There was a six year gap after the disappointing box office performance of Licence to Kill, during which time various legal entanglements disrupted Bond’s production schedule. Timothy Dalton hung up his tuxedo and Irish-born Remingston Steel star Pierce Brosnan came in.
Brosnan had been tipped for the role for years. The most polished, handsome actor to have played the role, he was naturally suave and sohisticated, a charmer with a twinkle in his eye. This was also the first film in the series not to have any basis in Ian Fleming’s stories - though the title comes from the name of Fleming’s estate, where he wrote most of the novels. It was also the first Bond movie made after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Famke Jansen is one of the series most memorable women, Xenia Onatopp, a sadist who works for the criminal syndicate Janus. Another memorable woman, Judi Dench plays M for the first time - just a couple of years after Stella Rimington became the first woman to head the real life MI5.