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1997 BMW 750iL [E38]

1997 BMW 750iL [E38] in Tomorrow Never Dies, Movie, 1997 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE — Made for: USA

1997 BMW 750iL [E38]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


Ron BE

2004-12-27 17:10

C'est la deuxième et avant-dernière fois que bond conduit une bmw.

G-MANN wrote [Image: tomorrowbmw3dl9.4060.jpg]

Q: Your new BMW 750. All the usual refinements, machine guns, rockets and a GPS tracking system.
Onboard computer: Welcome, please obey all instructions for a safe trip.
Q: Thought you'd pay more attention to a female voice.
Bond: I think we've met.
Q: I am not interested in your sordid escapades. Let's get on with it, shall we?

Special features:

The car can be remote controlled via Bond's cellphone. Bond uses this to drive the car from the backseat, where he is covered from all the bullets fired at the car during the chase.

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Safe in the airbag compartment with fingerprint recognition. Bond uses this to store his gun and the GPS encoder.

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Security system that delivers an electric shock if door handles are touched and ultra-tough glass and bodywork that will withstand sledgehammers and bullets:

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Tear gas:

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Missiles in the sunroof:

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Tyres shredding tacks:

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Reinflating tyres:

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Cable cutter that emerges from underneath the bonnet logo badge:

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Automatically closing doors:

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Bond utilizes all these features during the chase in the multi-storey car park.

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-- Last edit: 2012-09-05 00:42:49 (G-MANN)

Ralph DE

2005-01-18 00:56

BMW E38 750iL

drove by Pierce Brosnan

German titel: James Bond 007 - Der Morgen stirbt nie

Adrian US

2006-03-17 16:55

Awesome use of this E38 750iL. Notice the wheels? No 750iL ever came with these wheels. These look like they are off a 740i Sport. But it's not possible if you think about it. The year this film came out (1997), there was no 740i Sport avail. - not until around `99-`01. Therefore the wheels must be after-market (although similar looking to the M-parallel wheels used on the 740i Sport). Bond (Pierce Bronsnan) has the ability to drive this car via remote control. The electric shock feature, if one touches the car is great. Wish I had that in my BMW. Overall, really cool gadgetry, stunts, jumps etc... Although the car wasn't used all that much - 5 min. max. It's a `95-`97 - NOT a `94

-- Last edit: 2012-09-05 00:49:46 (G-MANN)


2006-05-15 01:42

Since this film was shot in 1997 and had the support of BMW, I think it's fair to assume that the production was provided with brand new BMWs for the filming. I've read that about 17 BMWs were used and 15 of them were destroyed! So this ought to be listed as a 1997 750iL.

antp BE

2006-05-15 10:51

Crazy that they need so many cars for the scene, as it is not so long.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-06-21 23:28

I think each gadget required a separate car. It's also worth noting that the car is a North American-specification model. Maybe the product placement deal was with BMW's US branch.

-- Last edit: 2012-09-05 00:49:30 (G-MANN)

yvon52 BE

2006-06-22 00:08

Fake german plates and the two seals are on the back plate, not on the front one

-- Last edit: 2006-06-22 00:09:35

antp BE

2006-06-22 00:18

I thought these were supposed to be Hungarian plates or something like that :??:

yvon52 BE

2006-06-22 00:22

500% sure not Hungarian plates. It's a North American version. The front License plate holder is made for US/Canadian plates, not for German ones!

-- Last edit: 2012-09-05 00:48:55 (G-MANN)


2006-09-01 15:03

There would have been some location filming in Hamburg, but this chase would have been filmed in a studio somewhere in England (the Bond films are usually made in Pinewood studios) and all these prop cars would have been brought in (left drive cars are used in Germany as opposed to RHD British cars) probably with fake numberplates. The BMW's numberplate seen here is actually a reference to the registration of Bond's Aston Martin from Goldeneye (BMT214A, the car used in Goldfinger was BMT216A) so it's most likely a fake (plus the fact that it would have to be put on over a dozen cars. The bit where the BMW drives off the roof of the car park and smashes into an Avis rental office on the street below was filmed at Brent Cross Shopping Centre in Hendon, London.

You says the chases isn't long but then it is pretty intense one. I don't know if they used a different BMW for each gadget (this car featured rockets in the sunroof, a cable cutter that emerges from underneath the badge on the bonnet, the rear bumper opens up and drops tacks, the tires reinflate, the car sprays gas from underneath), but they would have needed a different car for each level of damage during the chase (the windscreen and rear window get smashed, the seats get shot up by gun fire, they converted some cars so that a stunt drive could sit in a recess carved in the interior where he drove the car from behind the front seat, sitting below the window level so the car would appear driverless, and then they'd need a car that Pierce Brosnan could drive normally in other scenes. Plus they would have damaged cars during filming so it's not too hard to see how they got through 17 motors during filming.

When you see these spectacular car chases on film, you have bear in mind that no single real car could survive that amount of stress and still be working, I remember watching a documentary showing the filming of Die Another Day and they showed a behind scenes bit where they filmed the Aston Martin Vanquish smashing through the wall of the Ice Palace and sailing 50 feet through the air, when it landed you tell it got completely wrecked, when you see the chase on screen you are really watching dozens identical cars edited together. So you couldn't exactly do that kind of thing with a car in real life and still keep going.

-- Last edit: 2006-09-01 15:08:51

Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-09-01 16:17

I think that the car park interior was filmed at Brent Cross. IIRC the production closed off the top floor of the car park for a week. The exterior shots of the car park, including spiral ramp and the BMW jumping from the roof and crashing into the Avis office, were filmed in Hamburg.

wickey SK

2006-10-14 22:43

yes the plate is obviously hommage to the plate on Aston and it is supposed to be german for Berlin. Pity, that they made it in US shape instead of original germen..


2007-02-19 17:47

once they had a special tv show about how many bmw's were destroyed in bond films and that bmw's refused to give them another car for there next film.

antp BE

2007-02-19 17:49

BMW did not refuse, they just had a contract for thee movies, then they found another company to pay more :o (Ford/Aston-Martin)

quiksilver EN

2008-03-25 17:00

Is a 7 series the most boring choice for a bond car ever? I know the manufacturers use it to highlight there cars but a big ugly saloon come on!

-- Last edit: 2008-11-08 14:22:39

bondmobil DE

2008-05-12 16:38

See the real BMW with the licence plate B-MT 2144


It`s mine ;-)

Exiv96 BE

2008-09-15 14:25

I remember one of these "Bond" BMW 750iL was also seen in an episode of a german "krimi" series. Probably Derrick or Der Alte. Same color, same wheels, same plate size. During the episode, it was buried under a pile of gravel.

Neptune US

2008-10-16 03:54

G-MANN, you should get antp to move your thumbnail captures to the top (under the main capture)

antp BE

2008-10-16 10:04

And also not change picture chosen by others: I preferred the one with Bond at the side of his car :p


2008-10-16 13:23

This is a better picture of the car :p Also often the pictures I've replaced weren't the best view of the car.

Neptune wrote G-MANN, you should get antp to move your thumbnail captures to the top (under the main capture)

Yes, it would be good if he did that, but I would also like it if he'd fix it so I could do it myself.

-- Last edit: 2008-10-16 13:30:02

antp BE

2008-10-20 13:37

G-MANN wrote This is a better picture of the car :p

I thought that it was better to have Bond at the side of his car rather than having a full view of the car, as the car itself is relatively common [:spamafote] (it is Bond's car, not any car, but without Bond it is just any car :D)
Anyway, it would have been better to at least include the old shot in comments :p
So here is the old pic:

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2008-10-21 01:26

antp wrote (it is Bond's car, not any car, but without Bond it is just any car)

That doesn't really make much sense :p And the new picture is definetely better than the old one. Although I did consider using another capture that showed Bond behind the wheel, but I thought this one showed the side of the car better as well.

taxiguy US

2008-10-21 01:39

antp wrote
I thought that it was better to have Bond at the side of his car rather than having a full view of the car, as the car itself is relatively common [:spamafote] (it is Bond's car, not any car, but without Bond it is just any car :D)

So then if you put Bond next to a "relatively common" Ford Escort then it suddenly becomes a special car? :D

antp BE

2008-10-21 17:39

Well, yes, that's why the company pays so much :D Don't you remember all the fuss about Bond's Ford Mondeo in Casino Royale?

classicarfreak US

2008-12-01 06:12

Too bad this car was completely destroyed at the end of the chase scene after driving off a roof. Very cool features on this car. The shot where the tires were re-inflated was actually done by lifting the car up off its wheels and inflating them with air: special effects took care of the wheel motion.

AfroNinja376 CA

2009-11-04 04:47

quiksilver wrote Is a 7 series the most boring choice for a bond car ever? I know the manufacturers use it to highlight there cars but a big ugly saloon come on!

Are you kidding? This is a beautiful car!


2010-06-02 11:25

Antoine (and other can comment if they like), how about this picture (with Bond behind the wheel) to replace the main image?

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IMHO, this is still better than this (see below) because it shows the whole car, the only thing the other one has is Bond standing beside the car, but it's not as good a picture of the actual car.

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antp BE

2010-06-04 12:13

My previous anwser is still valid as my current opinion

symustafa1996 DE

2012-10-09 20:33

There's two deleted scenes related to this car, one where Q introduces it, and opened a crate, and there's a jaguar(the animal) in a cage, and Bond's like, "A jaguar?" And another after the chase, when the car's in the shop, Bond's returns tells the rental car lady "I left the keys inside."

manko-san FI

2013-10-12 19:52

Strange that nobody has mentioned the V8 engine this car has, so it's not really a 750.
The starter motor and engine sounds are from a 740.

ac40000 US

2015-05-31 23:10

Yeah, not really a 750 and I don't think it's really an iL (look at the rear doors). Apparently, they were 740i models, rebadged as 750iL models because that was the one they wanted to position as the flagship. So I think we have to pretend it's a 750iL, because that's what it says on the back, even though it's a 740i.


2015-08-15 21:25

They didn't use a real 750iL. It hasn't got fully chromed grille, mirror B pilars, double glazing, extended leather, etc.
Plus, when Bond starts the engine you can clearly hear it's a V8 not a V12.

Robi DE

2016-06-16 15:13

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Deleted Footage:
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A deleted scene shows Q opening the wrong box when presenting Bond his new car:
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Q: "...your new car."

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Bond: "A Jaguar?"
Q: "Wrong assignment"

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Plate B = Berlin

-- Last edit: 2019-06-02 08:56:35


2016-08-05 13:41

It's my favourite Bond's car

-- Last edit: 2018-05-05 13:20:56

Mad_Max US

2016-08-20 00:53

I'm currently watching this film thanks to TiVo, and I think I noticed that when the shots focus on the tires in the chase scene, the rims are different from when the BMW is parked. Has anyone else noticed that, or is that just me?

Weasel1984 PL

2017-01-25 14:55

Was it ever explained why the car was in the North American/US version? (I mean, of course not in movie, where it wasn't mentioned, but in some extras, "behind the scenes" etc.)
I read now en.wiki article about the E38 and it says:

Production started on July 23, 1993 on pilot production models and US specification variants on January 13, 1994, with series production commencing on February 17, 1994 and US-specification in the second half of the year.

To this we can add the Ingo's comments on how BMW placed in movies/series their pre-serial/"0-series" vehicles.
So maybe it was one of these US "pilots" from the early 1994?

Exiv96 wrote I remember one of these "Bond" BMW 750iL was also seen in an episode of a german "krimi" series. Probably Derrick or Der Alte. Same color, same wheels, same plate size. During the episode, it was buried under a pile of gravel.

Here one of them is to see in German TV series: /vehicle.php?id=851559

-- Last edit: 2017-01-25 15:02:29

Gag Halfrunt UK

2017-01-25 15:38

My guess was/is that the studio had a product placement deal with the US branch of BMW, which insisted that the car shown be a US model and/or could only supply US models to the production. It's said that they used 17 different cars, and it seems unlikely that 17 identical 0-series cars from 1993 would still be lying around in 1996 or 1997.

Weasel1984 PL

2017-01-26 22:51

From 1994, to be honest this is something I'm able to imagine, that they kept some of these cars in the warehouse :) Also for movie they could be modified - visually unified.
Z3 was in Euro-version.

robi DE

2018-04-19 10:57

One of the movie cars at the 2017 Techno Classica in Essen:
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walter IT

2018-04-19 11:03

Nice photos robi! Definitely one of my favourite Bond cars, I was a kid when I saw the film for the first time and I was really impressed.

jpts AU

2020-01-16 14:44

I saw this car on the Top Gear James Bond Special, and they said the vehicle is what a salesman would drive.

-- Last edit: 2020-01-16 14:47:41

schild1987 US

2020-03-06 22:44

My grandma had a 1997 BMW 740i in this color. BMW North America sent her a free VHS copy of Tomorrow Never Dies. I recall the letter that came with the tape saying something about it would be fun to see "your car" on the screen, and that the time to close your eyes was when the car reached the edge of the parking garage.


2021-02-21 06:07

Not 750iL. According to this site, they used 16 different 740i/740iLs during filming, but dressed them as 750iLs.: https://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/2001-740il/

walter IT

2021-02-21 11:06

Possible, but should we really trust that site? Maybe it would be better to see if more than one source gives us that info.


2021-02-22 02:57

walter wrote Possible, but should we really trust that site? Maybe it would be better to see if more than one source gives us that info.

Another site had a photo of a 740 complete with VIN, that was used in the movie. Maybe we should leave it blank and just list it as "7".

Hansen Sebastian ID

2022-05-01 12:18

The BMW with Bond himself as, in an ironic twist of fate, a "backseat driver".


2022-08-22 13:05

So is this a 740 after all these comments? Still says 750..

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