)) after watching this film his superior at the CIA asked him did they have any facial recognition technology as depicted in 'A View to a Kill'. When Mendez told him they did not he ordered them to develop it.
The final scenes for Lois Maxwell and Roger Moore each make reference to their end with the series. Maxwell's last scene as Moneypenny shows her in tears, while Moore's last scene as Bond has him, quite literally, throwing in the towel.
After Albert R. Broccoli told Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny) that she would not return for the next "Bond" film, he commented that they were the only two people from Dr. No (1962) who were still working on the series.
When Grace Jones as May Day screams during the mine sequence when sparks fly around her, her screams are for real. She did not know that electric cables around her would go off as a special effect for the scene.
When Stacey comes out of the shack in Silicon Valley wearing a pair of coveralls, Bond comments "Pity you couldn't find one that fits" and Stacey gives him a dirty look. This scene was not in the script. Roger Moore ad-libbed the line and Tanya Roberts' reaction was genuine. Roberts had refused to film the scene until the wardrobe department made her a pair of custom-fitted coveralls that would look flattering on her. And, because she was so difficult to work with, John Glen decided to leave it in.
Singer David Bowie was offered the part of Max Zorin. Bowie turned down the role in favor of one in Labyrinth (1986). Bowie later explained that he thought the script of "A View to a Kill" was too "terrible" and "workmanlike" to spend much time working on and he told them so. He also said his directness wasn't received very well by them.
The disclaimer, "Neither the name Zorin nor any other name or character in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" was added after producers discovered a real company known as Zoran Ladicorbic Ltd. Their industry was fashion design.
The selection of Duran Duran to perform the theme song was seen as attempts to help market the film (and potential future James Bond movies) towards a younger audience, specifically the so-called MTV Generation.
In a December 2007 interview Roger Moore said regarding this film, "I was only about four hundred years too old for the part."
With this being Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Moneypenny, it brings her screen total across all the James Bond films she appeared in to just one hour. She also delivered fewer than 200 words.
Roger Moore had some cosmetic surgery before filming began.
Filming was delayed when the "007 Stage" at Pinewood Studios burned down on 27 June 1984 during production of Legend (1985). It was totally rebuilt in less than four months, and renamed "The Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage". Coincidentally, the title song of the movie contained the lyric "Dance into the fire". The stage burned down again in July 2006 just after filming had been completed on Casino Royale (2006).
Just before the jump off the Eiffel Tower stunt was to be undertaken, two thrill-seeking members of the public made an unauthorized jump off Paris' famous landmark. It has long been a dare, lark and thrill for people to jump off famous structures without permission. The first of the film's jumps was so successful that the second jump was canceled thereby eliminating any further risk, cost and time. However, as mentioned in Inside 'A View to a Kill' (2000), two of the crew, including Don 'Tweet' Caltvedt, allegedly went and made an unauthorized jump as they were apparently so disappointed that they didn't get to jump off the Eiffel Tower. The non-permitted stunt jump cost them their jobs as it jeopardized the remaining filming of the shoot in the French capital.
Bond beds 4 women in this film, which is a tie for the most (at time of release) with the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983).
Roger Moore's hair reportedly had to be thickened every day during filming, although it is widely believed he wore a toupee for this film.
The role of Max Zorin was offered to Rutger Hauer but in the end was cast with Christopher Walken.
Dianne Feinstein was the mayor of San Francisco at the time of filming. Because Roger Moore was her favorite of the first three actors to play Bond, she granted all the necessary permits to film in the city.
The role of Russian agent Pola Ivanova was originally meant to be the character Anya Amasova, the female lead from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). When Barbara Bach declined to reprise her role, the new character of Pola Ivanova was created, and was in the end cast with actress Fiona Fullerton.
This is the only James Bond movie ever where the famous spy genre catchphrase "Nobody ever leaves the KGB" is heard. It is said by General Gogol (Walter Gotell).
The film's story is considered a re-working of much of the story structure of the earlier James Bond movie Goldfinger (1964). The two films share many similar story elements.
There was much criticism that Roger Moore's stunt doubles were too obvious in this film.
This is the last film in the series that long time stunt man Bob Simmons would work on. He died in 1988.
The opening sequence of this film is the first time 007 is depicted on a mission inside Russia. Specifically, it was the snow-capped region of Siberia inside Russia (which was actually filmed in Iceland)
The description of Max Zorin in the script was based on Sting, and written with David Bowie in mind, but he turned the film down.
None of the principal cast ever went to Iceland for this film, not even Roger Moore.
Third official Bond film to not state the title of the next Bond film during the ending credits. Neither Dr. No (1962) nor Thunderball (1965) stated the next movie at the end of their credits either.
Barbara Broccoli had to collect Grace Jones every morning because Jones didn't enjoy early morning starts. She learned to be very diplomatic with Jones in the car ride to the studio.
As reported by trade paper Variety on 26 November 1985 whilst this movie was still in release in some territories, Roger Moore officially had advised producer Albert R. Broccoli that he would be retiring from the role of James Bond.
To cut costs, the production only painted one side of the full-size model of Max Zorin's blimp.
This is the only James Bond movie to have the title from an Ian Fleming work be amended or changed in some way. The source title which is from the "For Your Eyes Only" collection of short stories was called "From a View to a Kill". This was also this movie's working title, as seen in the end credits of Octopussy (1983), but the word "From" was dropped before filming began in May 1984.
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.
The idea to set the story in California's Silicon Valley was a concept conceived by producer and co-writer Michael G. Wilson. In the first draft, Zorin wanted to destroy Silicon Valley by changing the course of the Halley Comet, but it was later decided that this plot was not believable.
The effect of splitting the Renault in half was achieved by disabling an electromagnet used to hold the front and rear sections of the car together. The car was equipped with a small fuel tank in the front section. Because the "half car" did not have a muffler, it was quite loud.
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Patrick Macnee got the role of Sir Godfrey Tibbet because he wanted to be in a Bond movie, and also because he and Roger Moore were the best of friends. Macnee had also been friends with Bond creator Ian Fleming, and subsequently has voiced narration for Bond film short video documentaries, when they were first released on videocassette and DVD in 1995 and 2000.
The name on the cat's bowl is PUSSY. The word has previously been used as part of one of the most ever popular Bond girl's name, Pussy Galore, in the novel and movie Goldfinger (1964) as well as in the short story and James Bond movie Octopussy (1983), where it appeared in an actual title. It's a word that is very much associated with the James Bond universe.
When Stacey Sutton shows Bond the earth tremor details on her home computer, the electronic sound made by the computer is the same sound as that made by the computer in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) when the submarine-launched missiles are in the air.
Stacy Sutton's villa mansion, Whitewood House, was played by Oakland California's Dunsmuir House.
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Tanya Roberts got the role after Albert R. Broccoli saw her in The Beastmaster (1982).
First cinema feature of Alison Doody, who turned 18 during filming, making her the youngest (credited) Bond girl ever.
Because of the unprecedented level of co-operation from the San Francisco authorities, producer Albert R. Broccoli insisted that the film's premiere take place in the city. It was held at the Palace of Fine Arts, and was the series' first World Premiere to be in the USA.
In the opening sequence in Siberia when the Russian soldier is left dangling from a precipice, amongst his garbled words can be heard "Roger Moore!"
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The Swedish and Finnish VHS release of the film subtitled the line "What a view...To a kill" as "What a view...Tokyo" as they fly over the San Francisco Bay.
With the release of this film, Roger Moore's Bond has bedded a total of 17 women, one more than Sean Connery's (Bond beds four women in this film, which is a tie for the most (at time of release) with the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)). (Connery's Bond did bed one character twice in two different movies, counting as one woman).
John Barry reportedly didn't like the producers' idea of having a pop-rock band performing the title song.
Anthony Chinn as a Taiwanese Tycoon previously played a SPECTRE Guard in You Only Live Twice (1967) and was an uncredited Servant at Auric Stud Farm in Goldfinger (1964). Manning Redwood as Bob Conley had previously played General Miller in Never Say Never Again (1983).
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Fourteenth James Bond movie in the EON Productions James Bond film series. Seventh and final James Bond film to star Roger Moore as James Bond.
James Bond utilized two aliases in this movie, in 3rd place after 2nd ranked Octopussy (1983) where he used three and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) where he used the most, four. The first alias was as James St. John Smythe whilst visiting Zorin's horse sales. The second alias was as journalist James Stock (a pun on stocks and bonds) of the London Financial Times whilst in San Francisco. In neither case did he use a disguise.
The 1962 silver Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II seen in the film was actually owned by producer Albert R. Broccoli, who lent it to the production. Its license plate number in the film was 354 HYK. A duplicate model without an engine is used when Zorin and May Day push it into the lake.
The film evidently takes place in May 1985, which at the time of filming (mostly 1984) was in fact the future. This is unusual in that previous Bond films were set at the time of filming, as evident in car tax discs, I.D. tags, etc.
Bo Derek was considered for the role of Stacey Sutton.
In his 2008 autobiography "My Word Is My Bond", Roger Moore admitted he felt at the time that he was too old to play James Bond in this film.
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Tanya Roberts had high hopes that this film would be her breakthrough, telling reporters at the time "Kim Basinger got The Natural (1984) after making a James Bond movie. The same kind of thing could happen to me." Unfortunately, despite the success of the film, it did nothing to boost her career and she has not appeared in a widely released theatrical motion picture since.
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Bond's line about Stacey serving him Whiskas cat food was lost on American audiences as it was still being sold under the Kal Kan brand name in the U.S. at the time.
Some people felt that a little bit of artistic license was taken with one of the movie's main posters as James Bond was shown as being considerably taller than May Day. However, Grace Jones's height is 5' 10½" (1.79 m) whilst Roger Moores height is 6' 1" (1.85 m), making James Bond approximately taller by 2 1/2 inches (or 6 cm). It should be noted though that Jones was wearing four inch heels in the picture, which would have made her taller than Moore in reality.
According to the James Bond encyclopedia by John Cork and Collin Stutz, Felix Leiter was originally going to be Bond's contact in San Francisco. However, owing to Chinatown being such a prominent part of the city, David Yip was cast as Chuck Lee instead.
The Eiffel Tower features prominently in the movie. In the earlier James Bond film Moonraker (1979), it is mentioned that the villain Hugo Drax actually bought the structure but his application to transport the tower was refused.
The title song for this film, "Dance Into the Fire (A View To A Kill)", was the last song recorded by the rock group Duran Duran before the band briefly split up. According to the sleeve notes for this movie's CD soundtrack, as a joke, composer John Barry used the melody from this song in the score for the scene where James Bond and Stacy Sutton escape from the fire in San Francisco City Hall. The lead singer, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, shares a surname with Sir Otto Le Bon, ancestor of James Bond mentioned in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). At the end of the music video for this song, Simon Le Bon says: "Bon. Simon Le Bon" like the famous Bond catchphrase of the film series, "Bond. James Bond". Coincidentally, the Danish title for the earlier James Bond movie Thunderball (1965) was actually called "Agent 007 Into The Fire."
Roger Moore became good friends with Dianne Feinstein, the Mayor of San Francisco and her husband after their support in helping to make the film.
First James Bond movie where Michael G. Wilson, stepson of Albert R. Broccoli, is credited as a fully-fledged producer. He had previously been an executive producer on Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octopussy (1983) and a special assistant to the producer on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). His association with the James Bond series started with Goldfinger (1964) in which he was a 3rd assistant director and made an appearance, the cameo becoming a tradition regularly from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He was also a scriptwriter for the series on five occasions. This was also the first Bond film that Broccoli shared a producer's credit with anyone besides original Bond co-producer 'Harry Saltzman (I)'.
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In 1959, The "London Daily News" published an original Ian Fleming short story (conceived as a plot for an abandoned James Bond TV show) called "Murder Before Breakfast". Fleming felt the title did not capture the essence of the story and re-titled it "From A View To A Kill" when it was included in his "For Your Eyes Only" collection of five James Bond stories in 1960. Fleming found the inspiration for this new title from John Woodcock Grave's 1820 Cumberland Hunting Song, "D'Ye Ken John Peel". It read in part: "From the drag to the chase. From the chase to the view. From the view to a death in the morning..." Fleming adapted the third stanza for his short story title.
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Together, both Paris and the Eiffel Tower were a major location for this James Bond movie. But it wasn't the first time they had been used in an EON Productions official James Bond film. Paris was seen in the opening scenes of Thunderball (1965) which included a long-shot of the Eiffel Tower.
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When 007 meets his CIA contact (Chuck Lee) in San Francisco - there is a reference to a South African mining accident. Roger Moore previously starred in Gold (1974) where he portrayed a gold mine general manager who uncovers a plot to stage a gold mining accident (with a plot similar to Goldfinger (1964)).
Lois Maxwell suggested that Moneypenny be killed off.
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The age difference between Grace Jones and Alison Doody (18 and a half years) was the greatest age difference between two Bond girls in the same film until Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux (almost 21 years) in Spectre (2015).
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Iceland stands in as filming location for Russian territory, for the first time in a feature film.
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With his seventh and final appearance as James Bond in this film, Sir Roger Moore is to date the longest running and oldest James Bond actor.
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Two classical pieces of music are excerpted in the movie. The piece of classical music heard during the French château sequence was Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" (Italian title is Le quattro stagioni). The piece of music heard during the hot tub sequence was classical music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Neither piece of music though is included on the movie's soundtrack album as they are only excerpted for the movie.
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May Day, the first henchwoman to have a sexual relationship with a leading Bond villain, is named for the French term "M'aidez" (literal translation: "Help me").
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Vehicles featured included two Zorin airship blimps, one with green and white and the other with green, red and white markings, the larger being a SkyShip 6000 and the smaller is marked G-BIHN and was inflatable from a Portakabin; a 1962 silver Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II chauffeured by Tippett but owned by the producer; a 1984 blue Renault 11 TXE French taxi; a Peugeot 604 limousine; a 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 limousine (used by Zorin's thugs), a 1985 Ford LTD US sedan; a truck carrying explosives; a red American LaFrance Tiller Fire Engine Truck belonging to the San Francisco Fire Department; a MBB Bo-105 helicopter; Stacy's Jeep Cherokee XJ; Pola's 1984 General Motors Chevrolet Corvette C4 hire-car; Polaris Indy 600 snowmobiles; an Aerospatiale SA 341/342 Gazelle helicopter; an Iceberg Mini-Submarine and various makes and models for the San Francisco PD squad and patrol cars such as late 1970s Dodge Monacos, Dodge Diplomats, a Plymouth Volaré and vehicles typical of Mopar Squads, one of two James Bond movies ever to feature them.
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The fishing-butterfly-hook-marionette kill in the Eiffel Tower restaurant was an unused concept from Moonraker (1979), where it would have been a poisonous bee brooch. Director John Glen suggested the change from bee to butterfly.
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The credit card used by 007 to access Stacey's house visibly bears the legend of Special Properties team The Sharper Image.
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Bond makes quiche for Stacey, a reference to the popular 80s humorous book "Real Men Don't Eat Quiche" (1980), written by Bruce Feirstein. Feirstein later went on to write the screenplay for GoldenEye (1995).
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According to Inside 'A View to a Kill' (2000), the color scheme of red, white and green of the Zorin airship was based on the Fuji Airship logo color scheme. This is because during a location scout, actual footage was used from this in the finished movie, and the long shots had to match the close-ups.
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The only element of this film taken from the original Bond story by Ian Fleming is its title and the French location. However, it has been pointed out that the 1981 James Bond novel "Licence Renewed" by John Gardner features an Ascot horse-racing scene similar to that seen in this film.
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Maryam d'Abo screen-tested for the role of Pola Ivanova, but was ultimately rejected because she was too young for the part. Maryam d'Abo however did appear briefly in the same 1985 year's espionage romantic-drama-thriller White Nights (1985) where she played the French Girlfriend of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Maryam d'Abo did however earn a major place in the James Bond universe when she starred as the 007's main love interest in the very next film in the franchise, The Living Daylights (1987).
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Aside from using a shotgun loaded with rock salt, James Bond doesn't actually shoot anyone in this film.
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Duran Duran was chosen to do the song after bassist Jon Taylor (a lifelong Bond fan) approached Albert R. Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?"
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Maud Adams is said to be visible as an extra in one of the Fisherman's Wharf scenes. In the DVD documentary Inside 'A View to a Kill' (2000), Adams explains that she was visiting her friend Roger Moore on location and ended up in the crowd, but admits she is unable to actually see herself in the film; in the same documentary, director John Glen confirms that Adams appears as an extra, but does not specify where she is visible. The appearance remained a mystery for years until she was identified as standing in the background during one of the Fisherman's Wharf scenes. As a result, Adams is confirmed to have appeared in this and two other Bond films, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983).
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The literal translations of some this film's foreign language titles include Moving Target (Italy); Dangerously Yours (Canada & France); A Panorama To Kill (Spain); Dangerous Mission (Belgium); Operation: Moving Target (Greece); In The Face of Death (West Germany); Murder In The Eyes (Hebrew/Israel); The Beautiful Prey (Japan); Living Target (Sweden); 007: In The Aim Of The Assassins (or 007 At The Aim Of The Killers) / The Preview To A Death (Latin America); 007 In The Target Of The Assassins (Portugal and Brazil); 007 And A View Of Death (or 007 And The Look of Death) (Finland) and Agent 007 In The Line Of Fire (Denmark)
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Zorin's thoroughbred stud sale is dated to [Friday] 3rd May 1985 (via the $5 million cheque he makes out to Stacey); his "Main Strike" takes place on the 22nd, which became the real-life date of the film's premiere in San Francisco.
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Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include Renault Automobiles; Michelin Tyres; Stolichnaya Vodka; BP; Phillips Computers; Phillips Electronics; Apple Computers, Lafite Rothschild wine; The Sharper Image; Cartier; Bollinger Champagne, particularly a Bollinger '75; Diner's Club; Chevron Oil USA; Seiko Time (U.K.) Ltd.; Whiskas and two spin-off video-games, A View to a Kill (1985) and James Bond 007: A View to a Kill (1985).
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The external mine sequences were filmed at Amberley Chalk Pits Museum in Sussex England, and when the air ship was flown with a dummy dangling underneath, the Sussex Police switchboard was reportedly inundated with calls to report a man hanging from a balloon.
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For an unknown reason there are several inside jokes in the film that refer to the JFK assassination. Zorin's "Main Strike" is scheduled for the date of the 22nd, the same day as the assassination. Patrick Macnee's character is murdered and named "Sir Godfrey Tibbet". Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was killed the same day as the JFK assassination. The Texan in the movie is named "Conley". Texas Governor John Connally was also shot during the JFK assassination.
Bond tells M and the Minister about how an electro magnetic blast over the UK will render anything with a chip useless. In GoldenEye (1995), the villain's plot is to create an electro magnetic blast over London, after stealing money, to do exactly that.
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When Bond first talks with Chuck Lee near the boat, a horn sounds the first notes of the James Bond theme.
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Jean Rougerie is dubbed.
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Patrick Macnee would later be featured in TV commercials for Sterling Motorworks which played off some James Bond iconography.
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This is the third Bond film that has an Avenger in it. Honor Blackman (Cathy Gale) appeared as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Diana Rigg (Emma Peel) and Joanna Lumley (Purdey) appeared in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Patrick Macnee (John Steed) appeared in this movie. Ralph Fiennes (John Steed in The Avengers (1998) appeared in Skyfall (2012). Conversely, Sean Connery is the only Bond to appear in an Avengers movie (1998).
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The producers wanted to bring back Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). After Bach declined, the character name was changed to Pola Ivanova, and in the end cast with actress Fiona Fullerton.
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Airship Industries managed a major marketing coup with the inclusion of their Skyship 500 series airship in the film. At the time Airship Industries were producing a fleet of ships which were recognisable over many capitals of the world offering tours, or advertising sponsorship deals. As all Bond films have included the most current technology, this included the lighter than air interest.
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Albert R. Broccoli cast Grace Jones after seeing her in Conan the Destroyer (1984).
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Timothy Dalton was considered to step in as James Bond if Roger Moore decided not to return.
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Dr. Carl Mortner/Hans Glaub is modelled on Josef Mengele.
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All the action scenes with James Bond were filmed using stunt doubles.
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Patrick Macnee, who plays racehorse trainer Sir Godfrey Tibbett, was the son of a racehorse trainer.
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Patrick Macnee previously had spoken very critically about the James Bond movie series. He said he had preferred Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels compared to the films. MacNee took his part largely as an opportunity to work again with Roger Moore, who was a good friend of his. The pair had both previously worked on the features The Sea Wolves (1980) and Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976).
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This was made the same year as Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) and that film's novelization says "a view to kill"; it's producer Steven Spielberg is a huge James Bond fan so it's probably not a coincidence.
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Patrick Macnee also narrated the making-of documentaries on the James Bond DVD releases until Licence to Kill (1989).
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Four novelizations based on this movie were written and published in 1985 as part of a series of children's' book tie-ins called "Find Your Fate". The novels were called (in order): Find Your Fate #11: James Bond in Win, Place, or Die; Find Your Fate #12: James Bond in Strike It Deadly; Find Your Fate #13: James Bond in Programmed for Danger and Find Your Fate #14: James Bond in Barracuda Run.
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The Charity World Premiere of A View to a Kill (1985) was held on 22nd May 1985 at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was held in aid of the (San Francisco's) Mayor's Youth Fund to benefit the Tenderloin Child Care Center. A Benefit Premiere was also held in Los Angeles on the following night on 23rd May 1985. The British and European Gala Royal Charity Premiere was held on 12 June 1985 at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre. This is the usual venue for Bond World Premieres. The after-premiere party was held at the Inner Temple Hall.
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A significant number of this film's principal cast play characters with different nationalities than their own. For example, Christopher Walken is an American actor who played a character of German origins, Willoughby Gray was a British actor who played a German doctor, Fiona Fullerton is a Nigerian born British actress who played a Soviet agent, and Grace Jones is a Jamaican actress who played Zorin's American henchman.
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"A View To A Kill" is an abridged title derived from the Ian Fleming short story "From A View To A Kill". The title and the story's French setting and some Russian spies are the only common story elements of the film and the short story. The short story was included in the "For Your Eyes Only" short story anthology which was the first collection of Ian Fleming James Bond short stories. This was first published on 11 April 1960. The collection was subtitled "Five Secret Occasions in the life of James Bond" and was the eighth James Bond book. Working titles for the story included "The Rough with the Smooth" and "Murder Before Breakfast". The name of the Bond girl in the short story was Mary Ann Russell but this name was not used for the film.
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The sound effects used in the burning elevator shaft are the same ones used during the destruction of the space station in Moonraker (1979).
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The title song by Duran Duran was recorded in two sections. The group recorded their performance at Maison Rouge and John Barry recorded his orchestral backing back at CTS Wembley.
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Lee Van Cleef was considered for Max Zorin.
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Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson had noted the explosion in available computer technology and the public's fascination / concern with all things hi-tech so decided that their story should centre around the planned destruction of America's Silicon Valley.
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Both David Yip and Alison Doody have appeared in an entry in the Indiana Jones series. Yip played Wu Han in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), while Doody starred as Elsa in its sequel, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), which incidentally co-starred former James Bond, Sean Connery, as Indiana's father, Professor Henry Jones.
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The San Francisco cable cars seen in the film are actually road vehicles. At the time of filming, the entire system was being overhauled, meaning the bus - like vehicles had to be used instead. (This is evident during the fire truck chase, where the vehicles have been placed over the rails to give the real effect,mout clearly have tyres and larger wheels). The cable cars, unlike in the film, do not run to Fisherman's Wharf.
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The music score for the film was recorded at CTS Studios, Wembley, London in March/April 1985. Engineered by Dick Lawzey.
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Third and final of three feature film collaborations of actors Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee. The movies include The Sea Wolves (1980), A View to a Kill (1985), and Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976), with the latter of the three the only one being made for television.
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The ship used in the climax was a Skyship 500, then on a promotional tour of Los Angeles after its participation in the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympic Games. At that time, it had "WELCOME" painted across the side of the hull, but the word was replaced by "ZORIN INDUSTRIES" for the film. During the 1984 season, the ship was painted green and red as a part of Fujifilm's blimp fleet; it was subsequently coloured white. In real life, inflating it would take up to 24 hours, but during the film it was shown to take two minutes.
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Originally, Bond was to have used the electronic snooping device created by Q. When the device is threatened by guard dogs, it sprays them, skunk-like, with a noxious liquid, and then gets stuck in a tunnel. Q later berates Bond for deserting "a fellow agent in the field."
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With Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), Ralph Fiennes became the 007th [= seventh] major actor or actress who has appeared in both the 'James Bond' and 'The Avengers' universes, the latter being the English spy one and not the comic super-heroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (1961), three actors appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill (1985), and Diana Rigg played Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The latter film also featured as The English Girl actress Joanna Lumley who would later appear in The New Avengers (1976) which also starred Macnee. Whilst Nadim Sawalha appeared in both The Avengers (1998) cinema film as well as two Bond movies: The Living Daylights (1987) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Fiennes actually appeared in The Avengers (1998) cinema movie co-starring with former James Bond Sean Connery who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors, both Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical film and television series respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers (1998) cinema movie. In this 1998 cinema film, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by 'walking' on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray)'s oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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UK actor/comedian/writer Tony Hawks makes an uncredited appearance during the scene of Aubergine's assassination. He is at the next table to Bond and goes along side him as they examine the corpse.
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Roger Moore's first Bond film started and his last Bond film ended in the USA. Live and Let Die (1973) opens at a UN meeting in New York; A View to a Kill (1985) ends in San Francisco.
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The Rolls Royce mainly used in this film actually did belong to Albert "Cubby" Broccoli.
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The San Francisco locations were widely regarded as the least glamorous for any Bond movie.
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At the end of the introduction sequence, Bond fires a weapon that enters and explodes inside the Russian helicopter. The "weapon" is not actually that, (or a fancy gadget from Q-branch), but rather a regular emergency flare which causes havoc inside the helicopter.
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The name of the character Achille Aubergine translates as "Achilles Eggplant."
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The MI6/Universal Exports building exterior, used in this film, Octopussy (1983), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), is in fact the old War Offices near Westminster. It is close to other Bond filming locations, including the College of Arms (used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)), Westminster tube station exit (used in Skyfall (2012)) and Westminster Bridge (used in The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002) and Spectre (2015)).
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One of two espionage movies debuting in cinemas in 1985 which had a significant Russian female character with the last name of "Ivanova". In White Nights (1985), Galina Ivanova was played by Helen Mirren, whilst in A View to a Kill (1985), Pola Ivanova was portrayed by Fiona Fullerton.
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The Eiffel Tower jump was made from a platform extending out into air which was necessary in order to perform the stunt. The platform was painted the same color as the Eiffel Tower and it can still be seen in the final film's footage.
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Grace Jones recalled in her autobiography that while doing ADR for the film, her clothes kept making rustling noises. So she stripped off and carried on while naked.
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John Glen wanted George MacDonald Fraser to return as screenwriter, but he was unavailable.
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The opening sequence of this film is the first time 007 is depicted on a mission inside Russia. Specifically, it was the snow-capped region of Siberia inside Russia (which was actually filmed in Iceland).
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Achilles Aubergine may be a parody of Hercule Poirot.
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The title song entered the US and UK charts on May 18 1985.
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Third Bond film to not state the title of the next Bond film during the ending credits.
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Cameo 

Maud Adams: as a woman in the crowd at Fisherman's Wharf. Adams happened to be visiting San Francisco when the film was in production there. Roger Moore got her to appear as an uncredited extra in a crowd scene, making her the only actress to appear in 3 Bond films (excluding actresses in recurring roles), after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983).
Michael G. Wilson: man heard over loudspeaker at San Francisco City Hall.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This film was intensely disliked by Roger Moore himself, who was barely on speaking terms with Grace Jones during filming. He did not consider this to be a real 007 movie. Moore said, "I was horrified on the last Bond I did. Whole slews of sequences where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people. I said, 'That wasn't Bond, those weren't Bond films.' It stopped being what they were all about. You didn't dwell on the blood and the brains spewing all over the place."
When Bond is trapped underwater he opens a tire valve and breathes the air from the tire. MythBusters (2003) did a James Bond special and tried repeatedly to reproduce this action. It proved to be impossible to do.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors forbade any falling stunt (as per The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) and For Your Eyes Only (1981)) from the Golden Gate Bridge in fear of copy-cat suicides. As such, the death of Zorin was created by special optical effects.
When Max Zorin arms the bomb set to explode at 9.41, the timer reads 3,600. 3,600 seconds are actually one hour, indicating that it is 8:41 when Zorin arms the bomb.
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The first line of the Ian Fleming James Bond "From a View to a Kill" short-story read: "The eyes behind the wide black rubber goggles were as cold as flint." The last line read: "Bond took the girl by the arm. He said: 'Come over here. I want to show you a bird's nest.' 'Is that an order?' 'Yes'."

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