Hamburg is always worth a visit – even James Bond was here 20 years ago when the 18th screen adventure ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ was shot on location in the heart of Germanys second largest city. The perfect setting for some celebration during the annual general assemby of the James Bond Club Germany.
Club members has already started to arrive for a relaxed dinner on Friday evening before embarking on a location tour the next day. The tour included the famous Hotel Atlantic, the Außenalster as well as the Mönckebergstraße where several scenes of ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ were shot with actor Pierce Brosnan.
The most famous shot by far was the BMW 750iL crashing into the AVIS rental car office – a scene which was filmed right at the beginning of Hamburgs shopping promenade, the Mönckebergstraße. In reality, there never was an AVIS branch of course. The production crew used the window of department store Galeria Kaufhof and extended it to the inside of the building by adding a boxed office set made of wood in which the car could be fired into by compressed air. Stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong and his team had planned everything very carefully so that the stunt only had to be filmed once.
To properly celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film, the James Bond Club Germany had set up a photo point inside department store Kaufhof where Club President Andreas Pott welcomed interested visitors and club members. To add a sparkle of 007 glamour, two models had also been invited to pose as Bond Girls.
Following the photo shoot, the club moved to the InterCity Hotel Hamburg Dammtor-Messe for the annual general assembly after which a dinner at the Landungsbrücken concluded the event.