NEVER DIES 1997
Leavesden Studios, which had been constructed for GoldenEye (1995), was requisitioned by George Lucas for Star Wars by the time the eighteenth Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was due to shoot. For studio space, an old Aerodrome site in Frogmore, Herfordshire, England was used during production as well as the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. The marketing campaign of the film, which can be seen in this archive, emphasised the media mogul storyline and helped ensure this Bond movie held its own at the box office in the wake of competition from films including James Cameron’s Titanic (1997). When viewing the behind the scenes and production stills for Tomorrow Never Dies look out for a nice shot of the Aston Martin DB5 parked on location in Cambridge, England while Bond visits professor Inga Bergstrom (Cecilie Thomsen). Also note the various pictures of stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong. Armstrong’s work on the Bond series started with You Only Live Twice (1967). His contributions here include coordinating the stunts in the tense and explosive pre title sequence and also Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Wai Lin’s (Michelle Yeoh) colourful motorcycle chase through the streets of Bangkok, in Thailand. Stills photographers credited as Keith Hamshere, Jay Maidment and George Whitear (second unit).