It was originally made as a U.S. television film for Hallmark in 1994. Miramax then bought the rights to capitalize on Pierce Brosnan being named the latest James Bond, with a plan to distribute it as a theatrical release. It was finally released on television in the U.S. in 2001.
The day before production started on this film, 8 June 1994, Pierce Brosnan was being introduced to the press as the new James Bond at the Regent Hotel in London. He was already sporting his Robinson Crusoe beard.