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->'''Zorin:''' Intuitive improvisation is the secret of genius.
->'''Bond:''' Herr Doktor Mortner would be proud of his creation.

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The 14th Film/JamesBond film, starring Roger Moore in his last appearance as 007 at the age of 57, although Bond's advanced age [[BlatantLies is hardly noticeable in this outing]]. After a Zorin Industries computer chip is found in Siberia, Bond is sent to investigate the company at a horse show. Features Creator/ChristopherWalken as a shamelessly over the top villain and Grace Jones as one of the most genuinely badass (and intimidating) henchwomen of the series. Features Grace Jones jumping off the Eiffel Tower and an opening title song by Music/DuranDuran, to date the only Bond song to make it to number 1 on the pop charts.

Also Lois Maxwell's final movie as Moneypenny.

The only thing this movie uses from the Creator/IanFleming short story "[[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly From a View to a Kill]]" are five words from the title and the UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} setting.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Oh, Lord, May Day. ''May Day''.
* AgeLift: One of the movie's biggest criticisms was Creator/RogerMoore was still playing Bond at age 57 (he was 45 when he was first cast as Bond in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'').
* AnAxeToGrind: During the final fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, Max Zorin famously grabs a nearby axe and attacks the heroes in a last attempt to kill Bond and Stacey.
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: When Bond reveals his identity to the San Francisco police captain, the officer scoffs with, "And I'm ComicStrip/DickTracy, and you're ''still'' under arrest."
* AshesToCrashes: Stacey Sutton smashes a PricelessMingVase over the head of a baddie threatening Bond, before revealing it contains her grandfather's ashes. "He always loved a good fight."
** Bond actually manages to avoid knocking it over earlier in the fight.
* AxCrazy: Zorin, thanks to genetic engineering. Bonus points for him [[AnAxeToGrind actually wielding an axe]] in his climactic fight with Bond.
* BadassGrandpa: Bond himself (Roger Moore was 58).
* BadBoss: While they're completing work on the mine, Zorin orders the early detonation of some of the explosives, which will flood the mine and kill his own people. Then Zorin and his right-hand man grab a pair of machine guns and shoot the remainder. One of Zorin's lieutenants even protests that these men are completely loyal to him, which only serves to get himself killed as well.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: May Day.
-->'''Bond:''' I see you're a woman of very few words.
-->'''May Day:''' What is there to say?
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Max Zorin.
* BoardToDeath: "Anyone else want to drop out?"
* CaliforniaCollapse: Zorin's [[EvilPlan plan to corner the microchip market]] involves using explosives to flood the San Andreas Fault, destroying Silicon Valley.
* TheCameo: [[Series/TheAvengers Patrick Macnee]] as Sir Godfrey Tibbet.
* CaptainErsatz: Achilles (pronounced "a-SHEEL") Aubergine may be a parody of HerculePoirot. The man seems to be a bit of a MilesGloriosus; he dies shortly after proclaiming himself "on the case."
* CatScare: Occurs when Bond is creeping up the broad stairway of Stacey's house.
* CheatersNeverProsper: During a horse race between Bond and Zorin, Zorin uses remote-controlled hazards and goons to trip up Bond, and he still comes out ahead.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Zorin, Zorin, Zorin. He murders the ObstructiveBureaucrat in his pocket to frame Bond for the crime, machine guns his own men to death and blows up and floods the mine they were in kill anyone else who escapes his massacre, as well as two of his assistants and his own girlfriend. He's supposedly a [=KGB=] agent but after they helped set him up as a millionaire industrialist, he abandoned them too, and they hated him so much they gave Bond the Order of Lenin for foiling his scheme and killing him.
** If anything, the only person he has even a semblance of loyalty or genuine affection for is [[spoiler:Dr. Mortner]].
* ComplexityAddiction: First time, Bond is held at gunpoint, [[TapOnTheHead knocked out]], and left in a car as it sinks into a lake. ''[[AesopAmnesia Second time]]'', he's left in a lift in a burning building. The second one, at least, is somewhat justified by Zorin wanting to MakeItLookLikeAnAccident.
** The first was too, he just didn't bother explaining it. In both cases ForTheEvulz is probably in play- he wants Bond to drown / burn to death, rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]]. To be fair, by the end he's resorting to a fire axe.
* ConvenientReplacementCharacter: Anya Amasova (played by Barbara Bach) from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' was [[ContinuityNod originally to be in the film]], but was replaced by Pola Ivanova (played by Fiona Fullerton.)
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Max Zorin.
* CoversAlwaysLie: See that image up there? Grace Jones is just 2 1/2 inches - 6 cm - shorter than Roger Moore. The fact that she's wearing high heels makes it more unrealistic. The poster does convey Jones' long legs, however.
** This is because "May Day" on that poster was actually modelled on another, somewhat more muscular (if that holds up to WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief) woman than Grace Jones.
* CurseCutShort: Three times. Can be jarring compared to the {{Precision F Strike}}s during the chase scene.
* CuteButCacophonic: Stacy Sutton.
* DangerTakesABackseat: Two of Bond's allies meet their end in this manner.
* DesignerBabies: Max Zorin was apparently one of these, it has been noted that such experiment has resulted in amazingly bright children, who are also somewhat insane.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Zorin falls from the Golden Gate Bridge.
* TheDragon: May Day.
* TheEighties: Duran Duran doing the theme song, Grace Jones, a title sequence filled to the brim with day-glo effects and chicks with EightiesHair, the use of wailing electric guitars in the score... this is very much [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece a film of its time.]]
* EffortlessAmazonianLift: Grace Jones lifts up a KGB mook over her head.
* {{EMP}}: The MacGuffin for the first part of the movie is a computer chip that can withstand EMP, built by Zorn Industries -- Bond is investigating how one of these chips ended up in the Soviet Union.
* EvilGenius: Max Zorin
* ElevatorEscape: Bond and Stacey have to do this after Zorin traps them inside and sets the whole place on fire.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Zorin prepares to flood the fault line, knowing full well he will be leaving his lackeys to die. One of his henchmen blasts him for this, citing the men's loyalty to him. Unfortunately for him, he becomes a victim as well. What's more, May Day is devastated at the death of her friends and the realization that Zorin left her to die [[spoiler: is what makes her turn on him]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: Max Zorin. He gives a knowing wink to his FemmeFatale when she's killed someone. Completely coldly guns down her associates later. Laughs when he realises he's about to die. Is played by Creator/ChristopherWalken, with all the [[EvilIsHammy hamminess]] it brings. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Might have been played]] by none other than Music/DavidBowie.
* {{Fetish}}: Unlike most Bond villains, Zorin seems quite turned on at the thought of May Day sleeping with 007.
** Given her reaction to Zorin besting her in a fight and her reaction to Bond's initial attempt at lovemaking, it may be more that Zorin enjoys manipulating her into a position he likes but that she does not.
* [[AxCrazy Fire Ax Crazy]]: Zorin goes after Bond with a hatchet in the final confrontation. He also seems to be having ''waaay'' too much fun gunning down his employees in the Main Strike mine. Justified since he's may well be [[spoiler: the result of Nazi experiments to make a super soldier GoneHorriblyRight]].
* FuroScene: James Bond and KGB agent Pola Ivanova share a bath together at an Asian bathhouse in San Francisco.
* GayParee: There's a scene in the Eiffel Tower, for cripes sake.
* GivingThemTheStrip: Stacey sheds her coveralls to escape from May Day while climbing out of Zorin's mine shaft.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Bond has glasses that allow him to see through polarized glass.
* GoOutWithASmile:
** [[spoiler: May Day]] begins to laugh just before [[spoiler: she gets blown up.]]
** So does [[spoiler: Max Zorin before he falls to his death.]]
* GroinAttack: Bond smacks his crotch against a building's antenna.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Bond and [[spoiler:May Day]]'s sex scene.
* HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler:May Day]]. It's worth noting that it's not a HighHeelFaceTurn, since it wasn't Bond's charms that won her over. He was just her posthumous instrument of revenge against Zorin.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: May Day. Probably with some RedemptionEqualsDeath thrown in, at least in the fans' eyes.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Really [[spoiler:Dr. Mortner]], what did you think was going to happen when you [[spoiler:tried to blow up Bond with dynamite in a disabled blimp?]]
** Also Zorin himself; obviously his disloyalty towards his own girlfriend comes at a cost, as she was all too eager to help Bond foil his plans when he left her to die along with everyone else in the mine.
* HotScientist: Stacey, who's supposedly a geologist.
* IdiotBall: That one investor who didn't want to be involved in Zorin's criminal scheme. Seriously, you know the whole plan and you think he's going to let you live knowing about an activity you think is wrong?
** He ''didn't'' know the whole plan and Zorin wasn't proposing ''any'' criminal scheme. The investor was there for exactly that reason- to invest. Zorin wanted to out-compete Silicon Valley and didn't let slip that he was planning to do so by destroying it utterly (he nearly did, but he didn't); all he was saying at that meeting was that he wanted them to invest in his company so he can do that. The problem was that he wanted them to invest an ''obscene amount'' of money ($100m each); the fact that they thought Silicon Valley would still be there only makes the financial risk sound worse. The investor had no idea he was dealing with a murderous psychopath and acted accordingly. It is entirely likely that Zorin expected- perhaps even ''wanted''- someone to back out and planned from he start to make an example of them.
* InNameOnly: Besides the Paris setting, [[Literature/ForYourEyesOnly the short story]] has nothing to do with the movie.
* IndyPloy: Zorin: "Intuitive improvisation is the spirit of genius."
** If he's improvising, why does he just happen to have two jerry cans full of gasoline with him?
** Zorin is more of a XanatosSpeedChess kind of guy.
* InstantConvertible: This is one of the many mishaps that happen to Bond's Renault.
* KingpinInHisGym: We are treated to a scene of Zorin sparring with May Day.
* LargeHam: Christopher Walken as a Bond villain. Need we say more?
** The part was originally offered to DavidBowie. It's really not too difficult to figure this tidbit out without even knowing about it, just by watching how Walken acts.
* LastSecondWordSwap: "The bubbles are tickling my... ''[[UnusualEuphemism Tchaikovski!]]''"
* LemmingCops: The SFPD cops, who make the unwise decision to try to chase Bond when he's driving a stolen fire engine.
* MadScientist: [[spoiler: Dr Mortner]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Roger Moore was older than actress Tanya Roberts' ''mother''. This was actually one of the major factors that caused him to step down from the role.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Using steroids in horse races --> [[spoiler: destroying Silicon Valley]]
* MuggedForDisguise: Bond does this to one of Zorin's mooks so Stacey can have his coveralls and hardhat.
* NaziGrandpa: [[spoiler: Dr. Mortner]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Christopher Walken plays Zorin with his usual accent, even though he's supposed to be the product of Nazi "experimentation." In the film, it's handwaved by saying he speaks several languages "with no accent".
** Well he is a KGB agent. And Zorin would have left Germany after 1945 anyway.
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The unusual "Zorin is not a real company" blurb at the beginning -- it seems there's at least two RealLife companies named Zor''a''n, one of which ''is actually a chip maker''.
* PricelessMingVase: Played with. Bond and Stacey go through the familiar "don't-break-the-vase" fight scene, but after she ultimately uses it to knock out a Mook, she reveals it actually [[AshesToCrashes contains her grandfather's ashes]].
* PutTheLaughterInSlaughter: Zorin, while taking an Uzi to scads of ''his own men''.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Zorin has far more loyalty to the Nazis than the Communist government of the USSR.
* RampJump: Of the "opening bridge" variety. In a ''fire truck''.
* RecklessGunUsage: Zorin, while delivering the page quote, taps his temple with a loaded pistol.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: May Day]]
* RedHerring: [[spoiler:The modified horses arc pretty much just exists to fill an hour.]]
** FridgeBrilliance suggests it's there to explain some of Zorin's future intentions after his plan succeeds. [[spoiler: One guard at the stables is vastly stronger and tougher than Bond expected. Later and more notably, May Day dead lifts a KGB agent without visible strain, and uses the winch with only moderate effort at the end, despite Bond's belief it would be too much weight for her. The implication is that both are modified by Mortner's experiments.]]
* RenegadeRussian: Not a literal example of this trope, but in the same spirit -- Zorin is a KGB agent who ditches his employers to carry out his mad scheme for world domination [[spoiler:of the silicon chip industry]].
* UpperClassTwit: Bond poses as one to infiltrate Zorin's estate. Unfortunately it turns out to be a PaperThinDisguise as Zorin has access to the KGB database.
* ScaryBlackMan: GenderFlip. Would ''you'' want to bump into Grace Jones in a dark alley?
** [[MsFanservice Some would say a big "YES!"]] (Of course, Jones tended to play characters like this ''a lot''.)
* SceneryPorn: San Francisco is shown in all its glory (as is Paris to a lesser extent). The end credits are basically a series of shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Subverted. Stacey's shotgun ammo is ''rock salt'', so that it stuns, not kills.
* ShoutOut: At the Ascot derby, Moneypenny yells [[Theatre/MyFairLady "Move your arse!"]] at her losing horse.
* ShowerOfLove: Between Bond and Stacey at the end.
* SkeletonKeyCard: Parodied. Bond pulls out a credit card to unlock a window, but after flipping it over we see that it's an electronic lockpick from [[ProductPlacement The Sharper Image]].
* SoftWater: Subverted. Zorin dies by falling off of the Golden Gate bridge and is killed by the water.
* StockScream: the poor mook ThrownFromTheZeppelin right before he hits the water. This scream is frequently heard in all of the Moore-era Bond films at one point or another.
* ThemeTune: ''With guitar riffs!''
** More notably, the only Bond theme tune to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
* ThemeTuneCameo: The theme song is played by the band at the wedding Bond accidentally [[WeddingSmashers crashes]].
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: Trope namer, though not the most famous example.
* TitleDrop: An impossibly awkward one.
-->'''May Day:''' ''[overlooking San Francisco bay from the zeppelin]'' ''Wow.'' What a view!
-->'''Zorin:''' To a kill!
* TheTrickster: Roger Moore survives only by playing with Zorin's head.
* TooDumbToLive: Mr. Howe.
* TrappedInASinkingCar: Bond had to escape one of these.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Bond and Sutton in the shower.
** And earlier on, Bond and Pola in a hot tub.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Nicely averted overall, though the black light-laden title sequence by Duran Duran and the inclusion of the Beach Boys' ''California Girls'' in the pre-title sequence, as well as the prominence of Creator/GraceJones in the plot, certainly do serve as a reminder that this is still very much the 1980s.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Pola's bathrobe serves as the only thing she has to hide the tape.
* WeHaveReserves: After gunning down his own men, Zorin simply looks at his watch and says "Good. Right on schedule.".
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: After May Day bitterly pains over her henchmen being killed, Bond takes the time to look around at the cost in human life and states that Zorin betrayed a ''lot'' of people. One of the few times that Bond actually pauses to mourn the deaths of henchmen. Then again, most of the men who were killed weren't even henchmen. They were just working for the henchmen who were working for Zorin.
* WomanScorned: May Day. "And I thought that ''creep'' loved me!"
* YouCanNeverLeave: General Gogol tells Zorin that no-one leaves the KGB alive. Zorin is not impressed.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Jenny Flex and almost everyone else in the mine, under Zorin's orders. May Day is the only survivor - [[WomanScorned and boy, is she angry at Zorin.]]]]

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