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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Bond
... Max Zorin
... Stacey Sutton
... May Day
... Sir Godfrey Tibbett
... Scarpine
... Chuck Lee
... Pola Ivanova
... Bob Conley
... Jenny Flex
... Dr. Carl Mortner
... Q
... M
... Miss Moneypenny
... General Gogol
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Storyline

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 simon

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Sinister Adversary. Deadly Beauty. [UK poster] See more »


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Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dangereusement vôtre  »

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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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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final scenes for Lois Maxwell and Sir Roger Moore each make a reference to their end with the franchise. 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. See more »

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Zorin's plan is conceptually flawed. By the mid 80s "silicon valley" was not a center of manufacturing of semiconductors. Essentially all of the manufacturing was in Asia by this time. Rather, silicon valley was (is) a center for innovation and investment in the tech sector. Destroying it via an earthquake and flood would not decrease competition in the semiconductor market. Quite the reverse, it would destroy the companies that are purchasing Zorin's microchips to build their products. In essence, he is killing his customers. See more »

Quotes

[Bond is gettting ready to have a horse race with Zorin]
James Bond: And what if I'm thrown?
Max Zorin: Then you lose.
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The Four Seasons - Spring
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A View to a Thrill!!
20 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Seriously underrated and lambasted by critics, but in my opinion one of the best Bond films. Moore bowed out of the series, just in time (well, at least close to it...) and with a serious bang. Christopher Walken is deliciously evil and psychopathic as Mack Zorin, the Nazi engineered genius looking to take over the tech industry by destroying Silicon Valley with a major flood disaster and earthquake. He is definitely one of the best movie villains ever. Along with some of the best music scoring of all the films in the series, including the fantastic Duran Duran song which epitomizes the 80's, the final showdown between Zorin and Bond on top of the golden gate bridge is breathtakingly exciting. I get goose bumps watching the ending! Many people hate this entry in the 007 series, calling it cheezy, clichéd, and that Moore is just too hammy and way too old. I disagree. I claim to be a true Bond-phile, having seen every film many times over, and have read every one of the most excellent (and quite different from the films) Fleming novels (btw the Fleming short story View to a Kill is actually the basis for the films Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only) and find that this is definitely one of my favourites. A great watch with amazing music, villains, and final action sequence.


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