James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.


Lee Tamahori


Ian Fleming (characters), Neal Purvis | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... James Bond
Halle Berry ... Jinx Johnson
Toby Stephens ... Gustav Graves
Rosamund Pike ... Miranda Frost
Rick Yune ... Zao
Judi Dench ... M
John Cleese ... Q
Michael Madsen ... Damian Falco
Will Yun Lee ... Colonel Moon
Kenneth Tsang ... General Moon
Emilio Echevarría ... Raoul
Michael Gor ... Vlad (as Michael Gorevoy)
Lawrence Makoare ... Mr. Kil
Colin Salmon ... Charles Robinson
Samantha Bond ... Miss Moneypenny


Pierce Brosnan gives one last mission as James Bond 007. Starting off in North Korea, Bond is betrayed and captured. Fourteen months later, Bond is set free, but traded for Zao (Rick Yune) who was captured by MI6. When back in his world, Bond sets off to track down Zao. Bond gets caught up in yet another scheme which sends him to millionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens). Another MI6 Agent known as Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) is also posing as a friend of Graves. Bond is invited to a presentation held by Graves about a satellite found in space which can project a huge laser beam. Bond must stop this madman with a fellow American Agent, known as Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry). While Bond tries to stop Graves and Zao, will he finally reveal who betrayed him? Written by simon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


First James Bond movie where both of the leading Bond Girls have been nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award: Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl (2014), and Halle Berry for Monster's Ball (2001), with the latter winning. See more »


The Korean DMZ is a nature reserve about 4 km wide. There are no minefields in it. There are no troops except in the Joint Security Area. Colonel Moon would not be able to hide a base there. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Van Bierk: [stepping out of helicopter] Look, what is this? I'm supposed to...
[Bond puts a gun to Mr. Van Bierk's head and takes his sunglasses]
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Crazy Credits

In the traditional walk-and-shoot opening, the bullet Bond fires can be seen shooting towards the camera - meaning that Bond has shot up the gun barrel of his opponent! See more »

Alternate Versions

While their English voices and dialog remained unchanged, all of the Korean spoken by the characters was redubbed in the South Korean release to cover up their poor Korean accents. See more »


References Reindeer Games (2000) See more »


James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
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Junk Bonds
27 February 2004 | by kidcrowbarSee all my reviews

I've seen every James Bond film, including the original TV version of Casino Royale and Die Another Day manages to make it into the bottom of the mediocre pile. It's nowhere near as bad as the embarrassing Diamonds are forever, the painful Moonraker, or the nearly unwatchable Man With A Golden Gun, but it's still pretty bad and is probably the worst entry since Octopussy.

For one thing, Bond is thoroughly incompetent throughout the movie. He fails in his mission objectives, he gets captured, he doesn't escape, and he remains clueless as to the identity of his adversaries. Sure, he can surf and handle a sword, but he's a lousy spy.

Most Bond movies have relatively weak plots but this one seems totally rambling and inconsequential. What exactly were the scorpions meant to symbolize? Do we care? And why Iceland? Apparently just because it was cool, since it had no intrinsic meaning to the villain. Then again, this villain is one of the least fleshed out I've ever seen in a Bond movie.

In some ways this was almost a retrospective of Bond movies, as the director tried to lift a scene from all the previous ones. I was slightly reminded of the homage scenes in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but at least there the retrospectives had a narrative point. Here it just feels heavy-handed.

Nobody is going to get any awards for acting in this movie. Halle Barry is miscast as Jinx and serves more as a distraction than a partner. The villain seemed like a pale imitation of John Malkovich's character in Johnny English. Judi Dench can play M in her sleep and it looks as if she's doing so this time. The obligatory Q scene felt forced. And I'm still trying to figure out why they felt the need to humiliate poor Moneypenny at the end.

If Brosnan is going to make another Bond film before he retires the role I hope they get a director who understands the Bond mystique, because this one seems to think it's all about blowing things up while making jokes about your genitals.

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Release Date:

22 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$142,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,072,040, 24 November 2002

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