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James Bond 007 in the 2000s
Around the World with Secret Agent James Bond - in the 2000s

© by Mike Keenan


Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day (2002) Die Another Day (2002) marks the franchise's 40th anniversary, the series beginning in 1962 and it is the twentieth in the series and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan.
     Bond investigates North Korean Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, illegally trading African conflict diamonds for weaponry. He is captured and tortured for 14 months, then exchanged for Zao, Moon's assistant. M informs him that his 00 status is suspended because he may have leaked information. Bitter over Zao's release, Bond decides to complete his mission by evading MI6's security and travelling to Hong Kong, where he learns that Zao was sighted in Cuba . Arriving in Havana, Bond meets NSA agent Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson. Zao's trail leads to British billionaire Gustav Graves.
     Graves unveils a satellite, "Icarus", able to focus solar energy on a small area and provide year-round sunshine for crop development. Moon has undergone gene therapy and has assumed the identity of Graves. Bond exposes Moon's plan to use the Icarus to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone, allowing North Korean troops to invade South Korea. Bond disables the Icarus controls, kills Moon and stops the invasion.
     Bond encounters Graves with his assistant Miranda Frost , an undercover MI6 agent, at Blades Club in London. After a fencing exercise, Bond is invited by Graves to Iceland for a scientific demonstration. Shortly afterwards, M restores Bond's Double-0 status and offers assistance in the investigation.
     There is the customary scene with Q played by John Cleese and more great action scenes involving a car chase , car battle , an ice palace , hovercraft , surfing and a swordfight . The digital effects are amazing and the music compilation quite arduous.
     Principal photography began at Pinewood studios. The film was shot primarily in the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Cádiz, Spain, and Maui, Hawaii at the surf break known as Jaws in Pe'ahi. The scene where Bond surfs the wave that Icarus created when Graves was trying to kill Bond was shot on the blue screen. The waves and all of the glaciers in the scene were digital visual effects.
     The title song was written and performed by Madonna , who also had a cameo in the film as a fencing instructor.
     Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) Casino Royale (2006) is the twenty-first in the series and the first to star Daniel Craig . Casino Royale is set at the beginning of Bond's career as Agent 007 as he is earning his licence to kill. After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls for Vesper Lynd, the treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre by beating him in a high-stakes poker game.
     Bond, instructed to investigate the funding of terrorism, tracks down and kills a bomb-maker and takes his mobile phone. Searching through the phone, Bond discovers a text message which he traces to Alex Dimitrios, and then on to financer Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre's investments involve short-selling stock in successful companies and then engineering terrorist attacks to sink their share prices. Bond foils Le Chiffre's plan to destroy the prototype Skyfleet airliner, which forces Le Chiffre to set up a high-stakes poker tournament at the Casino Royale to recoup his fortune. Bond is instructed to beat Le Chiffre and is aided by a member of HM Treasury, Vesper Lynd.
     Despite ingesting poison , Bond eventually beats Le Chiffre at the poker table, but Lynd is kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game, as is Bond, who is captured whilst pursuing them; Lynd is ransomed for the money and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is subsequently killed by Mr. White, a liaison between Le Chiffre and a number of his clients. Bond learns that his poker winnings were never repaid to the Treasury, which Lynd was supposed to have done, and Bond establishes that she was a double agent. Bond pursues her and is attacked by members of White's organisation: he survives, but White takes the money and Lynd is killed. Bond subsequently finds and captures White.
     The film was primarily shot at Barrandov Studios in Prague , with additional location shooting in the Bahamas , Italy and the United Kingdom. The shoot concluded at Pinewood Studios. In the Bahamas filming took place at Paradise Island and Albany House, an estate owned by golfers Ernie Els and Tiger Woods. Footage set in Mbale, Uganda, was filmed at Black Park, a Country Park in Buckinghamshire, with further UK location shooting taking place at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey and the Millbrook Vehicle Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.
     Pinewood was used for the sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the film, which featured the largest rig ever built for a Bond film.
     Music was composed by David Arnold. Chris Cornell performs the title song, "You Know My Name", which he co-wrote with Arnold.
     Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace (2008) Quantum of Solace (2008) is the twenty-second film, the direct sequel to the 2006 Casino Royale with Daniel Craig's second performance which opens with yet another amazing car chase.
     Bond battles wealthy businessman Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a member of the Quantum organisation, posing as an environmentalist, intending to stage a coup d'état in Bolivia to seize control of that country's water supply. Bond also seeks revenge for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), and is assisted by Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), who is seeking revenge for the murder of her family.
     The film was marked by its frequent depictions of violence featuring a knife fight scene, a scaffolding fight , hotel scene fight and a flight chase . Bond drives from Lago di Garda to Siena, Italy, with the captured Mr. White in the boot of his car. After evading pursuers, Bond and M interrogate White regarding his organisation, Quantum. M's bodyguard, Mitchell, a double agent, attacks M, enabling White to escape. Bond chases Mitchell and kills him. Bond and M return to London and search Mitchell's flat, discovering through tagged banknotes that Mitchell had a contact in Haiti. Bond tracks the contact, Edmund Slate, and learns that Slate is a hit man sent to kill Camille Montes at the behest of her lover, environmentalist Dominic Greene. While observing her subsequent meeting with Greene, Bond learns that Greene is helping an exiled Bolivian General, Medrano -who murdered Camille's family - to overthrow his government in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of desert. After rescuing Camille from Medrano, Bond follows Greene to a performance of Tosca in Bregenz, Austria.
     Bond meets with CIA agent Felix Leiter, who discloses Greene and Medrano will meet in the Atacama Desert to finalise the coup. After interrogating him about Quantum, Bond leaves Greene stranded in the middle of the desert with only a can of engine oil. Bond and Camille kiss before they part. Bond travels to Kazan, Russia, where he finds Vesper Lynd's former lover, Yusef Kabira, a member of Quantum who seduces women with valuable connections. Bond tells Kabira's latest target, a Canadian Intelligence agent, of his true intentions, thus sparing her Vesper's fate. He spares Kabira's life and allows MI6 to arrest him. Outside, M tells Bond that Greene was found in the middle of the desert dead, shot twice and with engine oil in his stomach; Bond denies knowing anything. M also reveals that Leiter has been promoted and has taken Beam's place. The movie closes with M saying, "I need you back," and Bond saying, "I never left." as he drops Vesper's necklace in the snow.
     Quantum of Solace was shot in six countries including Italy at the Palio di Siena horse race, Maratea and Craco, two small towns in Basilicata in southern Italy, Madrid, Baja California, Mexico for shots of the aerial battle, Malcesine, Limone sul Garda and Tremosine in Italy and at Pinewood Studios. Shooting in Panama City was at Howard Air Force Base. The country doubled for Haiti and Bolivia, with the National Institute of Culture of Panama standing in for a hotel in the latter country. A sequence requiring several hundred extras was also shot at nearby Colón. Twelve days of filming were in Chile. There was shooting in Cobija, the Paranal Observatory, and other locations in the Atacama Desert.
     Jack White of The White Stripes and Alicia Keys collaborated on "Another Way to Die."


     Skyfall (2012) is the twenty-third James Bond film. After an Istanbul operation ends in disaster, Bond is presumed dead. Questions are raised over M 's ability to run the Secret Service. The Service itself is attacked, prompting Bond's return to London where he assists MI6, and is sent to China and Macau in pursuit of a mercenary named Patrice. Raoul Silva, Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine in Skyfall (2012) a former MI6 agent who was captured and tortured by Chinese agents, blames M for his imprisonment, and sets in motion a plan to ruin her reputation before murdering her.
     Bond returns to active duty under the command of the new M, Ralph Fiennes' character, Gareth Mallory. The film sees the return of two recurring characters to the series after an absence of two films: Q , played by Ben Whishaw, and Eve Moneypenny , played by Naomie Harris.
     Featuring a prerequisite car chase , motor bike chase and an opening scene train fight , filming began in November 2011 and primarily took place in the United Kingdom, China and Turkey. Scenes were shot in London Underground stations, Smithfield car park in West Smithfield, the National Gallery, Southwark, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Charing Cross station the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Cadogan Square and Tower Hill. St Bartholomew's Hospital was used as the filming location for the scene in which Bond enters MI6's underground headquarters, while the Old Vic Tunnels underneath Waterloo Station in London served as the MI6 training grounds. For the meeting between Q and Bond, production worked during the National Gallery's closing hours at night. The Department of Energy and Climate Change was used in the scene when Bond stood on the roof near the end of the film. The Vauxhall Bridge and Millbank was closed to traffic for filming the explosion at the MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross. Although supposedly based in Scotland, Bond's family home of Skyfall was constructed on Hankley Common in Surrey using plywood and plaster to build a full-scale model of the building. Parts of Istanbul - including the Spice Bazaar, Yeni Camii, the Main Post Office, Sultanahmet Square and the Grand Bazaar were filmed. Additional scenes were filmed at Ascot Racecourse, standing in for Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
     The film features Charles Trenet's 1938 song, "Boum !" during scenes in which Silva shows Bond around his abandoned island, and The Animals' 1964 cover of John Lee Hooker's song, "Boom Boom" when Silva assaults Skyfall in the film's finale. British singer-songwriter Adele wrote and recorded the film's theme song with her regular songwriter, Paul Epworth, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Karin Dor as Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967)    Ivana Milicevic as Valenka in Casino Royale (2006)    Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012)    Olga Kurylenko as Camille in Quantum of Solace (2008)    Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002)

The Bond Girls
Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..    Alison Doody as Jenny Flex in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ..    Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush in Never Say Never Again (1983) ..   Bérénice Marlohe as Sévérine in Skyfall (2012) ..   Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)..    Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in License to Kill (1989)..    Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Caroline Munro as Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)..    Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)  .. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)..   Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough (1999) ..   Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Eva Green as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) ..   Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye (1995) ..      Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Gemma Arterton as Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace (2008) ..   Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die (1973)..    Grace Jones as May Day in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day (2002) ..   Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)..   Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Ivana Milicevic as Valenka in Casino Royale (2006) ..   Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova in GoldenEye (1995) ..   Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..    Karin Dor as Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967) ..   Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again (1983)..    Lana Wood as Plenty OToole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)..    Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only (1981)..    Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan in Thunderball (1965)..    Maud Adams as Octopussy in Octopussy (1983)..    Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) ..   Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965)..   Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012) ..   Olga Kurylenko as Camille in Quantum of Solace (2008) ..   Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002) ..   Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..    Sophie Marceau as Elektra King in The World is Not Enough (1999) ..   Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora in License to Kill (1989)..    Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..    Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985)..    Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) ..   Ursula Andress as Honeychile Ryder in Dr. No (1962)..   Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in Dr. No (1962)

Bond Girls - Part 1
Bond Girls - Part 2

So, what does the future hold for James Bond?

Map Bond Locations
Smithfield car park, West Smithfield
National Gallery, Southwark
Parliament Square
Charing Cross station
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Cadogan Square
Tower Hill
St Bartholomew's Hospital
Waterloo Station
The Department of Energy and Climate Change
Vauxhall Bridge
Hankley Common, Surrey
Ascot Racecourse
Blades Club, London
Pinewood studios
Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey
Millbrook Vehicle Proving Ground, Bedfordshire

Istanbul, Turkey
Spice Bazaar, Turkey
Yeni Camii, Turkey
Sultanahmet Square, Turkey
Grand Bazaar, Turkey
Cobija, Bolivia
Paranal Observatory, Brazil
  Hong Kong, China
Havana Cuba
Cádiz, Spain
Maui, Hawaii
Miami International Airport
Barrandov Studios, Prague
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Mbale, Uganda
Madrid, Spain
Bregenz, Austria
Kazan, Russia
Lago di Garda, Italy
Siena, Italy
Palio di Siena horse race, Italy
Maratea, Italy
Craco, Italy
Malcesine, Italy
Limone sul Garda, Italy
Tremosine, Italy
Howard Air Force Base, Panama
National Institute of Culture, Panama
Colón, Panama
Atacama Desert, Chile

Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.

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