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  • Awesome, Dear Boy: In a interview made during the production, when asked about the "personality, brains and acting talent" of Bond Girls, Tanya Roberts said that the James Bond scripts "don't give you that king of room to manoeuvre. People don't go to the Bond films to see characterisation. Why should they?". In the same interview, she also said that, despite this, she was a big fan of the franchise.
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  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The opening song is still a permanent fixture in Duran Duran's set list over thirty years later, despite the film being widely considered as one of the weakest of the James Bond series.
  • California Doubling:
    • Averted, as the entire second act was filmed on location in San Francisco. The crew even got permission to do an on-location simulated burning of City Hall with gas jets. Stacey Sutton's house is the real life Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland.
    • Inversion: Zorin's 'Main Strike' mine, supposedly in California, was filmed at Amberley Working Museum in West Sussex, England.
    • For the pre-credits scene, Iceland doubled for Siberia.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Moving Target (Italy)
    • Dangerously Yours (Canada & France) note 
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    • A Panorama To Kill (Spain)
    • Dangerous Mission (Belgium)
    • Operation: Moving Target (Greece)
    • In The Face of Death (West Germany)
    • Murder In The Eyes (Hebrew/Israel)
    • The Beautiful Prey (Japan)
    • Living Target (Sweden)
    • 007: In The Aim Of The Assassins (or 007 At The Aim Of The Killers)/The Preview To A Death (Latin America)
    • 007 In The Target Of The Assassins (Portugal and Brazil)
    • 007 And A View Of Death (or 007 And The Look of Death) (Finland)
    • Agent 007 In The Line Of Fire (Denmark)
    • The Prospect of Death (Czech Republic)
    • Death-Sprint (Hungary)
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Roger Moore considered A View to a Kill the worst film of his 12-year tenure as James Bond and a bit of an Old Shame. He admitted that he was too old for the role and should have left the franchise a few years earlier, being particularly uncomfortable acting with actresses with half of his age (Tanya Roberts was 28 years younger than him). In addition, Moore was also horrified by the violence of the scene where Zorin brutally murdered the workers of the mine.
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    • John Barry reportedly didn't like the producers' idea of having a pop-rock band performing the title song.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • The script says May Day is 28 years old. Grace Jones was 37 at the time of the film's release.
    • The script says Max Zorin is in his late thirties. Christopher Walken was 42 at the time of the film's release.
    • Averted by Stacey Sutton, who is described in the script to be in her early thirties, which matches Tanya Roberts, who was 30 years old at the time of this film's release.
    • James Bond is supposed to be between 35 and 40 years in the novels and most of the movies. Roger Moore was 57 years old at the time of this film's release.
  • Deleted Scene: Several:
    • Bond being bailed out of a Paris jail by M following his taxi chase of May Day. The scene shows Bond collecting his personal effects, including the wristwatch with garrote wire from From Russia with Love, the ink pen filled with acid from Octopussy, and a cigarette lighter that's a flame thrower.
    • Bond observing Zorin's pumping station.
    • Stacey getting fired by her boss, who refuses to believe her accusations against Zorin. Stacey is shocked, but Bond comforts her and curses her boss.
    • Zorin and his henchmen arriving at city hall right after Bond and Stacey.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When May Day screams during the mine sequence when sparks fly around her, her screams are for real. Grace Jones didn't know that sparks would go off from the electric cables around her as a special effect for the scene.
  • Fake Nationality: Chinese-British David Yip as American Chuck Lee, British Willoughby Gray as German Doctor Carl Mortner, American Christopher Walken as the German origins-Zorin, and Jamaican Grace Jones as American May Day (who doesn't even bother with an American accent).
  • Fake Russian: The KGB agent Pola Ivanova is played by a Brit born in Nigeria, Fiona Fullerton. General Gogol, as usual, is played by German-born Walter Gotell. Swedish-born Dolph Lundgren (Grace Jones' boyfriend at the time) makes a cameo appearance as a KGB agent.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything. So I will say nothing about Grace Jones.
    • He and the crew also did not get along with Tanya Roberts due to her diva-like behavior. For example, when she and Bond have to steal a set of miner's overalls in order to infiltrate the Big Bad's operation, Roberts refused to film the scene until she had a pair of custom-made overalls that flattered her figure. When Bond sees her and says "Pity you couldn't find one that fits", that was an ad-lib from Moore, lampshading the unlikelihood of there being many petite-framed women working in a mine. The dirty look she gave him was real, and the producers kept the scene as a Take That! to her entitled attitude.
      • That said, both actresses praised Moore in later interviews, and lamented the news of his death.
    • According to John Taylor, the title song was written at a point where Duran Duran were falling apart. Due to their acrimony, John Barry got frustrated working with them.
  • Market-Based Title: The French title, Dangereusement Vôtre (Dangerously Yours) was inspired by the Completely Different Title of the Roger Moore series The Persuaders!, which was a smash hit in France back in the day. Said title was Amicalement Vôtre (Friendly Yours). A View to a Kill doesn't translate that well in French.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Christopher Walken was a lifelong 007 fan, having been impressed with Robert Shaw in From Russia with Love (which probably explains the hair).
    • Jon Taylor of Duran Duran was also a fan. He approached Albert R. Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?"
  • Reality Subtext: Zorin's "Main Strike" is scheduled to happen on the 22nd, the same day as the Kennedy assassination; the Texan oil driller Conley is a reference to Texan Governor Connally, who was also shot but survived; and Sir Godfrey Tibbet is a reference to JD Tibbet, the policeman Lee Harvey Oswald was originally arrested for shooting.
  • Recycled Script: The story is a lot like 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 dragon kill the investor who wants no part of it is a dead giveaway.
  • Refitted for Sequel: The assassination via poisoned butterfly and leap from the Eiffel Tower appeared in early drafts for Moonraker.
  • Star-Derailing Role: Tanya Roberts spent the first half of the 80s as a sex symbol in TV series and movies like Charlie's Angels, The Beastmaster and Sheena. She believed that A View to a Kill would be her last blockbuster and that she would win more serious roles after that. However, her performance as Stacey Sutton made this the first Bond movie to get nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award. That added with the negative reviews essentially drowned her cinematic career immediately. A View to a Kill ended up being the last successful film of her career, and the only remarkable job she had after that was in That '70s Show, from 1998 until 2004. She retired from acting in 2005.
  • Throw It In!:
    • When Stacey comes out of the shack in Silicon Valley wearing a pair of coveralls, Bond comments "Pity you couldn't find one that fits" and Stacey gives him a dirty look. This scene was not in the script. Roger Moore ad-libbed the line and Tanya Roberts' reaction was genuine; because Tanya Roberts had refused to film the scene until the wardrobe department made her a pair of custom-fitted coveralls that would look flattering on her. And, because Roberts was so difficult to work with, John Glen decided to leave it in.
    • In the scene where May Day disrobes before sleeping with Bond, Grace Jones wore a diseased-looking strap-on dildo into the scene just to mess with Moore. His reaction is genuine.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Between the Duran Duran theme song, Tanya Roberts' feathery bangs, and Grace Jones playing a major villain, this is by far the most 80's Bond film released in the decade. (There's also Silicon Valley being the main target screaming out "hey, it's the computer age!" and, for the nerds, Stacey's Apple IIc.)
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.

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