Siberia (Russian: Сиби́рь, tr. Sibir') is an extensive geographical region, and by the broadest definition is also known as North Asia. Siberia has historically been a part of Russia since the 17th century. The territory of Siberia extends eastwards from the Ural Mountains to the watershed between the Pacific and Arctic drainage basin. The Yenisei River conditionally divides Siberia into two parts, Western and Eastern. Siberia stretches southwards from the Arctic Ocean to the hills of north-central Kazakhstan and to the national borders of Mongolia and China.[1] With an area of 13.1 million square kilometres (5,100,000 sq mi), Siberia accounts for 77% of Russia's land area, but it is home to just 40 million people—27% of the country's population.

The region makes its first official Bond appearance in the pre-credits sequence of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, where James Bond discovers 003 buried by an avalanche and recovers a microchip from his corpse. With the help of field agent Kimberley Jones, he escapes the ambushing Soviet troops. Siberia subsequently appeared in the 1995 film GoldenEye (and its video-game offshoots), where a facility at Severnaya serves as the nerve centre for the titular superweapon. In the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, it is mentioned that Russian politician and Quantum member, Gregor Karakov, is the owner of several mines in Siberia. The region was also featured prominently in Activision's 2010 James Bond video game James Bond 007: Blood Stone, where it is the location of an oil refinery (and bio-weapon factory) owned by Russian billionaire, Stefan Pomerov. The game features a vehicular chase across Siberia; first by Aston Martin DBS V12 and subsequently by assault hovercraft, as 007 pursues Pomerov's K-class ekranoplan. While the location has featured in numerous Bond adventures, filming has not been conducted in Siberia, with different locales (for example, Iceland[2] in A View to a Kill and scale miniatures in GoldenEye) doubling for the region.

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  1. Great Soviet Encyclopedia (in Russian). Encycl.yandex.ru. Retrieved on 15 May 2010.
  2. June: This Month in Bond History. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved on 7 September 2007.

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