A View to a Kill (1985): Bond No. 14, Starring Roger Moore in Seventh (and Last) Time

The fourteenth feature in the James Bond series, A View to a Kill marks the seventh and final appearance of Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond.

Though the title is adapted from Ian Fleming’s 1960 short story, “From a View to a Kill,” the film relies on original screenplay.

The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who also wrote the screenplay with Richard Maibaum.

It was the third Bond film to be directed by John Glen, and the last to feature Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, who complained about Moore’s advanced age, it was a commercial success.

The Duran Duran theme song “A View to a Kill” performed well in the charts, becoming the only song to reach #1 on the “Billboard Hot 100.”

In A View to a Kill, Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California’s Silicon Valley.

MI6 agent James Bond is sent to Siberia to locate the body of 003 and recover a Soviet microchip. Q analyzes the microchip designed to withstand an electromagnetic pulse, made by government contractor Zorin Industries.

Bond visits Ascot Racecourse to observe the company’s owner, Max Zorin. Sir Godfrey Tibbett, a racehorse trainer and MI6 agent, believes Zorin’s winning horses are drugged, though tests proved negative.

Through Tibbett Bond meets with French private detective Achille Aubergine, who informs him about Zorin’s horse sale. During their dinner at the Eiffel Tower, Aubergine is assassinated by Zorin’s bodyguard May Day, who then escapes.

Bond and Tibbett travel to Zorin’s estate, and Bond notices a woman visiting Zorin, who has written her a cheque for $5 million.

At night, Bond and Tibbett break into Zorin’s laboratory, where he is implanting adrenaline-releasing devices in his horses. Zorin identifies Bond, has May Day assassinate Tibbett, and attempts to have Bond killed. General Gogol of the KGB confronts Zorin for killing Bond without permission, revealing that Zorin was initially trained and financed by the KGB but has now gone rogue.

Zorin unveils to  investors his plan to destroy Silicon Valley, which will give him—and them—monopoly over microchip manufacture.

Bond goes to San Francisco and meets with CIA agent Chuck Lee, who claims Zorin is the product of medical experimentation with steroids performed by Dr. Carl Mortner, a Nazi scientist who is now Zorin’s physician.

Bond investigates nearby oil rig owned by Zorin, and finds KGB agent Pola Ivanova recording conversations and her partner placing explosives on the rig. Ivanova’s partner is caught and killed, but Ivanova and Bond escape. Later Ivanova takes the recording, but finds that Bond had switched tapes.

Bond tracks down State Geologist Stacey Sutton, the woman Zorin attempted to pay off, and discovers that Zorin is trying to buy her family oil business.

The two travel to San Francisco City Hall to check Zorin’s submitted plans. However, Zorin, who has been alerted, kills the Chief Geologist and Lee, and sets fire to the building to frame Bond for the murders. Bond and Stacey escape in fire engine when the police try to arrest him.

Bond and Stacey infiltrate Zorin’s mine, discovering his plot to detonate explosives beneath the lakes along the Hayward and San Andreas faults, which will cause floods and submerge Silicon Valley forever.

A larger bomb is also in the mine to destroy a “geological lock” that prevents the two faults from moving simultaneously. Zorin and his security chief Scarpine flood the mines and kill the workers. Stacey escapes while Bond fights May Day; when she realizes Zorin abandoned her, she helps Bond remove the larger bomb, putting the device onto a handcar, where it explodes and kills her.

Escaping in his airship with Scarpine and Mortner, Zorin abducts Stacey while Bond grabs hold of the airship’s mooring rope. Bond manages to moor the airship to the framework of the Golden Gate Bridge. Stacey attacks Zorin to save Bond, and in the fracas, Mortner and Scarpine are temporarily knocked out.

Stacey flees and joins Bond out on the bridge, but Zorin follows them with an ax. The fight between Zorin and Bond culminates with Zorin falling to his death. Mortner attempts to attack Bond with dynamite, but Bond cuts the airship free, causing Mortner to drop the dynamite in the cabin, blowing up the airship and killing him and Scarpine.

General Gogol wishes to award Bond the Order of Lenin for foiling Zorin’s scheme, but M reports that he is missing.

At Stacey’s home, Q sends a remote-controlled surveillance robot in to search the residence, whereupon it discovers Bond in the bathroom with Stacey.

Cast
Roger Moore as James Bond, MI6 agent 007

Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton, granddaughter of oil tycoon whose company is taken over by Zorin.

Grace Jones as May Day, Zorin’s lover and chief henchwoman.

Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett, Bond’s ally, horse trainer who helps him infiltrate Zorin’s stables.

Christopher Walken as Max Zorin: a psychopathic industrialist, the product of a Nazi genetic experiment, who plans to destroy Silicon Valley to gain a monopoly in the microchip market.

Patrick Bauchau as Scarpine, Zorin’s murderous loyal associate.

David Yip as Chuck Lee, CIA agent, assisting Bond and Sutton in San Francisco.

Desmond Llewelyn as Q, MI6 officer in charge research and development branch. He supplies 007 with equipment.

Robert Brown as M, the head of MI6.

Walter Gotell as General Gogol, the head of the KGB.

Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, M’s secretary.

Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray, British Minister of Defence.

Willoughby Gray as Dr. Carl Mortner, formerly Hans Glaub, a Nazi scientist and father figure to Zorin (in the German version, he is a Polish communist).

Manning Redwood as Bob Conley, Zorin’s chief mining engineer who handles oil interests on the East Bay.

Alison Doody as Jenny Flex, May Day’s assistant, often seen with Pan Ho.

Papillon Soo Soo as Pan Ho, May Day’s assistant

Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanova, KGB agent sent by Gogol to spy on Zorin.

Dolph Lundgren as Venz, a KGB henchman.