Bond& s Journey Down The Thames, Part 1

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Prepared especially for CommanderBond.net by Gary Giblin

As a film location buff, especially a London film location buff, I was thrilled to learn in early 1999 that the British capital was to feature prominently in the opening of The World Is Not Enough. Fortunately, I had contacts at both the London Film Commission (which helped coordinate the shoot) and on the production itself, so I could accurately detail the film s amazing pre-credit boat chase for the book James Bond s London. Here, exclusively for CommanderBond.net, I have excerpted portions of the book for readers who would like to retrace Bond s hectic ride down the Thames, and through the city s historic Docklands.

River Thames and TWINE Boat Chase Route


Waterloo Bridge

WC2, SE1

Waterloo Bridge is a great place from which to view the heart of London, with the Houses of Parliament just upriver, and the City just downriver. It is also a good place from which to survey both the TS Queen Mary and Waterloo Pier, two locales featured in the TWINE pre-credit boat chase. Waterloo Bridge itself provides a nice punctuation mark for the scene, as Cigar Girl smashes through the nearby floating shelter (see the next entry) with one of the bridge s massive piers in the background. The high angle shot of the boats continuing downriver was taken from the bridge itself.

Waterloo Pier

Victoria Embankment, WC2

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Until November 1998, this was one of only two floating police stations in the world, the other being in Hong Kong. Waterloo Pier now serves as a mooring point and rest stop for the patrol craft of the Thames Division of the Metropolitan Police Service, whose headquarters is in Wapping High Street. In April 1999, the Met kindly obliged when the makers of The World Is Not Enough wanted to destroy the pier for the film s pre-credit boat chase. In fact, what Cigar Girl s Sunseeker smashed through was a small, breakaway shelter that the filmmakers added just for the occasion. To ensure that the wood, glass and polystyrene building disintegrated on cue, small explosive charges were placed beneath the windows and detonated at the moment of the boat s impact. Supervising art director Neil Lamont explained that the original choice for this stunt was Charing Cross Pier, just upriver. However, when he and location manager Richard Sharkey went there on a recce, they happened to spot the Queen Mary and Waterloo Pier just downriver, and decided that the juxtaposition of the ship, bridge and pier might make for a more interesting set-up. Second-unit director Vic Armstrong agreed and the stunt was subsequently staged at the new location.

Unfortunately, as noted in previous entries, much of this sequence ended up on the cutting room floor. Also shot here at the Waterloo Pier location was The Golden Salamander tourist boat, which pulled away just as Cigar Girl smashed into the pier. This bit, too, was deleted.

That s all from Part 1 so look out for Part 2, coming soon! In Part 2 Gary will take us to St Saviour s Dock, Millwall Docks, Royal Victoria Dock, West India Docks, Canary Wharf, Blackwall Basin, Tobacco Dock, Trinity Buoy Wharf and finally to The Millennium Dome where the Pre-Title Sequence from The World Is Not Enough climaxed!

And don t forget, for the ultimate guide to the TWINE Pre-Title Sequence or many other Bond related locations from James Bond stop by Spy Guise and check out Gary Giblin s James Bond s London .

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