PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organization from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.
Gemma Arterton won the part of of Agent Fields over fifteen hundred other applicants. The full name of her Miss Fields character is never revealed in the film and is only ever referred to as "Fields". Her full name is given in the film's closing credits and publicity documents as "Strawberry Fields," named after the 1967 song by The Beatles. She has red hair, like strawberries. Strawberry Fields can be considered a typical Ian Fleming-esque moniker. Arterton has reportedly based her character on a few 1960s Bond Girls, particularly Pussy Galore and Tracy di Vicenzo, on whose hairstyle Arterton based Fields' hair. She's the fifth major redheaded Bond Girl in the franchise, the first four being Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in Thunderball (1965); Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) in Diamonds Are Forever (1971); Helga Brandt (Karin Dor) in You Only Live Twice (1967); and Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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Station from Patrol 48 - grey Aston Martin followed by a black Alfa Romeo driving towards the quarries. Gunshot fire.
During the opening car chase it is clear that this is filmed on the northern part of Lake Garda through the mountain passes and tunnels. After the quarry scene Bond is now suddenly driving into Sienna which happens to be around 150 miles from Verona, Lake Garda's main City location.
The iconic "James Bond gun barrel" sequence, not seen in its traditional format since Die Another Day, is incorporated into the closing credits.
Following an advisory screening of a rough cut the film was pre-cut on BBFC advice before official submission to the Board for a formal cinema classification, with edits made in two scenes in the finale. At this point it was officially passed "uncut" as a 12A. More detailed notes can be found on the BBFC's website. Worldwide versions are this same pre-cut version.
English, Spanish, Italian, French, Swiss German, German
€8,351,037 (France) (2 November 2008)
$168,368,427 (USA) (25 January 2009)
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