While fame can be both a blessing and a curse, there’s no denying that successful actors have it good. Apart from earning millions after every movie, some of them also enjoy occasional perks. Such was the case in the mid-1990s when Pierce Brosnan received a “little present, a little gift from BMW.”
It wasn’t so little since Mr. James Bond was gifted 188.2 inches of BMW grand touring excellence. He took the keys to a shiny new 8 Series Coupe in the 850 Ci specification. It happened following the success of Goldeneye, which featured the Z3. The roadster’s inclusion in the movie was part of a three-film deal between BMW and MGM. Subsequent movies – Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough – featured the 750iL and the stunning Z8, respectively.
An Irish actor appeared in a video from a February 7, 1997 edition of The Late Night with Conan O’Brien, which was shared on Reddit. In this episode, he describes how, on the first day of filming for Dante’s Peak, he got pulled over for speeding in Idaho. Even though he reached a speed of 193 km/h or 120 mph, he was released with only a warning. The authorities let him off the hook but want to know how the Goldeneye film crew executed the bungee jump, which was filmed at the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland.
His excuse for going way above the speed limit? “I didn’t realize it because the car was so good, so smooth!” On the first-generation 8 Series, BMW engineered the gorgeous coupe to automatically raise the windows after reaching 100 mph (161 km/h) to reduce wind noise. The 850 Ci superseded the 850i but there was a period when both were in production.
For a while, BMW made the 850 Ci with two different engines, the M70 and M73. Pierce Brosnan had a newer model, so his car came with the bigger and more powerful 5.4-liter (instead of 5.0-liter) unit.
We’ve found what looks like an old ad with the car, stating it’s a 1996 model with 49,820 miles (80,177 kilometers) on the clock. We’ve reached out to the owner in California, but chances are we won’t get a response.