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A View to a Kill (1985)

An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.

Director:

John Glen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Gogol
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Storyline

James Bond has one more mission. Bond returns from his travels in the U.S.S.R. with a computer chip. This chip is capable of withstanding a nuclear electromagnetic pulse that would otherwise destroy a normal chip. The chip was created by Zorin Industries, and Bond heads off to investigate its owner, Max Zorin. Zorin may only seem like an innocent man, but is really planning to set off an earthquake in San Andreas, which will wipe out all of Silicon Valley. As well as Zorin, Bond must also tackle May Day and equally menacing companion of Zorin, while dragging Stacy Sutton along for the ride. Written by simon

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Adventure Above And Beyond All Other Bonds See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A View to a Kill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,294,435, 27 May 1985

Gross USA:

$50,327,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,627,960
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The title song for this movie, "Dance Into the Fire (A View To A Kill)", was the last song recorded by Duran Duran before the band briefly split up. According to the sleeve notes for the CD soundtrack, as a joke, Composer John Barry used the melody from this song in the score for the scene where James Bond and Stacy Sutton escape from the fire in San Francisco City Hall. Lead singer Simon Le Bon shares a surname with Sir Otto Le Bon, an ancestor of James Bond mentioned in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). At the end of the music video for this song, Simon Le Bon says: "Bon. Simon Le Bon" similar to famous Bond catchphrase of the film franchise. Coincidentally, the Danish title for the James Bond movie Thunderball (1965) was actually called "Agent 007 Into The Fire." See more »

Goofs

When James's car was pushed into the water, the windows were clearly open but when he opened the door under water to get out, they were closed. See more »

Quotes

[Bond is dangling from an unlocked fire engine ladder]
James Bond: Turn!
[Stacey turns]
James Bond: Not this way! That way!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits disclaimer "Neither the name 'Zorin' nor any other name or character in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" appears right before the gunbarrel opening sequence. It was added after producers discovered a real company run by a person named "Zoran." See more »

Alternate Versions

The BBFC originally saw the film in a rough cut form, and requested cuts to remove two groin kicks during the fight in the packing room. The cuts were duly made. When the film was officially submitted to the BBFC the only edit required was a slight darkening of the opening credits to mask a single shot of a partially nude woman. All releases of the film around the world have featured this original cut UK version, and no uncut version exists. See more »

Connections

Follows Thunderball (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Four Seasons - Spring
(uncredited)
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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This Film is often Under-Rated, Better Than others over Time
26 August 2005 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

While Ian Fleming created a great character in 007, time is wilting away the logic to a lot of the plots to the early films in this series. While this one still has touches of the Cold War Theme, the plot actually holds up better over time than some of the other films. In fact, this film does very well with the location shots being scenic including the Eifel Tower & Golden Gate Bridge in the same film.

Even though Flemming's material is long gone by this time the plot in this film actually holds together quite well. Actually, in a way the plot borrows on the plot of Goldfinger replacing Gold with sand. This does hold the film together quite well. The biggest problem with this film is Tanya Roberts, on my list the second worst Bond girl. Trouble is there is nothing good to balance her here & since her poor performance dominates the film, we are stuck with her here.

(In case your wondering, the worst Bond Girl of the entire series is Lynn-Holly Johnson. In FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Lynn proved she can't act, & couldn't even be a believable skater even though in real life she is one. Carol Bouquet balances her off because she is one of the best Bond women ever, because without her, Lynn would have killed the series off for Moore sooner.) Christopher Walken is good as the heavy in this. Grace Jones does a good turn as "Mayday" also.

Roberts is the reason this ended Roger Moore's reign as 007. Maybe this is a good thing, but I wish they could re-shoot it with another better actress (not Johnson) because this film is good. The scenery is good, and the rest of the cast brings this off well. The stunts in this one are top notch too. This film grows on you when you watch it. There are times when Moore's advanced age shows up plainly though.


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