Zorin: Intuitive improvisation is the secret of genius.
Bond: Herr Doktor Mortner would be proud of his creation.
The one withChristopher Walken wearing a hardhat.The 14th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore in his last appearance as 007 at the age of 57, although Bond's advanced age 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 Christopher Walken 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 Duran Duran, 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 Ian Fleming short story "From a View to a Kill" are five words from the title and the Paris setting.
Bad Boss: 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.
Cat Scare: Occurs when Bond is creeping up the broad stairway of Stacey's house.
Cheaters Never Prosper: 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.
Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Zorin, Zorin, Zorin. He murders the Obstructive Bureaucrat 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 Dr. Mortner.
The first was too, he just didn't bother explaining it. In both cases For the Evulz is probably in play- he wants Bond to drown / burn to death, rather than just shoot him. To be fair, by the end he's resorting to a fire axe.
Covers Always Lie: 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 Willing Suspension of Disbelief) woman than Grace Jones.
The Eighties: Duran Duran doing the theme song, Grace Jones, a title sequence filled to the brim with day-glo effects and chicks with '80s Hair, the use of wailing electric guitars in the score... this is very much a film of its time.
Elevator Escape: Bond and Stacey have to do this after Zorin traps them inside and sets the whole place on fire.
Even Evil Has Standards: 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 is what makes her turn on him.
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.
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 the result of Nazi experiments to make a super soldier Gone Horribly Right.
Furo Scene: James Bond and KGB agent Pola Ivanova share a bath together at an Asian bathhouse in San Francisco.
Gay Paree: There's a scene in the Eiffel Tower, for cripes sake.
Giving Them the Strip: Stacey sheds her coveralls to escape from May Day while climbing out of Zorin's mine shaft.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Really Dr. Mortner, what did you think was going to happen when you 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.
Idiot Ball: 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.
Not Even Bothering with the Accent: 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.
Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: The unusual "Zorin is not a real company" blurb at the beginning — it seems there's at least two Real Life companies named Zoran, one of which is actually a chip maker.
Red Herring: The modified horses arc pretty much just exists to fill an hour.
Fridge Brilliance suggests it's there to explain some of Zorin's future intentions after his plan succeeds. 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.
Renegade Russian: 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 of the silicon chip industry.
Unintentional Period Piece: 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 Grace Jones in the plot, certainly do serve as a reminder that this is still very much the 1980s.
We Have Reserves: After gunning down his own men, Zorin simply looks at his watch and says "Good. Right on schedule.".
What Measure Is a Mook?: 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.