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The city of Paris, within its administrative limits (the 20 arrondissements), has a population of about 2,230,000 making it the biggest city of France. Its metropolitan area is one of the largest population centres in Europe, with more than 12 million inhabitants. An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris had become, by the 12th century, one of Europe's foremost centres of learning and the arts and the largest city in the Western world until the turn of the 18th century. Paris is today one of the world's leading business and cultural centres and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
In one of the opening scenes of the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, Emilio Largo is seen arriving at 'Centre international d'assistance aux personnes déplacées' ('The International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons'). This scene was shot on Avenue d'Eylau in the 16th arrondissement.
A View to a Kill (1985)
Through Sir Godfrey Tibbett, Bond meets French private detective Achille Aubergine in Paris. The detective exchanges information about the film's villain, Max Zorin. During their dinner at the Eiffel Tower, Aubergine is assassinated by Zorin's bodyguard May Day, who subsequently escapes by parachuting from the tower. After a chaotic chase through the streets of Paris, Bond catches up with the assassin on the Seine. May Day escapes, however, transferring to another boat driven by Zorin.