In the precredits scenario, Bond is in a Swiss bank in Bilbao, Spain where he is attempting to recover money stolen from Sir Robert King (David Calder), oil tycoon and a personal friend of M (Judi Dench). Even moreso, he is looking for the name of the assassin who killed the MI6 agent who discovered that Sir Robert was buying stolen reports, the latest one from the Russian Atomic Energy Department purportedly identifying the terrorists who attacked a new oil pipeline that King is building. After making a daring escape but without the name of the assassin, Bond returns the money to MI6 headquarters in London only to see King, the money, and the MI6 bankvault blown up by a fertilizer bomb. After attending King's funeral in Scotland, Bond is sent to Baku, Azerbaijan to shadow King's daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau), whom M suspects may be next on the terrorist list, as well as to see if he identify the terrorist as Victor "Renard" Zokas (Robert Carlyle), the terrorist who kidnapped Elektra several years ago and demanded $5,000,000 in ransom.. When he finds the dead body of Russian scientist Mikail Arkon in the car trunk of Elektra's chief of security, Bond kills the security chief and takes Arkon's place on a flight to a Russian ICBM base in Kazakhstan. There, he meets Dr Christmas Jones (Denise Richards), an American nuclear physicist, and the two of them barely escape with their lives when Renard succeeds in stealing a bomb and blowing up the entire ICBM base. Bond and Christmas return to Azerbaijan, but Bond now suspects that Elektra may be working with Renard. When Elektra and Renard rendez-vous in Istanbul, Turkey, Bond and Christmas follow them there in order to stop them from using the bomb to blow up Istanbul.