Die Another Day (2002)
Korean-American actor Rick Yune tried to quell the controversy by saying: "The enemy in the movie is not North Korea, but the individual he plays". He also went on to say that "the movie has nothing to do with Bush's characterisation of North Korea in January 2001 as part of an 'axis of evil' because the story was written four years ago".
Meanwhile, south of the border, a national boycott was attempted on the grounds that the film depicted South Korea as a US Colony, and activists claimed boycotting the film was necessary in order to protect national pride.
A few months after its publication, it was announced that Benson was retiring as the official James Bond novelist, and Ian Fleming Publications (owners of the Bond literary franchise) announced that the series was going on hiatus. A new series of Bond novels by Charlie Higson was launched in 2005, although these books focus on Bond's adventures as a teenager (Young Bond).
As a result, Die Another Day, the novel, is for the time being the final literary adventure featuring Bond as originally conceived by Ian Fleming, although the publisher released another "adult Bond" novel to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Fleming's birth in 2008, Devil May Care. One of the speed chases in the movie over the ice glacier, has inspired the the chase in the same type of destination in The Fate of the Furious, Fast and the furious has been inspired by Bond since they derived the tank of gas from Licence to Kill and Blowing up the house from a package of Shaw from Skyfall Lodge blowing up.
- Dr. No (1962) - Jinx (Halle Berry) walking out of the sea in a bikini, wearing a white belt and a diving knife. The synthesizer sounds from the opening credits play when Bond escapes the MI6 hospital. The gun that Jinx has to surrender to Miranda on board the plane is a Beretta Cheetah. In "Dr. No", the Armorer remarks to 007 that the Beretta made a good woman's pistol. During the "Kiss Of Life" scene, David Arnold's film score includes samples of the same electronic sounds heard in the gun barrel sequence of "Dr. No." In that film, Bond asks if the government house sent him a car; he uses the name "Universal Exports" in order to be patched through. In this movie, Bond claims he is from Universal Exports asking about the Delectados (cigars) in order to gain access to the contact in Cuba.
- From Russia with Love (1963) - The shoe with the poison-tipped blade is seen in Q's station laboratory. There is a knife concealed in a briefcase. In the ice palace sequence, there is a game board (the chess match). Enemy spies are behind a one-way mirror in a hotel room with cameras. Graves' engineer is seen holding the Icarus control and petting it like it is a cat. When they first meet, Jinx tells James her name, and adds, "My friends call me Jinx." Bond replies, "Mine call me James Bond." In "From Russia with Love", Tatiana Romanova introduces herself and adds, "My friends call me Tania," and Bond gives the same reply.
- Goldfinger (1964) - Jinx is nearly cut with a laser in Mr. Kil's laboratory. The rest of the fight scene is also a tribute. Bond once again drives a gadget-laden Aston Martin, specifically with a passenger ejector seat. The new Q comments that, as he learned from his predecessor, "I never joke about my work, 007." The scene where Bond and Graves fence for money, only to see Bond up the stakes for one of Graves' diamonds, is suggestive of the golf match between Bond and Auric Goldfinger. The golf match had originally been for money, until Bond throws down a gold brick to "up the stakes". Bond is threatened with death in a depressurizing plane. Bond and Jinx receive electric shocks from a villain - Oddjob was killed by electrocution. In the pre-title sequence, Bond removes a wetsuit to reveal ordinary clothes underneath.
- Thunderball (1965) - The jet-pack in Q's workshop. Bond uses a pen-like underwater breathing system. After Bond comes through the window of the medical facility in Cuba, he grabs a few grapes as he did before making his exit from a room in the medical center in "Thunderball".
- You Only Live Twice (1967) - Scenes of the Icarus unfolding in space are shown on screens in the Ice Palace. Jinx descends from the ceiling of the fake diamond mine on a rope system similar to that of the ninjas in the volcano crater lair. The name of the ship Bond is on: the HMS Tenby. The use of Japanese swords in the films. Bond's death is faked (or exaggerated) in both films to free up 007's maneuverability.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - "OHMSS" written on a CD on Moneypenny's desk as she types a report at the end of the film. Bond escapes from another huge avalanche. During the ice field car chase, the score references the opening to this movie's theme. Just as Zao escapes from the Cuban clinic, a few notes of the theme music from OHMSS can be heard.
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - While fencing with Bond, Graves says, "Well, diamonds are for everyone." Much of the plot involves diamonds and smuggling them. A large satellite is uncovered in space and has the power to harness the sun's rays and project them as a fine laser to destroy any given target. In the "High Life" magazine article for Gustav Graves' diamond company, the caption at the bottom says, "Diamonds are forever, but life isn't" A villain changes his appearance. One character calls another "Bitch!" in a single line - this was, famously, the first strong curse word used in a Bond film.
- Live and Let Die (1973) - The laser causes row upon row of explosions across a vegetated area, in this case detonating thousands of land mines, and is reminiscent of the destruction of Kananga's poppy fields. Bond uses a revolver like he used on the island of St. Monique (in lieu of his traditional Walther-made pistol).
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - The corridors in the secret area of the Gene Technology department in the Cuban hospital contain rotating mirrors and objects, much like Scaramanga's fun house. The field office of MI6 is on a ship in the Hong Kong harbor. Bond retrieves a diamond from Jinx's navel (bullet in the belly-dancer's navel). There is a solar-powered superweapon.
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Graves uses a Union Jack parachute. The Ice Palace resembles in some ways Stromberg's Atlantis hideout. When Madonna's character is introduced, a few bars of "Nobody Does it Better" is heard.
- Moonraker (1979) - Moon's hovercraft falls down by a large waterfall in a manner similar to Jaws' boat going over the Iguaçu Falls. Bond surfaces in a bubbling pool of water surrounded by much interior vegetation, similar to the scene with the giant python in Drax's headquarters. Both movies have characters named Chang. Bond's sword fight with Graves is much like the fight with Chang in the glass factory. Bond and a villain fight over a parachute.
- For Your Eyes Only (1981) - The scene as Bond hangs onto the ice cliff (before it collapses) resembles the climax near the monastery, especially as the rope slips and Bond drops some distance further down the cliff, although this time it was all performed from a vehicle. The yellow diving helmet in Q's lab.
- Octopussy (1983) - Both the crocodile submarine and the AcroStar MiniJet are visible in the background in Q's station laboratory. Upping the stakes on a bet with the villain (see also Goldfinger). Jinx's backward fall to escape echoes Magda's exit from Bond's suite. Q's coil of "magic rope" being kept on the lowest shelf in the Q lab, along with the five-pointed knife.
- A View to a Kill (1985) - Bond is suspended over a cliff on the wire and hook much like the Russian guard in the Siberian chase. The hatch from the back of the car is used much like the ski from the snowmobile. Graves watches over the destruction that he wreaks from the front windows of his aircraft in the same way that Zorin watched Silicon Valley from his aircraft before it flooded. The electronic snooper is in Q's lab. Bond's cover is blown by his picture being taken and run through a facial recognition program.
- The Living Daylights (1987) - Cars exit the rear cargo hold of the plane. Bond's Aston Martin had retractable spikes in the tires controlled by a switch labeled traction. When Bond is driving Graves' rocket car, he drives through a patch of trees and the outriggers are sheared off, just as the outriggers on the Aston Martin are sheared off by trees in The Living Daylights.
- Licence to Kill (1989) - The plot idea of Bond going renegade, although this time it is less through choice. M rescinds Bond's licence to kill. Bond uses a rifle as a sniper. When Bond disarms the Chinese "masseuse", she has her weapon concealed in exactly the same fashion as Pam Bouvier. A projectile misses Bond's car when it passes underneath. The hanging yellow laser controller in Kil's lab is the same as the one that operates the trap door over the shark tank in Krest's warehouse. Bond puts the Alvarez Clinic ticket inside his right jacket pocket, and later pulls it out of the left one; in "Licence to Kill", Bond puts his airplane ticket first into his inner left jacket pocket, only to inexplicably remove it later on from his inner right jacket pocket.
- GoldenEye (1995) - Bond's watch contains a laser, which he uses to cut through a section of ice, reminiscent of his escape from the train by cutting through the floor. Jinx sets the timer for the bomb at the gene therapy lab in Cuba to three minutes, the same three minutes that Bond set the timers for in the chemical weapons lab and later Trevelyan set the timers for on the bullet train. Bond is betrayed by a fellow agent. A man is killed by a falling ice chandelier, reminiscent of Trevelyan's death in GoldenEye. Bond says to Jinx that "the cold must have kept you alive" - In "Goldeneye" Bond tells Natalya Simonova that being cold is what keeps him alive. The opening title sequences feature a gold eye that opens. Jinx makes a dive from the DNA compound wall into the sea which is very similar to Bond's dive from the dam in "GoldenEye". The US command bunker in South Korea has computer monitors suspended from the ceiling, looking very similar to the monitors suspended from the ceiling in the Severnaya control room in "GoldenEye".
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - Jinx throws a knife straight into a guard's throat just as he comes through a door. This is similar to a scene on the Stealth Ship where Wai-Lin sticks a Shuriken throwing star into a guard's throat just as he finds her (this scene is deleted from the 12-rated "Tomorrow Never Dies" UK releases on VHS and DVD). Remote control car. Jinx descends on grappling lines, reminiscent of Wai-Lin's entrance/escape. Bond escapes by being tethered and running down a wall similar to Wai-Lin's escape. There is a fake headline on Moneypenny's computer. In the pre-credits sequence in Korea, Bond jumps onto a hovercraft and spins round firing missiles, much like the pre-credits sequence of "Tomorrow Never Dies" where Bond spins a military jet and uses its guns and missiles. A Chinese character called Chang. The footage showing a ship launching the anti-satellite missile, is exactly the same footage used in the opening scene of TND, where the ship launches a cruise missile against the terrorist camp. Bond's car "speaks" with the same voice in both films.
- The World Is Not Enough (1999) - Bond dives over Graves as they fence to do a forward roll as he lands, in a manner similar to the shoot-out between Renard's men and himself where he dives through a closing door and rolls the other side. As Bond dives to safety from Moon's flamethrower on the hovercraft, the shot of his dive from in front is almost identical to another scene where Bond is diving from an exploding bomb with Christmas. The use of a geodesic dome.
- The World Is Not Enough (2000) - Bond's training program is essentially the same as the second level of the game.
- Some of the incidental music (minus of course the James Bond Theme, which is used in every film) is re-used in this film, notably at the end as Bond beds Jinx.
- The cars Zao owns are all updated model of former Bond cars. Q mentions in his station laboratory as he hands Bond his new watch: "This is your twentieth, I believe," is a nod to this being the twentieth film occurring on the fortieth anniversary.