Max Zorin View To A Kill: Maximillian Zorin is a fictitious character who appears as the major adversary in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. He is also the son of a Russian spy. Christopher Walken is the actor that plays him.
Zorin was born in Dresden near the close of World War II, shortly after which the city became a part of Soviet-controlled East Germany. Later, he relocated to France, where he established himself as a successful businessman in the energy trading field before switching into the electronics industry and operating on the microchip market.
As reported in a briefing by M and Frederick Gray, Zorin appears to be an apparently ardent anti-communist who wields considerable power in the French administration. The film subsequently reveals that he was the offspring of Nazi medical experiments conducted during World War II, in which pregnant women were injected with large quantities of steroids in an attempt to create “super-children,” which was ultimately unsuccessful. The majority of the pregnancies ended in miscarriage. The few surviving kids grew up to be exceptionally clever, but they were also psychotic in their behavior.
Immediately following World War II, Dr. Hans Glaub (alias Dr. Carl Mortner), the German scientist who had carried out the research, was kidnapped and sent to the Soviet Union, where he resumed his steroid experiments.
Mortner, who appears to be one of Zorin’s closest supporters in the film, is heavily indicated to have raised Zorin as his own father, and it is openly revealed that Zorin was trained by and has a long history of affiliation with the Soviet secret police.
Mortner, among other things, organizes a doping program for Zorin’s thoroughbred racehorses, which allows Zorin to win horse races with relative ease by activating illegal horse steroids through implanted microchips; because the drugs are ‘administered’ during the race, they do not show up on blood tests taken beforehand, and the dose is so minute that they dissolve into the system before tests can be taken; and because the drugs are ‘administered’ during the race
Despite Zorin’s long-standing KGB affiliation, his outside activities attract unwanted attention, which the KGB views as undesired. As a result, during a meeting between Zorin and KGB leader General Gogol, Gogol reprimands him. Zorin reacts by informing Gogol that he no longer believes himself to be a member of the KGB’s workforce.
In order to ensure the success of his own plans, Zorin is completely ruthless and shows a near-total lack of loyalty to his own men, as demonstrated by his supervision of the execution of a Soviet spy who attempted to sabotage his oil well operations and his personal massacre of dozens of his own mine workers with a 9mm UZI submachine gun in order to ensure their survival.
Despite his long-standing and close relationship with his right-hand lady, May Day, he voluntarily sacrifices her for the sake of his ambitions, despite the fact that this betrayal will come back to haunt him later on in the story.