Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Doctor Who Vs. James Bond, Part 9: GoldenEye

ITV4's latest Bond film season continued last night with Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan's debut as the iconic British spy, Agent 007. 
GoldenEye, the seventeenth instalment in Eon's franchise, was the first not to include elements 
from the works of Ian Fleming (the title was taken 
from the name of the author's Jamaican estate).
The film was released in late 1995 after a six-year hiatus caused by legal disputes, during which 
Timothy Dalton resigned from the lead role
 (after just two assignments) and was replaced 
by Brosnan. Series veteran Desmond Llewellyn 
returned as Q but both M and Moneypenny were 
also recast - Dame Judi Dench (now the first 
female head of MI6) and Samantha Bond 
replaced Robert Brown and Caroline Bliss 
respectively. 
The feature's location filming was undertaken in Monte Carlo, Switzerland, 
St. Petersburg and Puerto Ricowith interiors now filmed at a purpose-built 
studio at Leavesden (Pinewood's Bond stage was unavailable). Tina Turner 
provided the opening theme song, written by U2.
The film featured Sean Bean (as Agent 006, Alec Trevelyan), Femke Janssen 
(Xenia Onatopp), Alan Cumming (Boris), Robbie Coltrane (Zukovsky) and te
Doctor Who cast and crew connections:

  • Samantha Bond (Miss Moneypenny here and next three films) was Miss Wormwood in The Sarah Jane Adventures pilot, Invasion of the Bane, and Enemy of the Bane, and voiced Mother Baroque for Big Finish's The Scapegoat (2009)
  • Terrance Denville (Russian) was a Cyberman in (episode 6 of) The Invasion, Soldier in The War Games (4), Technician in The Silurians (6), Prison Guard in Frontier in Space, Exxilon in Death to the Daleks, and Ice Warrior in The Monster of Peladon (5)
  • Max Faulkner (Guard) was a UNIT Soldier in The Ambassadors of Death, an Exxilon in Death to the Daleks (1), a Miner in The Monster of Peladon (6), the Guard Captain in Planet of the Spiders (4), a Thal Guard in Genesis of the Daleks (3), a Crewmember in (1) Planet of EvilCorporal Adams in The Android Invasion, and Nesbin in The Invasion of Time
  • Bhasker Patel (Dealer) was Jival Chowdry in Turn Left
  • stuntmen Richard Hammatt, Paul Herbert and Seon Rogers also worked on The Runaway BrideThe End of Time and Father's Day respectively
  • Alf Tramontin was Steadicam operator on Attack of the Graske too
  • SFX technician Nigel Brackley began his career as FX operator on State of Decay (3)
  • Tony Bell was the boom operator on The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot too

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