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YMMV: A View to a Kill
  • Awesome Music:
    • 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: Besides Max Zorin's main plan to cause a flood that would kill many innocents by triggering an earthquake, he drops a businessman to his death when he disagrees with his plan, kills the mayor and gets Bond blamed for it, murders the subway workers in a gleeful manner, and while doing this, betrays May Day, his main henchwoman.
  • 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.
  • Fetish Retardant:
    • Grace Jones is a controversial choice for a Bond Girl because of her appearance.
    • Also, Tanya Roberts' puffy 80's dresses and heavy makeup kill any sex appeal not already wiped out by "JAMES!!! JAMES!!!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay: May Day took Zorin killing her henchgirls very personally.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Christopher Walken's portrayal of Zorin is really the only reason to watch this movie.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Tanya Roberts shrieking for help.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure: The title sequence: It's painful to watch the animation from the mid-80s if you know how beautiful those from the 70s were.
    • "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.
    • The film contains a few too many rear-projection shots.
  • Squick: The 57-year-old Roger Moore making out with Grace Jones. For what it's worth, he thought so too.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee working together as secret agents! Then Macnee gets offed criminally early.
    • This blog post points out that the scenario of an ageing 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Roger Moore's facelift.

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