Bond begins filming on the Thames
Tuesday March 31, 1999
LONDON - 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.
The second unit is currently filming part of an explosive
opening sequence for the Bond movie. And thanks to David
Williams, we can show you some of the action.
According to many reports, and skip to the next
paragraph if you don't want to know too much, Bond will race
down the Thames chasing a beautiful woman -- known as Cigar
Girl in some scripts. She's played by Maria Grazia Cucinotta,
an Italian actress. Bond reportedly finds himself aloft a hot
air balloon and uses London's billion-dollar Millennium Dome
as a cushion for his fall.
According to a BBC report, some of the more complicated
scenes are being filmed at Pinewood Studios where part of the
Millennium Dome's roof has been made on set.
The huge chase sequence down the Thames is supposed to be a
very expensive sequence. According to other reports published
in the British press, the sequence will take almost a month to
shoot and cost millions to make.
The star of the scene is a boat made in America just for
Bond. While the special effects experts at Pinewood have given
the boats their showy exterior, the boat is not that different
from those made by Bentz Boats based in Idaho. They sent 15 to
England after EON said they wanted them on board.
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