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  • Author Existence Failure: This is the final James Bond film to feature Desmond Llewelyn as Q. The character was implied to be considering retiring in this film, which became necessary after Llewelyn was killed in a car crash the month after The World is Not Enough hit theaters. Cleese, his assistant in this film, only lasted one more movie before the reboot eliminated the character and made the successor idea moot altogether.
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  • Backed by the Pentagon: MI6 initially moved to block the filming of a scene around their headquarters, citing security concerns, but were overruled by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, saying "After all Bond has done for Britain, it was the least we could do for Bond".
  • B-Team Sequel: Roger Spottiswoode, who directed the previous film Tomorrow Never Dies, declined to return as director following the Troubled Production of that film. Martin Campbell, who directed the film before that one, GoldenEye, was asked to return, but declined.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Maria Grazia Cucinotta was considered for the role of Elektra, but this was nixed when it was discovered her English wasn't up to par. This did however, parlay into her brief but memorable role as the Cigar Girl Assassin.
  • Cut Song: The soundtrack album of this film includes a song titled "Only Myself to Blame", sung by Scott Walker. Originally, David Arnold intended to use this song during the end credits, but it was considered too glum to go out on, so a techno remix of the James Bond theme was used instead.
  • Deleted Scene: Plenty.
    • The Cigar Girl meets Renard in the opening after Bond's escape from the banker's office.
    • Bond's pursuit of King through the Vauxhall Cross building takes much longer as originally filmed. The reason for this cut was because of the decision to move the title credits sequence to after the Thames chase, instead of after the Bilbao fight.
    • So does his seduction of Dr. Warmflash. Including a funny moment where he tosses his sling onto a suit of armor.
    • The Q scene was longer.
    • The sequence of Bond and Elektra's meeting in Azerbaijan takes much longer also, which also added more information on Elektra's backstory.
    • M's arrival in Azerbaijan and greeting Bond was also longer and included Bond introducing M to Dr. Jones.
    • Bond drives his Aston Martin DB5 to Sir Robert King's funeral.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Elektra King, being half-British and half-Azeri, and implied to have been raised in the Soviet Union (it's said that her family had fled the Soviet Union many years earlier), manages to fit both Fake Brit, Fake Russian, and fake Middle-Eastern at the same time, since she's played by Frenchwoman Sophie Marceau.
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    • Renard, a Bosnian who worked for the KGB and then became a terrorist, is played by a Scot.
  • Fake Russian:
    • The Russian Zukovsky is played by English actor Robbie Coltrane.
    • In a half-way Elektra King—see above.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Castle Thane is Eilean Donan Castle, which was featured in Highlander, starring former Bond Sean Connery.
  • Orphaned Reference: In the extended opening, M says that the classified report is a study by the Russians on Y2K impacting their computer systems. This would have tied in with R's line at the end of the film.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Much of Robbie Coltrane's lines were derived from cut scenes from the GoldenEye script.
  • Role Reprise: For the video game, even though most of the characters are voiced by professional voice actors as opposed to the actual actors from the film the game is based on, John Cleese actually reprises his role as R from the movie. Although footage of him in the film only appears in the extended 007 difficulty ending in the PlayStation version.
  • Star-Derailing Role: The much-maligned performance of Denise Richards (which won her and the film a Golden Raspberry Award after Tanya Roberts only got nominated for A View to a Kill) pretty much derailed her rising career (her infamous marriage with Charlie Sheen didn't help matters). Her biggest role since this film was two years later as a middle-billed cast member in the slasher film Valentine.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Pierce Brosnan ad-libbed the part where he adjusts his tie while underwater during the boat chase.
    • The stunt of grabbing the cables on the Millennium Dome took several tries to get right. Apted put in one of the shots of the stuntman missing the cables to give a better sense of how hard it was.
  • Underage Casting: The movie was much mocked for having its main Bond Girl, Christmas Jones, played by the twenty-nine-year-old Denise Richards, be supposedly a world-renowned nuclear physicist. What makes it stand out even more is that another (male) nuclear physicist who was working for the bad guys was clearly in his fifties.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • R interrupting the satellite showing Bond and Christmas Jones at the end with the excuse that it "must be a premature form of the Millennium Bug."
    • Bond presenting a cigar to Moneypenny as a gift (which he took from his reunion with the Swiss banker at the beginning) and her clearly not amused reaction to it seem to reference the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (which involved stories about a cigar being used for foreplay).
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • Word of God: In the DVD Commentary, Michael Apted implies that Zuchovsky might not have actually died, though any potential further plans for him were scrapped with the franchise's reboot after the next film.
  • Working Title: Initially, this was due for release in 2000, with rumored titles including Death Waits for No Man, Fire and Ice, Pressure Point, and Dangerously Yours.


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