MI6 takes an indepth look at location concept art from the forthcoming James Bond videogame "From Russia With Love" by EA Games...

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3rd May 2005

In the first part of this series, MI6 revealed two major new locations for the forthcoming James Bond videogame "From Russia With Love" - a chilly factory complex set in the foothills of mountains near Belgrade which Bond must infiltrate, and a warehouse in Zurich featuring smelting equipment and plenty of 60's cars.
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London's Calling
Even though 007 working for MI6 should limit his involvement to missions outside UK soil, it seems Bond gets thrown into the action in Westminster when an attack on the Houses of Parliament erupts.

Armed with his trusty PPK and gadget equipped jetpack, Bond takes on the threat in a stunning aerial dog-fight above Westminster.

Concept artwork is created during the early design stages of a game production to help developers visualise the locations, buildings and style of the game. As with movies, concept artwork is a key tool in developing a production style and essential for conveying ideas.


Above: Shot of the scenery where a bike chase will rip through an underground box-car railway later in the game.


Above: Interior concept art of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

Left: Development screenshot of James Bond (centre of the screen) investigating the balconies inside the building.

Details of why the Houses of Parliament are rocked by an explosion are sketchy at the moment, but from the screenshots and video footage it is clear that 007 has to save the day - both on foot through the building, and in the sky on his trusty jetpack. The early screenshots show how close the game is staying true to the original concept drawings made early on in the game's development cycle.

Above: Concept art of a party taking place on the embankment of the River Thames (left) and a development screenshot of James Bond taking stock when flames lick out of the building (right).

Above: Concept art of Big Ben, the famous clock tower that dominates the Westminster skyline.

Right: Development screenshot of James Bond and his jetpack about to take on the airborne goons at the Houses of Parliament.

The jetpack is the central addition to the format adopted for "From Russia With Love", featuring in a number of missions throughout the game - despite not appearing in the film itself. This addition to the third-person gameplay engine is an extension of it's spiritual predecessor "Everything or Nothing", which headlined a rappel feature in much the same way.

Development of game will take place at EA Redwood studios (USA) and will ship in November 2005 on Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo GameCube.

Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest unrivalled coverage of "From Russia With Love" (VG).

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