James Bond 007 in the 90s
Around the World with Secret Agent James Bond - in the 90s
© by Mike Keenan
(1995) is the
seventeenth spy film
in the James Bond series, and the first to star
. M was also recast, with actress Judi Dench becoming the first woman to portray the character. Ian Fleming used the name Goldeneye for his estate in Oracabessa,
Bond and Alec Trevelyan, agent 006, infiltrate an illicit Soviet chemical weapons facility and plant explosive charges. Trevelyan is shot, but Bond escapes from the facility as it explodes. Nine years later, Bond witnesses the theft by criminal organisation Janus of a prototype Eurocopter
that can withstand an electromagnetic pulse. Janus uses the helicopter to steal the control disk for the dual GoldenEye satellite weapons, using the GoldenEye to
destroy the complex
with an electromagnetic pulse; there is one survivor of the attack, a programmer, Natalya Simonova.
Bond investigates the attack and travels to Russia where he locates Simonova and learns that
, who had faked his own death, was the head of Janus. Simonova tracks computer traffic to Cuba and she and Bond travel there and locate Trevelyan, who reveals his plan to steal money from the Bank of England before erasing all of its financial records with the GoldenEye, concealing the theft and destroying Britain's economy. Bond and Simonova destroy the satellite facility, killing Trevelyan and Grishenko in the process.
The theme song was performed by
. The producers were unable to film at Pinewood Studios, the usual location for Bond films, because it had been reserved for First Knight. Instead, an old Rolls-Royce factory at the Leavesden Aerodrome in Hertfordshire was converted into a new studio.
The bungee jump was filmed at the Contra Dam also known as the Verzasca or Locarno
in Ticino, Switzerland. The film's casino scenes and the Tiger helicopter's demonstration were shot in Monte Carlo. Reference footage for the tank chase was shot on location in St. Petersburg and matched to the studio at Leavesden. The satellite dish scenes were shot at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The actual MI6 headquarters were used for external views of M's office. Some of the scenes in St. Petersburg were actually shot in London - the Epsom Downs Racecourse doubled the airport - to reduce expenses and security concerns, as the second unit sent to Russia required bodyguards. The armoured train shots were filmed on the Nene Valley Railway, near Peterborough in the UK. Of course, there is the usual sequence with
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997) is the eighteenth in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan, sent to spy on a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border. American "techno-terrorist" Henry Gupta is buying a GPS encoder. Despite M's insistence to let 007 finish his reconnaissance, British Admiral Roebuck launches a missile attack on the arms bazaar. Bond then discovers two Soviet nuclear torpedoes mounted on an L-39 Albatros, and as the missile is too far along to be aborted,
007 hijacks the L-39
and flies away before the weapons bazaar is struck. In the confusion, Gupta escapes with the encoder.
Along with the usual sequence with Q, action includes media baron
, his stealth ship, commanded by Mr. Stamper, sinking British frigate HMS Devonshire off-course in the South China Sea, stealing a missile. Stamper's men shoot down a Chinese J-7 fighter jet.
Bond travels to Hamburg and seduces Carver's wife, Paris, an ex-girlfriend, to get information that would help him enter Carver's newspaper headquarters. He and Wai Lin, a Chinese spy on the same case, are captured by Stamper and taken to the CMGN tower in Ho Chi Minh City, but they escape and then collaborate on the investigation.
Pre-credits sequences were filmed at the Peyresourde Airport in the French Pyrenees, and moving on to Portsmouth, the scenes where the Royal Navy prepares to engage the Chinese. Some scenes were planned to be filmed on location in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the production had been granted a visa. This was later rescinded; two months after planning had begun, forcing filming to move to Bangkok, Thailand. Brosnan and Hatcher's love scene was filmed at Stoke Park Club, which had been featured in Goldfinger, and the bay where they search for Carver's stealth boat is Khow-Ping-Khan island near Phuket, Thailand, previously used for The Man with the Golden Gun.
A scene with Bond and Wai Lin in a
was created. Another innovation was the remote-controlled car, which had no visible driver - an effect achieved by adapting a BMW 750i to put the steering wheel on the back seat. The car chase sequence with the 750i took three weeks to film.
's song was chosen for the main titles while David Arnold's song "
", performed by k.d. lang, was used for the end titles.
The Bond Girls
Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..
Alison Doody as Jenny Flex in A View to a Kill (1985)..
Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..
Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983)
Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)..
Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in License to Kill (1989)..
Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..
Caroline Munro as Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)..
Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..
Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965) ..
Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)..
Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough (1999)
Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..
Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995)
Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill (1985)..
Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die (1973)..
Grace Jones as May Day in A View to a Kill (1985)..
Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)..
Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)..
Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova in GoldenEye (1995)
Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..
Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983)..
Lana Wood as Plenty OToole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..
Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)..
Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..
Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan in Thunderball (1965)..
Maud Adams as Octopussy in Octopussy (1983)..
Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..
Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965)..
Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..
Sophie Marceau as Elektra King in The World is Not Enough (1999)
Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in License to Kill (1989)..
Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..
Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985)..
Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Ursula Andress as Honeychile Ryder in Dr. No (1962)..
Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in Dr. No (1962)
Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.