007 Racing (2000)

Cast
James Bond Adam Blackwood
R John Cleese
Dr. Melody Chase Caron Pascoe
M Classified
Jaws Classified
Jack Wade Classified

Credits
Writers: Original story and characters by Brooke Burgess
Art Direction: Tony Parkes
Music: Jonathon Colling, Allister Brimble and Octagon Music Productions

Mission
Thrill seekers who have spent their lives wanting to drive like James Bond in all his exotic, gadget-filled cars will get their wish fulfilled with 007 Racing.

007 Racing allows both Bond and racing aficionados to test their mettle behind the wheels of some of the super spy's most famous vehicles while executing action-filled missions inspired by memorable scenes from among the first 19 blockbuster James Bond films.

Each vehicle in the game carries a full complement of gadgets and weaponry from the Bond series of movies as well as new weapons that will help the player overcome the specific challenges of new missions.

The arsenal, supplied by MI6's "Q Branch", includes machine guns, surface-to-air missiles, spike and mine dispensers, rocket launchers, an oil slick generator, tyre shredders and bulletproof windows.

The vehicles also feature four-point physics, which accentuate 007's white-knuckled driving style and a progressive damage model that affects the look of the car and performance.

 

Briefing
James Bond has returned in the third PlayStation release. This new spin on Bond puts you behind the wheel of a selection of classic Bond cars featured in every decade of Bond. Each of the cars comes equipped courtesy of Q - Branch, with a selection of classic weapons and decoys. Drive through twelve action pact missions in some of the most popular cars to grace the silver screen and save the world.


"Be Bond, Behind The Wheel."

Features

  • The chance to be James Bond and get behind the wheel of some of the most amazing cars from the James Bond universe
  • Famous vehicles from BMW and more, modified by MI6 Q Branch
  • More than 15 exciting missions inspired by famous Bond films, ranging from evasion to elimination
  • The ability to battle famous Bond movie villains
  • Diverse interactive levels set in Amsterdam, South America, Monte Carlo and New York
  • A full complement of Q lab weapons and gadgets
  • Dramatic 007-style physics and car damage
  • Hollywood-style pacing and special effects
  • Multiplayer support for exciting peer-to-peer action

Back Cover Blurb
Pay attention, 007. This is for your eyes only. Q-Branch has re-engineered some of your favourite automobiles with additional gadgets and firepower. You'll need everything they've got, plus your own uncanny ability to beat the odds. The free world is depending on you. Oh, one other thing before you go 007 - try to bring them back in one piece.
  • Q-branch vehicles - BMW, Aston Martin, and Lotus
  • Exciting missions & beautiful women
  • Ingenious gadgets - smoke screens, stinger missiles, and more
  • Dangerous assailants interfere from air, sea and ground
  • 2-player action

Press Release - PlayStation
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., November 17, 2000 – Superspy wannabes with dreams of driving the exotic, gadget-filled cars of James Bond will get their chance with the release of 007 Racing for the PlayStation® game console. This spy-packed action-driving game, published by Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) under the new EA GAMES’ brand, marks the first Bond game to exclusively immerse players behind the wheel of Q-Branch vehicles in an array of mission-based environments. Adding to the game’s overall unique appeal is the original plot line that is inspired by the best, most memorable action scenes from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) world-renowned James Bond franchise that has produced 19 memorable movies over the last 38 years.

In 007 Racing, a high ranking European diplomat and businessman plans to hijack a shipment of NATO weapons and smuggle them to international terrorists inside cars that roll off the assembly line of his automotive plants. As Bond, it is up to the player to stop him. Fortunately, the gamer is supplied with some of the most famous gadget-filled cars from the Bond universe to thwart the evil villain.

The game features 12 action-filled missions, inspired by memorable movie scenes, set in locations such as Eastern Europe, New York, Mexico and Louisiana. Each environment offers numerous and diverse action and stealth-based missions that the player must successfully complete in order to proceed. For example, in Estonia, the player must launch Stinger missiles from his Aston Martin DB5’ to bring down a helicopter and then employ the standard oil slick generator to give pursuing jeeps “the slip”.

Bond enthusiasts will experience what it feels like to drive the legendary Bond exotics BMW Z3’, BMW Z8’, BMW 750iL’, Lotus Esprit’, Aston Martin DB5 and Aston Martin Vantage’. Each vehicle in the game will carry a full complement of Q-branch gadgets and weaponry as well as new weapons that will help the player overcome specific challenges of missions. The arsenal includes machine guns, rockets, surface-to-air missiles, laser cutters, an oil slick generator, smoke screen and bulletproof rear screen. The vehicles will also feature physics model which accentuates 007’s no-holds barred driving style, and a progressive damage model that affects the look of the car and its performance. For example, a player who commits a twisting, somersault jump over a building in his Z8 at 100 mph and lands on the front bumper will see a resultant crumpled hood and lower top speed.

Staying true to the Bond universe, players will encounter recognizable henchmen such as Jaws as well as newly created villains for the game. Bond also will receive help from Bond allies of the past such as M, R, Q and his old CIA friend Jack Wade, each of whom will give the player tips and advice via audio and text to help achieve mission objectives. Actor/Comedian John Cleese, who plays R in the movie, “The World is Not Enough,” lends his talent as the voice of R in the game.

Multiplayer for 007 Racing supports two-players and features two modes, Challenge and Pass the Bomb, each of which can be played in eight uniquely designed two-player levels. In Challenge mode, players battle with their friends to find the ultimate 007 Racer. In Pass the Bomb, players engage in a game of “tag” to pass a ticking bomb before it detonates.

007 Racing for the PlayStation supports Dual Shock’. The game is rated “T” (Teen) and will ship with an MSRP of US $39.95. Eutechnyx’, an accomplished UK-based entertainment software company, developed 007 Racing for the PlayStation. EA GAMES will publish and distribute the PlayStation title worldwide.

Cover Art
Above: Cover art for the French and UK Platinum releases.

Trivia

  • Alternative titles where proposed for the tentatively titled 007 Racing, however the working title stuck.
  • It was rumoured that Electronic Arts had planned a PlayStation 2 sequel to 007 Racing, however no official information was ever released.
  • 007 Racing was a follow up title to EA/Black Ops Entertainment release Tomorrow Never Dies.
  • The game was re-released as a Platinum title in Europe in September 2001.
  • The game features gadgets from Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough.

Best Line
James Bond: "I had a few optional extras installed for just such occasions…"

Release Data
Platform USA UK Japan
PlayStation 21/11/2000 22/11/2000 N/A

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