The World Is Not Enough 007
The World Is Not Enough (1999) is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Michael Apted, with the original story and screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The title is taken from a line in the 1963 novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
In the warehouse that Zukovsky has turned into an operations room, the girlie pictures seen on the walls are actually of former Bond girls.
The first Bond film to be shot in Pinewood Studios since The Living Daylights (1987).
All the pipes representing Elektra’s pipeline are made of cardboard.
This was the first film to feature the newly constructed Millennium Dome, built for London’s New Year’s celebration of 1999/2000. There was a line allegedly said by M at the end of the opening sequence which was cut where she says: ‘Well, at least the Millennium Dome has some use’.
The BMW Z8 driven by Bond in the film was the final part of a three-film product placement deal with BMW (which began with the Z3 in GoldenEye and continued with the 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies) but, due to filming preceding release of the Z8 by a few months, several working mock-ups and models were manufactured for filming purposes
The film’s plot revolves around the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by the terrorist Renard, and Bond’s subsequent assignment to protect King’s daughter Elektra, who had previously been held for ransom by Renard. During his assignment, Bond unravels a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul.
Despite these changes, the Z8 remained extremely faithful to the concept car. The side-mounted turn indicators were integrated into the side vents in a fashion that rendered them invisible until activated. The vintage simplicity of the interior was preserved by hiding the modern equipment under retracting panels. Complex compound curves were preserved through the use of an expensive MIG-welded aluminum space frame. The Z8 even retained the concept’s five-spoke wheel design, albeit without the race-style center lug nut.
[a helicopter slices Bond’s BMW in half]
James Bond: Q’s not gonna like this!
Zukovsky: Oh, look. We have no roof, but at least we have four good walls.
[the factory falls apart]
Zukovsky: The insurance company is NEVER going to believe this!
Q: I’ve always tried to teach you two things. First, never let them see you bleed.
James Bond: And the second?
Q: Always have an escape plan.