Bond on the River Thames
articles first appeared on the Ian Fleming Foundation web-site
'Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'
during the filming of the boat chase for 'The World Is Not
Enough'. Many thanks to the editors, especially Panos
Sambrakos, for their excellent work in bringing my reports to
the attention of the world.
All photograph's in
this section were captured from the video
a Boat Chase'
From March to May
1999, EON Productions, the Bond crew, filmed an expensive and
difficult action scene that forms part of the pre-titles
sequence for 'The World Is Not Enough'.
Click on the following
links to see detailed reports and photos of all the action on
the Thames and in London's Docklands.
on the Thames
March 30, 1999 -- Bond is back and filming in the
open for all of London to see. Pierce Brosnan hasn't made an
appearance yet, but Q's special boat driven by a stuntman has
already made a splash.
filming near Millennium Dome
31, 1999 -- Filming has moved to the billion
dollar Millennium Dome and thanks to a Bond fan with a camera,
we can show you some of the action.
heads towards Dome
April 6, 1999 -- More filming took place on the
Thames near the Dome
chase on the Thames
April 9, 1999 -- A key part of the chase sequence
that Bond fans will have to wait until Nov. 19, 1999 to see on
the big screen played out in full view of Londoners when the
crew filmed more of the chase on the Thames.
blasts his way down the Thames
April 12, 1999 -- The second unit director has been
directing all the action on the Thames. It's a huge chase
sequence that will reportedly take a month to film, and we'll
show you more of the action.
crew uses tiny chopper for filming
April 14, 1999 -- The Bond crew shut down one of
London's most well known landmarks, and they used a tiny
chopper to catch all the action.
chopper hovers over Thames to catch the action
April 15, 1999 -- Filming continued on the Thames
Thursday but this time the crew traded in their mini-chopper
for a full-sized helicopter with a camera mounted on the side
to catch the action.
jumps into action
April 16, 1999 -- Filming continued in London Friday
-- this time on the Isle of Dogs in East London instead of
near Tower Bridge.
takes to the Thames
April 19, 1999 -- The day that Bond fans waiting on
the banks of the Thames had been waiting for finally arrived
on Monday when the real James Bond showed up for the action.
Girl shoots up the Thames
April 20, 1999 -- Filming on the Thames continued on
Tuesday despite the rainy weather, and another one of the big
stars was on the scene -- the Cigar Girl, Maria Grazia
is back with a bang
April 22, 1999 -- Bond's filming on the Thames has
been ongoing for more than three weeks, but Thursday's action
saw Bond mix water with fire to yield an explosive
on the Isle of Dogs
April 24, 1999 -- After nearly one month of filming
on the Thames, the Bond crew was ready to break out the
explosives and set the location on fire with action and
explosions that filled the London skyline.
Stations: 007 blasts the Thames
May 5, 1999 -- The chase down the Thames claimed
another victim when the action took out an old sailing boat
that was no match for either the Cigar Girl or Bond.
action on the Thames
May 14, 1999 -- Filming on the Thames is now in its
sixth week, but Friday marked only the second day of filming
for Pierce Brosnan and the first time that Director Michael
Apted conducted the shoot.
squeezes down the canals of London
May 24, 1999 -- After two months of continuing
filming, the 2nd unit of "The World Is Not Enough", staged a
spectacular scene on their last day on Thames.
Flying Boat in Tobacco Dock
May 24, 1999 -- Monday was the final day of filming
of what promises to be one of the most exciting boat chases in
cinema history. And here at 007 NEWS we saved the best for
last. Complete with an action video, here's a stunt
reminiscent of Louisiana Sheriffs and crocodiles!
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