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Heartwarming / A View to a Kill

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Oh, James...

  • Say what you will about Stacey Sutton (like the difference in age between her actress Tanya Roberts and Roger Moore), but she does allow Bond to show his softer side for the camera.
    • The scene where he makes dinner for her is surprisingly sensitive and romantic by the standards of the franchise. Later, he fixes her phone line, and upon entering the room, he finds Stacey in a seductive robe sleeping. Instead of waking her up and trying to seduce her, Bond covers her with the blanket. All this serves as a sweet contrast to his Jerkassery in his first films.
    • And the next morning, when we see that he sat up all night in a chair with the shotgun to make sure she's safe. Stacey reciprocates by making him breakfast.
    • But by far the best comes when Bond and Sutton are trapped in the burning city hall building. Bond has a way out and makes his escape, and has every option to leave Sutton behind. She's not important, she's not relevant to his mission of stopping Zorin, and helping her would only slow him down... but he does it anyway. And not only does he do it, risking his own life, but he carries her down the ladder over his shoulder, with the film's theme blaring as a triumphant fanfare and a crowd cheering below. Bond may be many things, a womaniser, a gambler, a heavy drinker and a killer but, like it or not, he is still a goddam hero.
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    • After discovering that Bond is a secret agent and he says she can trust him, Stacey doesn't even doubt it, and immediately turns on the fire truck's siren they are fleeing (it's a long story...), giving him a huge smile.
    • The expression of surprise and happiness on Stacey's face when she finds out that Bond survived the explosion of Zorin's plan.
    • After defeating the villains and being trapped over the Golden Gate Bridge, Bond makes a joke to distract Stacey from the situation, and she laughs.
    • The final scene with Bond and Stacey making love in the shower, after all the horrible things that happened to them over the course of the movie, can be a sweet ending to the Roger Moore era.
  • Once it's safe for Bond to drop his Mean Boss disguise, he and Tibbet have some witty banter where Bond displays a sense of fondness for his erstwhile partner. 
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  • Bond is furious to learn of the death of Sir Godfrey Tibbett, a person he has only known for a few days. He makes a point of telling Zorin that this was a huge mistake...
  • Stacey's grandfather (who is described as once being a Boisterous Bruiser) gets in one last knockout from beyond the grave.
  • Conley standing up to Zorin to try and keep him from killing Conley's miners, and May Day providing a surprisingly noble final scene for the Corrupt Corporate Executive.


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