|“I propose to the end the domination of Silicon Valley”|
A View to a Kill stars Roger Moore on his final outing as James Bond in an action packed mission to halt a sinister plan to flood California’s Silicon Valley.
Agent 007 looks into the business of a prosperous industrialist, Max Zorin (Walken), who is known to be making hi-tech computer chips. Bond learns that Zorin has a secret laboratory with evidence of genetic experiments.
Bond teams up with a luscious seismologist, Stacey Sutton (Roberts), to discover Zorin’s sinister intentions.
A catastrophic explosion is being planned in the Silicon Valley that will cause a fault to slip between the Pacific and North American plates. This will result in a devastating flood that will destroy the main computer chip companies and allow Zorin to dominate the world market.
With assistance from May Day (Jones), a henchwoman of Zorin, Bond and Stacey catch the bomb that will set off the explosions.
The film culminates in a spectacular sequence involving an air ship sailing above San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge from where Zorin is eventually defeated.
Roger Moore James Bond
Christopher Walken Max Zorin
Tanya Roberts Stacey Sutton
Grace Jones May Day
Patrick Macnee Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Patrick Bauchau Scarpine
David Yip Chuck Lee
Fiona Fullerton Pola Ivanova
Manning Redwood Bob Conley
Alison Doody Jenny Flex
Willoughby Gray Dr Carl Mortner
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Robert Brown M
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Walter Gotell General Anatol Gogol
Geoffrey Keen Minister of Defence
‘Has James Bond finally met his match?’
‘A View to a Kill’ by Duran Duran
England, France, Iceland, Switzerland, USA.
May Day: ‘Somebody will take care of you.’
Bond: ‘Oh, you'll see to that personally, will you?’
Achille Aubergine, a private detective who is investigating Zorin, met Bond for lunch in a restaurant within the Eiffel Tower.
Before he could reveal further information, he was callously killed by a puppeteer who flung a poisonous butterfly hook into his face.
Eiffel Tower Escape
Aubergine’s killer, May Day, evaded Bond in style in A View to a Kill by parachuting from the Eiffel Tower and then leading him on a dramatic chase through the Paris streets.
Each of Zorin’s racehorses had microchips inserted in them which produced a steroid shot and allowed the horses to always finish first.
Sir Godfrey Tibbett
Working undercover as a chauffeur for Bond, Tibbett was an MI6 agent on a mission with 007 to investigate Zorin’s use of steroids in his racehorses. Before he can relay his findings to M, he is strangled by the menacing May Day.
James Bond visited Zorin’s magnificent countryside chateau to see if he could discover additional information about his successful racehorses.
Château de Chantilly in France
He posed as a horse buyer, James St. John Smythe, but the deception didn’t last for long. Zorin soon exposed him and arranged a deadly horse trial for Bond on a show jumping field. Surviving the ordeal, 007 was knocked unconscious and was nearly drowned in a lake.
The wild lover for Zorin, May Day, was an expert in martial arts and a natural killer. Ever loyal to Zorin, she was ultimately betrayed, and eventually assisted Bond.
She sacrifices her life by moving the bomb to safety in Project Main Strike. This stopped a deadly earthquake from occurring and the resulting flooding of Silicon Valley.
Stacey gave crucial support to 007 in the A View to a Kill mission. She was a beautiful geologist working for a state department in California that regulated mining and oil firms.
Tanya Roberts is Stacey Sutton
Stacey helped out in determining the finer points of Zorin’s plan to create an earthquake. She was previously wealthy, but Zorin had taken over Sutton Oil, a company set up by her grandfather, and left with little aside from her lavish home.
Zorin had formerly been an agent for the KGB, but was now an extremely clever and vastly well-off businessman. He came up with the cunning idea of wiping out Silicon Valley in California, the location of 80% of the world's microchips.
The psychotic Zorin was a result of a Nazi genetic experiment in World War II and his increase in wealth and power over time led him to come up with Project Main Strike. This would give him global control over the production of microchips.
Zorin and May Day had a fiercely passionate relationship, possibly due to their shocking background. However, Zorin had an extreme desire for supremacy and subsequently had little loyalty left for his lover.
Christopher Walken and Grace Jones
When Zorin flooded the mine to be used for Project Main Strike, May Day was not informed and nearly drowned - she sought instant revenge.
San Francisco City Hall
A major scene in A View to a Kill was at San Francisco’s City Hall. Zorin started a damaging fire here to ruin damning evidence against him, and to give Stacey and Bond a cruel death.
After an astonishing escape they took off in a fire engine with Stacey showing remarkable flair with her impressive driving skills under pressure. They evaded police in a spectacular chase sequence through the San Francisco streets.
Project Main Stroke
Zorin held a conference with various businessmen of the criminal world on board his airship where he presented Project Main Stroke.
They bought into the scheme by paying Zorin $100 million each. Anyone against the proposal was ejected from the airship.
Project Main Strike in A View to a Kill
After Zorin flooded his mine and fled in his private airship he was rather happy with his work. Deep beneath the surface within his mine site, an enormous bomb was about to be detonated.
The largest earthquake in California’s history was about to occur. The hub of global microchip manufacturing in Silicon Valley would be obliterated with millions of people killed.
However, Stacey Sutton and James Bond were about to halt Zorin’s insidious intentions. With the superb assistance of May Day they would achieve their goal.
In A View to a Kill, the villain’s main form of transport is by private airship. It’s also his getaway vehicle once Bond spoils his cunning plans.
Max Zorin's Airship
When 007 ties a mooring rope to a strut of the Golden Gate Bridge, the airship is brought to a halt, triggering the ultimate clash between Zorin and Bond.
Dr. Carl Mortner
Mortner was a previous Nazi scientist and wicked mastermind in A View to a Kill who assisted Zorin with his steroid knowledge on racehorses.
He had injected pregnant women with steroids during World War II in an attempt to produce intelligent individuals. The babies that survived had high intelligence quotients, but were psychotic.
Security chief for Zorin, Scarpine enjoyed helping his boss out. Along with his evil counterparts he was killed at the final hurdle.
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