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
When Bond follows Stacey to her home from San Francisco, a radio announcer is discussing the weather. His dialogue is continuous, yet in each shot of Bond and Stacey driving, there is a different background, indicating time-lapse in their journey. See more »
[Bond is released from jail in Paris for violating the Napoleonic Code]
May I remind you that this operation was to be conducted discreetly. All it took was six million Francs in damages and penalties for violating most of the Napoleonic Code.
Well, under the circumstances, sir, I thought it MORE IMPORTANT to identify the assassin.
What did you learn from Aubergine before his untimely demise?
Well, only that Zorin is having a thoroughbred sale at his stud farm not far from here. I...
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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 »
The BBFC originally saw the film in a rough cut form, and requested cuts to remove two groin kicks during the fight in the packing room. The cuts were duly made. When the film was officially submitted to the BBFC the only edit required was a slight darkening of the opening credits to mask a single shot of a partially nude woman. All releases of the film around the world have featured this original cut UK version, and no uncut version exists. See more »
A horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to destroy California's Silicon Valley.
Taking part of the title of an Ian Fleming story 'From A View to a Kill' (a title that would make more sense with the 'From'). Fittingly Moore leaves on the 7th of his 007 outings as James Bond, and by A View to a Kill he had become an endearing, jovial, embarrassing uncle that you can't help but love. That said, amongst the humour and incredible Morecambe and Wise rapport with Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett, Moore gives some weight to his performance displaying genuine concern at times. Despite his age he's clearly putting every effort into his final Bond with tension filled scenes between him and Zorin.
Oscar winner Christopher Walken gives a fitting cold and intimidating performance as Max Zorin. While arguably not the best Bond villain he is one of the more interesting, being a product of Nazi experimentation during World War II given extraordinarily intelligence but is also psychopathic. As a side note, should David Bowie had been cast the antagonist instead, who knows if it would have changed the dynamics or enjoyment the film.
Grace Jones plays Zorin's sidekick/lover Mayday and is menacing at times with great screen presence. There are several scenes especially Zorin's meeting with his associates that echo Bonds gone-by which makes the film feel tired rather than paying homage. The supporting cast are all adequate and by this time aged Q and Moneypenny can't put a foot wrong. In addition, pre-fame faces pop up - Alison Doody (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Dolph Lundgren.
John Glen direction is again sufficient although Richard Maibaum & Michael G. Wilson's gives us some cringe worthy scenes and dialogue. That aside there's plenty of fine moments including the 'Snowboard' opening, rock salt shootout, burning building escape, Eiffel Tower chase and jump followed by car stunts through Paris. The finale on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is a highlight (despite some now dated effects) and the mine sets are superb. One of the better theme tunes and score comes from John Barry respectably and '80s hit makers Duran Duran.
Although tired, it's a fun filled adventure that admirably closes Moore's stint as 007 James Bond. Perfect holiday viewing.
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