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Eurocopter AS-355 in Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - Roger Spottiswoode's neat James Bond adventure has Pierce Brosnan's 007 helped by a Chinese spy (Michelle Yeoh) to thwart the plans of a crazed global media mogul. In one outstanding stunt sequence, Bond jumps his motorbike over the villains' low-hovering helicopter...

Tomorrow Never Dies, over the top

action storyboards from Tomorrow Never Dies

When Bond and Q (Desmond Llewellyn) take the new remote-control BMW car for a test drive, we see a brand spanking new Eurocopter EC-135 on the tarmac behind them. Later, a Eurocopter 355 Ecureuil 2 tries to kill Bond on his motorcycle by using the rotor-blades to slice him up. That doesn't work out too well. - NATHAN DECKER

bizarre helicopter stunt in Tomorrow Never Dies
buzzsaw alley helicopter in Tomorrow never Dies

The 'buzzsaw alley' stunt in Tomorrow Never Dies deserves a special mention as the most blatantly inaccurate portrayal of helicopter flight - of all time - in a big-budget movie. In this scene, the chopper pitches over forward more than 20 degrees (nose down, tail up) without moving forward (impossible), then slowly proceeds to chop up wood and pieces of debris without damaging its rotor blades (also impossible) and continues to move forward very slowly as it chases Bond!

In reality, the helicopter would have accelerated forward as soon as its nose began to pitch downwards. (A helicopter cannot hover if it is pitched at an angle other than approximately level, in normal weather conditions.) The sequence insults the intelligence of anyone who knows anything about how a helicopter flies, and gives away the fact that it was almost certainly a life-size mechanical mock-up, perhaps combined with miniature effects, and definitely not a real helicopter.

That ruined the whole movie for me, because after that I could no longer suspend disbelief, and I felt like I was looking at a 'live-action' cartoon instead. - LOUIS GONZALEZ

Bond leaves Sikorsky helicopter in Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies also features a Eurocopter AS-365 sitting amongst the other kit at the arms bazaar. A Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low is also shown landing during one of the UK scenes. And when Bond takes the BMW for a test drive there is also an AS-355 on the tarmac with a Eurocopter EC-135. - ALEX YOUNGS.