MI6 takes a retrospective look at what could have been the 17th James Bond film and Timothy Dalton's third outing as 007, with a summary of the second act...
Bond 17 - Act II
11th August 2006
|MI6 takes a retrospective look at what could have been the
17th James Bond film and Timothy
Dalton's third outing as 007, a very different concept
to what fans of today are familiar with. The world now knows
Pierce Brosnan as Bond
17, however at the time of original planning, 007's seventeenth
outing would have looked very different.
Winkhart and Ching await their meeting with the Kohoni twins.
Sir Henry informs Winkhart that the twins are "Yakuzi",
members of the Japanese mafia.
Rodin, a well-build goon, is disguised as a motorcycle courier. The inside of his bike helmet flickers to on with a targeting display system. He opens his bag, slung over his shoulder, to reveal a hefty weapon. The helmet screen targets nearby security men and he blasts them all down.
Inside the building the Kohoni's have arrived. They take their seats at a conference table.
Rodin is now on the roof, finishing off another guard.
Nearby is an automatic window-cleaning machine. The goon
swaps a canister of window-cleaner for something more lethal.
Above: Timothy Dalton, ultimately, played
Bond only twice.
In the conference room, Sir Henry Lee Ching proposes buying Kohoni
Industries from the twins. They, however, are un-interested in
Ching's proposal and prefer to rough up a few of his associates
instead. Ching calmly bids them good day, and leaves the meeting.
Above: Imperial Hotel in Hong Kong
Winkhart and Ching rapidly leave the building. Once downstairs,
Ching signals to Rodin and he sets the window-washer in
to action. The machine reaches the appropriate level, but
instead of soapsuds, the machine shoots flames. The associates
on the ground smile at the Kohoni brother's demise.
Bond and Crisp watch as Q and the DB5 disembark a cargo
plane. The Aston has had a few new optional extras installed
and Q nervously demonstrates. Seemingly uninterested as
usual, Bond climbs into the driver's seat and speeds off.
The Imperial Hotel
Bond is checked in by the lovely manager Mi Wai and then
escorted this room. A party is ensuing in one of the hotel's
banquet halls. Photographs are being taken of guests and
passers-by alike. One is snapped of Bond.
On a computer screen of the section chief of Chinese Intelligence
Service, Quen Low, is the picture of Agent 007.
Bond prepares for a shower, only to discover it is already occupied
by Connie Webb. She informs Bond that her superiors were impressed
with his merchandise. Connie has ordered champagne, and they toast
to their new partnership.
Streets of Hong Kong
It is the Chinese New Year as Connie and 007 drive though the
streets of Hong Kong, where they witness many partygoers. Bond
decides it is time for a little information, and so quizzes Connie
about her 'robbery' at Kohoni Industries. She claims to have switched
real jewels for a fake set. However, Bond is suspicious.
Bond and Connie are scanned in through the high-security entrance.
No record is found for 007. Rodin is suspicious and has an
deeper search ordered.
The party is already well underway. Crisp is in conversation
with the Chinese agent Mi Wai. Suddenly a group of black-clad
commandos appear, repelling down the side of the building.
Bond instinctively draws his weapon. However, Ching smiles
as the security system activates an automatic machine gun,
which targets and takes out the commando unit. The building
has the latest security and defense technology installed.
It is the way of the future, Ching notes.
Above: Hong Kong skyline at night
Bond meets Winkhart who hands him a New Years' fortune cookie,
which contains an address for a meet later that night.
Ching saunters over to have a private word with Bond about the selling of the microchip. Suddenly Nigel Yupland appears behind Bond, blurting out Bond's real identity as a British secret agent.
Connie slips the microchip to Sir Henry under the table, and
then stands to leave. As she does she turns and shakes Bond's
hand, slipping something to him. Bond knows it is time to get
out of there, and he makes a quick exit. In his palm he holds
a microchip, with "Kohoni Industries" engraved on it.
Rodin escorts Connie Webb to a lift whilst Denholm Crisp watches on.
Mi Wai is waiting at the rendezvous point when Bond arrives. Mi Wai gestures to Bond suggesting they take a drive.
Sir Henry and his goons are admiring their latest advancement
in technological warfare. It is a lethal car, designed to hunt
and destroy other vehicles. Rodin dons a helmet with a heads-up
display installed. The henchman speeds away, in hot pursuit of
Bond. Henry and the rest of the goons watch the action on a large
Streets of Hong Kong
Bond and Mi Wai are speeding through the streets in Q's Aston.
The killer-car is approaching fast. Rodin uses infra-red targeting
to keep a steady lock on the DB5. First Rodin uses built in machine
guns to try and take out the DB5, but Bond dodges the fire by
whipping the Aston round a sharp corner.
Above: The busy streets of Hong Kong
Rodin, still in pursuit, has to drive wildly to dodge
time-delayed mines, laid out by the Aston ahead. Next, Rodin
hits a button and the missile targeting system springs to
life. When the killer-car's missiles lock onto their target,
the DB5 alerts Bond and he launches flares which Rodin's
heat-seeking missiles follow instead.
Rodin's car keeps close on Bond's tail, imitating the Aston's
every move. The goon has only one option left - to use his
hand pistol… He shoots at the car, so Bond rises
the bullet proof shield, but it will not hold out forever.
Suddenly, Bond makes a sharp turn and drives the Aston off a
cliff. Rodin's car, with its targeting software, follows Bond
and Mi Wai over the side. Mi Wai screams as the DB5 plummets,
but Bond hits the ejector seat button and both chairs shoot into
the air. Parachutes spring from the car seats and the pair float
gently to the ground. Meanwhile, Rodin struggles to escape the
sinking killer-car as Bond and Mi Wai land safely.
Straightening himself up, Bond comes face to face with Mi Wai's
pistol. Nearby, a Chinese helicopter is landing.
Red Chinese Camp
The chopper takes 007 to a Red Chinese camp where he is quizzed by Wai's boss Quen Low. He wants to know why the British Agent is in China and does not like the death and destruction 007 has caused.
Quen Low explains that their government too received a letter
threatening the destruction of their nuclear power plans. He explains
that they ignored the threat and takes Bond to see the consequences.
Nanking Power Plant
The drive to Nanking is scattered with death and destruction.
On the way, Quen Low explains that they had discovered that it
was one of the Kohoni's machines that went haywire, and caused
They arrive and Bond compares this machines microchip
with the one Connie had slipped him. It is a perfect match.
Quen Low explains that Ching is the grandson of a powerful
Chinese general. When the general's army was defeated, Ching's
father fled with his money and began a militia group funded
by the opium trade. When the government eventually assassinated
Sir Henry's father, he and his mother went into hiding.
Quen Low concludes that he believes Sir Henry is behind
the nuclear disasters and wants revenge on China. They reluctantly
agree to work together.
Above: the real-life Nanking power plant
While many details of this abandoned production
are vague, MI6 puts the pieces together to take a look at what
could have been the 17th James Bond picture based on the available
Stay tuned to MI6 for a series of features
on the ill-fated 3rd Dalton film.
Timothy Dalton - James Bond