Characters / A View to a Kill

Characters specific to the James Bond film A View to a Kill. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.

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     Max Zorin 

Max Zorin
"Dead! That's rather neat, don't you think?"

The surviving result of a Nazi eugenics experiment turned microchip tycoon and later recruited by the KGB. He has gone rogue and now pursues his own interests.

     May Day 

May Day
"Someone will take care of you."
Played by: Grace Jones

Max Zorin's main enforcer, bodyguard and lover.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's tough and certainly looks it, but that doesn't stop her from being attractive.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She rarely talks. She doesn't need to.
  • The Brute: She's the muscle in Zorin's operations and she rarely talks.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: She can lift a man over her head effortlessly.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: She murders Sir Godfrey and Chuck Lee by hiding in the back of their cars.
  • Dark Action Girl: As the enforcer for Zorin.
  • Death Glare: Very often. See the picture.
  • Determinator: She manages to get away from Bond after a really steadfast chase through the streets of Paris.
  • The Dragon: Subverted, actually; she seems this way at first, but it ultimately transpires that Zorin's most valued henchman is actually Scarpine, who even joins in Zorin's attempt to murder May Day and other minions.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Lampshaded by Bond.
    Bond: I see you're a woman of very few words.
    May Day: What is there to say?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She doesn't take kindly to Zorin turning on her and her Amazon Brigade.
  • Famous Last Words: May Day gives these parting words to Bond just before the bomb explodes:
    May Day: Get Zorin for me!
  • Go Out with a Smile: While rolling out of Zorin's mine on the bomb that's about to explode, she's laughing, knowing that she's helping screw over Zorin hard after what he pulled. Though it fades right before the bomb goes off, as she sees Zorin's blimp and shoots him one last Death Glare.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She helps Bond remove the bomb from the mine, putting the device onto a handcar and pushing it out of the mine, where it explodes, killing her.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: Actually averted! Her motivation isn't Bond (though she did sleep with him), but revenge against Bad Boss Zorin.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mayday" is a radio distress signal that has been used by aircraft and ships.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Subverted by Bond and Zorin, who both hook up with her. In fact, it's her who seems a bit reluctant of them.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: Unless it's actually her name.
  • Punny Name: Indeed, you can say that you'll need to shout "Mayday!" if you ever meet May Day.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Subverted in the sense that her motivation isn't redemption, but revenge against Zorin.
  • Say My Name: She pulls this when she sees her companion Jenny Flex dead.
  • Scary Black Man: Gender Flipped: You do not want her after you.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Much like Grace Jones herself. One poster even put her side by side with Bond, and they seemingly had the same height (in real life, Grace Jones and Roger Moore were a few inches apart in height).
  • Taking You with Me: Not with a person but the mine Zorin was going to detonate upon the TNT, as the brakes on the cart they used jammed.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her Heel–Face Turn is motivated by Zorin killing her Amazon Brigade and leaving her for dead.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: She's the toughest, more aggressive and less feminine character in the film, and dies at the end.

     Stacey Sutton 

Stacey Sutton
"I'd sell everything and live in a tent before I give up."
Played by: Tanya Roberts

A young geologist whose family's possessions are being squeezed by Zorin.
  • '80s Hair: The only Bond girl of the 80s to truly show this.
  • Action Survivor: On one hand, Sutton does very little to aid Bond and at one point fails to notice Zorin sneaking up on her in a freaking zeppelin. On the other hand, she does manage to take out Scarpine out of nowhere and does intentionally distract Zorin during the fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, so at least she tries.
  • Alliterative Name: Stacey Sutton.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She's gorgeous, but her screams are eardrum-shattering.
  • Damsel in Distress: And how. One of the most remembered parts of the film is her screaming "Jaaaaames!" a lot at an incredible high pitch. At least she fights back in the climax and even shows determination in fighting back against Zorin beforehand.
  • Girl of the Week: She's Bond's main love interest in the film.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde haired and firmly on the good side.
  • Hot Scientist: A young, blonde haired geologist.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Sutton is the granddaughter of an oil tycoon in California, but the company was taken over by Max Zorin. She filed a lawsuit against him in court, which forced her to sell most of her assets (which is Truth in Television) and become a geologist for the state of California.
  • May–December Romance: Roger Moore is older than Tanya Roberts' mother. On one hand, this isn't entirely as bad as it sounds, since Roberts' mother gave birth at 17 (plus Carole Bouquet, who played Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only was two years younger than Roberts). Still, learning this fact was reportedly what caused Moore to permanently leave the series.
  • Screaming Woman: She screams a lot at an incredible high pitch. Even a short fall onto some sand has her belt out a shriek.
    Sutton: Jaaaaames! Help meeeeeeee!
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: But since she's too squeamish to actually kill, she loads hers with rock salt instead of bullets.
  • Shower of Love: She makes out with Bond in her shower at the end.

     Carl Mortner 

Dr. Carl Mortner
"Selective breeding is important, ja. But more important is conditioning and desire!"
Played by: Willoughby Gray

An old Nazi scientist whose experiments on pregnant deportees resulted in the creation of Max Zorin. He now designs Zorin's microchips for carrying horse-doping drugs.
  • Bald of Evil: He has little hair on his head and is evil.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Given his reaction when Zorin is about to fall to his death.
  • Evil Old Folks: An old man responsible for conducting horrific experiments in WWII and is helping with Zorin's plan.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He tells Bond that he thinks his principles in horse breeding could be equally applied to humans. It's later discovered that he did in fact experiment on concentration camp inmates with steroid injections to breed the "perfect" human. He created a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Clearly seen grinning as he and Scarpine fumble over the lit roll of dynamite that seals their fate.
  • Herr Doktor: He's a Mengele-sque Nazi scientist from the war, responsible for experiments on women in concentration camps, resulting with highly intelligent, and psychotic offsprings. Zorin is one of them.
  • High-Class Glass: He wears a monocle at all times. He can't see without it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Literally. He's blown up with his own dynamite.
  • Mad Doctor: It doesn't get any more mad than a Nazi doctor. His experiments with pregnant women on concentration camps seems to make him an stand-in for Josef Mengele.
  • Mad Scientist: He experimented on concentration camp inmates to breed perfect humans, creating a generation of incredibly intelligent psychopaths.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Well yes, he's a Nazi dcotor.
  • Nazi Grandpa: If the above mentioned tropes didn't tip you enough; yes, he was a Nazi scientist.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He is based on Josef Mengele, who experimented with pregnant women on concentration camps in World War II.
  • No Swastikas: In the German dub of the film, he is a Polish communist.
  • Piggybacking on Hitler: More like Piggybacking on Brezhnev: He utilized Soviet resources as long as their agendas aligned, and dumped them once he was able to pursue his own goals.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's not very wise to light the fuse of a dynamite stick that soon. For that matter, there was a row of submachine guns he could have used instead of dynamite.



Played by: Patrick Bauchau

Zorin's chief of security and right-hand man.
  • The Dragon: Shares this position with May Day to Zorin.
  • Meaningful Name: Has a large distinctive scar on the left side of his face.
  • Oh, Crap!: When ordered by Zorin to pursue Bond out atop the Golden Gate Bridge.

     Godfrey Tibbett 

Sir Godfrey Tibbett
"We're on a mission!"
Played by: Patrick Macnee

MI6 field operative with a knighthood, who helps Bond when he infiltrates Zorin's villa and stable.

     Achille Aubergine 

Achille Aubergine
"But the key to this mystery is there. And I, Achille Aubergine, will intend to find it!"
Played by: Jean Rougerie

A French private detective who meets Bond in a restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower to give him some secret informations about Zorin.

     Pola Ivanova 

Pola Ivanova
"James, you haven't changed!"
Played by: Fiona Fullerton

A KGB agent sent by General Gogol to spy on Zorin. Bond seduces her in a spa and steals her recording of Zorin's conversation about his operation.
  • Convenient Replacement Character: Of Major Anya Amasova from The Spy Who Loved Me; a female KGB agent who's friendly with Bond and knows him from a previous mission.
  • Friendly Enemy: With Bond. When they first met in the movie, they recognize each other from what was apparently a previous mission in which they were on opposing sides. Soon enough, they're frolicking in a hot tub at a spa.
  • Furo Scene: Ivanova and Bond share a bath together at an oriental bathhouse.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She spends most of her on-screen time in that hot tub.
  • Sensual Slavs: A sensual KGB agent.
  • When Harry Met Svetlana: Subverted. She and Bond seem to agree to work together since she's been taping an incriminating conversation between Zorin and his oil company chief, Bob Conley; and have a romantic interlude together. However, after Pola hurriedly absconds to pass the tape of Zorin's conversation to General Gogol, they discover that Bond has swapped the tape with a cassette of Japanese music which had been playing in the spa they were in.

     Bob Conley 

Bob Conley
Played by: Manning Redwood

Zorin's chief mining engineer who handles Zorin's oil interests in California.
  • Asshole Victim: Even Evil Has Standards on the side, he was complicit in Zorin's goal to flood the fault, killing millions.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's head of one of Zorin's subsidiaries and is every bit the typical slimy oilman stereotype. His background check states that he ran a illegal mine in Africa that collapsed and killed many miners.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He gives Zorin a "WTF dude!?" look when Zorin has the Russian spy shoved into the turbine.
    • He tries to stop Zorin from having all the miners killed, to no avail.
      Bob: [upon realizing that Zorin is going to detonate the explosives early] But Mayday... and my men!
      Zorin: Yeah. A convenient coincidence!
      Bob: [Death Glare] Mr. Zorin, those men are loyal to you!
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He is the first of Zorin's associates to be murdered by him.