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Duran Duran'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.
Breakaway Pop Hit: The above song is still a permanent fixture in Duran Duran's set list over twenty years later, despite the film being widely considered one of the worst of the series.
Complete Monster: Max Zorin is by far one of the most psychopathic and Ax-Crazy villains Bond has ever come across. A French-German Corrupt Corporate Executive who used to work for the KGB after he and his Evilutionary Biologist 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 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 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 Villainous Breakdown as he tries to hack Bond and Stacy up with an ax in a fight on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Damsel Scrappy: Stacy "James, HELLLLLPP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!" Sutton fails to notice Zorin sneaking up behind her. In a ZEPPELIN.
Evil Is Cool: 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.
Also, Tanya Roberts' puffy 80's dresses and heavy makeup kill any sex appeal not already wiped out by "JAMES!!! JAMES!!!"
Heartwarming Moments: 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 Jerkassery in his first films.
Narm: Dr. Mortner's attempt to blow up Bond with dynamite (complete with Mad Scientist 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 Title Drop has to be one of the most awkward ever.
May Day:Wow. What a view!
Max Zorin: To a kill!
Nightmare Fuel: Pola Ivanova's captured partner is shoved into a water turbine head first.
One-Scene Wonder: Russian agent Pola Ivanova is gorgeous and fun. Pity she's out of the picture after 007 swaps the tape on her.
Recycled Script: The story is a lot like 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).
"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.
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 Skyfall.