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20th Anniversary of The World Is Not Enough (1999)

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2019-11-19
The World Is Not Enough 20th anniversary
On this day in Bond history, 20 years ago, The World Is Not Enough (1999), Pierce Brosnan's third film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas. 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.

Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions present Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in The World Is Not Enough



Production notes on The World Is Not Enough

(Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 11 January 1999: Principal photography began at Pinewood Studios
• 14 April 1999: Shooting took place on a scene in which Bond interrogates Zukovsky as he drowns in caviar
• 20 April 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 June 1999: Desmond Llewelyn completed his scenes, his final film as Q
• 17 August 1999: Bond’s leap near the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, was shot

A selection of filming locations for The World Is Not Enough


• Bahamas (submarine underwater scenes)
• Baku, Azerbaijan (city scenes)
• Bardenas Reales National Park, Bardenas Reales, Navarra, Spain (James Bond meets Dr. Christmas Jones)
• Bibi-Heybat Region, Azerbaijan (King Oil pumps)
• Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, England (opening sequence)
• Bosphorus, Turkey (Maiden's Tower scenes)
• Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England (opening sequence)
• Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England (boat chase - boat goes over road/boat goes through boat house/boat goes down alley with arch)
• Cwm Dyli pipeline, Snowdon, Gwynedd, Wales (Brief shot of pipeline)
• Discovery Way, Off Wapping Lane, Shadwell, London, England (boat chase - boat goes down canal and splashes wardens)
• Docklands, Poplar, London, England (opening sequence)
• East End, London, England (opening sequence)
• Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland (Castle Thane headquarters of MI6)
• Glengall Bridge, Isle of Dogs, London, England (opening sequence)
• Gothic Temple, Stowe Park, Buckinghamshire, England (funeral of Sir Robert King)
• Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain (opening sequence - James Bond visits Swiss banker Mr Lachaise)
• Halton House, Halton, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England (interiors: Baku L'Or Noir Casino)
• Hankley Common, Elstead, Surrey, England (action sequences including pipeline explosion)
• Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, England (opening sequence)
• Iparraguirre Street, Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain (Swiss Private Bank Building - opening sequence - Bond jumps out of building)
• Küçüksu Palace, Beykoz, Istanbul, Turkey (exteriors: Elektra's palace in Baku)
• Lambeth Bridge, River Thames, London, England (opening sequence)
• Las Majadas, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (James Bond drives to meet Elektra)
• Lersundi Street, Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain (Swiss Private Bank Building - opening sequence - Bond jumps out of building)
• Los Callejones, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain (pipeline construction site, Caucasus Mountains, Turkey)
• Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, England (interiors: Zukovsky's casino office and Elektra's Villa Entrance Hall)
• Maiden's Tower, Istanbul, Turkey (Renard's Turkish lair)
• Millennium Dome, Greenwich, London, England (opening sequence - end of boat chase)
• Millwall Dock, Millwall, London, England (opening sequence)
• Mont-Blanc, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France (skiing sequence)
• Motorola Plant, Global Telecoms Solutions Sector, Thamesdown Drive, Groundwell, Swindon, Wiltshire, England (Turkish oil refinery)
• Ornamental Canal, Discovery Way, Off Wapping Lane, Shadwell, London, England (boat chase - boat goes down canal and splashes wardens)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England (studio)
• RAF Northolt, Ruislip, London, England (Azerbaijan runway)
• Royal Victoria Docks, Canning Town, London, England (opening sequence - boat chase - Q boat roll stunt)
• Shadwell, London, England (boat chase - boat goes down canal and splashes wardens)
• SIS Headquarters - 85 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, England (MI6/M's Office)
• Stowe School, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England (estate of the King Family)
• Tobacco Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London, England (opening sequence)
• Tower Bridge, London, England (opening sequence)
• Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey (Maiden's Tower scenes)

Vehicles used during the filming of The World Is Not Enough

(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)

Photo on top:
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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