* AwesomeMusic:
** Music/DuranDuran's opening song is the only Bond theme to make it to #1 on the charts.
** John Barry's score also counts, with its cheesy, yet awesome guitar riffs.
* BreakawayPopHit: The above song is still a permanent fixture in DuranDuran's set list over twenty years later, despite the film being widely considered one of the worst of the series.
* CompleteMonster: Max Zorin is by far one of the most psychopathic and AxCrazy villains Bond has ever come across. A French-German CorruptCorporateExecutive who used to work for the KGB after he and his EvilutionaryBiologist mentor Dr. Carl Mortner aka Hans Glaub were whisked out of the defeated Nazi Germany by the Soviets, he goes rogue to pursue his own plans for domination. His plot involves triggering an earthquake to flood Silicon Valley so his tech company can get a monopoly on the world's supply of microchips, killing millions of people in the proces. He [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin drops a businessman to his death]] when he disagrees with Zorin's plan, throws a captured spy into an underwater fan to be ground to mush, and kills the San Francisco mayor before blaming Bond for the murder and leaving him and Stacy behind to die in a fire. He's so psychotic that [[BadBoss he gleefully machine guns his own mine workers to death]] and betrays his lover and henchwoman May Day, all of whom were nothing but loyal to him. When his plan is eventually foiled he goes through a VillainousBreakdown as he tries to [[AnAxeToGrind hack Bond and Stacy up with an ax]] in a fight on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* DamselScrappy: Stacy "James, HELLLLLPP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!" Sutton fails to notice Zorin sneaking up behind her. In a ZEPPELIN.
* EvilIsCool: Zorin and May Day are almost unanimously agreed to be the two best things about this movie, stealing the show from Bond and Stacy. This must have been discovered early on, since Grace Jones was given higher billing than Tanya Roberts and is the one who appears on the movie poster with Bond.
* FetishRetardant:
** Grace Jones is a controversial choice for a BondGirl because of her AmazonianBeauty appearance.
** Also, Tanya Roberts' puffy 80's dresses and heavy makeup kill any sex appeal not already wiped out by "[[MostAnnoyingSound JAMES!!! JAMES!!!]]"
* HeartwarmingMoments: Say what you will about Stacy Sutton, but she does allow James to show his softer side for the camera. The scene where he makes dinner for her, fixes her phone line, and even tucks her in to bed, serves as a sweet contrast to his [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkassery]] in his first films.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Zorin's line "More, more power!" has become funnier in light of the [[MemeticMutation "More cowbell!"]] sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
** Creator/ChristopherWalken's role in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' could be considered a ShoutOut.
** In the film itself, microchips are being replaced with new ones that are supposedly impervious to electromagnetic pulses. [[Film/GoldenEye Guess they didn't work out so well.]]
** Lois Maxwell asked the producers if she could play M in subsequent Bond films, but was declined. A decade later, Creator/JudiDench was cast as a female M in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* LesYay: May Day took Zorin killing her henchgirls ''very'' personally.
* MagnificentBastard: Creator/ChristopherWalken's portrayal of Zorin is really the only reason to watch this movie.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Tanya Roberts shrieking for help.
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Mortner's attempt to blow up Bond with dynamite (complete with MadScientist face), followed by Bond cutting the rope tying the blimp to the Golden Gate bridge) and ...BOOM!]]
** To add to that, the aforemention scene of Stacy Sutton galloping into Bond's arms, absolutely and totally oblivious to the GIANT ZEPPELIN approaching right behind her until she's inevitably snatched up.
** The out-of-nowhere use of "California Girls" during the opening snowboard chase. It's not even the original, but a cover.
*** Granted, the scene was effective enough that even hardcore snowboarders acknowledge it as the pivotal moment that allowed it to emerge from the underground (where it'd existed since the mid 1970s). The "California Girls" cover was still rather cringeworthy, though.
** Hell, almost the ''entire movie'' counts.
** The TitleDrop has to be one of the most awkward ever.
* NightmareFuel: Pola Ivanova's captured partner is shoved into a water turbine ''head first''.
* OneSceneWonder: Russian agent Pola Ivanova is gorgeous and fun. Pity she's out of the picture after 007 swaps the tape on her.
* RecycledScript: The story is a lot like ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', replacing gold with microchips and Fort Knox with Silicon Valley. Zorin illustrating his plan with a miniature model to his criminal investors is a dead giveaway.
* {{Sequelitis}}: Widely considered one of the worst Bond films, with Roger Moore's advanced age being one of the most frequent criticisms (even Moore himself thought he should have been replaced with a younger actor at least two films ago).
* SoBadItsGood
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ResNDwq_5k The title sequence]]: It's painful to watch the animation from the mid-80s if you know how beautiful those from the 70s were.
** "Oh, hello Mr Maurice Binder, creator of all Bond title sequences before. Look, we've brought you a new machine we like to call a com-pu-ter. We want you to do the title sequence with it. And we need it by tomorrow."
** Zorin's death by falling off the Golden Gate bridge looks impressive...until you notice he's just a dummy, complete with legs flapping about in the breeze. Same thing goes for the guy dropped out of the zeppelin earlier.
** The film contains a few too many [[DrivingADesk rear-projection shots]].
* {{Squick}}: The 57-year-old Roger Moore making out with Grace Jones. [[CreatorBacklash For what it's worth, he thought so too.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee working together as secret agents! [[spoiler:Then Macnee gets offed criminally early.]]
** [[http://www.thefilmyap.com/2012/09/07/you-only-live-twenty-thrice-a-view-to-a-kill/ This blog post]] points out that the scenario of an aging Bond forced to confront both a younger opponent and his own increasing frailties and mortality could have made a potentially very interesting movie / swan song for Roger Moore in the role, had the producers actually went there. Interestingly, this idea would be used in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* UncannyValley: Roger Moore's facelift.