MAY DAY

Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

Steroid-enhanced guard/assassin/lover to Max Zorin (Christopher Walken), portrayed by singer Grace Jones in A View to a Kill. Wildly costumed and sporting the most unusual hairdos, May Day is one of 007’s most formidable opponents. Bond (Roger Moore) first sees her at Ascot, the elegant British horse racetrack, where she’s costumed like a character out of Alice in Wonderland—a soldier of the Red Queen, no doubt!

At the Eiffel Tower restaurant, she’s in costume again, this time impersonating a nightclub puppeteer to assassinate Bond’s French contact Aubergine (Jean Rougerie). Chased up the tower, with Bond blazing away at her with his Walther, May Day stops at the edge of one of the girders, hesitates for a split second, then jumps off the landmark, apparently to her doom. But a parachute opens (just like Bond on the Asgard in The Spy Who Loved Me), and she makes a soft landing aboard a wedding-party barge on the river Seine.

Later betrayed and double-crossed, May Day joins forces with Bond, helping him remove a huge bomb from a bed of high explosives that could cause a major earthquake in Northern California. Hustling it onto a railroad handcar, May Day remains with the bomb so that she can keep a faulty hand brake in place. It turns out to be a noble yet suicidal act, as the car explodes safely outside the mine. Her last words to Bond: “Get Zorin for me!”

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