James Bond Girls
A View to a Kill (1985)
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|Film Title/Year/Director, Bond Girl (Actress)|
A View to a Kill (1985)
Kimberley Jones (Mary Stavin)
In the pre-title credits sequence of the last Bond film starring Roger Moore, set in snow-bound Siberia in Russia, Bond had completed his mission of retrieving a microchip on the corpse of dead agent 003.
After killing off pursuing troops on skis and snowmobiles and by a helicopter, he was picked up by pretty agent Kimberley Jones (Mary Stavin) piloting a British mini-submarine disguised as an iceberg.
He had brought along beluga caviar and vodka ("rather shaken") for their tete-a-tete celebration. As the luxurious submarine surged ahead on auto-pilot, she was thrown into his arms.
He unzipped the front of her jumpsuit as she exclaimed: "Oh, Commander Bond." He charmingly replied: "Call me James. It's five days to Alaska" - and they kissed as the credits began.
Pola Ivanova (Fiona Fullerton)
As Bond (Moore) was investigating an oil-pumping station in the East Bay of greater San Francisco, part of a complex plan of the psychotic villain Zorin (Christopher Walken) to flood all of Silicon Valley and obtain a monopoly on the world's microchip market, he encountered two other Russian KGB agents attempting to blow up the pump.
When one of the divers emerged on-shore with a tape of Zorin's conversation in the control room about his devious plans, Bond tackled the diver and the top of her wetsuit came off - he was surprised to realize that she was an old Russian KGB adversary, a shapely and attractive female named Pola Ivanova (Fiona Fullerton).
Together, they drove in her Chevrolet Corvette to the Nippon Relaxation Spa, where they shared a steamy, hot soaking in a soapy jacuzzi tub. As he massaged her neck, she sighed: "That feels wonderful." He replied: "Feels even better from where I'm sitting. Would you like it harder (or hotter)?"
They spoke about a previous erotic encounter, when she was posing as a dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, and Bond had met her in her dressing room after her London performance. She admitted that she had been an agent with orders to seduce him. He knew of her identity, and had purposely sent her three dozen red roses. She responded: "Now that was a performance."
When he switched the taped music to classical and she turned up the bubbles, she exclaimed: "The bubbles tickle my -- Tchaikovsky! Ah, detente can be beautiful." He responded: "This is no time to be discussing politics."
Afterwards, as Bond showered, she took the cassette tape recording she had made of Zorin's conversation, and snuck away to an awaiting car driven by her superior General Gogol (Walter Gotell). However, she was unaware that Bond had cleverly switched tapes on her.
|A View to a Kill (1985)
May Day (Grace Jones)
May Day (Grace Jones) was the deadly, physically-intimidating henchwoman, personal bodyguard and lover of chief psychopathic villain, high-tech industrialist Max Zorin (Christopher Walken).
Bond (Moore) first observed her accompanying Zorin at the Royal Ascot racetrack in England, where their thoroughbred horse Pegasus was racing (and won due to cheating).
Shortly later, he pursued her up the Eiffel Tower after she had killed a French detective named Aubergine (Jean Rougerie) in the tower's restaurant, although she escaped by parachute and speedboat.
She also spoke to Bond at a garden party reception at Zorin's French chateau, breaking up his conversation with another Bond girl, the mysterious Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts), and adding: "Someone will take care of you." Bond quipped: "Oh, you'll see to that personally, will you?"
The humor-less, Amazonian female, possessing superhuman strength and menace, also regularly engaged in martial-arts training of Zorin - one of their sessions turned into rough love-making.
May Day was urged by Zorin to join Bond in her bedroom, when she found him naked under the sheets and inviting her to join him (Bond: "May Day, where have you been? I've been waiting for you, to 'take care of me personally'"). She quickly disrobed (by letting her workout bathrobe drop to the floor, revealing her nakedness) and then slipped into bed with him, as Bond quipped: "I see you're a woman of very few words." May Day: "What's there to say?" She was the first sexually aggressive Bond girl, evidenced by her reversal of positions - she climbed on top.
Slightly later, May Day submerged Bond's Rolls Royce car in a remote lake with the unconscious agent in the back-seat, but he survived by breathing air from the car's tires underwater.
She headed a group of all-female assassins, including Jenny Flex (Alison Doody) and Pan-Ho (Papillon Soo Soo).
Zorin's monopolistic scheme to control the microchip market, dubbed "Project Main Strike," was to flood and devastate Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area by triggering massive earthquakes.
During the concluding action, when her two colleagues were killed, May Day switched allegiances from Zorin ("And I thought that creep loved me") and joined Bond after she realized she had also been double-crossed. She helped Bond to remove a booby-trapped bomb device (set to explode and detonate other explosives, and cause massive earthquakes along the two major fault lines surrounding Silicon Valley) from the Main Strike mine and place it on a mineshaft rail-cart that she was riding on, as they pushed it out of the mine. When the handbrakes on the car malfunctioned, she chose to remain on the rail-cart, holding the brake off.
Although Bond cried out to her to jump away, she shouted to Bond: "Get Zorin for me" before dying instantly when the bomb exploded outside the mine. She had sacrificed herself to prevent ultimate disaster and defeat Zorin.
Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts)
Posing as a rich dilettante horse dealer named James St. John Smythe, Bond (Moore) first noticed gorgeous blonde Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts) when she arrived by helicopter at the luxurious French chateau-home of villainous millionaire industrialist Zorin (Christopher Walken). Bond joked: "She'd certainly bear closer inspection."
Soon after, Bond found that Zorin had written a personal check to Sutton in the amount of $5 million. At an outdoor garden party-reception for the horse buyers, with champagne in hand, Bond introduced himself to Stacey, first asking: "Are you buying or selling?" She was slightly insulted, not realizing he was referring to horses, something she wasn't interested in. Zorin noticed and summoned strong henchwoman May Day (Grace Jones) to break up their conversation: "Get her away from him." Stacey was escorted away from Bond before he could learn her name.
Much later in the film, he encountered her in San Francisco City Hall at the office of the state of California's Divisions for Oil and Mines. He trailed after her, as she drove an official Department of Conservation (Mines and Geology) vehicle to her sprawling mansion on the outskirts of the city near the San Andreas Lake Reservoir. She confronted him with a shotgun (filled with rock salt) believing he was "just another Zorin stooge" - but was convinced that he was trustworthy when he helped to waylay Zorin's thugs breaking into her home.
As heir to Sutton Oil shares (from her grandfather's California mining operation), she had been offered $5 million for the shares - to buy her silence and to drop her lawsuit against Zorin, who had taken over the operation in a rigged proxy fight. As a state geologist working in SF City Hall, she had fought Zorin, knowing that $5 million was ten times more than her shares were worth, so she decided to rip up Zorin's check, although almost bankrupted: "I'd sell everything and live in a tent before I'd give up."
After tucking her into bed for the night, Bond slept in a chair next to her, keeping watch. The next morning as she brought Bond breakfast in a skimpy nightie, they both felt a minor earth tremor (2.5 Richter) with an epicenter near Zorin's oil fields. When Bond mentioned Zorin's pumping activities with seawater, Stacey was shocked about the dangerous activity: "Those wells are in the Hayward Fault...That's incredibly dangerous." When she explained Zorin's plan to her boss W.G. Howe (Daniel Benzali) and demanded that the pumping stop, she was fired.
While, Bond and Stacey investigated records in City Hall, they seemed doomed when the building was deliberately set on fire and they were trapped in a stalled elevator. Bond saved them from the threatening fire, and from arrest by a police captain for a suspected murder (Bond had been framed by Zorin). They both fled in a fire-truck through the city's streets, causing multiple collisions.
In all their dangerous circumstances, Stacey helplessly cried out for Bond's assistance.
Next, they teamed up to infiltrate the Main Strike mine, where they found Zorin supervising the massive operation. With her geological training, Stacey explained to Bond how Zorin would cause both major fault lines in the Bay Area to move at once, thereby submerging Silicon Valley forever. When discovered in the mine, the pair were again pursued by May Day and her two henchwomen, who both lost their lives when Zorin betrayed them and detonated the bomb in the mine.
After she was taken hostage aboard Zorin's fleeing mini-airship, she helped Bond to defeat the villains atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
In the film's concluding epilogue, Bond and Stacey were showering together in her mansion's bathroom, where they were interrupted by "Q's" S.N.O.O.P.E.R. surveillance robot monitored from a nearby trailer. When "Q" was asked, "What's the position?", he replied: "007 alive...Just cleaning up a few details!"
Bond threw a towel over the robot as Stacey sighed: "Oh, James" and they sank below the shower curtain together.
(chronological, each Bond film a separate page)
Introduction | Dr. No (1962) | From Russia With Love (1963) | Goldfinger (1964) | Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) | On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) | Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Moonraker (1979) | For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983) | A View to a Kill (1985) | The Living Daylights (1987) | Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995) | Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | The World is Not Enough (1999) | Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006) | Quantum of Solace (2008) | Skyfall (2012) | Unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)