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BMW Z8, actor in the new James Bond movie: The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Pierce Brosnan

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

The Movie

Sir Robert King, an oil tycoon and good friend of "M" (Judi Dench), is assassinated at the headquarters of the British secret service MI-6 on the River Thames in London.

Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is given the mission of clearing up the circumstances behind King’s death and protecting his daughter, Elektra (Sophie Marceau)

Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marceau at the scene (right) Photo: BMW AG

Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marceau


In the snowy mountains of the Caucasus, the two just barely escape an attack from the air. The tracks lead to Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan on the Caspian sea. There Bond discoveres terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle) planning an attack on the world’s oil supplies.

As the result of an earlier attack, Renard has a bullet in the brain, which makes him impervious to pain and therefore a deadly adversary for Bond. He joins forces with nuclear weapons specialist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) and meets up again with Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane), who offers him assistance in the final confrontation with Renard.

BMW Z8 during at the scene
BMW Z8 and Pierce Brosnan

After a spectacular series of events when Valentin’s caviar factory on the City of Walkways in Baku is destroyed and Bond saves his life, they follow Renard to Istanbul for the final confrontation in the claustrophobic confines of a nuclear submarine beneath the surface of the Bosphorus.

The Locations

In keeping with previous Bond films, the overseas locations for THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH are both exotic and exciting.

TURKEY: Establishing scenes were filmed in Istanbul with special attention to the famous Maiden’s Tower, situated on a small island in the middle of the Bosphorus.

AZERBAIJAN: The capital city of Baku, a large oil centre, is in a very strategic military position. During World War II, Hitler was convinced that if Germany could take Baku then they could win the war.

All the oil wells, which supplied the whole of the Soviet Union, are situated off the coast of the Caspian Sea with long causeways stretching as far as 50 kilometres out to sea.

Several important action sequences are shot in Baku, including the destruction of Valentin’s caviar factory – accessible only by a network of raised walkways and platforms constructed above the waters of the Caspian Sea.

FRANCE: In the French Alps, Bond and Elektra test each other on the snowy slopes before they are attacked by heavily armed men on flying skis and are then trapped by an avalanche.

Spain: The dramatic, action-packed opening scenes of the pre-title sequence take place in the penthouse office of a Swiss bank situated on the banks of the Nervion River in Bilbao, overlooking the new Guggenheim Art Gallery.

The Bardenas Reales, near Tudela, was the setting for sequences above the underground nuclear test facility, supposedly in Kazakhstan, and the vast construction site and pipeline in the shadow of the Caucasus Mountains were filmed in Los Callejones, Las Majadas, near Cuenca.

UK: A spectacular high-speed boat chase up the River Thames in London terminating at the Millennium Dome, marks the exciting climax to a dramatic pre-title sequence.

Eilean Donan Castle in Ross-shire, Scotland, becomes Castle Thane, the remote MI-6 Operations Centre.



Photos: BMW AG


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