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The idea of the car chase inside the Ice Palace was an idea conceived by director Lee Tamahori. He believed such a fantastic set should not be wasted and thought why not conduct a car chase through it.
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After the release of this movie, Pierce Brosnan was approached by a man in a Dublin bar who asked to shake his hand. Brosnan complied and then cracked up when the man quipped, "That's the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry's arse".
The book that 007 picks up from the Cuban sleeper along with a revolver, is 'A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies', written by James Bond. Ian Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, named Bond after the author.
Debris from a smoke grenade landed in Halle Berry's eye during filming. The actress required a 30 minute operation to remove it.
Roger Moore actively voiced his displeasure with the film, citing the invisible car and the weak CGI as being a low for the series.
A spin-off was planned, featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx as the lead. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote for two months and even a director was hired (Stephen Frears). However, after the failure of other female-character-driven action films like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), MGM pulled the plug on the project. Halle Berry has said that she would love to return as Jinx in another Bond movie. She has allegedly said that she would like to do it so much she would do the role for free.
According to the book "The Bond Legacy", it was decided to delay production of Die Another Day (2002) in order to have a 2002 release date, to coincide with both the 40th anniversary of the first James Bond film (Dr. No (1962)) and the 50th anniversary of the writing of the first Bond novel (Casino Royale).
The ice palace took approximately 6 months to construct.
When confronting Bond, Miranda Frost says, "I know all about you, 007. It's sex for dinner and death for breakfast." The line "Death for breakfast" is the title of Chapter 11 in the Ian Fleming novel "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Other novel references: the cigarette poster of a sailor seen behind John Cleese is referenced in "Thunderball", the basic plot is from "Moonraker" and the sheet of protective glass between Bond and M references "The Man With The Golden Gun".
Although a quarter of the film is set in Iceland, none of the main cast actually went there. Only the second unit and stunt crews did.
The second signature James Bond theme, the 007 theme composed by John Barry had not been heard since Moonraker (1979) until this movie. An electronic version of the 007 Theme was re-worked by composer David Arnold and was heard during the car chase on ice sequence.
For the first time, the famous gun barrel sequence now includes a bullet zooming by after Bond fires. This idea was suggested by director Lee Tamahori.
For the sword fight, film makers decreased the film speed to make it look as if the actors were moving faster than they actually were.
The UK premiere was in the Royal Albert Hall in London in presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
This is the first Bond film to feature an Aston Martin as the Bond car since The Living Daylights (1987). Although Pierce Brosnan drives a vintage Aston Martin in 'Goldeneye' it is not shown to be anything other than a private car with no special features other than a fax machine.
Only the second Bond film to feature James Bond's office. It was last seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
Until the release of Casino Royale (2006), this was the highest-grossing James Bond film.
Halle Berry's bikini scenes were shot in Cadiz and were not sunny and warm as they appeared onscreen but quite the opposite. Berry had to be wrapped up in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.
One of the problems the crew encountered when shooting the North Korean segments in England was that there were only 2 fully qualified Asian stuntmen in the UK. To get round that, they tapped local martial arts clubs for more talent.
Although it ranked fifth in the box office on its opening weekend in South Korea, there was protest at the movie's depiction of Americans giving orders to the South Korean military. The film dropped out of the top ten by its second week and one theater in Seoul pulled it from the screens in response to the protests. Some smaller theaters that usually get second-run movies refused to pick it up.
Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan all attended the film's premiere, seeing as it was the series' 40th anniversary.
The fuchsia crystal dress Jinx wears during the Ice Palace party was designed by Donatella Versace. Costume designer Lindy Hemming saw a similar Versace design in a fashion magazine and requested Donatella to make one to Halle Berry's specifications.
This is the first time since 1962 (when Peter Burton played "Major Boothroyd" [Q] in Dr. No (1962)) when someone other than Desmond Llewelyn has played "Q." Llewelyn passed away in 1999 and John Cleese (who plays "Q's Assistant" in The World Is Not Enough (1999) was named as his successor. One of the extras in the fencing scene is Justin Lewellyn, son of Desmond Llewelyn.
The movie's title song "Die Another Day" sung by Madonna debuted in the US Charts on 19 October 2002 and peaked at the No. #8 spot. The song was nominated both for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song.
Q says he believes the watch he gives Bond for the assignment is his twentieth. This is a reference to the fact that the film was the 20th James Bond movie in the EON Produced series.
Following her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars, Halle Berry became the first Academy Award winner to be a leading Bond Girl in the EON Productions film series, winning her award while shooting this movie. Kim Basinger who played Domino in the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983)) won her Oscar for L.A. Confidential (1997) long after she had been a Bond Girl. Judi Dench who plays M also has an Oscar from Shakespeare in Love (1998).
The large hovercraft in the pre-title sequence is a British-made Griffon 2000TD
When Q explains how the Vanquish works, he is explaining technology that the US Air Force is actually developing for use in a new "daylight" stealth aircraft. However, the "invisibility" capability is only useful at extreme distance (miles), and would not in any way be as good as depicted on the car in this film.
Both the Aston Martin and the Jaguar were completely stripped of engine and running gear. These were replaced by the Ford V8, 4WD kit and 4spd Auto 'box from Ford's Explorer. This was to help them perform on ice.
The Jaguar driven by Zao is not a production car, but only a prototype supposedly showcasing the next generation XKR. The design has now been changed, however, so the car in the film will never see production.
The device used to identify Bond in the beginning is a Sony Ericsson P800 PDA/Mobile Phone. Though it would require some custom programming to get that fancy look on the screen (not to mention someone on the receiving end making the actual visual match), it is actually possible for it to perform that task.
Another reason why the film didn't go down well with the South Koreans was a lovemaking scene set close to a statue of Buddha.
20 companies paid $70 million to have their products featured in the film, a record at the time.
The North Korean sequences were deliberately bleached of color to emphasize the inhospitality of the location.
Although the production went to Cuba to source locations, they were unable to shoot there due to US legislations so Cuba was recreated in a combination of Pinewood Studios outside London and Cadiz in Spain.
One of the few Bond films to openly use alternate source music - in this case, The Clash's "London Calling". The previous film to do this was A View to a Kill (1985) which utilized The Beach Boys' "California Girls".
For his scenes as the captive Bond, Pierce Brosnan spent 3 hours in make-up every day, having a false beard and long hair applied.
All the Aston Martins used in the ice high speed chase had to be converted to four wheel drive.
The last Bond film (as of 2012) to use the famous "gun barrel" sequence before a pre-titles sequence as usual. In Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012), the sequence was placed at the end of those films (a radically different version of the sequence was used at the end of the pre-titles scene in Casino Royale (2006)).
The frozen lake in Iceland that is the location for some car chases, does not freeze very often naturally. This is due to its closeness to the sea and its high salt content. When the filmmakers had troubles getting the Icelandic lake to freeze properly, they considered filming the car chase scenes on ice in New Zealand. To rectify this situation the river that links the lake to the sea was dammed and within two days the entire lake was frozen to a depth of over 2 meters. Once they solved that problem, filming could take place in Iceland as planned.
Aged 33, Toby Stephens was the youngest main Bond villain to date. Stephens was 16 years younger than Pierce Brosnan who was 49 at the time. This is not the first time a Bond actor was older than the main villain on a age gap. In 1985, Roger Moore at 57 was also 16 years older than his main villain Christopher Walken, who was 42 at the time. In Moore's first outing as Bond in Live and Let Die (1973), the main villain was played by Yaphet Kotto who was 36, being the first Bond villain actor to be younger than the Bond actor. Brosnan has been older than all of his main villains, except for Jonathan Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
When Q (John Cleese) walks behind the invisible Aston Martin in the otherwise abandoned Underground station, due to the light refraction effect, he appears briefly to do a "silly walk".
Only five cars in the entire movie do not belong to either Ford or Ford's Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo). There are two Ferrari F355's, a Porsche 911, a Mercedes SL and a Lamborghini Diablo. All of these cars (except possibly the Merc) get damaged / destroyed / dropped out of the back of a plane. It is also worth noting that none of the other manufacturers' cars are examples of the latest models, whereas Ford is using all of its latest or prototype models.
In the first scene at the North Korean beach, two North Korean soldiers are talking. It means "What the hell is the taste of this cigarette? / I can give you Chinese tobacco."
The date for the film's theatrical opening in the US, coincided with the 39th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A 1960 Playboy Magazine interview with Kennedy, in which he said he read the James Bond novels is credited for boosting Bond's popularity, leading to the making of the movie series.
First time that James Bond sports a beard in a James Bond movie. Pierce Brosnan is shown having more than just a few day's growth after being held captive for a considerable amount of time. The closest shave prior to this was the James Bond send-up Operation Kid Brother (1967) where Sean Connery's brother Neil Connery had a beard spoofing his brother's James Bond image.
Pierce Brosnan used a Walther P99 with a fake suppressor and custom-made leather holster. Ten of these models were supplied by Bapty UK, all in the same serial number range. Serial #B8041837, B8041841, B8041852, B8041854, B8041861, B8041868.
Tang Ling Zao ("The Man Who Never Smiles") is the first Korean henchman to appear in the series since Oddjob in Goldfinger (1964).
Icarus was originally called Solaris but was changed when the producers found out that Solaris (2002) was in production.
The movie set a new record for merchandising, with $120 million worth of deals with 24 various companies for product placement and/or tie-ins. These included vehicles Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar XKR convertible, 2003 James Bond Edition Ford Thunderbird and Ski-Doo snowmobile; drinks Bollinger champagne, Finlandia vodka, Heineken beer, 7 Up, and Ty Nant curvy PET bottles; Revlon cosmetics 007 Color Collection; Brioni suit tailoring; Electronic Arts video game 007: Nightfire (2002); British Airways and Samsonite luggage; Mattel 007 Barbie Collector's Edition set; Omega Seamaster Swatch watches; Phillips Electronics Philishave Sensotec and Norelco Spectra shavers; Kodak cameras; Vodaphone and Sony Ericsson mobile phones; VISA credit cards; Energizer batteries; Phillips heart rate monitor; Sony security systems, TV cameras and laptop PCs; and retail outlets Circuit City and Best Buy.
The character Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), was originally supposed to make her return, aiding Bond in Hong Kong, but no arrangement could be worked out with the actress and she was replaced by Chinese Intelligence agent (and hotelier) Chang. Wai Lin's presence is confirmed by an extra on the DVD release concerning the writing of the script: Barbara Broccoli is shown leafing through an early script, and it clearly contains lines for Wai Lin.
Four weeks before filming began, the only parts that had been cast were the regulars - Pierce Brosnan, Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Colin Salmon and John Cleese.
The opening titles sequence, showing Bond's torture by North Korean jailers, is the first ever sequence which is part of the story for a Bond movie and not just a separate aesthetically designed title sequence.
Some location filming took place at 'The Eden Project' near St Austell, Cornwall in the United Kingdom in the first week of March 2002.
The magazine with the picture of Gustav Graves that Bond reads on the British Airways flight is the real in-flight magazine for British Airways. Called "High Life", the edition seen was for the month of November 2002. The Magazine in fact interviews the actor playing Graves about his part and includes an article on all previous Bond Movies and their respective stunts.
Rosamund Pike had to leave the film set for one day to go to her English Literature graduation ceremony at Oxford University.
Less than a month after the film's release, UK fencing clubs saw an increase in the number of people interested in taking up the sport.
Rosamund Pike was cast 5 days before the start of principal photography. Her very first acting on screen was her scene opposite Judi Dench, something she found to be overwhelmingly daunting.
Pierce Brosnan's knee injury which he incurred in the opening hovercraft segment prompted the production to stop shooting for 7 days. This was the first time any Bond movie has had to shut down production due to injury.
In Goldfinger (1964), the original "Q" (Desmond Llewelyn) tells James Bond (Sean Connery) that he never jokes about his work while introducing the ejection seat feature of the "first" Aston Martin. His successor (John Cleese) also reminds James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) that "like his predecessor" never jokes about his work while introducing the invisibility feature of the "newest" Aston Martin.
While many of the stylistic elements of the Brosnan-era Bond films ended with "Die Another Day," his final film in the series, several survived to the Daniel Craig reboot. The film's two most prominent product-placement agreements, with Ford (and its Premier Automotive Group, which then included Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo) as well as Omega watches, remained in the subsequent two Craig films. "Die Another Day" is also the only Brosnan film in which BMW vehicles are not featured; Ford snapped up the product-placement rights primarily to showcase its significant number of new models introduced near the time of the film's release, in particular the "invisible" Aston Martin Vanquish Bond drives. The Vanquish marked the beginning of a new era for Aston Martin after years of languishing; infused with Ford's capital and designer Ian Callum's widely acclaimed new look, the Vanquish was a critical and sales success. Its appearance in the film earned it the #3 spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever compiled by a British magazine. Also, Ford had acquired the two highest-volume British auto manufacturers, Jaguar and Land Rover, and wanted to feature their vehicles in the film as well. Finally, Jinx is briefly seen driving the one American car Ford wanted featured, its retro-styled (and ultimately short-lived) Thunderbird.
According to the book "The Bond Files", a UK actor's strike potentially threatened filming during December 2001. However, EON Productions allegedly struck a deal with the UK Actors' Equity Union which meant that production could proceed regardless of the outcome of the dispute had it not been resolved.
The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include "Death Can Wait" (Finland and Italy); "A New Day To Die" (Brazil), "You Die in Another Day" (Portugal); "Another Day To Die" (Argentina, Peru & Venezuela); "Death Comes Tomorrow" (Poland); "Don't Die Today" (Czech Republic) and "Die, But Not Today" (Russia).
Sequences featuring a Korean beach were partly filmed at Holywell Bay near Newquay in Cornwall, United Kingdom over several evenings in February/March 2002. The local Holywell surf hut was transformed into a North Korean pill box and a small forest of pine trees were planted in the dunes behind to mimic a remote shore.
Sequences where James Bond travels in 1st Class aboard a passenger plane, and where he holds onto the front wheel of the plane as the landing gear deploys, and finally walks from the aircraft after it has landed, were filmed in March 2001 in British Airways engineering bases at Heathrow Airport, using green screens and a fan.
The fictional abandoned station on the London Underground where Bond meets M, Vauxhall Cross, is a reference to the address of the real MI6 headquarters in London, located at 85 Vauxhall Cross (approximately five minutes' drive from where Bond enters the station).
The V12 engine in the Aston Martin Vanquish was switched with a small block Ford V8 to make room for machine guns etc. The 6-speed sequential transmission was also changed to a 3-speed auto transmission.
A huge 20,000-watt light array which took a week to construct was used for the Icarus demonstration scene.
The painting that gets slashed during the swordfight between Bond and Graves is a reproduction of Thomas Gainsborough's famous "Blue Boy" from 1770. The original "Blue Boy" hangs in the Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif.) The reproduction was hand-painted by Lyons Corner House Fine Art Reproductions in London.
Vehicles featured included a silver Aston Martin V12 Vanquish also an invisible car in the movie; a Russian Antonov An-124 airplane; Jinx's drives a red 2003 coral Ford Thunderbird in Iceland; 007's drives Raoul's brown & white Ford Fairlane in Cuba; Zao's green Jaguar XKR for car chases in Iceland; two Switchblade Gliders (aka PHASST - Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport); a Sunseeker 48-50 speedboat; an Ilyushin Il-76 airplane; Gustav Grave's Ice Dragster; a black Notar MD-600N helicopter for an escape from the Antonov; Osprey Hovercraft; and black and yellow Bombardier Ski-Doo MX ZREV snowmobiles.
Rick Yune's diamond-encrusted make-up took 3 hours to apply.
The route diagram on the station wall in the disused tube station where Q introduces Bond to the new Aston indicates that the station is on the Piccadilly line and that the next station is Hyde Park Corner followed by Knightsbridge etc. Reference to the current tube map suggests that this station is Green Park (the station before Hyde Park Corner). However there is a real disused station on the Piccadilly Line between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. It was called Down Street and was closed in the 1930s. It was used during the war as a temporary Cabinet War Rooms, and later by the Railway Executive as offices. Even today, much of the internal infrastructure is complete, but it could not be used in the way shown in the film because, although the station is closed, the tracks through it are still in normal daily use by Piccadilly line trains.
The futuristic weapon that Colonel Moon uses during parts of the chase after the opening sequence did really exist when the movie was made, at least in prototype form. It's a Heckler and Koch OICW (Objective Individual Combat Weapon), a weapon developed as the future's infantry assault rifle as part of the US Army's "Soldier 2000" program. It consist of a grenade launcher mounted on top of a 'regular' 5.56mm (.223) caliber assault rifle, as well as a digital camera within the optic sights. This digital camera is supposed to be linked to a display within the soldier's helmet, enabling him to look/shoot around corners, as well as transmitting live footage of a combat situation to his troop commander or a higher superior.
Filming had already begun when Lee Tamahori decided he wanted a car chase through the ice palace set. His set designer Peter Lamont had to rebuild the set with steel girders to support the cars racing around it.
The London Underground tube station platform where Bond meets with M is not a real one. It's simply too difficult to transport all the necessary equipment down there so production designer Peter Lamont built one on a soundstage.
The scene where Gustav Graves first demonstrates Icarus to his party guests required the most amount of lights ever required in a British film.
Second unit director Vic Armstrong had real trouble finding stunt drivers who were able to handle a hovercraft.
Will Yun Lee's credit appears after his role in the film has been completed.
Toby Stephens, the villain in the movie, has played James Bond in three BBC Radio adaptations of Ian Fleming Bond novels: Dr. No (2008, opposite David Suchet as Dr. No), Goldfinger (2010, opposite Sir Ian McKellen as Goldfinger and Rosamund Pike as Pussy Galore) and From Russia with Love (2012).
The knife which Jinx uses to cut the fruit while in bed with James is the SPEEDLOCK II, model no. 110106, manufactured by Boker Germany.
Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as James Bond in a Bond movie. The role was taken over in 2006 by Daniel Craig for Casino Royale (2006). Brosnan's final appearance as Bond with his voice and likeness is in the Bond video-game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003).
This is the third Bond movie with the word "Die" in it. The other two films are Live and Let Die (1973) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The first Bond movie to be released on a 2-DVD pack.
Trailers for Die Another Day (2002) were played at screenings of Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) due to an out-of-court settlement among MGM, Danjaq and New Line. All promotional materials (including online trailers) bearing the movie's original title were withdrawn in late January 2002. MGM and Danjaq, which control the James Bond license, obtained a cease-and-desist order from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) arbitration panel on the grounds that New Line was attempting to trade on the James Bond franchise (specifically Goldfinger (1964)) without authorization. The matter went to arbitration and the film was known briefly as "The Third installment of Austin Powers" until the matter was settled on 11 April 2002. MGM agreed that New Line could use the original "Goldmember" title on condition that it had approval of any future titles that parodied existing Bond titles.
Jinx aka Jacinta Johnson's medical file at the DNA Replacement Clinic names her as Jacinta Jordan and born in 1973 making her age approximately 29 years in the film.
SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould ensured that no part of the real forest in Iceland was destroyed by explosions - the trees his team used were unsold Christmas trees.
The Ice Palace in the film was inspired by the real-life Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, Sweden. Producer Barbara Broccoli first saw a photo of it in a magazine while traveling on a plane and thought it would make a good set piece for a Bond movie. The actual location is 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. Ice hotels or similar structures like an Ice Palace, Ice Museum, Snow Castle or Ice Castle have existed in Norway, Finland, Canada, Romania and Russia, but such a building has never existed in Iceland, where some of the ice palace environs were shot.
A knee injury to Pierce Brosnan delayed shooting for a few weeks.
Some of the actresses mentioned during the production as potential Bond girls were Catherine Zeta-Jones, model Kelly Brook and dancer Jean Butler.
The Royal Charity World Premiere of Die Another Day (2002) was held on 18th November 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of England. The venue was transformed into an ice palace for the night. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was also the The Royal Annual Film Performance of 2002, the 56th and the first ever for a Bond movie. It was also the second to be resided over by Queen Elizabeth II who had attended the premiere thirty-five years earlier for You Only Live Twice (1967). The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was held in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) of which the Queen is patron. A parallel premiere was also held on the same night at London's Leicester Square's Empire UCI Theatre.
The opening surfing sequence was shot off the coast of Maui on Christmas Day 2001.
A video game tie-in was planned but never made. However, a "Die Another Day" mission is included in the later James Bond video-game 007 Legends (2012) first published a decade after the movie.
The first Bond movie to open on an even-numbered year (2002) since The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
As always with the James Bond series, several rumors anticipated the making of this movie. Some said that former American president Bill Clinton would play the part of an American politician, and that all the movie would be shot in Ireland, as a kind of tribute to Pierce Brosnan's homeland. In these rumors, the plot would be about the kidnapping of the British Prime Minister in Dublin, and the villain would be an American played by Kevin Spacey. Of course, none of this gossip were proved true. Published reports in 2001 indicated that Whitney Houston was being considered for the role of Jinx in this film. At the pre-production stage, Saffron Burrows and Salma Hayek were both considered for roles. It was also rumored that Billy Connolly was asked to play the part of a villain in the teaser sequence, but turned it down. According to television news reports on 11 November 2002, Sean Connery filmed a cameo as James Bond's father. However, this has been denied by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who later said on record it would be pointless to spend the money and effort to get Connery and then not use his scene. Some other rumors said that the movie would be called "Beyond the Ice" or "Final Assignment". Despite that, one rumor that linked director Brett Ratner to the production was true, but the producers preferred a non-American director.
Brett Ratner, Stuart Baird and Stephen Hopkins were candidates at various times to direct the movie. Pierce Brosnan reportedly lobbied the Broccolis to hire Ratner, but they didn't like his previous work and nixed the idea; Brosnan later worked with Ratner on the film After the Sunset (2004)
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Korean actor In-Pyo Cha turned down the role of Colonel Moon.
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While the film negative went through the traditional photochemical printing process, the entire first reel, including the opening pre-title sequence, was instead digital graded. The digital lab (Framestore CFC) also worked on the Hovercraft battle sequence, creating a gritty look with enhanced explosions through to Bond's eventual release from captivity as well as a key sequence that would normally have required sky replacements.
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Following her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars, Halle Berry became the first Academy Award-winner to be a "Bond Girl", although only just - she won the award while shooting this movie (Kim Basinger (Never Say Never Again (1983)) won her Oscar for L.A. Confidential (1997) long after she had been a "Bond Girl", and "Never Say..." isn't part of the official Bond series anyway).
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Iceland had a noticeable increase of tourist interest in year following the film's premier, mostly from people seeking to stay in an ice hotel such as shown in the film. No such structure exists in Iceland, which is not nearly cold enough for such a building in the first place, despite its name.
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Due to Philips products being known as Norelco in the USA, the Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care (DAP) unit of Philips provide Bond shaving with a Philishave Sensotec shaver in non-USA prints and a Norelco Spectra shaver for the USA.
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Will Yun Lee plays a character named Colonel Moon. There is a James Bond novel by Kingsley Amis, written (under the pseudonym Robert Markham) shortly after Ian Fleming's death, entitled "Colonel Sun". It was Amis's only Bond novel. The full name of Colonel Moon is Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, making the connection to Amis' novel even more explicit.
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Alleged working titles included "Cold Fusion", "Black Sun" and "Beyond the Ice". The ice theme forms a major part of this movie's marketing yet no such icy wording formed the movie's eventual title. A number of James Bond stories however do evoke snow, cold or ice. These include the 1984 James Bond comic "Polestar" and the John Gardner James Bond novels "Icebreaker" (1983) and "Cold" (1996) whilst episodes of James Bond Jr. (1991) are called James Bond Jr.: Avalanche Run (1991) and James Bond Jr.: The Thing in the Ice (1991).
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The Royal Charity World Premiere of Die Another Day (2002) was held on 18th November 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of England. The venue was transformed into an ice palace for the night. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was also the The Royal Annual Film Performance of 2002, the 56th and the first ever for a Bond movie. It was also the 2nd to be resided over by Queen Elizabeth II who had attended the premiere thirty-five years earlier for You Only Live Twice (1967). The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was held in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) of which the Queen is patron. A parallel premiere was also held on the same night at London's Leicester Square's Empire UCI Theatre.
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Editor Christian Wagner is the first non-English editor to work on a Bond film.
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The hovercraft chase sequence was filmed nearby to a working airport. Pilots are understandably nervous about seeing gunfire and explosions at an airport so a schedule had to be worked out whereby filming could take place whenever the airport wasn't too busy.
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Halle Berry wasn't the only member of the cast and crew to do well at the Oscars during filming. Sound recordist Chris Munro also won the Oscar for Best Sound for his work on Black Hawk Down (2001). The award was presented to him by Halle Berry.
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Gustav Graves' diamond mine/ giant greenhouse was partly filmed at the Eden Project in Cornwall and a recreation at Pinewood which housed 5000 plants. They had to be watered twice a day.
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor screen tested for the role of Miranda Frost.
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Toby Stephens would later reprise his role as Gustav Graves in the video game 007 Legends (2012).
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The film takes place in November 2002.
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The name of the flying activity that James Bond performs to escape from the vehicle stranded on the iceberg cliff is known as kite-surfing.
The name of the hotel that James Bond visits in Hong Kong is The Rubyeon Royale Hotel: "Ruby" for the 40th anniversary of the Bond film series; "Eon" for EON Productions, producers of the series; and "Royale" for 'Casino Royale' the first Ian Fleming James Bond novel.


Deborah Moore:  The daughter of former James Bond actor Roger Moore makes a brief appearance in the film as an Air Hostess on the British Airways flight.
Madonna:  As Verity, the fencing instructor, making this the first Bond film to feature a cameo by the performer who sings the theme song. Her uncredited cameo was the final scene shot during principal photography. When James Bond introduces himself to Gustav before they fight, Madonna was originally to introduce him with the catchphrase, "Bond. James Bond." However, it was later decided that fans would prefer the line coming from Pierce Brosnan.
Michael G. Wilson:  General Chandler. This is Wilson's first credited cameo performance in a Bond film. He can also be seen in an uncredited cameo as a man leaning against a car in Cuba. Wilson has made an uncredited cameo in every EON Productions Bond movie since The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as well as an early one in Goldfinger (1964). His first ever screen credit for acting though was not for this movie but for All the Way Home (1971).
Oliver Skeete:  The West Indian born show-jumper as a Concierge at the Blades Fencing Club.
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First ever love scene between James Bond and Miss Moneypenny in a James Bond movie, albeit a simulated video game sequence. The lovemaking scene with Bond and Jinx is considered the first time in the series in which we actually see 007 having sex as opposed to a post-coital scenario. This scene had to be trimmed for the American market. Previously in the series, a sex scene in GoldenEye (1995) did not have Bond in it. A Bond sex scene appears in Never Say Never Again (1983) which is not considered part of this series.
In honor of the franchise's - 40th anniversary, there are references to each of the previous - 19 Bond films, including:
  • 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.

  • 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 extermination 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 Palace. 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 water 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 that Bond catches. Bond once again uses a rather unorthodox method of skiing, this time the hatch from the back of the car. 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 bits are sheared off, just as the skis on the Aston Martin are removed 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 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.

First ever villain in a James Bond movie to be played by two actors. Toby Stephens and Will Yun Lee played Gustave Graves and Colonel Moon (aka Colonel Moon-Sun) respectively. They are supposed to be the same person with two manifestations due to the genetic operation.
The R1 DVD release commentary reveals that the movie was inspired by the original Ian Fleming novel "Moonraker", as the previous adaptation of Moonraker (1979) left out many elements from the book. The only element of the novel to survive to the end, after a fashion, was the duel between Bond and Graves in a club called Blades. In the original novel, Bond and villain Drax have a different sort of duel in Blades - a game of cards. This is the first Bond film since Licence to Kill (1989) to take inspiration from a Fleming novel. The character of Miranda Frost was originally named Gala Brand. This was the name of the Bond girl in Fleming's novel "Moonraker". Other than the duel between Drax and Bond surviving into "Die Another Day" from Moonraker are: the theme of the villain having plastic surgery to conceal his real identity (in the novel, a grenade exploded in Drax's face) and the villain posing as a patriot by creating a space device claiming to help the government when it is actually a weapon.
The title is derived from a phrase from the poem "A Shropshire Lad" by A.E. Housman: "But since the man that runs away / lives to die another day". In the movie, James Bond says to Gustav Graves, "So you live to die another day," because at the start of the movie it was believed that the villain under his alternate persona had been killed.
The uniforms which James Bond and Jinx wear in the climax action sequence have small tags in Korean which says, "Changcheon 1(il) dong dae". It means these are uniforms of Republic of Korea Reserve Forces of Changcheon-dong in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, part of Republic of Korea Armed Forces.
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