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15th Anniversary of The World Is Not Enough (1999)

By: Anders Frejdh
The World Is Not Enough 15th anniversary
On this day in Bond history, The World Is Not Enough (1999), Pierce Brosnan's third film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas 15 years ago. (TWINE was first released in USA on 19th November 1999. The UK premiere took place on 26th December. In Sweden, the film was released on 8th December 1999.)

Her mind twisted to the border of insanity by the combination of her brutal kidnap by Renard, a notorious global anarchist, and the discovery that her father allowed the British Secret Service to use her as ‘bait’ to apprehend her captor, Elektra King plans to destroy Istanbul by exploding a nuclear submarine in the Bosphorus, which will force the world to use the oil from the King pipeline.

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 11 Jan 1999: Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios
• 14 Apr 1999: Shooting took place on a scene in which Bond interrogates Zukovsky as he drowns in caviar
• 20 Apr 1999: Michael Apted shot the scene where Elektra attempts to seduce Bond after the avalanche
• 6 May 1999: Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marceau filmed Bond and Elektra King’s first kiss
• 17 May 1999: Shooting began on the casino scenes with the arrival of Elektra
• 9 Jun 1999: Desmond Llewelyn completed his scenes, his final film as Q
• 17 Aug 1999: Bond’s leap near the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, was shot

A selection of filming locations for "The World Is Not Enough": (Source: On the Tracks of 007)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio)

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aerospatiale HH-64A Dauphin
• Bentz Q-boat
• BMW Z8
• Casa C-212-200 Aviocar
• Eurocopter 355 Twin Star
• Hot-air balloon
• Lada Niva 4WD
• Motorboat
• M's helicopter
• Parahawk
• Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
• Russian Atomic submarine
• Sunseeker Superhawk 34
• UAZ 469 - 1980

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet, and written articles about some of the cast and crew on TWINE, here are some of them:

>Andrew Noakes (financial controller)
>Anthony Waye (line producer)
>Barbara Broccoli (producer)
>Chris Corbould (special effects supervisor)
>Colin Salmon (actor)
>David Arnold (soundtrack composer)
>Denise Richards (actress)
>Desmond Llewelyn (actor)
>Don Black (lyricist of "The World Is Not Enough")
>Eunice Huthart (stuntwoman)
>Gary Powell (stunt double for Pierce Brosnan)
>Goldie (actor)
>Jim Dowdall (stuntman)
>John Cleese (actor)
>John Richardson (miniatures)
>Judi Dench (actress)
>Keith Hamshere (stills photographer)
>Lindy Hemming (costume designer)
>Maria Grazia Cucinotta (actress)
>Michael Apted (director)
>Michael Kitchen (actor)
>Michael G. Wilson (producer)
>Monty Norman (Composer of the James Bond theme)
>Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
>Nina Muschallik (actress)
>Nosher Powell (stuntman)
>Oliver Skeete (actor)
>Pauline Hume (end titles)
>Peter Lamont (production designer)
>Pierce Brosnan (James Bond)
>Robbie Coltrane (actor)
>Robert Carlyle (actor)
>Robert Wade (screenwriter)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Roy Alon (stuntman)
>Samantha Bond (actress)
>Sophie Marceau (actress)
>Terry Cade (stuntman)
>Terry Richards (stuntman)
>Vic Armstrong (stunt coordinator)

Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Production present Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's James Bond in The World Is Not Enough:

Editor's note:
For more James Bond anniversaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:

Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig


Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for The World Is Not Enough (1999) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film The World Is Not Enough on MGM's official website:



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