The Property of a Lady (lost production material of cancelled James Bond film; 1990-1993)

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Promotional content for the film prior to its cancellation.

Status: Lost

The Property of a Lady is an unreleased James Bond movie based on the Ian Fleming short story of the same name. Announced at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, The Property of a Lady was to star Timothy Dalton in his third feature to complete his three-film contract, possibly alongside Elizabeth Hurley, Catherine Zeta-Jones or Lucy Liu and Anthony Hopkins as the villain.[1] The film was ultimately reworked into GoldenEye due to legal issues, which starred Pierce Brosnan (the fifth official Bond actor) following Dalton's contract expiring.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Due to most of the plot of The Property of a Lady being used in the James Bond movie, Octopussy, an entirely new plot was written. The film originally followed Bond as he investigated in Hong Kong a prolific businessman's actions, in an effort to counter terrorist activity and prevent World War III. Some elements from The Property of a Lady survived and were reused in the film. For example, the opening scene of GoldenEye, outside a nuclear facility, was taken from the original version of the film. However, many other elements of the film have not resurfaced.

Production[edit | edit source]

Production began in 1990, but it is unknown how far The Property of a Lady got. Production ultimately ended in 1993 when Timothy Dalton's contract ended. A lot of plot points for The Property of a Lady were re-worked into the 1995 James Bond film, GoldenEye.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Due to the unknown nature of production, there is no known test footage for The Property of a Lady to have surfaced. Only a teaser poster has surfaced.

See Also[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

BBC article on The Property of a Lady Retrieved 10 Oct '18

References[edit | edit source]

  1. MI6 Community Forum thread. Retrieved 04 Apr '16.