* AwesomeMusic:
** Music/DuranDuran's opening song is the only Bond theme to make it to #1 on the charts.
** John Barry's score also counts, especially [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFvM5Ese0EE the recurring action theme]] with its cheesy, yet awesome guitar riffs.
*** Fans may recognise that the theme tune from ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' was adapted for use as the film's instrumental score.
* BreakawayPopHit: The above song is still a permanent fixture in DuranDuran's set list over twenty years later, despite the film being widely considered one of the worst of the series.
* CompleteMonster: Max Zorin is by far one of the most psychopathic and AxCrazy villains Bond has ever come across. Being played by someone like ChristopherWalken further helps. A French-German CorruptCorporateExecutive who used to work for the KGB after he and his EvilutionaryBiologist 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 [[ThrownFromTheZeppelin drops a businessman to his death]] who wants to opt out of Zorin's plan, throws a captured spy into an underwater fan to be ground to mush, and shoots a geologist in San Francisco's City Hall before blaming Bond for the murder and leaving him and Stacy behind to die in a fire. He's so psychotic that [[BadBoss 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 VillainousBreakdown as he tries to [[AnAxeToGrind hack Bond and Stacy up with an ax]] in a fight on top of the Golden Gate Bridge.
* DamselScrappy: Stacy "James, HELLLLLPP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!" Sutton fails to notice Zorin sneaking up behind her. In a ZEPPELIN.
* EvilIsCool: 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 most of the movie posters with Bond.
* FetishRetardant:
** Grace Jones is a controversial choice for a BondGirl because of her AmazonianBeauty appearance.
** Also, Tanya Roberts' puffy 80's dresses and heavy makeup kill any sex appeal not already wiped out by "[[MostAnnoyingSound JAMES!!! JAMES!!!]]"
* HeartwarmingMoments: Say what you will about Stacy Sutton (like the difference in age between her actress and Roger Moore), but she does allow Bond 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 [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkassery]] in his first films.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Zorin's line "More, more power!" has become funnier in light of the [[MemeticMutation "More cowbell!"]] sketch from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''.
** Creator/ChristopherWalken's role as Max Shreck in ''Film/BatmanReturns'' could be considered a ShoutOut to Zorin.
** In the film itself, microchips are being replaced with new ones that are supposedly impervious to electromagnetic pulses. [[Film/GoldenEye Guess they didn't work out so well.]]
** Lois Maxwell asked the producers if she could play M in subsequent Bond films, but was declined. A decade later, Creator/JudiDench was cast as a female M in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Most people who watch this movie really only do so for Christopher Walken and Grace Jones as the villains. Well, that and John Barry's awesome score.
* LesYay: May Day took Zorin killing her henchgirls ''very'' personally.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: A common point of criticism is that the plot is basically a remake of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' updated to replace gold with microchips.
* MagnificentBastard: Creator/ChristopherWalken's portrayal of Zorin is really the only reason to watch this movie.
* MostAnnoyingSound: Tanya Roberts shrieking for help.
* {{Narm}}: [[spoiler:Dr. Mortner's attempt to blow up Bond with dynamite (complete with MadScientist face), followed by Bond cutting the rope tying the blimp to the Golden Gate bridge) and ...BOOM!]]
** [[spoiler: His cries of "MAAAAAAAAAX!" when Bond has Zorin on the ropes are also pretty funny, which makes one wonder of Walken's odd laugh right before he slips and falls wasn't actually a case of {{Corpsing}}]].
** To add to that, the aforementioned 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 TitleDrop has to be one of the most awkward ever.
-->'''May Day:''' ''Wow.'' What a ''view''!
-->'''Max Zorin:''' To a '''''kill!'''''
* NightmareFuel: Pola Ivanova's captured partner is shoved into a water turbine ''head first''.
** The infamous massacre of the mine workers also qualifies, to the point that it horrified ''Creator/RogerMoore''; so much so he quit the franchise.
* OneSceneWonder: Russian agent Pola Ivanova is gorgeous and fun. Pity she's out of the picture after 007 swaps the tape on her.
* RecycledScript: The story is a lot like ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', replacing gold with microchips and Fort Knox with Silicon Valley. The part where Zorin illustrates his plan to his criminal investors with a miniature model in the middle of a boardroom table and having his [[TheDragon dragon]] kill [[EvenEvilHasStandards the investor]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere who wants no part of it]] 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 prior, presumably either TimothyDalton or PierceBrosnan).
* SoBadItsGood: Pretty much everyone will agree that this is near the bottom of the heap when it comes to Bond movies, if not at the ''very'' bottom. Still, there's enough goofiness and nonsensical bits on display here that some find it quite entertaining, if not always for the right reasons.
* SpecialEffectFailure: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ResNDwq_5k 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 obvious [[DrivingADesk rear-projection shots]].
* {{Squick}}: The 57-year-old Roger Moore making out with Grace Jones. [[CreatorBacklash For what it's worth, he thought so too.]]
** Many will also point to 57-year-old Moore making out with 30-year-old Tanya Roberts in the shower at the very end, especially since he'd spent most of the film up to this point in a more parental relationship with her. (Again, Moore himself thought so too, especially after learning he was older than her ''mother'', which was one of the factors that drove him to hang up his tux after this film.) The dialog in this scene really doesn't help.
-->'''Bond''': Drat, I dropped the soap.
-->'''Stacy''': I'll get it!
-->'''Bond''': ...''THAT'' is not the soap.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee working together as secret agents! [[spoiler:Then Macnee's Godfrey gets offed criminally early.]]
** [[http://www.thefilmyap.com/2012/09/07/you-only-live-twenty-thrice-a-view-to-a-kill/ 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 ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.
* UncannyValley:
** Roger Moore's facelift.
** A pale, blonde haired Creator/ChristopherWalken.