A View To A Kill (1985)
Cast & Characters
Millionaire psychopath Max Zorin is the mastermind behind
a scheme to destroy Silicon Valley in order to gain control
over the international microchip market. With the countdown
ticking toward a cataclysmic disaster, James Bond must stop
this madman from achieving his goal.
UK: 13th June 1985 (PG)
USA: 24th May 1985 (PG)
World Premiere: 22nd May 1985 (Palace of Fine Arts, San
UK TV Premiere: 31st January 1990, ITV
US TV Premiere: 5th November 1987, ABC
Running Time: 127 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $152.4m
US Box Office: $50.3m
US Admissions: 14.1 million
UK Box Office: N/A
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
Director: John Glen
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Michael G Wilson
Composer: John Barry
Siberia, Russia; London, UK; Ascot, UK; Paris and rural
France; San Francisco and the Bay Area, USA.
Bond is in Siberia along with lots of Soviet ski troops
who are after the same thing; a microchip on concealed on
the snow covered body of a dead 00 agent. Bond is discovered
and the scene turns into a running gun battle until he manages
to steal snowmobile, which does not last long. After shaking
off enemies and destroying a helicopter with a flare gun,
the scene draws to an end with Bond entering a mini sub
that is disguised as an iceberg. Bond finds a female accomplice
inside and produces caviar and vodka for the long sail home.
The title is taken from an Ian Fleming short story. Producers announced
the film following Octopussy would be "From A View To A Kill",
but dropped Fleming's "From" during production. The line
is uttered by the villain as he presides over Silicon Valley from
Cut Scenes & Alternate
A deleted scene presented on the DVD shows 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", an ink pen filled with
acid, and a cigarette lighter that's a flame thrower.
The BBFC requested cuts to the film in 1985 for cinema
exhibition, and this cut version was subsequently released
on both video and DVD in the UK. Two kicks to the crotch
were removed, and the image of a nude woman in the opening
titles was altered to mask her nudity.
Producer Albert R. Broccoli later stated that the production
suffered from studio budget cuts. One major scene that got
the chop prior to shooting featured Q in the field with
his "snooper" robot investigating Zorin's pumping
May Day: "Someone will take care of you!"
Bond: "You'll see to that personally will you?"
When Stacey breaks a vase containing her grandfather's ashes
over a thug's head, there are no ashes inside.
Christopher Walken is the only actor with an Oscar to have played
a Bond villain.
"Bond, James Bond": 2
As voted in MI6's Fan Verdict poll
JAMES BOND WILL RETURN [IN "THE LIVING
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