The circular gunbarrel pulls out to reveal we are in MOSCOW. The camera drifts over colorful church spires to a seemingly deserted warehouse. But behind tinted windows, ARMED GUARDS are inside, watching over the sleek-looking top secret AX-21 VTOL experimental aircraft. Two of the guards speak in Russian-tinged English* (Paul Haggis to actually make the dialogue bearable later on, of course )
Guard 1 - I am worried, Oleg. They cannot just steal an aircraft like this and not expect reprisals.
Guard 2 - Relax, Dimitri. It's easy work, and they are paying us double. And for what? Nothing! We are in Moscow. Nobody will be foolish enough to try anything here.
IN THE SKY - a jet black shadow of a stealth plane circles above the Square. The cargo bay doors open and a lone FIGURE CLAD IN BLACK drops out, camouflaged against the night sky. He NOSEDIVES for several hundred feet, plummetting straight towards Red Square, as he pulls a cord. An entire PARAGLIDER rig instantly unfolds from his backpack, sending the figure into a graceful swoop, arcing towards the warehouse.
Through NIGHT VISION GOGGLES, we see the figure's POV as he steers. A digital display reads "Scanning codes...FOUND". The figure presses a button and as the paraglider steers closer, the huge warehouse DOORS SLIDE OPEN at both ends.
Inside the guards panic. "They've found us!", "Kill anyone who enters!".
Still up in the air, the mystery figure withdraws a GUN and FIRES IT through the open doors. A tiny object imbeds into the concrete, as Guard Oleg rushes over to it. He examines it. "EMP? What is EMP?"
As if to answer, the tiny object FLASHES and a shockwave of energy fills the room, blowing out the power and plunging everything into blackness. Right on cue, the paraglider SAILS into the room. Guards FIRE WILDLY, missing everything as the paraglider calmly floats over the aircraft, dropping another tiny object on top of it.
The glider is already hurtling out of the other end of the warehouse before anyone has a clue what's happened. BEHIND THE WAREHOUSE, the glider finally touches down in a junkyard. The figure folds the chute up in seconds and stuffs it into a wrecked car. Finally he removes the goggles and helmet. It is JAMES BOND, 007. Peeling off his jumpsuit, he is wearing an unusually cheap/loud suit by Bond's standard. In the pocket is a tiny flask; he removes the lid and POURS THE CONTENTS OVER HIMSELF. Right on cue, SHOUTING AND FLASHLIGHT BEAMS light up the area. Guards pour in as Bond staggers around, clutching the flask.
Guard 1- "Who are you? Did you see anyone come through here?"
Bond - (Russian accent) "Where is...bar? I am out of vodka!"
The Guards LAUGH and JEER at him and move on. Once they're out of sight, Bond adopts a normal posture and walks out of the area. Unscrewing the bottom of the flask, he extracts a tiny DETONATOR. He casually tosses the flask away, in typical Daniel Craig fashion.
Round the corner, and Bond is in Red Square. We see the reason for the disguise - everyone else is wearing similar loud 'gangster' suits and Bond blends in perfectly. A PARKED CAR awaits with the engine running. Bond gets in to the back seat. Two Russians sit in the front.
Driver - You smell of cheap booze.
Bond - Well, I am trying to blend in as a Russian.
Bond hands over the detonator. "Want to do the honors?"
Russian Goon 1 "Da. I take any opportunity to blow up something American"
He hits the switch and BOOM, the warehouse goes up in flames.
Bond - "It's been a pleasure working with you".
Goon 1 - "Unfortunately the job is not quite over, there is a loose end".
Bond - "And what's that?"
Goon 1 - "You."
The Driver produces a SILENCED PISTOL and aims it at Bond. A SHOT goes off and the Goon looks confused. BOND has shot the Driver through the seat.
Bond - Tell your boss next time you plan a doublecross, don't send two men with assassin tattoos on the backs of their hands.
The Driver SLUMPS forward, kicking the car into gear. The car ZOOMS forward, jolting both men back in their seats. The Goon SLIDES into the back and pulls a SWITCHBLADE. The gun is knocked out of Bond's hand as the two men STRUGGLE in the back.
The car ploughs straight through Red Square, completely out of control, scattering TOURISTS and MARKET VENDORS in all directions. Bond SLUGS the goon in the face, stunning him; as the car races towards a wall, Bond opens the front door and hurls the driver out. Unable to reach the handbrake in time, Bond turns the car, slamming its side into the wall. Shaken (not stirred), Bond steps out only to realize the goon is no longer in the car; he's halfway across the Square. Bond gives chase as the Goon takes refuge in St. Basil's Cathedral.
Bond bursts through the door, at the ready. The Goon is DEAD, lying in front of him, a clear bullet wound to the forehead. Confused, Bond looks around, but the place is completely deserted. Hearing distant police sirens, Bond turns to leave, when he notices a tiny object on the floor right in front of him, seemingly there for him to find. He picks it up, examines it, then tosses it away before leaving. The camera pans in to the small object, a silver lapel pin in the shape of a Q.
as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007
TALK OF THE DEVIL
and Judi Dench
with Timothy Dalton as M
"Talk of the Devil" sung by Lady Gaga
"Talk of the Devil" composed by Lady Gaga and David Arnold
Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
Directed by Michael Mann
Bond uncovers the systematic murder of agents associated with the intelligence agencies of NATO countries that were involved in a given project. He plans to replace the remaining agent and eliminate the sniper that is taking out the agents.
A figure riding a motorbike and wearing a motorbike helmet is seen to be riding through the FRENCY COUNTRYSIDE, followed by a snipers scope. Just as the figure fingers the trigger, he feels the cold metal of a gun on the back of his head -
Meet JAMES BOND, 007.
"You've been a bad, bad boy," quips Bond. The sniper reacts, pushes Bond away from him and makes a run for it - with Bond's P99 getting thrown out of reach. The chase smashes through fields and country lanes, passes a cafe on a country lane where a man checks his wine bottle in disbelief at what he's just seen.
The chase eventually reaches a farmyard which is undergoing serious renovation. A game of cat and mouse occurs between the sniper and Bond, taking full advantage of the building site - until Bond has the sniper at his mercy. Dialogue quickly establishes this is the same sniper that Bond encountered in Moscow.
At his mercy, that is, until the sniper takes a cyanide pill and falls dead at Bond's feet. The problem is, the pair are in a building that has been rigged for demolishing - and as the sniper dies, the building starts to come down around Bond and the agent has to rush to escape.
Bond, frustrated, walks back through the farmyard, battered and bruised - as the motorbike and the leather clad motorbike rider, pulls up at the side of the road.
Only now do we notice the shapely curves in the leather and as the jet black helmet is removed, luxurious red hair falls free revealing that the rider is a beautiful, porcelain skinned woman - this is FLEUR.
After the reveal of Fleur, we'd presumably cut to MI6 where Bond would meet M's new Assistant Chief of Staff, Miss Moneypenny, as part of the new regime change via the new M. We'd get Judi Dench in a final appearance like Q in TWINE to hand over the reigns to Dalton, cue an "emotional" scene between her and Craig.
We then cut to...the surface of the moon! Where Russians are secretly mining uranium under the cover of a corporate space program, say, they are building the first commercial moon base. (If you want to anchor it in reality a bit more, we could explain that the uranium was uncovered as a result of NASA causing an explosion on the moon in 2009. EON usually likes to blame Americans at least once per Bond film). As the astronauts load the shuttle up with uranium, one astronaut inside (consults his list of stereotypical Russian names), PAVEL, cuts off the others' oxygen supply remotely, killing them all. He blasts off on his own, taking the uranium with him.
In the Earth's atmosphere, Pavel ejects the container of uranium at a predetermined point and the shuttle lands safely in a remote location in Siberia. Pavel emerges to be met by a man named COSTIGAN, who asks if the uranium was released safely at the exact location. Pavel answers yes, and Costigan promptly executes him.
A quick news report goes out in Russia claiming that the shuttle collided with a satellite and there were no survivors.
Back at MI6, Bond and the new M discuss these events. An obscure radar station in Venezuela reports a mystery object appearing briefly on the scope near Saba at the time of the "collision". (This report comes courtesy of South American section chief Felix Leiter, who since we have opted not to use him, doesn't have to be shown, or can appear briefly on a video conference screen, etc). And if we want to get cutesy with the in-jokes, we can have Dalton say something to Bond like "Ah yes, Felix Leiter, I know the man. Next time you see him, ask him how the leg is.". Looking at files on Maxim Rusayev, they find he owns property on Saba, so Bond is sent there to investigate.
SABA, NETHERLAND ANTILLES
Bond arrives at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport and takes a taxi to the government house. Here he meets Serafin Melendez, an octogenarian in a crisp white suit and panama hat, the Head of Station for the Netherland Antilles. The Dutch and the islanders are giving MI6 a great deal of leeway into their investigation but he suggests taking a walk to a nearby cafe where they can speak freely.
Melendez is, it transpires, a former Double-Oh - it is heavily suggested that he may even have been a previous holder of the infamous 007 designation. Either way, it's clear that Bond has a lot of respect for the elder man and so has M, judging from the fact that they've kept an eighty year old in the field.
At the cafe, Bond orders two ice-cold beers from the buxom bartender -
"Hello, I'm Ti-ti"
"I never would have guessed"
Bond and Melendez discuss Rusayev on the bar patio overlooking the harbor and that he's expected to arrive tonight. Melendez points out a ruggedly handsome man flirting with women at the bar.
"His name's Costigan. Ace pilot, former US rangers until they threw him out for insubordination. Now he smuggles, or at least that's the rumor since no-one's actually caught him".
Melendez points out a luxurious silver yacht docked in the harbor and says that it belongs to Rusayev. As they watch, the rear of the yacht opens up and a sleek grey sports car drives up a ramp and onto the quay before turning down a street and vanishing.
Melendez has arranged for Bond to attend a charity gala event that Rusayev is throwing <for the launch of SEEL> Bond will go undercover as James Stock, a reporter for the London Financial Times writing a report on the corporate space program that Rusayev controls.
As Bond climbs into Melendez' sedan, Bond muses that they'll need a better car if they're to infiltrate the charity event. And on that we CUT to the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics pulling up outside of the building used to hold the charity event - the heads of other attendees turn.
There's a nice comedy moment here where Maxim pulls up in his car, drawing a crowd, until a tuxedoed Bond turns up in his BMW, and the crowd all turns to look at him instead. Cue Bond smiling politely at Maxim, who storms inside in a huff.
Inside the reception, Bond notices Corinne Veneau on the arms of Costigan who cuts a dashing figure in his tuxedo. Bond and Corinne meet each others gaze across the crowded room but no words are spoken.
Bond relays the sighting to Melendez who is listening in to Bond using an earpiece.
"I'll be damned. Corinne Veneau. A woman I once met. Canadian Intelligence, or she used to be."
"Canadian Intelligence? Didn't know there was such a thing."
Bond explains to Melendez how he met Corinne in Russia several years earlier after his adventure in Bolivia.
Maxim then makes his Big Villain Speech to the crowd, he announces the launch of SEEL (Soviet Environmental and Ecological Legislature), an organization to establish and regulate new green policies worldwide. Afterwards, he mingles and meets Bond. (Here we can maybe have a good old casino scene where Bond faces Maxim at the tables. Roulette, perhaps? Maxim goads him with "I hope you handle your money better than the British handle their oil, Mr.Stock". Of course Bond wins, and when Maxim hands him a check for his winnings, Bond refuses and says "Why don't we just donate that to the families of the victims of the recent shuttle disaster?". Maxim glowers at Bond and leaves but is cornered by Costigan and the two man step into a side-room for several minutes.
"Rusayev keeps some interesting company."
At the end of the night, Bond slips a coat check attendent a crisp note to slip a piece of paper into the pocket of Corinne's coat. When Corinne comes to retrieve her coat, alongside Costigan, she finds the piece of paper in it and unfolds it, covertly reading it as she climbs into Costigan's rental car.
"What is it?"
"Just a note to remind me of something I have to do tomorrow."
Corinne crumples the piece of paper up and drops it out of the window as the car moves along the only road on the island, the paper flutters down in the breeze to the gentle waves of the water as we -
It's the next day. Bond has found a table at Ti-ti's on the balcony overlooking the harbor. He is reading a copy of an international broadsheet which he folds in half and puts on the table - as Corinne Veneau, wearing a light cotton dress that plays in the breeze.
"I hoped never to see you again. But you just had to walk back in my life, James," says Corinne.
"For a woman who hoped never to see me again, you accepted my invitation to meet me for breakfast with little thought"
Bond tries to warn Corinne away from Costigan because of his questionable history in smuggling and the black market. He brings up the topic of Maxim Rusayev and asks why Costigan spent several minutes in private speaking to Rusayev the previous evening.
Corinne explains that Rusayev has hired Costigan to make aerial surveys of several oil pipelines on the Canada/Alaska border, making sure that the environment is safe. He's not involved in anything illegal, Corinne assures Bond - but the fact that Bond is making inquiries has raised her suspicions, though she won't admit it.
Her suspicions are raised enough that she brings up the question of the legality of the work that Costigan is doing for Rusayev whilst the pair sit in bed, the sheen of sweat on their bodies whilst Costigan enjoys a post coital cigarette. The fact that she questions him raises his ire and he becomes physically abusive to her - as she lies crumpled on the floor, tears streaking down her cheek she comes to her decision.
As Costigan sleeps, the thin sheets draped across his scarred yet muscled body, Corinne slips on her cotton dress and sneaks out of the house where she pays the receptionist of the hotel to deliver a message.
Bond and Melendez are enjoying the conversation on the balcony of the cafe when Ti-ti approaches and hands a slip of paper to Bond, containing the message from Corinne.
It explains that Costigan will be ferrying an unknown cargo from Saba to the Yukon early the following morning. Bond slips the piece of paper into his pocket, tells Melendez that he will need an early morning wake-up call.
It is the next morning and Bond is watching through binoculars as a canister is loaded onto Costigan's plane whilst it idles near the end of the runway at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. He takes a snap of the caniter and sends it, via picture-text (using his brand new Nokia cameraphone) to Loelia Ponsonbury at MI6.
As Costigan's plane starts to taxi down the runway, Bond feels a tranquiliser dart snap into his neck and sees Melendez aiming the tranquiliser gun.
Bond wakes to find he has been transported to an abandoned sulfur mine on the island that Rusayev owns and is tied to Corinne. Rusayev has housed a number of wild and dangerous animals in the caverns which have been secretly ventilated - though nobody will go near them for fear of falling victim to the sulfur fumes. Rusayev has been planting freziera undulata - a species of mahogany tree previously abundant on the island and the area is generally off limits.
Bond can't believe that Melendez has turned on the government he worked for and devoted his life to. Melendez apologises but he explains that Costigan was holding his granddaughter for Rusayev and would kill her if he didn't cooperate. Melendez feared what Costigan might subject his granddaughter to. Bond and Corinne know what the smuggler is capable of.
Rusayev has Melendez dropped into the caverns where he breaks his leg and howls in pain. The Russian clarifies that Melendez' granddaughter died the moment that Melendez agreed to his terms.
Bond and Corinne are dropped into the caverns where they try to help Melendez by fashioning a splint from their clothes and wood that has been dropped. The trio make their way through the dark caverns, fighting off an attack by a hungry lion.
Melendez sacrifices himself (and, ultimately redeems himself) to a pair of Siberian Tigers, allowing Bond and Corinne to escape through a tunnel that is submerged in a pool of water. Despite almost drowning as the tunnel is much longer than either person expected, they find a small hollow to take another breath before swimming the rest of the distance down the tunnel and emerging onto Saba's golden beach where they collapse into each others arms.
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Corinne has been taken to the Dreamy Pines Motel in the Rocky Mountains where she is being guarded by MI6. However, Quantum have tracked Corinne down and have sent two men - Morant and Horowitz - to take her into custody. They claim to be working for the motel owner (whom they have killed by shooting him between the eyes so that his car veers off the road, over a cliff and into a valley where it explodes in a fireball) to get past the guards and shoot them. The guards are shot and after binding Corinne's hands and feet with rope and throwing her into the boot of the car, they douse the motel in petrol and throw a burning match onto the surface - the hotel bursts into flame.
Morant and Horowitz drive away from the burning motel with Corinne stashed in the boot of their car.
THE YUKON TERRITORIES, CANADA
Meanwhile, in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. Rusayev appears at a public press conference announcing SEEL has formed a treaty with Canada (represented by the Premier of the Yukon) and the Alaskan governor to allow his teams to retrofit and restructure certain sections of pipeline in order to bring them up to new green standards (and thus he brings in trucks and equipment without arousing suspicion). Rusayev poses for a photo op with a slightly familiar looking Alaskan governor, who jokes about being able to see Russia from her house.
Elsewhere, MI6 have tracked Costigan to a remote airstrip in the Yukon Territories. It is a private airstrip and the ownership is tracked to one of Rusayev's companies. Bond has co-opted Fleur to help him infiltrate the airstrip, uncover whatever Rusayev has planned and to recover the mysterious cannister jettisoned from the shuttle that supposedly crashed in Siberia. The airstrip can be accessed only by a single road and that is under heavy guard. The only other option is to go cross country which would involve several miles of hiking and skiing - which is what happens as a helicopter skims low across the surface of a frozen lake and two figures wearing combat suits bungee out of the back. This is Bond and Fleur - and they unclip the bungee cord when they reach the ground before putting together skis and ski poles from the packs on their backs.
The duo set off across the snow covered landscapes, dodging around trees and closing on the airstrip, even climbing up a waterfall that has frozen solid. Fleur's ski SMASHES on the frozen waterfall and severely hampers their travel until Bond comes up with an idea. Fleur balances on Bond's ski's behind him and she holds on to his waist - as she hitches a lift, they fly across the snowy ground. As they get closer, they set off a perimeter alarm and a squad of guards on snowmobiles are dispatched by Costigan on skis, snow mobiles and a caterpillar tracked antarctic snow cruiser carrying a squad of troops. It is clear that this is a major offensive for the organisation as their plan depends on the succesfull maintenance of the staging post at the airfield. There follows a pitched fight between Bond, Fleur and the guards - as Bond and Fleur's ski-poles are revealed to mask rifles and their ski-goggles double as targeting scanners and night-vision goggles. Bond fells the final guard with a precisely placed shot to the head - and he and Fleur swap suits into the uniforms of the guards before climbing onto the antarctic snow cruiser and moving onwards to the airstrip.
At the airstrip, Costigan is supervising scientists unloading the uranium from the canister and manufacturing a low yield nuclear bomb that Rusayev wants him to eject from his plane in a precisely placed drop zone near an oil pipeline on the Alaska/Canada border. Several bombs have been placed - this will be the last.
Bond and Fleur infiltrate the airstrip and uncover a list of locations the bombs have been planted. As Fleur is radioing in the locations, Costigan shoots her through the heart and engages in a face-off with Bond. Costigan claims to be sad that Fleur is near death and that he hasn't had intercourse with her - but, he points out, that the other party being dead hasn't stopped him before. Bond is disgusted. The pair engage in a close quarters fight through the airstrip complex - and Bond learns that Corinne has been kidnapped from protective custody and is being held by Rusayev. If the bombs don't detonate, then the Russian will shoot Corinne.
Costigan dies when Bond pushes him into the rotor blade of an idling plane and blood splatters everywhere. Bond radio's for a team to come in and recover the uranium and secure the airstrip.
His plan exposed and the authorities coming for him, Rusayev flees over the Russian border into China, taking Corinne and his last squad of loyal men with him. There he has a hidden base at a former Chinese Army arms depot in the Flaming Mountains (a desert region, to balance with the tropical and icy locales we've used so far!). In a huge hangar, we find an AX-21 aircraft. Hmm, wasn't this the thing that Bond destroyed in the PTS? Why, yes. Through some dialogue probably involving M and "his opposite numbers in Moscow", General Anatol Gogol of the SVR and they piece together that the AX-21 was stolen from a CIA facility by Costigan and delivered to Moscow. But, anticipating the west would be onto the theft quickly, Rusayev left a dummy lookalike plane in the Red Square warehouse, secretly moving the real one to a foreign location - but where? What's so special about this plane? It is able to completely submerge, dive, and travel underwater.
Mr White arrives at the warehouse with a team of Quantum technicians and goons to take possession of the AX 21. It's clear that Mr White (and, by default, Quantum as a whole) are disappointed with the way that Rusayev has handled the operation to bomb the pipelines sitting on the Alaska/Canada border but are taking their payment for lending him the help he requested - the AX-21. Mr White's personnel secure the AX-21 on a larger plane and Mr White climbs into a Sikorsky CH-53 and vanishes over the horizon leaving Rusayev to his fate.
As the Sikorsky CH-53 vanishes into the distance and the heat haze, Mr White pulls out his cell phone and dials a number. CUT TO the airstrip in the Yukon where Bond picks up his phone -
Mr White - James, such a pleasure to hear your voice again. It seems that we're dealing with the same person. I'd like to lend a hand. There's an arms depot in the Flaming Mountains that the PLA would have you think is abandoned - it isn't. Take these numbers down - you will find the arms depot at these coordinates ...
Bond listens as Mr White gives the GPS coordinates of the arms depot and as the call comes to an end, we see Mr White wind down the window of the helicopter and drop the phone out into the air until it tumbles to the ground and smashes to pieces on the hard desert floor.
Bond contacts M, who arranges with the CIA (and Felix?) for a special forces team to join Bond in storming the Chinese compound. We see a "preparation" scene where everyone suits up and loads their weapons, set to an Audioslave song in true Michael Mann fashion.
The team blows open the entrance and invades the hideout; a huge firefight breaks out inside the base, a classic "big team battle" style climax a la GF, YOLT, TSWLM, etc.
Bond chases Rusayev into a huge hangar/garage filled with jets, jeeps, and a tanker truck. Rusayev surprises Bond and strikes him with a tire iron; a brutal physical fight between the two men ensues. Bond is slammed against a control desk in the middle of the room as Rusayev takes out a gun from a hidden compartment in the desk.
He gloats as he has Bond at gunpoint; cue a mad speech somewhere along the lines of "You have won nothing, Bond. I will strike again in a matter of weeks; with Quantum's backing, all accusations against me will be dismissed as lies and propaganda."
"Speaking of lies, Maxim, who do you think told me where to find you? You're a man without a country, and without a friend"
As Rusayev realizes he's been given up, a radio report blasts out from the console "Sir, we're being overwhelmed! Recommend activate self destruct sequ---!" as gunfire cuts the voice off. While Rusayev is distracted, Bond HITS a switch on the console and the ROOF OPENS UP, instantly bathing the room in sunlight.
Rusayev SCREAMS as he's exposed to the light and flails around wildly, looking for an escape. (*Did we keep in that scene where we explain he's allergic to sunlight?) Bond grabs the gun as two of Maxim's soldiers burst in; Bond drops them both in a shootout as Maxim crawls into an office.
Maxim locks himself into the office: Bond shoots at the window but it's bulletproof, the heavy door won't budge. Through the glass, Maxim holds up his cellphone and says he's just dialled in the destruct code; Bond has five minutes to get out. He demands to know where Corinne is; Maxim tells him she's locked in a room on the far side of the compound. "Should take you about four minutes to get there. Or you can stay and see that I die. Your choice, Bond". Angrily, Bond leaves, knowing Maxim will escape as soon as he's left the room.
Bond runs out of the room, through the ongoing shootout, tells the CIA to get out of there, and then finds Corinne tied to a chair in a hidden room. The two race back out through the complex as explosions go off, huge girders and debris collapsing everywhere. Dodging into the hangar as wreckage caves in, Bond sees the office is empty and the tanker truck has gone. Most of the vehicles are on fire or can't be moved, but leaning against the wall is a battered motorbike...
The two get on the back and Bond races out through the exit tunnel, steering to avoid collapsing beams, and vaulting over burning debris. If we want to do an over the top stunt, try a barrel roll/flip maneuver, say something like this :
Bond and Corinne emerge from the exit as the complex collapses into the ground behind them. The surviving assault team are waiting for an airlift as their truck was destroyed in the blast. Bond looks to see a small moving speck in the distance disappearing along a dirt round...Maxim in the tanker truck.
Bond gets a machine pistol from one of the assault team and starts up the bike again, Corinne getting on the back.
Bond - What do you think you're doing?
Corinne - What do you think YOU'RE doing? I'm going after him!
Bond - Get off the bike, you'll just slow me down.
Corinne - You know, the longer you sit here arguing, the further away he's getting.
Bond rolls his eyes and heads off after the truck, Corinne sitting behind him. As they move away from the troops, Corinne reaches out and GRABS a M72 LAW single shot rocket launcher from one of the CIA men and slings it on her back.
The chase is on...
Bond guns the accelerator and the bike whips through barren sandstone landscape, the mountains rising in the background and the tanker truck coming closer, the faster bike closing the distance in next to no time. Corinne, wielding the M72 LAW tries to get off a shot at the truck but can't get a good lock on it - after all, she is forced to admit, she was an accountant for Canadian Intelligence and not a sniper. Bond and Corinne swap positions without cutting speed - it's a dangerous and deadly maneuvere but it works. Just. Corinne almost gets flipped from the bike and ends up with a nasty scrape down her exposed thigh. But now, Bond is able to maneuvere the M72 LAW and brings the tanker truck into his sights, fingers the trigger and BLASTS the tanker truck to kingdom come.
Rusayev is thrown free of the truck - he's bleeding heavily after being thrown through the windscreen and rolling across the truck. As Bond and Corinne dismount the motorbike, Rusayev throws himself through the desert at the entrance to the Bezeklik Caves rising in front of him. He rolls down an incline into the courtyard before ducking into the shade of an entrance way. Bond and Corinne follow and therein follows a cat and mouse chase through the seventy seven rock-cut Thousand Buddha Caves. Bond eventually corners Rusayev on the balcony that overlooks a valley with a winding river running through it - there are no tourists in sight, the attraction is closed. It's just Bond, Corinne and Rusayev.
Bond aims his P99 at Rusayev - as the thundering sound of a helicopters rotors rises from the valley below the caves. Rusayev climbs into the open door of the helicopter and waves adieu to Bond. The helicopter, with machine guns attached to its landing skids angles to face Bond - in slow motion, Bond and the pilot look at each other as the pilots finger closes on the trigger and Bond dives for the cover of one of the caves.
KA-BLOOM! The helicopter blossoms into an immense fireball. Corinne stands off to the side with another machine gun that Bond grabbed at the depot, she drops it and runs over to Bond as the flaming helicopter crashes into the valley floor and explodes - shooting another giant fireball into the sky. As Bond takes Corinne into his arms and takes a moment to take a deep breath, he turns to her and raises a questioning eyebrow -
"Lucky shot," she shrugs.
It is a late night at MI6 and M is burning the midnight oil, through the open doorway to his office we can see Moneypenny sitting at her desk, speaking on the phone. She puts the phone down, edges into the doorway as M looks up from the paperwork he was completing.
Moneypenny: The Americans impounded the flight AX-42 as it passed over the Korean Peninsula with fighters from their Kunsan Air Base. No sign of Mr White, though -
M: And Double-Oh Seven?
Moneypenny makes an innuendo laden response and M frowns - it's clear he knows EXACTLY what Bond is doing and there's nothing he can do about it. He sighs as we:
Saba, Netherland Antilles
"No television, no radio, no telephone ..." whispers Bond as he runs his fingers up Corinne's sweat slick abdomen. He's lying on his stomach, tastefully naked as a thin cotton blanket is draped across both himself and the Canadian woman. The balcony doors are open and the sounds of the Saba rainforest drift in and fills the simple luxury of the Ecolodge on Saba.
"Whatever are we going to do, ma cherie?"
Bond pulls her closer, propping himself up on a muscular forearm and laying a kiss on her lips. She responds, hungrily and greedy.
"I don't know," responds Bond. "But I'm sure we can find something to occupy our time ..."
He rolls on top of her as we pull out through the open doors of the ecolodge and into the gentle sounds of the rainforest, further out to the exotic landscape of the island of Saba and we hear - "Oh, James ..."
And we HIT the end credits.
JAMES BOND WILL RETURN
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
OPEN on a bird-eye view of a figure swimming underwater through clear blue water. The figure, a beautiful full-breasted woman in a barely-there bikini, surfaces - water cascades down her sun-kissed figure as she pulls herself from the pool to reveal that we're at the HOTEL ENCANTO in ACAPULCO, MEXICO. DEXTER SMYTHE is by the side of the pool - a handsome figure cutting a pleasant sight in sleek black swimming trunks - adjusts his sunglasses as another fan asks for his autograph. Think Lewis Hamilton crossed with David Beckham. He's fed-up of being bothered by the public - THIS was supposed to be a relaxing getaway after turning down a contract as a driver with the Faust Grand Prix team.
Frustrated, he throws his towel around his shoulder and arranges to rent a jeep which he takes down to an isolated beach. He unloads SCUBA equipment from his jeep, pulls the oxygen tank onto his back and puts the rebreather into his mouth before wading into the surf and submerging.
The underwater landscape is beautiful - delicate fish flitting to and fro between rocks and underwater flora. Smythe surfaces, pulls his goggles from his eyes and blinks - setting his eyes on what could be a cruise ship out in the distance, its pearl white hull glinting in the afternoon sun. His dive continues, he takes a few pictures using an underwater camera and then returns to the shore where he begins unstrapping the oxygen tank and loading it all into the jeep.
A SERIES OF CUTS show someone hefting a weapon of some sort - a futuristic machine gun with technological extras. It's like something from Star Wars. The sighting mechanism of the weapon locks onto Smythe - and a finger nudges the trigger. The weapon FIRES ---
Smythe staggers on the beach. Screams. Grabbing his head. He's in pain. Doubles over. Falls to his knees - blood trickling down his nose, he grabs his stomach and vomits profusely before he collapses, face down into the sand. The surf laps at his bare feet -
CLOSE ON A HAND holding a cell-phone and the sotto voce words. "Smythe has been neutralised, Sir ..."
As the surf laps at Smythe's dead body, we hear the opening chords of the themetune and transition into the title sequence. We're inside an engine, the spark plug ignites the fumes, the flames and the exhaust taking the shape of sexy dancing girls as we move through the mechanism of the engine.
Through it all, Bond being stalked by a shadowy figure.
as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
with Timothy Dalton as M
"The Property of a Lady" sung by La Roux
"The Property of a Lady" composed by Elly Jackson and Michael Giacchino
Soundtrack by Michael Giacchino
Title Sequence designed by Marc Kraste and John Klassen
Directed by David Fincher
Seattle, Washington, United States of America. And it's raining. Sheets of rain drench the pedestrians but not those within the SEATTLE TECHNOLOGY FAIR. Held in a massive stadium sized space, there are companies from across the world present including Microsoft, Google, Apple and a stall that demonstrates a laser that boils the inside of a melon without piercing the surface but our focus is on the stall that hosts FAUST TECHNOLOGY and several Faust employees including DOCTOR ARMAND SCHULLER. Schuller is a bespectacled, balding and middle aged individual who explains a new technology known as computational fluid dynamics, a computer simulation that can produce prototypes so quickly that it will reduce cost by as much as eighty percent - and it has both civilian and military implications. The Faust employees unveil a Faust Grand Prix JFX 01 racing car and explain that the car, developed using computational fluid dynamics, is due to make its debut at the Singapore leg of the Grand Prix circuit - which will also be the debut of the heavily promoted Faust Grand Prix team.
The technology fair winds to a close and the companies start to pack up. As the lesser employees are hard at work, Schuller unplugs a laptop and slides it into its case before leaving the stadium - unable to shake the fact that he's being watched by a tall, handsome man of mixed ethnicity that he glimpsed earlier during his presentation. This man is CARMEN MURIK. Schuller ducks out into the rain and makes his way through the streets of Seattle towards his hotel, becoming aware over the course of his journey that he IS being stalked by Murik. He ducks into the closest busy doorway - the main entrance to the SEATTLE UNDERGROUND EXPERIENCE and crumpling his hat into a nearby trashcan, he pays his cash and vanishes into the crowds. Or so he thinks. As the tour continues, he realises that the man has followed him into the experience - and seperates from the group, ducking under a cordon and into an unsafe area of the experience.
Schuller stashes the laptop in a darkened doorway and fingers a revolver that he's previously been hiding in a pocket, ducks into the decaying carcass of a century-old bar. Murik follows and a shoot out ensues - with both men taking shots at each other until the man stalking him takes a lucky shot and dislodges a beam from the roof, impaling Schuller and letting blood gurgle through his mouth.
Murik quickly leaves the carcass of the bar, picks the laptop out of the darkened doorway and rejoins the tour before exiting the experience and vanishing into the pouring rain, just another soaking pedestrian rushing to his destination.
Bond is called into MI6, fresh (or, not so fresh, judging by the crumpled suit he's wearing) from a plain flight from Acapulco to Heathrow and brought before M who waits for him alongside JULIANE FAUST and FELIX LEITER. M explains the events we have just seen in Seattle and explains that the body of Doctor Schuller has been found. three weeks after going missing in the aftermath of the Seattle Technology Fair. Schuller works for Faust - who is understandably worried as an employer that one of her employees appears to have been murdered - and, as M prompts, his laptop having vanished at the same time and the CFD process having been potentially compromised.
M had brought Bond in at the behest of the Prime Minister because the CFD process was funded by the British taxpayer through the defence budget as the MOD want to use it to develop a new fighter jet. Schuller's death could be nothing to worry about but, Leiter suggests, because of the death of famous race car driver Dexter Smythe in Acapulco (also, as a single event unworrying ), there could be more going on then they presently realise. M wants Bond to accompany Faust as Acting Head of Security and give things a once over. Bond agrees and picks up tickets to the Canary Islands as he leaves M's office.
Moneypenny greets Bond upon his departure from the office and he says she looks different and compliments her on her new haircut. Moneypenny sighs, watching his besuited shape leave her office.
THE CANARY ISLANDS
Bond arrives on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands and the base for the Faust Grand Prix team and an ancillary office for Faust Technologies. Bond is curious as to why an English company, completing an English project and funded by English money has selected a Spanish territory for its base of operations - and Faust brushes the question off, explaining that the tax incentives offered from the Spanish Cortes Generales was simply too good to resist. Bond seems happy with this explanation and finishes the meal that he has been eating with Faust that includes several Spanish dishes whereupon he is offered the chance to tour the testing facility - which includes an intricate custom designed and built racing track where the Faust Grand Prix team have been test driving their CFD cars.
It is at the testing centre that Bond encounters Yvonne Munroe. The beautiful woman was promoted in the aftermath of Schuller's murder to Director of the JFX-01 team and gives Bond a tour of the testing centre - showing him the JFX-01 prototype before escorting him to an observation deck where they watch the racing car being driven around the track. Reunited with Faust, the owner of the racing team offers Bond the chance to drive one of the JFX-01 around the track and, not wanting to be ungrateful, he accepts the offer despite the fact that he has begun to experience a headache. He is introduced to Vargas, the man who was driving the car they were watching from the deck, and accepts the chance to race against an experienced racing driver. But once the race begins, Bond's headache turns to near-fever as he begins to hallucinate spectral forms of Vesper, Mr White, Dominic Greene and Costigan taunting him. Vargas' maneuvering becomes tactical and he drives to drive Bond off the track and force him to crash - but Bond fights the hallucinations and feverish sensations and turns the same tactics back on Vargas and the experienced racing driver spins his car off the track where it explodes in flames.
Faust is fuming at the loss of the JFX-01 that Vargas is driving but Munroe suggests that there must have been a fault in the cars design. Faust states that a fault simply wasn't possible and that the fault was a result of Vargas' reckless driving. Bond watches Vargas' burned body being loaded into an ambulance to be taken to the morgue - but notices that the handsome Spanish man had a Q shaped ear stud. Bond files this away under intriguing details -
Yvonne wants to speak to Bond and reveal something but she is swept away by enquiries from the other technicians and Faust demanding that she will need to prepare a statement for the press to deliver later as well as contact Vargas' family. Bond, likewise, is preoccupied by making a phone call through to M (via Moneypenny) who investigates Vargas and discovers that Vargas received an unusually large amount of money from a handsome Italian man connected to crime and the drugs trade known as ENZO POMADORI who is based in Roseau, Dominica.
It's also confirmed that the fever, hallucinations and headache were due to a cocktail of drugs that Bond was administered, presumably during the meal with Faust before his participation in the race. Bond has started to become suspicious of the powerful businesswoman.
Bond arrives at Canefield Airport where he picks up his company car - a silver Peugeot 407 Coupe - which he drives to his destination, the Fort Young Hotel. There he checks into his room, makes sure that it's free of bugs, changes his clothes and heads into town to meet Johann Krieghoff. Krieghoff is an expatriated Russian, former FSB and Spetsnaz with his fingers in several unorthodox pies - he's carried out mercenary work that has brought him into both conflict and alliance with 007 on several previous occasions. And because of this, he'll have his finger on Pomadori's movements within Roseau. Much to Bond's frustration, Pomadori is a relative hermit - and although he has a small property on the island, he lives off the coast on his luxury yacht. However, they're in luck - the weapons smuggler is holding a party that evening. The bad news is that it's invitation only and an invitations to one of Pomadori's soirees is like a golden ticket.
Bond, frustrated, makes a list of equipment that he asks Krieghoff to acquire at short notice and the Russian agrees, raising his eyes as he comes across the list. Returning to his hotel whilst Krieghoff puts together the items on the list, Bond decides to go swimming and donning his swim shorts, he heads down to a beach near the Fort Young Hotel - whilst he prepares to strap on a SCUBA tank to survey the waters around Pomadori's yacht, he is interrupted by the beautiful raven haired thirty something THAILA SHAW. Shaw is the wife of a multi-billionaire - or, should that be - widow of a multi-billionaire. Her husband recently died and she's using his money to travel around the world, charting a course through the alphabet. She has been to Australia, Botswana and China - and her alphabetical trip has landed her in Dominica. Next step of the trip will take her to Egypt - and she'll be in Finland after that.
Bond smiles. Thaila's joi de vivre is somewhat refreshing to him after a run of women who have had serious issues and he finds he's unable to turn her away when she says that she'll join him on his diving expedition. Together, they explore the underwater world off the coast of Roseau before returning to the beach where Bond learns - to his surprise - that Thaila's husband was familiar with Pomadori and that she has an invitation to that evenings exclusive event on the yacht. When the door to Bond's room at the hotel is knocked on that night and opened to reveal Krieghoff with a hold all full of equipment - and more stowed in a crate at reception - it frustrates the Russian to find that Bond has found himself a route of fewer obstacles.
Bond accompanies Thaila to the party and, accidentally on purpose, looses her in the milling of the attendees. Sneaking along the corridor, he finds his way into Pomadori's office where he searches for information linking the arms dealer to Vargas - which he readily finds - but also that Pomadori sustains links to Juliane Faust herself and that Faust appears to have consented to the assasination of both Dexter Smythe in Acapulco, Schulmann in Seattle AND the attempted murder of Bond himself in the Canary Islands. As he's about to be interupted, Bond ducks into the shadows and blags that he was merely looking for the toilet and got lost on the beautiful leviathan yacht. The valet seems to fall for this and guides Bond to the bathroom where he considers his discovery when he washes his hands.
That night, he spends his time making passionate love to Thaila in her hotel room at the Fort Young Hotel. He leaves in the morning whilst Thaila is still asleep to discuss his findings with Krieghoff and consider their options - and when he returns to check on Thaila that night, he discovers that her room has been ransacked and that she appears to have been abducted. Luckily - this has only just occured and Bond and Krieghoff are able to give pursuit in the Peugeot 407. They follow a jeep that carries two thugs, Thaila, a driver and - it turns out - Enzo Pomadori himself. They arrive at a location several miles outside of Roseau, park up and follows the villains on foot through the flora. This, as Krieghoff explains, is the path to the Boiling Lake - which does just what it says on the tin, as Bond discovers when they reach their destination. A massive lake that through the miracle of geothermics bubbles away merrily.
Pomadori knows that Bond is a secret agent and is sneaking around on the island and on his yacht and believes that Thaila is, as opposed to just being the widow of an acquaintance of his, actually in league with Bond, is aware that he is a secret agent, and is consciously aiding and abetting him. He threatens Thaila with bodily harm if she doesn't explain what Bond is doing - which she doesn't know. He threatens her with being boiled alive in the lake. Bond and Krieghoff leap into action, having previously throttled the driver to death in his car at the road, the two men take out the two thugs. Krieghoff is shot and taken out of the action as he ties a ripped arm of his shirt around a bullet wound in his leg leaving it to Bond alone to stop Thaila's murder. Thaila is rescued and, in the final moments of the fight, as Bond tries to find out Pomadori's connection to Faust, the arms dealer falls into the boiling lake - screaming as he goes under, his body surfaces moments later. He is dead and his face is horribly burnt and blistered.
Bond holds Thaila close as she turns away in horror, comforting her with the explanation that the weapons dealer was a very very bad man indeed.
Bond arrives in Singapore where he arrives at the MI6 Safe House and encounters a beautiful Chinese woman - this is MEI. She's the Head of Station for Singapore and wants to know how he's going to proceed. Bond wants to check in with Faust but wants someone to keep an eye on her whenever he's not around - that, assures Mei, will be simple.
Bonds first port of call is Faust - but she's busy with the premiere of the JFX-01 and instead he is cornered by Yvonne Munroe, who has joined Faust to supervise the debut of the race car. Yvonne takes Bond aside - able to confess what she wanted to confess on El Hierro: that she is a corporate spy and that she is working for the opposition but, more importantly, that there is no reason that the JFX-01 ought to win the race. It is simply not up to the specification that the press releases have claimed until that point.
Bond asks why she's confessing this to him - and she reveals that Schulmann was going to deliver details of this to the company that she works for in Seattle but that he was killed before he did so. It's been all she can do to hide her true allegiance.
Eventually meeting up with Faust, he raises doubts about the specifications of the JFX-01 and she rubbishes his concerns. The car WILL win, she assures him, and she's even willing to put money on the outcome of the race - she will give one million dollars to a charity of his choice if she fails to win. Bond agrees, catches eyes with Murik as he leaves the Faust compound - which shows off various items that Faust Engineering is involved with, including a compact submarine perched on runners near the coast.
Mai arranges for Bond to look at the other race cars under the guises of being a racing authority representative. Bond questions them about things to do with the car and comes to realise that the same company provides the gear boxes in seventy five percent of the cars - and the other twenty five percent are expected to have lower race rankings than Faust Grand Prix anyway. This raises Bond's interest - and makes a call through to Moneypenny who digs up information that the gear box company that provides the gear boxes is tied in with Faust Engineering too. It's cleverly hidden, though - if you didn't know what you were looking for, then you wouldn't notice the connection.
Bond suggests to M that she ought to use her authority to pull the race, but she's unable to do so because the evidence is tenuous at best.
Bond decides to visit the Faust compound that evening in order to gather further information and comes across concrete evidence showing that the CFD design is a sham and that Faust will ruin the British economy if the government should fall for the bluff and invest their money into the project. However, the secret agent is uncovered, and a foot chase ensues through the compound - we learn that it's Murik who takes on Bond in a fist and gun fight. Bond looks on the verge of winning when Murik locks himself into the submarine and launches it off the runners and into the water, escaping.
Bond watches the submarine vanish and turns his back, returning to his hotel and driving his car onto the ramp which raises the car up to the level of his room, allowing him to drive the car into the room itself. Bond sleeps when he hears people coming up the lift - alerted by Mai that these are thugs, he jams to car into the ramp and the bonnet is crunched by the lift, but it stops the lifts progress. Bond ducks out of the hotel and is chased through the streets of Singapore by the thugs AS THE GRAND PRIX takes place!!!
Evading capture for long enough, he witnesses the Faust Grand Prix team being declared winners of the race after cars all crash out at vaguely the same point in the circuit. Smashing into an apartment building, he discovers a hi-tech set-up with some sort of remote device that decimates the gear boxes but makes it look like an accident. He smashes the machinery but it's too late to prevent a Faust victory. Alerting Mai to the set-up, he makes his way to the party celebrating the Faust racing victory which is taking place on the pool deck of the Marina Bay Sands resort.
Bond makes it clear to Faust that he knows what she's up to, but she brushes his accusations aside and both look like they may be about to meet their maker when a crazed opponent reveals that he has explosives strapped to his chest. Bond pushes the bomber into the pool, but the bomber pulls Faust into the pool too ...
Bond and Faust fight the crazed bomber in the Marina Bay Sands swimming pool. The glass edge of the pool overlooking the cityscape is obliterated, and thousands of litres of water are pulled over the edge. Faust is able to swim her way to safety, but Bond is pulled over by the current. He falls over the edge, but catches onto a balcony several storeys below. Unable to withstand the water, he lets go, but catches onto a second balcony. He uses this to perform a controlled descent down the side of the hotel.
He lands on the ground, straightens his tie, drenched to the bone - and walks away from the decimated hotel. Picking up where he left off with Faust, he discovers that Faust has escaped by getting a helicopter - she's believed to be enroute to Taiwan.
Bond is sat in the cab of a helicopter next to Mai as it cuts over the water and comes up to the coast of the Republic of China, popularly known as Taiwan. More specifically, the aircraft comes in close to the sprawling city of Taipei. Bond tracks Faust down to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall at the end of Liberty Square. She's on a goodwill tour of the city and paying tribute to the fallen leader of the country - and Bond trails her from this point, eventually reaching the towering Taipei 101. A massive skyscraper wherein Faust is renting floors to form the headquarters of the Far East Division of her company - as in Seattle and Singapore, there is a technological exposition coinciding with the opening of the Faust offices.
This, Bond speculates, is an excellent method of moving people and technology into a country under the eyes of the government. A maneuvere which could benefit Quantum, both financially and tactically - and it's here that we put the final pieces of the puzzle into place.
Bond spies Faust in a conversation with a corrupt Chinese General. He wants China to invade Taiwan and reunite the Chinese people's, believing that the current communist leadership of China are weak and corrupted by capitalist desires. Faust assures the corrupt General that the weapons will be smuggled into the country under the guise of research equipment for Faust and that they will then be passed out amongst hardline anti-Communist groups in China who will then target coastal locations on mainland China provoking the leadership of China into hostilities against Taiwan.
Further acts that Faust will covertly supply arms for will facilitate the corrupt officers invasion plans. Faust prepares to demonstrate one such weapon that will be handed over - the microwave rifle we glimpsed earlier - on a shackled Yvonne who is manhandled into the room by Murik, who has survived by escaping in the submarine.
Faust has discovered that Yvonne is a corporate spy and that she knows the CFD process is faked - that when the UK government invests billions of dollars into the project to build their new fighter jet, the money will be funelled away and it will leave the United Kingdom destitute and broke.
Bond is forced to act, throws himself from his hiding place in the air conditioning vent and grabs Yvonne - pulling her into a corridor. Faust has geared up the microwave rifle but the action cause the blast to go astray and the corrupt Chinese military officer collapses to the floor, falling prety to the same symptoms that Dexter Smythe fell victim to in Acapulco at the movies opening. Murik gives chase through the corridors of the Taipei 101 floors that Faust has rented. A stray bullet from Bond blasts the generator pack of the microwave rifle, rendering it useless, unknown to Bond and Yvonne.
The pair can't go down, so they go up instead - and eventually come to the observation deck. But they can't go further and are cornered, allowing Murik to corner them wielding the non-functioning microwave rifle and conning them into surrendering and backing them into a service lift. Faust arrives - explains that the lifts in the Taipei 101 are said to be the fastest in the world and, as she speaks, she disables the breaks of the lift as it plunges to the basement, killing him and Yvonne almost instantly. The sad result of an unfortunate accident that she and Murik will escape from accusation free.
Faust begins to work at the control panel - but reckons without Yvonne's rival computer skills and as the lift begins to drop, it suddenly screams to a halt several floors down. Yvonne's reactivation of the breaks having cut in a milli-second too late to stop the movement of the lift in the first place.
Bond and Yvonne climb out of the lift, shaken but not stirred Bond tells Yvonne to forward the data that she has on the plot to bankrupt the United Kingdom to M, who gladly recieves it and makes all the necessary phonecalls to halt the money being put through. Meanwhile, Bond rushes upwards and finds that Murik and Faust are escaping a helicopter - with Bond radioing to Mei for immediate pick-up, he jumps into the helicopter and takes the control yoke.
A disconcerting chase through the towers and streets of Taipei results in Faust's helicopter crashing somewhere in Yehliu, amongst the natural rock formations. Murik is killed instantly - or, if not killed, he survives but Faust kills HIM in order to survive.
A final confrontation between Bond and Faust occurs amongst the rock formations. Faust is working for Quantum, she started out an honest businesswoman but 'sold her soul' to Quantum to attain investment without which her company would have been sunk. She doesn't regret the maneuvere though but begs Bond to eliminate her - she knows what Quantum will do to her should she be brought in, they'll either have her killed or hang her out to dry.
Bond sighs, fingers the trigger -
A bullet blasts into a natural rock column. Bond has turned his hand away at the last moment. He holsters his gun and signals for Mei to come back with the helicopter and handcuffs Faust to one of the rear railings. The pair return to Taipei -
Later. A luxurious suite in the Grand Hotel in Taipei - a luxurious bubble bath overflows with bubbles that run across the floor and soak into an already sodden carpet. M is on the phone to Bond who stands in the nearby bedroom, wearing just a terrycloth bathrobe. The Prime Minister is very pleased at the uncovering of the plot to bankrupt the country and bring Faust into imprisonment sends his highest thanks to the secret agent and the corporate spy - and wants to convey these thanks in person. Bond tells M that his datebook is full for the next couple of days, but he can possibly fit the Prime Minister in Wednesday Next. M frowns as Bond hangs up - and slips into the luxurious bubbles, tastefully naked and joins Yvonne.
Yvonne - Who was that?
Bond - M. He wants me to bring you in.
Yvonne - And in the meantime?
Bond - Oh, just that I ought to take down your particulars ...
And Bond leans in for a kiss as the pair descend beneath the horizon of bubbles -
Bond - (faintly) And what fine particulars they are.
- and, with a delicate feminine laugh from Yvonne ending in a traditional 'Oh, James', we cut to a long shot of the island of Taiwan and ...
BUT JAMES BOND WILL RETURN
CHOICE OF WEAPONS