Posing as a banker, James Bond is sent to Bilbao to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a friend of M. Bond escapes with the money after being attacked by the banker, who is killed by an unseen assassin.
When Bond returns to the money to London, Sir Robert is killed when the case containing the money turns out to be booby-trapped. 007 gives chase to the assassin by using the “Q-boat”, in a chase that takes him along the Thames, including scenes filmed at the millennium down.
Bond then tracks down the money to a terrorist named Renard, a former KGB agent, and is assigned by M to protect Sir Robert’s daughter, Elektra. Travelling out to Azerbaijan, where Elektra is overseeing the oil pipeline, and soon finds that they are under attack.
What we say
The best of the Brosnan Bonds. The pre-title sequence starts off well and should have finished in Bilbao as originally planned, and there is a little too much comedy, but the film does include some nods to Ian Fleming.
US Premiere: 8th November 1999 at Bruin & Fox’s Theatre and Mann’s Village Chinese Theater in Los Angeles
US: 19 November 1999
UK: 26 November 1999
|Screenplay||Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein|
|Producer||Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson|
|Production design||Peter Lamont|
|Pierce Brosnan||James Bond|
|Sophie Marceau||Elektra King|
|Denise Richards||Dr. Christmas Jones|
|Robbie Coltrane||Valentin Zukovsky|
|Maria Grazia Cucinotta||Cigar Girl|
|Samantha Bond||Miss Moneypenny|
|Michael Kitchen||Bill Tanner|
|Colin Salmon||Charles Robinson|
|David Calder||Sir Robert King|
|Serena Scott Thomas||Dr. Molly Warmflash|
|Claude-Oliver Rudolph||Colonel Akakievich|
|Jeff Nuttall||Dr. Arkov|
|Diran Meghreblian||Coptic Priest|
|John Albasiny||Helicopter Pilot|
|Jimmy Roussounis||Pipeline Technician|
|Justus von Dohnányi||Captain Nikoli|
|Kourosh Asad||Russian Radio Operator|
|Daz Crawford||Casino Thug|
|Peter Mehtab||Casino Dealer|
- Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred
- Smirnoff Black Label vodka
- Bollinger champagne
BMW Z8 Roadster (1999)
- “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”
- “Always have an escape plan…”
- “The insurance company is never going to believe this”
- “So you’re a British spy; do you have a name?”
“Bond… James Bond”
- “Remember: shadows stay in front or behind. Never on top.”
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