A View to a Kill

Trivia: This is Sir Roger Moore's least favourite Bond movie of the seven in which he appeared. He thought the movie was too violent and that he was too old to play the role. Moore also said that he felt there was no chemistry between him and Tanya Roberts, and had a genuine dislike for Grace Jones.

Trivia: The disclaimer, "Neither the name Zorin nor any other name or character in this film is meant to portray a real company or actual person" was added after the producers discovered a real company known as Zoran Ladicorbic Ltd, whose industry was fashion design. This is the first Bond film to begin with a disclaimer.

Trivia: From "A View To A Kill" onward, the film's successor was no longer announced on the credits, replaced instead with "James Bond Will Return".

Trivia: The lines "What a view," and "To a kill," were once subtitled in Sweden as "What a view," and "Yeah, Tokyo."

Trivia: The San Francisco city council did not allow Zorin's death (falling from the Golden Gate) to be shot for fear that it might "inspire" suicides, so optical tricks had to be used.

Trivia: The film marked the last time that Lois Maxwell appeared as "Miss Moneypenny" in the Bond films. She had appeared in every Bond picture since 1962's "Dr. No", the only cast member to have done so.

Trivia: Mary Stavin, who plays Kimberley Jones in the pre-credits sequence, won the Miss World title in 1977. She had previously played one of Octopussy's girls in "Octopussy".

Trivia: This film holds the record for the least amount of screen time that a lead actor has ever appeared on screen in the role he is credited for. Due to Roger Moore's age, eight different stand-ins/ stunt-people were employed during filming to play the role of 'Bond', along with Moore himself.

Trivia: Duran Duran's theme tune from the film became the first Bond film theme to top the U.S. Billboard charts.

Trivia: As already mentioned, this is Lois Maxwell's last film as Miss Moneypenny. However, before she left, she approached the film makers to suggest she come back playing the role of M. The makers declined, saying they didn't think a woman could play M. Ten years later Judi Dench took over the role.

Trivia: At the end of the film, General Gogol is seen with an Order of Lenin medal for Bond in M's office. The Order of Lenin is a real medal and entitles the owner free parking in Red Square on weekends.

Trivia: The voice heard over the loudspeaker at San Francisco City Hall is that of the producer, Michael G. Wilson.

Trivia: When Grace Jones screams during the mine sequence when sparks fly around her, her screams are for real. Jones did not know that the electric cables around her would go off as a special effect for the scene.

Trivia: When Bond and Stacey come out of the shack at Silicon Valley, he says to her "Pity you couldn't find one that fits." Roger Moore ad-libbed this line.

Trivia: Several crew members were nearly killed when the Iceberg sub from the pre-title sequence flipped over.

Trivia: In order to reduce production costs, Max Zorin's airship only had a logo painted on one side.

Continuity mistake: When Zorin is trying to break into the shed where Bond is, just after he's worked out what time high tide is, the door rattles, dropping a hard hat onto the ground, but leaving a red/yellow light/reflector hanging, quite securely. The door lock is also pointing down and right. A couple of shots later, without the door being rattled forcibly again, there's nothing hanging behind it, and the door lock is pointing right. (01:42:15)

Jon Sandys Premium member

More mistakes in A View to a Kill
More quotes from A View to a Kill

Question: When Bond gets trapped underwater, could it be possible for him to survive using the air in the tyres?

Darth Crucible

Chosen answer: The Mythbusters tested that very thing on their show. The result was that it was impossible to breathe in air from a leaking tire while underwater.

raywest Premium member

More questions & answers from A View to a Kill

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.