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. 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 song by Duran Duran.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 Stacy'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.
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.
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.
Zorin's plan is to make it look as though Bond and Stacy died after being unable to escape the fire that they've set. That's why he doesn't shoot them—it would obviously be a murder.
And then there was 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?
In Name Only: Besides the Paris setting, the short story has nothing to do with the movie.
Indy Ploy: 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?
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".
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.
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.
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.