The action sequence where Bond performs world-class precision driving manoeuvres using his Ericsson gadget phone from the back seat of his BMW 750iL is for many fans the highlight of the entire film. The scene, supposedly taking place in Hamburg, was actually filmed in the car-park at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, North West London. The entire action sequence, helmed by veteran action-director, Vic Armstrong, took three weeks to film on location. However, the final shot of the BMW driving off the roof and crashing into the front of an Avis car rental store was created using miniatures at Pinewood Studios.
Fans love the interaction between the beloved gadget master Q (Desmond Llewellyn) and Bond in the scene where the latter expertly spins the car around a hangar using the phone’s remote control, before bringing it to a sudden stop only inches from Q’s legs. Nonplussed, the elder gent quips: “ Oh, grow up, 007!”