Stacey Sutton

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Stacey Sutton
James Bond character
Stacey Sutton by Tanya Roberts.jpg
Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton
Portrayed by Tanya Roberts
Information
Gender Female
Affiliation State of California
Owner of Sutton Oil
Classification Bond girl

Stacey Sutton is a fictional character in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. She is played by actress Tanya Roberts.

Biography[edit]

Stacey Sutton is the granddaughter of a California oil tycoon. She lives at Dunsmuir House, handed down to her from her paternal side. As heir apparent, Stacey was in line to take over the company her grandfather left her father. However, Sutton Oil was taken over by billionaire Max Zorin when Sutton's father died. Sutton is locked in a lawsuit against Zorin regarding ownership of the oil company. Because of her protracted legal battles with Zorin she has sold much of the house's furnishings. She works as a geologist for the state of California at San Francisco City Hall, under an official named Howe.

Sutton first appears at Max Zorin's mansion near Paris, where he is holding a high prestige horse sale. James Bond suspects foul play when he eavesdrops on Zorin writing her a cheque for $5 million. He later approaches her, and Sutton is initially suspicious.

Bond and Sutton meet again when she is about to be attacked by Zorin's henchmen sent to frighten her into accepting his $5 million check. She tears up the check, determined to fight harder rather than accept Zorin's bribe to give up her shares and drop her law suit. They team up after Sutton learns from Bond that Zorin is pumping sea water into oil wells. When Sutton tries to bring this to Howe's attention, she is fired and realizes the depth of Zorin's influence.

Zorin and Mayday capture Sutton and Bond at City Hall and frame them for murdering Howe. They trap Sutton and Bond in an elevator and set the elevator shaft on fire. Sutton and Bond escape the burning building. They steal a fire truck when officers on scene attempt to detain them for Howe's murder.

Bond and Sutton enter Zorin's mine undetected and discover Zorin put sea water into oil wells to submerge the Hayward and San Andreas faults. They realize Zorin plans to detonate both faults where they converge, flooding Silicon Valley in a double earthquake. This would allow Zorin to create his own microchip monopoly in the booming computer industry.

After a detonator and explosives are set far below where the two faults meet, Zorin destroys the upper part of the mine by blasting through an above lake with a smaller set of bombs. He shoots his fleeing workers and leaves the rest, including Mayday, to drown. Sutton and Bond are separated when Bond falls with Mayday into the rising water. Mayday is furious Zorin left her to die and helps Bond move the detonator clear of the mine with a handcart. She willingly gives her life by driving the handcart outside the mine where it detonates in Zorin's sight under his airship.

Sutton climbs out of the mine through an upright shaft and is lifted by Zorin onto the airship. Bond grabs a mooring rope and clings to it as the airship heads for the Golden Gate Bridge. Zorin attempts to kill Bond by flying against bridge, but Bond anchors the ship to the bridge's framework, trapping it. Sutton knocks out Scarpine, hits Glaub, and tumbles out of the airship. Bond grabs her hand and she is able to gain footing on the framework under him. Zorin jumps onto the framework with an ax and swings at Bond, but he eventually loses his balance and falls off the bridge to his death. Glaub attempts to avenge Zorin by throwing lit dynamite at Bond and Sutton, but before he can take aim, Bond cuts the mooring rope with Zorin's ax. The airship, still under power, lurches upward and the sudden motion causes Glaub and the explosives to fall backwards into the cabin. Glaub and Scarpine fumble in a panic but are unable to toss the dynamite and are killed. Sutton and Bond are safe from the explosion.

Stacey and Bond are found personally by MI6 in the shower kissing in the shower. Although Bond is believed to have perished in the fight with Zorin, Q finds the two lovers using a remote-controlled robot camera. Bond throws a towel over the robot camera, and Q reports to his superiors that 007 is alive and "cleaning up a few details. "

Reception[edit]

In 2006 Entertainment Weekly ranked Sutton as the second worst Bond girl.[1] Dose ranks her as the sixth best Bond girl.[2] Roger Moore has stated many times that he thought there was little or no chemistry between their characters. In his autobiography Moore said of Tanya Roberts "If you can't say anything good about someone, don't say anything at all...I won't say anything".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rich, Joshua (10 November 2006). "The 10 Worst Bond Girls". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton, A View to a Kill (1985) – Top 10 Bond Girls, DOSE.CA". 

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