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In February 2016, two reports were made to the London Metropolitan Police about a "terrorist attack" made on the Lambeth bridge, after many local citizens were not told about a controlled stunt explosion made on a double decker bus for this movie.
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Liam Hennessy (Pierce Brosnan) is based on Northern Irish politicians Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Adams was actively involved in the Irish Republican movement, although he denies having been a member of the I.R.A. (a claim contested by many). He later became the leader of Sinn Féin, the political branch of the I.R.A., and was heavily involved in establishing a lasting peace accord in Northern Ireland. Hennessy even shows physical resemblance to Adams (short gray hair, full beard, glasses). Adams was never Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland. That position was filled by Martin McGuinness. In this movie, Hennessey describes a previous nickname, "Butcher of the Bogside" when referring to his terrorist past. Martin McGuinness was known as "Butcher of the Bogside".
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Jackie Chan sang the closing credits song "A Common Man".
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The name of Jackie Chan's character, "Quan Ngoc Minh", suggests that he is Vietnamese with Chinese origin, as "Quan Ngoc Minh" is a Vietnamese name, but Quan is not a common Vietnamese surname (first name and last name are reversed in some Asian culture, in Western format his name would be Minh Ngoc Quan").
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Despite the change from the novel's original title of "The Chinaman", Quan (Jackie Chan) is still referred to as such six times in the movie.
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The bus explosion was tested in the car park of Artem Ltd., the special effects company that did all of the physical effects in this movie. When the bus exploded on Lambeth Bridge, there were two technicians on-board to set it off.
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This movie reunited director Martin Campbell with Pierce Brosnan, after working together on GoldenEye (1995). This is also the second time Campbell worked with cinematographer David Tattersall, after Vertical Limit (2000).
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If you try to determine the locales of the story, observing traffic can be very confusing, especially at the beginning of the film. This movie was filmed in the UK, US and PRC, and all but a small portion of the movie is supposed to take place in the UK, including Northern Ireland; thus, most driving should be British-style. The US and PRC drive on the right side. The UK drives on the left. The vehicles are a mix of right- and left-hand drive. In the London scenes especially, there is a confusing mix of driving and parking. Sometimes characters and traffic are driving on one side but when the scene cuts they are driving on the other side. There's also a mixture within scenes of how cars are parked; some are the UK way, and others are not. This goes on throughout the film.
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Roadshow Films, the movie's Australian distributor, effectively dumped the movie in a dozen cinemas in major cities and spent little on advertising.
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The line from the first trailer, after Jackie Chan says: "Twenty thousand pounds, ("that's all I have" is also omitted from the trailer) for the name of the bombers." The line "That's not how we do things here", spoken by Commander Richard Bromley (Ray Fearon) is not in the final cut. Instead, Commander Bromley responded with, "To be clear, these are vicious men who take pride in their atrocities. This is our work, not yours. You need to be patient." and Quan puts the money away.
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This is Jackie Chan's second appearance in a movie with a former James Bond. The Cannonball Run (1981) included Chan and Roger Moore.
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Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan appeared in different adaptations of "Around the World in 80 Days." Chan appeared in Around The World In 80 Days (2004) while Brosnan appeared in Around the World in 80 Days (1989).
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Rory Fleck Byrne was trained by Jiu-Jitsu Master Ross Kesirich for the fighting scenes.
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At one point, Quan (Jackie Chan) is compared to a monkey. Chan provided the voice for Monkey in Kung Fu Panda (2008) and its sequels.
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Agree that Quan is Viet and not Mandarin. A lot of the paperwork is in Viet as well. Sai Gon is written as such and not the characters for Ho Chi Minh City. The Chinese quarter before liberation from America was Cholon, - where Ngo Diem was murdered in 1964. After the SIno-Viet War which was referred to by the Chinese as "lesson no 1" Cholon was emptied and is now Chinese-free. Quan says his family went to Singapore
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The clock at the airport when the police officer takes Wood's laptop shows 2:59:38, just before 3 pm. The bomb inside the laptop explodes exactly after 22 seconds of real-time action.
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