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James Bond Club Germany celebrates ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ in Hamburg

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.

The Mönckebergstraße in Hamburg where James Bonds remote controlled BMW 750iL crashes into the AVIS rental car office – Photo: Benjamin Lind / The Bond Bulletin

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 AVIS office was actually a wooden box set built for the crash scene

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.

The BMW after being fired into the shop window

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.

Temmy Brockmann (left) had won the Miss Schleswig-Holstein title in 2011 and Sina Bachor had posed as a Playmate for Playboy in August 2015
Posing with the two models was a nice treat for Bond fans at the original filming location

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.

About Benjamin Lind

Benjamin Lind
Benjamin Lind became a James Bond fan at the age of 15 and has since closely followed the production of every film since 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. Apart from writing about Bond, he is a founding member of the James Bond Club Germany and holds a position as advisor in its executive committee. In 2016, Lind released a charity documentary film entitled 'A Bond For Life - How James Bond changed my Life' in support of UNICEF.

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