AJB007 has reported news of a scene being filmed between Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan last Thursday somewhere in the United Kingdom. The scene also involves a Chinook helicopter. Other details in the report are considered 'spoilers' so you'll have to highlight the article to read it.
The scene in question reportedly involves Bond and Jinx in the back of a Chinook helicopter. AJB007 is under the impression that the helicopter belongs to the United States and, as a result, this scene does not take place anywhere in the United Kingdom as the United States apparently has no Chinooks statied on the United Kingdom.
The scene was reportedly filmed using blue screen techniques. Using blue screen the scene can be filmed on the ground but the finish product will reportedly set the helicopter somewhere around 10,000 feet above the Earth. The aircraft/HALO jump sequence in Tomorrow Never Dies was filmed in a similair fashion.
So what takes place in this scene? Reportedly it invovles Jinx and Bond “exiting out of the back of a Chinook … on the back of single person stealth gliders which were referred to as ‘Switchblades’.” AJB007 describes the Switchblades as “grey metallic vehicles with swing wings and a small V shaped fin, the user lies on them in the prone position facing forwards (much like [on] a skeleton bobsleigh).”
Other scenes reportedly filmed at this Air Force base somewhere in UK (the real base is in the UK, however, it will reportedly appear as a different location in the film) include a scene with “four to five Chinooks in a hangar and two outside, the shot went from left to right panning downwards on to a Land Rover which came into shot carrying Brosnan and Berry in the back. In the background of the shot were a lot of extras dressed as US army personnel.”
I must say that nearly all of this report is new to me. What isn’t new to me is a scene involving US Army Personnel. The notion of ‘Switchblades’ and exiting out the back of a Chinook is completely new to me so I can’t personally vouch for it’s validity.
However, day by day I am growing more convinced that Halle Berry’s character of Jinx will be American and possibly work for the NSA under Damian Falco. That said, this report does nothing to deny such a theory.
As to where this scene would fit into ‘Die Another Day’, I can’t even begin to speculate. My best guess would be it would come in the latter part of the film. Vic Armstrong recently revealed that in the middle of the film Bond would be rescuing Jinx from Gustav Graves’ Ice Palace in Iceland. It seems logical, in my mind at least, that Bond and Jinx won’t be paired up working together before this event.
Finally, thanks to Brett M. for his help with this report!