September 25, 2004
Greedy businessmen are always looking for a way to gain a monopoly on their own particular market. In the case of Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) and Zorin Industries, it's computer microchips. And what better way to eliminate your competition - namely, California's Silicon Valley - than to arrange things so the Earth will swallow them whole? If it's good enough for Lex Luthor, I'd say it's good enough for Max Zorin.
Project Main Strike is a little idea concocted by Zorin to initiate earthquakes along major fault lines, resulting in devastation for Zorin competitors and an incredible market share for Zorin Industries. Well, if there's one man in the world who can save these United States companies from doom, it's... a British Secret Agent. James Bond (Roger Moore) is on the case, tracking Zorin and his associates, like the heart attack on two legs, May Day (Grace Jones). Bond is discovered and while Zorin orders numerous attacks on his life, Bond survives nonetheless.
Eventually, Agent 007 finds himself facing a decision: go after the bomb, or Zorin. May Day tragically changes sides too late - "And I thought that creep loved me!" - sacrificing herself to move the bomb away from the target area and dying in the resulting blast. Already making his getaway, Zorin takes flight in his own blimp, heading toward San Francisco Bay. Bond naturally finds a way to tag along, and before you know it, he's duking it out with Zorin on top of the Golden Gate Bridge. In the end, a French Industrialist is no match for a British Secret Agent (no matter how old both of them are) and Zorin perishes after a long fall.
Max Zorin is actually the product of bad genetic engineering, the result of Nazi experiments to make highly intelligent babies. The side effects, however, made them psychotic as well. Zorin has parlayed those smarts into creating an internationally successful business, but his psychotic side pushes his greed to far. Zorin goes so far as to kill competitors rather than subvert them through honorable ways, and as long as his actions make him another dollar, the ends will always justify the means.
INTELLIGENCE - 8: Superintelligent yet psychotic; his strategies are powerful but usually morally wrong and/or illegal.
POWER - 4: Physically, he is an average older man. Those Nazi experiments didn't give him superstrength too.
VILENESS - 10: Every Bond villain has got to have great bodyguards to do the killin', but Zorin sure does enjoy killing people too.
SWAY - 9: He is eccentric, highly confident, and prepared for anything. Difficult to intimidate.
PURITY - 10: The bottom line is what's important, and no one - not even dear May Day - is worth more than that.
PHYSICAL - 4: The high life affords Zorin the opportunity to dress extremely well. But he wouldn't want to get his suit dirty.
Posted by Destro at September 25, 2004 07:08 PM