Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997
- Pierce Brosnan
- Jonathan Pryce
- Michelle Yeoh
- Teri Hatcher
- Judi Dench
- Desmond Llewelyn
- Joe Don Baker
- Ricky Jay
- Vincent Schiavelli
- Hugh Bonneville
- Colin Stinton
visit the film locations
Buckinghamshire: Stoke Park Club, Park Road, Stoke Poges (tel: 01753.717171)
Hamburg: Flights: Hamburg International Airport
Atlantic Hotel Kempinski, An der Alster 72-79 (tel 49.40.288.80) on the banks of the Aussenalster lake in central Hamburg
Bangkok: Flights: Bangkok International Airport
Westin Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn (tel: 66.2.679.1200)
Tomorrow Never Dies location: The remote-controlled BMW750 in the ‘Hamburg’ garage: Brent Cross, London
Media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) is bent on engineering a conflict between Britain and China to create headlines for his global media empire.
The opening teaser sees Bond single-handedly blitzing a terrorist arms bazaar ‘on the Russian border’. The remote location is one of the world’s few high-altitude airfields, Peyresourde, in the central French Pyrenees.
After the unfeasibly narrow escape, Bond unwinds by learning a new tongue, at New College, Oxford, when he receives the inevitable call from M (Judi Dench).
Although the real MI6 HQ at Vauxhall was seen in GoldenEye, Bond is now driven into the courtyard of Somerset House in the Strand, London WC2 (which, to confuse matters, served as the ‘St Petersburg’ square in the previous film).
He’s despatched to Germany, and meets up with Q at Hamburg International Airport. Although this is real enough, the extravagant bash, where Bond meets old flame Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher), is closer to the studio.
The ‘Hamburg’ centre of Carver’s media empire is the IBM Building, New Square, Bedfont Lakes, Feltham, south of Heathrow Airport. And Tomorrow’s print works is an amalgamation of two London printers: Harmsworth Quays Printers Ltd, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 and Westferry Printers, 235 Westferry Road, E14, at Millwall Dock (printers of the London Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph).
The exterior of Bond’s hotel is the Atlantic Hotel Kempinski, An der Alster 72-79 on the banks of the Aussenalster lake in central Hamburg.
Tomorrow Never Dies location: Interior of the ‘Hamburg’ hotel: Stoke Park House, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire
But the interior, where he finds Paris Carver dead and faces off against hitman Dr Kaufman (Vincent Schiavelli), is Stoke Park Club, Park Road, Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire. Other films shot here include Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bride and Prejudice, Layer Cake, Wimbledon and, of course, a previous classic Bond, Goldfinger.
The ‘Atlantic’ garage, from which Bond escapes in the remote-controlled BMW750, is, famously, Level Four of the multi-storey carpark of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in Golders Green, north London. The fire brigade was called out after the stunts produced a little more smoke than anticipated. The final leap into the fake Avis office, though, is the real Hamburg.
Despite Jack Wade (Joe Don Baker) sporting floral shirt, the US airbase at ‘Okinawa, in the South China Sea’ is really RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. The sea landing uses the vast tank built for James Cameron’s Titanic at Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico.
Negotiations to film in Vietnam fell through, and the ‘Saigon’ scenes are actually Bangkok, Thailand. The skyscraper down which Bond and Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) descend on a banner is the Westin Banyan Tree Hotel, 21/100 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn. The motorbike chase roars along Tannery Row and Mahogany Wharf, Bangkok, before climaxing on a set built at the the old Radlett Aerodrome site in Frogmore, Hertfordshire, which had been converted into Eon Studios.
‘Ha Long Bay’, where Bond and Wai Lin search for Carver’s Stealth boat, is Phuket Bay, Thailand, among the limestone towers familiar from The Man With the Golden Gun, an area affected by the calamitous tsunami of December 2004.