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[[caption-width-right:350:''[[Music/DuranDuran Meeting you, pretty girl, with a view to a kill...]]'']]
->'''Zorin:''' Intuitive improvisation is the secret of genius.
->'''Bond:''' Herr Doktor Mortner would be proud of his creation.

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''A View to a Kill'' is 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 "May Day", 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'').
* 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."
* ArtisticLicenseAwards: At the end of the film, General Gogol arrives to present Bond with the Order of Lenin, saying that he's the first foreign recipient of the USSR's highest decoration. In actuality, the first foreign recipient was Italian communist Luigi Longo.
* 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.
* AnAxeToGrind: During the final fight at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, Max Zorin famously grabs a nearby fire axe and attacks the heroes in a last attempt to kill Bond and Stacey. Bond manages to get hold of it and use it against Zorin and his blimp.
* 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 submachine 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. The kicker is [[spoiler: May Day, Zorin's own lover realizing he left her and her two female friends to die with the rest without a thought.]]
* BewareTheQuietOnes: May Day.
-->'''Bond:''' I see you're a woman of very few words.
-->'''May Day:''' What is there to say?
* 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.
* CaliforniaDoubling:
** Averted, as the entire second act was filmed on location in San Francisco. The crew even got permission to do an on-location simulated burning of City Hall with gas jets. Stacey Sutton's house is the real life Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland.
** Inversion: Zorin's 'Main Strike' mine, supposedly in California, was filmed at Amberley Working Museum in West Sussex, England.
* TheCameo: [[Series/TheAvengers Patrick Macnee]] as Sir Godfrey Tibbet.
* CaptainErsatz: Achilles (pronounced "a-SHEEL") Aubergine may be a parody of Literature/HerculePoirot. The man seems to be a bit of a MilesGloriosus; he dies shortly after proclaiming himself "on the case." Also Sir Godfrey is possibly a retired [[Series/TheAvengers John Steed]].
* 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 and possibly also his main dragon, Scarpine]].
* ComfortingComforter: Bond covers Stacy Sutton after she fell asleep on her bed.
* 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.[[note]]In RealLife, Moore is 6'1+1/2", and Jones is 5'8".[[/note]] 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.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Pola Ivanova's partner is shoved into a water turbine ''head first''.
* CurseCutShort: Three times. Can be jarring compared to the [[PrecisionFStrike Precision F-Strikes]] during the chase scene.
* CuteButCacophonic: Stacy Sutton.
* CutPhoneLines: Zorin's mooks cut Stacy Sutton's phone line before invading her house and attacking her. After James Bond fends them off, he repairs the line.
* 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]].
* FatalFamilyPhoto: A posthumous version when Bond opens the locket worn by his dead predecessor. Of course the wife and child shown could just be part of the man's cover identity, but this trope is implied.
* 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.
* {{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]].
* GoryDiscretionShot: The car wash brushes block the view of the Rolls Royce just as May Day gets up from the back seat and strangles Tibbett.
* GroinAttack: Bond smacks his crotch against a building's antenna. He manages to hold on - and it doesn't stop him from having GladToBeAliveSex with Stacy at the end of the film.
** It's even funnier when you realize that Roger Moore spent most of his Bond tenure either dealing out crotch shots or narrowly avoiding them.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Bond and [[spoiler:May Day]]'s sex scene.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:May Day.]] It's worth noting that 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?
** The investor ''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 ($100 million 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. Alternatively, it can be assumed that Zorin expected- perhaps even ''wanted'' or ''engineered''- the meeting to be designed so that at least one person would choose 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 claims to be one: "Intuitive improvisation is the spirit of genius." Of course, given that he has two jerry cans full of gasoline with him at the time, Zorin is probably actually more of a XanatosSpeedChess kind of guy.
* InstantConvertible: This is one of the many mishaps that happen to Bond's Renault.
* IllTakeThatAsACompliment: Zorin's smugness always disappears whenever someone reminds him of his DesignerBabies nature. However when Bond gives the page quote, he's apparently enough of a WellDoneSonGuy to agree with it.
* 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 David Bowie. 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 cops in the San Francisco Police Department making the unwise decision to try to chase Bond through downtown 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.
* MeanBoss: "St. John Smythe" to his "valet" Tibbet. When Bond and Tibbet need to sneak off for a private discussion, they leave a tape recording of Smythe complaining constantly about Tibbet's work.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: A shady system of using steroids to win horse races --> [[spoiler: destroying Silicon Valley]]
** InUniverse too; as Gogol reprimands Zorin for his horse fixing, which could draw attention to the KGB's involvement in the theft of silicon chips.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler:May Day stays loyal to Max until he decides he doesn't need her any more and leaves her to die with the rest of his minions who have outlived their usefulness. After that, she's out for revenge.]]
* MonumentalBattle: Bond fight a major minion or two at the Eiffel Tower. The final confrontation takes place over the Golden Gate Bridge.
* 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.
** The cops in San Francisco have East Coast accents.
* 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''.
* PreemptiveDeclaration: Zorin informs a corrupt official on his payroll how he intends to fake Bond and Sutton's deaths. They murdered him and started a fire to destroy the evidence, only to die after being trapped in the elevator.
-->'''Official:''' But that means...I would have to be...
-->'''Zorin:''' Dead! ''(shoots him in heart)''
* 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''.
* RampJump: Bond driving across the Third Street drawbridge in the "opening bridge" variety. In a ''fire truck''.
* RandomEventsPlot: ''A View to a Kill'' is the quintessential cheesy Bond film, perhaps even moreso than ''Film/{{Moonraker}}. It's as if the production team had to make a Bond film and were given a list of random elements that had to be arranged into one. Blimps! Christopher Walken as a Nazi, baby! Grace Jones as a Bond girl! A KGB subplot for some reason! Horses!
* 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.]]
* 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]].
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The writers had noted the explosion in available computer technology and the public's fascination / concern with all things hi-tech so decided that their story should centre around the planned destruction of America's Silicon Valley.
* ScaryBlackMan: GenderFlip. Would ''you'' want to bump into May-Day in a dark alley?
* 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: Averted. Zorin dies by falling off of the Golden Gate bridge and is killed by the water.
* SpyCam: One of Bond's gadgets is a ring containing a miniature camera. Bond uses the device at a Zorin's party to covertly take photographs of each of his guests.
* StatuesqueStunner: Mayday, of course. (Grace Jones herself was one at the time.)
* 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. He is able to open the car door once the cabin is flooded with water. Bond then realizes that he cannot surface immediately because the baddies are waiting ashore, so he opens the wheel valve and inhales the out-rushing air.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Bond and Sutton in the shower.
** And earlier on, Bond and Pola in a hot tub.
* UnconventionalVehicleChase: About to be arrested by police in San Francisco, Bond steals a firetruck to escape. At one point he takes out the ladder which wrecks a lot of the environment, including taking the top off a truck with a sleeping couple inside.
** Earlier in the movie, as Bond follows May Day from the ground as she parachutes down from the Eiffel Tower, the subcompact he commandeers is smashed, crashed, and ultimately chopped in half - yet it remains drivable to the end.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The mine foreman just looks confused at the sight of a female truck driver in heels ([[HeyWait despite Bond being pulled up earlier for not wearing a hard hat]] - proper footwear should also be a safety requirement). No-one pays attention to her form-fitting jumpsuit after they change outfits either.
* UpperClassTwit: Bond poses as one to infiltrate Zorin's estate, with the hilariously English pseudonym "James St. John Smythe". Unfortunately it turns out to be a PaperThinDisguise as Zorin has access to the KGB database.
* 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. All of May Day's girls were definitely henchwomen.
* WomanScorned: May Day. "And I thought that ''creep'' loved me!"
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[AvertedTrope Unlike]] [[BondVillainStupidity many villains]], Max and May Day actually bother to see if James drowns after being dumped in the lake. Fortunately, Bond opened a tire and used it to breathe and create the illusion that he's drowned, causing M & M to leave the scene. At least they tried.
* 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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