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A View to a Kill (1985)

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An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.

Director:

John Glen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... James Bond
Christopher Walken ... Max Zorin
Tanya Roberts ... Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones ... May Day
Patrick Macnee ... Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Patrick Bauchau ... Scarpine
David Yip ... Chuck Lee
Fiona Fullerton ... Pola Ivanova
Manning Redwood ... Bob Conley
Alison Doody ... Jenny Flex
Willoughby Gray ... Dr. Carl Mortner
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Robert Brown ... M
Lois Maxwell ... Miss Moneypenny
Walter Gotell ... General Gogol
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Storyline

James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the U.S.S.R. 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 an innocent 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, while dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. Written by simon

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Bond Is Back - Action Packed As Ever [UK poster] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A View to a Kill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,294,435, 27 May 1985

Gross USA:

$50,327,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,627,960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Zorin's thoroughbred stud sale is dated to May 3, 1985 (via the five million dollar check he makes out to Stacey). His "Main Strike" takes place on the twenty-second, which became the real-life date of this movie's premiere in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

When James is chasing May Day up the Eiffel Tower, she turns around and whips a fishing line at him, which sends him sprawling over the rail. As he is suspended upside-down halfway over the railing, his legs are spread apart, however when he regains his balance and begins unwinding the fishing line, his legs are now bound together. See more »

Quotes

Pola Ivanova: The bubbles tickle my... Tchaikovsky!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits disclaimer "Neither the name 'Zorin' nor any other name or character in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" appears right before the gunbarrel opening sequence. It was added after producers discovered a real company run by a person named "Zoran." See more »

Alternate Versions

The German theatrical version and subsequent VHS releases were slightly cut to obtain a "Not under 12" rating. Among the cuts were a brief close-up of the poisened butterfly at Aubergine's neck, water mixing with blood in the scene where a KGB agent is thrown into a pipeline and several shots showing Zorin and Scarpine killing the mine workers. For its DVD release in 2001 the film was resubmitted to the FSK which waived all previous cuts. See more »


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California Girls
Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
© Almo/Irving Music
Performed by Gidea Park and The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Adrian Baker
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Under-rated Bond entry.
2 October 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

A View To A Kill seems to get more than its fair share of criticism. Often it is labelled the weakest of the Bond entries, but I don't think this is particularly true. Personally, I don't even rate it as the poorest of Roger Moore's Bond outings, with Moonraker and The Man With the Golden Gun standing out in my memeory as less memorable escapades than this one.

It's Moore's final appearance as 007, and he is trying to prevent a psychotic business magnate, Max Zorin (Walken) from destroying Silicon Valley and cornering the world electronic market all for himself. To make matters worse, Zorin is not your average adversary, since he was born as the result of a Nazi doctor's scientific tamperings resulting in him being hyper-intelligent but also uncontrollably murderous. The mission takes Bond from Zorin's French chateau, to San Francisco, and ultimately to an abandoned mine close to Silicon Valley, where Zorin plans to detonate a bomb which will trigger a cataclysmic earthquake.

The set pieces are memorable, including a parachute pursuit from the Eiffel Tower, a fire engine chase around the hilly streets of San Francisco, and an airship crash on the Golden Gate bridge. Moore looks a bit old for the part, and his sexual humour bears a greater emphasis than usual of the "dirty old man" baggage. However, he still has an easy-going charisma and good comic timing. Walken makes for a good, supremely confident villain, and is well backed by the fearsome Grace Jones. However, Tanya Roberts might be a gorgeous looker, but her Bond girl character is whining and screaming so much in this film that she eventually wears out her welcome. The theme song from Duran Duran is rather too '80s, but the instrumental music by John Barry is stirring and dramatic.

I'm not sure what all the disappointment is about. A View To A Kill is an above average Bond flick with plenty to keep you entertained.


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