BOND 50 TOMORROW NEVER DIES

Week 18 of our marathon James Bond retrospective

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen. To celebrate, SFX's Nick Setchfield revisits each and every 007 adventure in a week by week countdown to Skyfall ...

MISSION 18: TOMORROW NEVER DIES

THE BIKE CHASE It’s the most knuckle-tightening action sequence in Tomorrow Never Dies – handcuffed together, Bond and Wai Lin gun a motorcycle through the bustling slums of Saigon, strafed by the whip-blur blades of a pursuing helicopter. The bickering agents rocket the bike between two buildings, vaulting the chopper itself, a piece of daredevil showmanship performed by Jean Pierre Goy, who would go on to ride the Bat-pod in The Dark Knight . “A lot of things could have gone wrong,” recalled Goy, who refused a safety wire for the feat after a punishing 200 practice jumps. “I could have miscalculated the speed, the angle, the deviation from wind factors… the heat of the engine and exhausts could have set the cartons where I was landing in flames.” True to Bond tradition, Goy executed the stunt in one immaculately heart-stopping take.

TRIV AND LET DIE

Any British act with a record contract appeared to be in competition for the coveted title song, from Pulp to Saint Etienne to Dot Allison . Click on the links to hear the rejected tracks.

JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH