A View to a Kill (1985)
Bond investigates millionaire industrialist Max Zorin. Max is trying to corner the world market in microchips. Bond establishes that Zorin was previously trained and financed by the KGB, but has now gone rogue. Zorin unveils his plan to a group of investors to destroy Silicon Valley, which will give him a monopoly in the manufacturing of microchips.
Bond finds out that Zorin is planning to detonate explosives beneath the lakes along the Hayward and San Andreas faults, which will result them to flood. A larger bomb is also on site in the mine to destroy a ‘geological lock’ that prevents the two faults from moving at the same time. Bond destroys the bomb, and subsequently kills Zorin.
The Living Daylights (1987)
Bond aids the defection of KGB officer General Georgi Koskov, by wounding a female KGB sniper, Kara Milovy, a cellist. During his debriefing Koskov alleges KGB’s old policy of Smiert Spionam (Death to Spies), has been revived by General Leonid Pushkin, the new head of the KGB. Koskov is subsequently abducted from the safe-house and Bond is ordered to kill Leonid Pushkin.
Bond tracks down Milovy and establishes she is Koskov’s girlfriend and that the defection was but a plan. He subsequently finds out that Koskov is a friend of Brad Whitaker, an arms dealer. After meeting Pushkin and faking his assassination by Bond, Bond investigates a scheme by Koskov and Whitaker to embezzle KGB funds and use them to purchase diamonds, which will in turn be used to purchase drugs. After Koskov purchases drugs, Bond destroys them. Koskov is subsequently arrested by Pushkin, while Bond kills Whitaker.
Licence to Kill (1989)
James Bond aids Felix Leiter in the capture of drugs lord Franz Sanchez. Sanchez escapes and maims Leiter, killing his wife. Bond swears revenge, but is instructed to return to duty by M. Bond refuses and M revokes his licence to kill, causing Bond to become a rogue agent; although officially stripped of his status, he is unofficially given help by Q.
Bond travels to Sanchez’s home in the Republic of Isthmus and is taken onto Sanchez’s staff. Here he manages to raise Sanchez’s suspicions against a number of his employees. When Bond is taken to Sanchez’s main base and drugs refinery, he is recognised by one of Sanchez’s men and captured. He escapes, destroying the refinery in the process, and pursues Sanchez, killing him.