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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Die Another Day can be found here.
When M (Judi Dench) rescinds the 00 status of MI6 agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) following his release from 14 months of captivity and torture in North Korea, he vows to track down Zao (Rick Yune), assistant to Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) in order to find out who betrayed him to the North Koreans. Aided by American NSA employee Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson (Halle Berry) and undercover MI6 agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike), Bond is eventually led to Icarus, a space-borne mirror designed to harness and beam solar light and heat anywhere in the world, developed by British billionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) for what he calls "peaceful" purposes. But Bond suspects otherwise.
Die Another Day is based on a screenplay co-written by screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who, along with Bruce Feirstein, also wrote the script for the previous movie, The World Is Not Enough (1999). The screenplay was subsequently novelized by American author Raymond Benson. Die Another Day is the 20th Bond film in the EON series, and the fourth and last to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
The title song, "Die Another Day " is performed by Madonna.
In the precredits scenario, Bond is undercover on a military base on the Pukch'ong coast of North Korea negotiating a deal with Colonel Moon—diamonds in exchange for weaponry. Bond is taken prisoner when his identity is betrayed in a cellphone transmission to Moon's assistant Zao. He is subsequently tortured until he is released in a prisoner exchange 14 months later. He is confined for recuperation on a ship near Hong Kong and stripped of his 00 status because M believes that he was revealing sensitive information to North Korea during his torture. When Bond learns that M is going to have him moved to an evaluation center in the Falklands, he jumps ship in order to track down his betrayer. From a Chinese Intelligence man posing as a hotel manager, he learns that Zao has been sighted in Havana, Cuba. Once in Cuba, Bond learns that Zao is staying at a gene therapy clinic on an island in the Los Organos. There he meets U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) operative Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson (Halle Berry). Jinx kills the clinic director and Bond blows up the clinic, but Zao escapes. From a necklace that Bond grabbed from Zao's neck, he uncovers several diamonds, all chemically alike to conflict diamonds from Africa and all bearing the mark of Gustav Graves, a diamond miner from Iceland. After making the acquaintance of Graves in a rousing sword fight at the local fencing club, Bond is invited to Iceland to view the unveiling of the Icarus project. In an attempt to stop Graves from using Icarus to cut a path through the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, Bond sneaks aboard an airplane that takes him to the Pyongang Airbase in North Korea.
Conflict diamond refers to a diamond, typically mined in Africa and sold in order to finance an insurgency, an invading army's war efforts, or to support a warlord's activity. They are often mined and smuggled illegally out of war torn nations.
Icarus is an orbital mirror satellite that captures the sun's rays and focuses them at the Earth. It is hailed as a way of providing sunlight and warmth, like a second sun, to the darker parts of the Earth so that crops can be grown to end world hunger. Unfortunately, Icarus can also be used to focus the sun's energy for destructive purposes.
"Q" is the nickname given to the head of Quartermaster branch, the section of MI6 that supplies Bond with his gadgets. The previous Q, (Major Boothroyd, played by Desmond Llewelyn), retired in The World is not Enough (Llewelyn actually passed away in December 1999), so his assistant, whom Bond called "R", received a promotion and became the new Quartermaster.
Bond and Jinx attempt to assassinate Gustav Graves as he is boarding an airplane, but a vehicle passes between them and Bond loses the shot. Determined to stop Graves, Bond and Jinx sneak aboard the plane. As Bond and Jinx make their way up from the cargohold, Graves is presenting himself to his father, General Moon (Kenneth Tsang). It turns out that Graves is Colonel Moon himself, having had his identity changed during gene therapy at the clinic in the Los Organes. Graves demonstrates Icarus to his father by making it blow up an airbase and then advancing it through the minefields, opening a path between North and South Korea. When General Moon attempts to stop him, Graves kills him. Bond suddenly bursts into the cabin and shoots a hole in a window. The window explodes and begins sucking out Moon's soldiers. Bond and Graves go at each other until Graves is finally sucked out the window and into the plane's engine. Jinx has made it to the cockpit and taken over the controls, but the broken window is preventing her from controlling the plane, and it starts to descend. Just as Jinx manages to get the plane to climb again, Graves' henchman Miranda Frost enters the cockpit and holds Jinx at gunpoint, forcing her to put the plane on autopilot. Frost and Jinx go at each other until Jinx finally manages to stab Frost through the heart. The plane has started to self-destruct, so Bond and Jinx get on a helicopter that was stored in the hold, and they exit the plane. As Bond tries to get the copter going, Jinx notices that the back of the copter is filled with diamonds. They put down somewhere on the Korean coast. In the final scene, Bond and Jinx are shown making love on a bed of diamonds.
Earlier in the movie, when Bond was still in Iceland, he confronts Graves, but Miranda Frost enters the room and points her gun at Bond. Miranda reveals that she has been working as a double agent, both for MI6 and for Graves, and that it was she herself who betrayed Bond to Zao and then leaked military secrets that Bond was accused of revealing during his 14 months of torture.
Including Die Another Day, Brosnan made four movies in which he played James Bond: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and The World Is Not Enough (1999).
No. To obtain a PG-13 rating, the sex scene between Bond and Jinx had to be cut slightly. The censored version was shown in cinemas and has been released at least on the first DVD. To find out whether a copy of the US version is uncut or not, check out the comparison here between the cut PG-13 version and the uncut version.
It states that the scene was "too much" for American audiences. But in the UK the scene remains as the original.
General Moon does not believe in torturing prisoners however he made an exception for Bond because of his deep hatred towards him for killing his son.
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