Max Zorin (Christopher Walken)
Max Zorin played by Christopher Walken
Born in Queens, New York, USA on 31st March 1943
Starred In A View To A Kill (1985)
Zorin is first seen when he picks up May Day after she has jumped off the Eiffel Tower, and then during the horse race. Bond doesn't meet Zorin however until he visits his Château in France alongside Sir Godfrey Tibbett to investigate Zorin's connections with the KGB. When May Day identifies Bond as the man at the Eiffel Tower, Zorin makes a number of unsuccessful attempts to kill Bond.
After overhearing a conversation at Zorin's oil pumping station courtesy of Pola Invanova, Bond learns Zorin is planning something in the form of project main strike, but does not know the details.
Zorin later discovers Bond is still alive when he catches him and Stacey Sutton at City Hall trying to find out more information about his plans. After defying another murder attempt, Bond escapes with Stacey.
After managing to stop Zorin's plan, Bond grabs hold of the airships mooring rope after Zorin kidnaps Stacey Sutton. In a great sequence, Bond and Zorin fight atop the Golden Gate Bridge where Zorin underestimates Bonds skill, consequently he pays the price when he falls to his death a long way below.
Max Zorin is born from experiments conducted in Nazi concentration camps. Run by Dr Carl Mortner, these were an attempt to produce super-intelligent offspring by giving the mother steroids whilst pregnant. While few children survived, the side effects of the experiment were that the children were psychotic, Max Zorin no exception.
A leading French industrialist in charge of Zorin Industries, Zorin breaks his ties as a KGB agent to pursue his own desires for domination – project main strike. He plans to cause a series of devastating earthquakes along various fault lines in California, submerging Silicon Valley forever. With a number of business partners (having to pay a very large sum of money for the privilege), Zorin would then gain a world monopoly in computer microchips.
A ruthless merciless businessman, Zorin eliminates anyone who doesn't agree with him or gets in his way. While he has a seemingly imitate and close relationship with May Day, he also doesn't appear to have any problems to leaving May Day (and his mine workers) to drown. §