After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.
Chimera is a deadly virus that will bear a grisly death unless you are given the antidote. The creator of Chimera is murdered and the antidote is stolen by a disavowed I.M.F. Agent, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). The Impossible Mission Force, (I.M.F.), hire the skilled and charming Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), and the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton), who has had her share with Ambrose. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to send Hall undercover to Ambrose and learn what she can for Hunt to bring down Chimera, but they will have to break into a secure lab by jumping off of buildings and dodging bullets. Its impossible.
The part of Mission Commander Swanbeck was originally offered to Sir Ian McKellen. He was not able to accept the role, due to a prior theatre engagement in London and the part eventually went to Sir Anthony Hopkins. His agent was stunned when he turned down a small supporting role. Had he accepted it, the costly overruns would have prevented him from playing Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and like Dougray Scott, he would also have missed out on X-Men (2000). See more »
(at around 1h 30 mins) Ambrose forces McCloy to sell all of his stock to buy options in the company. CEOs of public corporations are not allowed to liquidate a single share without first filing with with the appropriate governmental agency (SEC in the US). See more »
[from a video recording presented by Swanbeck with Ethan watching]
Every search for a hero must begin with something that every hero requires: A villain.
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Norwegian cinema version contained the extra violence just like the UK cinema version. The DVD release however did not include them. See more »
"MI2" gets off to a good start, lags in the middle with weak story and character development, and turns into a muddled mess of gratuitous action in the end. With big budget, big names, and John Woo going for it, "MI2" delivers solid entertainment but falls short of expectations. The film fails to make the emotional connection between audience and characters and apparently tries to compensate with an overdose of action. The result is a numbing experience and a yawn provoking ending as good triumphs over evil.
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