In 1996 the citizens of Copenhagen, Denmark, were treated to a brief stunt show at the City Hall Square as part of the promotion for the Danish video release of "GoldenEye".
British stunt man and former SAS soldier Terry Forrestal (1948-2000) worked on six James Bond films: "Moonraker", "Octopussy", "Never Say Never Again", "A View to a Kill", "GoldenEye" and "The World is Not Enough". He also contributed to the Danish action thriller "Operation Cobra" in 1995. That film's director, stunt coordinator Lasse Spang Olsen, helped arrange the Copenhagen stunt show where Forrestal jumped from the Palace Hotel balcony and onto an airbag. Nicolas Barbano captured the stunt with his camera:
The 24 January 1996 edition of the youth programme SuperPuls on Danish network TV 2 covered the Danish gala premiere of "GoldenEye" which took place at Copenhagen's Imperial Cinema on January 11.
The video is mostly in Danish although host Tina Bilsbo is seen interviewing Pierce Brosnan (James Bond 007) on the red carpet. The clip also features interview snippets with Brosnan, composer Eric Serra and singer Tina Turner from the "GoldenEye" EPK (Electronic Press Kit). These are in English with Danish subtitles.
The clip is sourced from a VHS taping which explains the poor image quality.
Prior to the Danish theatrical release of "GoldenEye" in January 1996, Polish-Swedish actress Izabella Scorupco (who played Natalya Simonova in the EON film) was interviewed by Bo Larsen for the syndicated film programme "I biffen".
In the interview, Izabella Scorupco gives her definition of a Bond girl for the 1990's. She talks about her childhood toys and dreams and the lack of gender equality in modern society (still a topical subject today!).
The interview was sourced and edited from a VHS recording off local station TV Fynboen. Except from a brief introduction in Swedish, the segment is in English with Danish subtitles.
Ace stunt driver (and Matthew Perry look-alike) Ben Collins turns 41 today.
Ben Collins doubled Daniel Craig during the opening Aston Martin car chase in the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" (EON Productions, 2008). He has also previously incarnated the mysterious The Stig on BBC's "Top Gear".
This exclusive interview with Ben Collins took place during the "Bond in Motion" press day at London Film Museum, 18 March 2014.
Ben Collins, any items you'd fancy from the "Bond in Motion" exhibition? There's nothing much here you wouldn't want to take home. The jetpack [from ”Thunderball”, 1965] would be brilliant for commuting. There's a dodgy little Renault 11 that had its roof decapitated in "A View to a Kill" (1985). I like that because the car chase was so wild. If I could take one home, it would be the DB5, obviously, because it's such a timeless look.
You drove the Aston Martin DBS in the ”Quantum of Solace” (2008) opening car chase. What was it like for you as a race car driver to adapt to the stunt world? My job is normally about protecting the car and not putting dents in it. In ”Quantum of Solace”, the door gets ripped off, and the car gets smashed to bits. We pretty much destroyed 12 brand-new Aston DBS cars which brings a tear to the eye. But it looked really cool, so who cares!
Sometimes what looks very simple might turn out to be quite complicated. We did one scene in Siena with the car driving through a tunnel, which didn't look very impressive, but the gap on either side of the wind mirrors was less than a centimeter on either side. Suddenly you realise you could look really stupid if you make a mistake.
Could you describe what it's actually like, driving an Aston Martin DB5? Because I know I'm never ever gonna get to drive one. It's very smooth, because you've got lots off the suspension than what we get used to in cars these days. There's no ABS, no traction control - a lot of the bullshit, in a way, that we've been infected with with modern cars, doesn't exist on that car. Some people would be horrified to think that this car doesn't have all the electronic aids, and actually it's just very well-balanced, so in a lot of ways, the old style is much more effective than a modern car.
It's a little bit more complicated to drive, but ten times more rewarding than driving some modern box. And you feel everything in the road. When the car takes a corner, you feel it lean over, you can feel the tyres biting at the tarmac. No power steering. It's just got a lot more feedback, so you feel very connected. It's a super car to drive.
Some would say that Bond's DB5 outracing Xenia Onatopp's Ferrari in ”GoldenEye” isn't exactly a plausible scenario. I guess they were playing with each other, weren't they. They were racing, but not trying to get away from each other. In a straight performance, probably not, and certainly I would say that an Aston DBS is quicker than an Alfa Romeo. But there were a lot of obstacles in Bond's way, and I guess that's what makes the chase exciting.
Thanks to London Film Museum and Ben Collins. Happy birthday, Ben!
In this rarely seen TV special from 1996, journalist Elisabeth Wille meets a remarkably candid Pierce Brosnan at the Hotel d'Angleterre in Copenhagen during the actor's Danish press tour for "GoldenEye".
Pierce Brosnan is so unguarded in this lengthy chat that he even agrees to say the famous line on camera: "The name is Bond ... James Bond" (which is also the show's title in Danish).
The 14 ½ minute programme is in English with Danish subtitles. It was originally shown 25 January 1996 on DR1 (Danish national television). This version is a VHS rip.
With this slightly awkward spin on the "GoldenEye" tagline, the company Estrella A/S launched these GOLDENEYE CHIPS on the Danish market in 1996:
The packaging proudly stated that these potato crisps were in fact "recommended by James Bond 007". A highly dubious claim, given the four flavour enhancers and artificial meat flavouring (!?) found among the ingredients.