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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.
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Pierce Brosnan disliked the gadgets and overblown effects of this movie. He suggested to the producers that the franchise go back to its more low-key, darker roots. Coincidentally, after Brosnan left, the next Bond movie was the low key and darker Casino Royale (2006), which was stripped of gadgets and extravagant visual effects and stunts.
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Sir Roger Moore actively voiced his displeasure with this movie, citing the invisible car and the weak CGI as being a low for the franchise.
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Theatrical movie debut of Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost).
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For the sword fight, the filmmakers increased the film speed to make it look as if the actors were moving faster than they actually were.
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The use of hovercraft by the North Korean Army to circumvent the minefields of the Demilitarized Zone is entirely fictional. However, the science show Mythbusters (2003) tested the concept, and found it plausible.
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Pierce Brosnan's least favorite Bond movie in which he appeared.
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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."
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One of the problems the crew encountered when shooting the North Korean segments in England was that there were only two fully qualified stuntmen of Asian descent in the U.K. To get around that, they tapped local martial arts clubs for more talent.
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While filming their love scene in Cuba, Halle Berry choked on a fig, requiring Pierce Brosnan to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
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Rosamund Pike was cast five days before the start of principal photography. Her first acting on-screen was her scene opposite Dame Judi Dench, something she found to be overwhelmingly daunting.
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Debris from a smoke grenade landed in Halle Berry's eye during filming. She required a thirty-minute operation to remove it.
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The ice palace took approximately six months to construct.
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Rosamund Pike had to leave the film set for one day to go to her English Literature graduation ceremony at Oxford University.
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Q (John Cleese) says he believes the watch he gives James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) for the assignment is his twentieth. This is a reference to the fact that this movie was the twentieth James Bond movie in the EON Productions franchise.
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Halle Berry's bikini scenes were shot in Cadiz, and were not sunny and warm as they appeared on-screen, but quite the opposite. Berry had to be wrapped up in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.
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A spin-off was planned, featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx Johnson as the lead. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote for two months, and even a director was hired (Stephen Frears). However, after the low box-office performances of other female-character-driven action movies like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (they weren't failures, but they only managed to make a small profit worldwide), 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.
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Twenty companies paid $70 million to have their products featured in this movie, a record at the time.
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For his scenes as the captive Bond, Pierce Brosnan spent three hours in make-up every day having a false beard and long hair applied.
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Only the second James Bond movie to feature James Bond's office. It was last seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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This is the first James Bond movie to feature an Aston Martin as the Bond car since The Living Daylights (1987). Although Pierce Brosnan drove a vintage Aston Martin in GoldenEye (1995), it is not shown to be anything other than a private car, with no special features other than a fax machine.
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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 two meters (six and a half feet). Once they solved that problem, filming could take place in Iceland as planned.
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According to the book "The Bond Legacy", it was decided to delay production of this movie in order to have a 2002 release date, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first James Bond movie (Dr. No (1962)) and the 50th anniversary of the writing of the first Bond novel (Casino Royale).
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When Bond walks through the cigar factory, we see El Lector, the reader, reading aloud to the cigar rollers. The readers work for the factory workers to entertain and educate them while they work. The readers have been at their jobs since the mid 1800s. As of 2017, UNESCO is considering designating the profession a form of "intangible cultural heritage".
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Sir Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan attended the premiere, because it was the franchise's 40th anniversary. Sir Sean Connery claimed he could not be there due to filming commitments. His movie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), was filmed June 28, 2002 through November 24, 2002.
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The love scene between Jinx and James Bond had to be trimmed of 7 seconds to get a PG-13 rating in the United States.
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Halle Berry left the production for a couple of days to attend the 2002 Oscars, where she won Best Actress for Monster's Ball (2001).
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Although the production went to Cuba to source locations, they were unable to shoot there, due to U.S. legislations, so Cuba was re-created in a combination of Pinewood Studios outside London, England, and Cadiz, Spain.
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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 died in 1999, and John Cleese (who played "R" 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.
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Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have admitted that they completely misjudged what the fans wanted from the franchise, and accept the blame for the outlandish tone of this movie.
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Pierce Brosnan's knee injury, which he incurred in doing one of his own stunts in the opening hovercraft segment, aggravated an old injury and caused the production to stop shooting for seven days as with him being in virtually every scene in this sequence it was impossible to film around him. This was the first time any Bond movie has had to shut down production due to injury.
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Although one quarter of this movie is set in Iceland, none of the main cast went there. Only the second unit and stunt crews did.
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In the middle of the sword fight, Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) fetches two broadswords. As he walks back towards James Bond (Pierce Brosnan), Bond kicks his épée away towards camera. This move was never planned, and just happened on the day.
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When Q (John Cleese) explains how the Vanquish works, he is explaining technology that the U.S. Air Force is actually developing for use in a new "daylight" stealth aircraft. However, the "invisibility" capability is only useful at extreme distance (several miles), and would not in any way be as good as depicted on the car in this movie.
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The budget of this movie, Pierce Brosnan's last Bond film, was over two and a half times the budget of his first movie, GoldenEye (1995).
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Less than a month after this movie's release, U.K. fencing clubs saw an increase in the number of people interested in taking up the activity.
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All of the Aston Martins used in the ice high speed chase had to be converted to four wheel drive, by a firm in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England.
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The movie's title song "Die Another Day", sung by Madonna, debuted in the U.S. charts on October 19, 2002, and peaked at the number eight spot. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and a Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) for Worst Original Song. Pop legend Sir Elton John called it the "worst Bond tune ever".
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Gustav Graves arrives in London to be knighted. In fact, both of Toby Stephens' parents have received this honor: Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith.
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Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) refers to James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) at one point as "a blunt instrument." Ian Fleming, on more than one occasion, had described his idea of James Bond as a "blunt instrument wielded by a government department." In Casino Royale (2006), M (Dame Judi Dench) also described Bond as a blunt instrument.
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It was the last James Bond movie 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 movies (a radically different version of the sequence was used at the end of the pre-titles scene in Casino Royale (2006)). However, the beginning gun barrel sequence was brought back for Spectre (2015).
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Filming had already begun when director Lee Tamahori decided he wanted a car chase through the ice palace set. Set designer Peter Lamont had to rebuild the set with steel girders to support the cars racing around it.
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The North Korean sequences were deliberately bleached of color to emphasize the inhospitality of the location.
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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.
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When confronting James Bond (Pierce Brosnan), Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) 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 eleven 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 (Dame Judi Dench) references "The Man With The Golden Gun".
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The scene where Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) first demonstrates Icarus to his party guests required the most amount of lights ever required in a British movie.
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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. This movie 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.
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After the Virtual Reality training simulation, Q remarks that Bond isn't supposed to shoot his chief. Bond replies "If you check the video playback, you'll see that it's a flesh wound", a reference to John Cleese's role as the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), where, after losing an arm in a sword fight, he remarks that "it's only a flesh wound".
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Icarus was originally called "Solaris", but was changed when the producers found out that Solaris (2002) was in production.
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Iceland had a noticeable increase of tourist interest in year following the premiere, mostly from people seeking to stay in an ice hotel such as shown in this movie. 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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The magazine with the picture of Gustav Graves that James Bond reads on the British Airways flight is the real in-flight magazine for British Airways. Called "High Life", the edition seen was for November 2002. The magazine interviewed Toby Stephens, the actor who played Graves, about his part, and included an article on all previous Bond movies and their respective stunts.
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One of the few James Bond movies to openly use alternate source music, in this case, The Clash's "London Calling". The previous movie to do this was A View to a Kill (1985), which utilized The Beach Boys' "California Girls".
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In Goldfinger (1964), the original "Q" (Desmond Llewelyn) tells James Bond (Sir 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.
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Director Lee Tamahori cut a scene where Verity (Madonna) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) were closer than it is shown in the movie: "I shot some moments with Madonna giving Rosamund little touches, but I didn't want to turn the film into a male fantasy thing. Madonna still has all these little looks with Rosamund, which was enough."
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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 franchise; "Eon" for EON Productions, producers of the franchise; and "Royale" for "Casino Royale", the first Ian Fleming James Bond novel.
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The fuchsia crystal dress Jinx Johnson 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.
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Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), was originally supposed to make her return, aiding James Bond in Hong Kong, but no arrangement could be worked out with her, and she was replaced by Chinese Intelligence Agent (and hotelier) Chang (Ho Yi). 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.
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First love scene between James Bond and Miss Moneypenny in a James Bond movie, albeit in a virtual reality sequence. The lovemaking scene with Bond and Jinx is considered to be the first time in the franchise to show 007 having sex, as opposed to a post-coital scenario. This scene had to be trimmed for the American market. Previously in the franchise, a sex scene in GoldenEye (1995) did not have Bond in it. A Bond sex scene appeared in Never Say Never Again (1983) which is not part of the official EON Productions franchise.
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The Aston Martin and the Jaguar were completely stripped of engine and running gear. These were replaced by V8 engines, four-wheel-drive kits, and four-speed automatic transmissions from Ford Explorers. This was to help them perform on ice.
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Pierce Brosnan was very glad to rename John Cleese's character "Q", rather than "R", because his native Irish accent made it difficult to pronounce "R" with a convincing English accent.
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The hovercraft chase sequence was filmed near a working airport. Pilots were 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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The device used to identify James Bond in the beginning is a Sony Ericsson P800 mobile phone, making it the first appearance in a Bond movie of a smartphone. Although Bond gadgets usually precede reality by being unrealistically capable for the time when their respective movies are released, this device actually did have the potential to perform the task, had it just been given some custom programming.
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Four weeks before filming began, the only parts that had been cast were the regulars, Pierce Brosnan, Dame Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Colin Salmon, and John Cleese.
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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 they should stage a car chase through it.
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It has been suggested that Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was the inspiration for Gustav Graves.
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Aged thirty-three, Toby Stephens was the youngest main Bond villain to date. Stephens was sixteen years younger than Pierce Brosnan, who was forty-nine at the time. This is not the first time a Bond actor was older than the main villain. In 1985, Sir Roger Moore, at fifty-seven, was also sixteen years older than his main villain Christopher Walken, who was forty-two 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 thirty-four, 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).
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Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as James Bond. Four years later, Daniel Craig took over the iconic role for Casino Royale (2006), adapted from Ian Fleming's book. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli saw Batman Begins (2005), and decided to make the new James Bond darker and more realistic, and since Casino Royale (2006) was about James Bond at the beginning of his career as a British secret agent, it ruled out Brosnan in the role, and it required a younger actor for the role, and thus, Craig got the part.
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A huge 160,000-watt light array, which took a week to construct, was used for the Icarus demonstration scene.
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Tang Ling Zao (Rick Yune) ("The Man Who Never Smiles") is the first Korean henchman to appear in the franchise since Oddjob in Goldfinger (1964).
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Rick Yune's diamond-encrusted make-up took three hours to apply.
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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", a reference to a sketch that Cleese did for Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969).
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Due to Desmond Llewellyn's death in 1999, it was decided R (John Cleese) would be promoted as the new Q and that the original Q had officially retired from MI6.
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The translation of the conversation between the North Korean soldiers in the first scene is "What the hell is the taste of this cigarette? I can give you Chinese tobacco."
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The opening surfing sequence was shot off the coast of Maui on Christmas Day 2001.
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Toby Stephens played James Bond in seven 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), From Russia with Love (2012), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2014), Diamonds Are Forever (2015), Thunderball (2016) and Moonraker (2018).
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Second unit director Vic Armstrong had trouble finding stunt drivers who were able to handle a hovercraft.
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Miranda Frost was originally named "Gala Brand", which was the name of the female lead in the novel "Moonraker".
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Bond has suits and shirts made in Hong Kong by his "usual tailor". This is a reference to Diamonds Are Forever (1971), where Bond tells Tiffany he knows a good tailor in Hong Kong.
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Until the release of Casino Royale (2006), this was the highest-grossing James Bond movie.
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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 franchise, 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. Dame Judi Dench (M) also has an Oscar from Shakespeare in Love (1998).
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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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The seemingly endless stream of information about this movie appearing in the press led casting director Debbie McWilliams to joke that someone must have been going through her garbage.
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Pierce Brosnan was unavailable to screentest potential Bond Girls, so Colin Salmon stepped into his shoes.
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The U.K. premiere was in the Royal Albert Hall in London in presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Location manager Simon Marsden had to negotiate long and hard with the appropriate authorities to secure permission to film Gustav Graves' parachute jump over Buckingham Palace. His negotiations were further complicated by the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The action was shot at first light, before the regular crowds of tourists would have made it impossible.
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The futuristic weapon that Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee) used during parts of the chase after the opening sequence really existed when the movie was made, at least in prototype form. It's a Heckler & Koch O.I.C.W. (Objective Individual Combat Weapon), a weapon developed as the future's infantry assault rifle as part of the U.S. Army's "Soldier 2000" program. It consists 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 and shoot around corners, as well as transmitting live footage of a combat situation to his troop commander or a higher superior.
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Another reason why this movie didn't go down well with South Koreans was a lovemaking scene set close to a statue of Buddha.
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Contains the biggest explosion ever on film outside of America.
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The Ice Palace 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 travelling on a plane, and thought it would make a good set piece for a Bond movie. The location is two hundred kilometers (one hundred twenty-four miles) 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 footage was shot.
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The final showdown between James Bond and Gustav Graves originally took place in an indoor beach resort in Japan. Director Lee Tamahori changed it to a plane.
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The Jaguar driven by Zao is not a production car, but only a prototype, supposedly showcasing the next generation XKR. The design was changed, however, so the car in this movie will never see production.
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When director Lee Tamahori was brought on board, he demanded several changes to the script, most notably adding the CGI kitesurfing stunt sequence. Some of his more risqué suggestions, such as having a dozen PVC cat-suit clad girls chasing Bond back to his car at the Ice Palace, were dropped from the final cut.
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Pierce Brosnan is the only James Bond to have a gadget filled car from Q in all of his movies. Sir Sean Connery had one (the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965)), Sir Roger Moore had one (the Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981)) and Timothy Dalton had one (the Aston Martin Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights (1987)). He is also the only Bond to have an Aston Martin in all of his movies. He has the DB5 in his first three movies. (It is visible via an infrared imaging camera at the end of The World Is Not Enough (1999)).
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As this is the 40th anniversary film of the franchise. The 40th anniversary is a ruby milestone, that's why the title logo of the movie is red.
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Desmond Llewelyn had hoped to reprise his role as Q in this movie. Following his death, John Cleese's "R", from The World Is Not Enough (1999), became the new Q.
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The ice chase sequence, which lasts just over two minutes on-screen, took four weeks to film, with the cars doing no more than twenty miles per hour, being filmed with under cranked cameras, so that when the film was projected at normal speed, the cars would seem to be going at high speed. Close-ups and control filming was done on sets created in an airship hanger in England.
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The route diagram on the station wall in the unused tube station, where Q introduces Bond to the new Aston Martin, indicates that the station is on the Piccadilly line, and that the next station is Hyde Park Corner, followed by Knightsbridge, et cetera. Reference to the current tube map, suggests that this station is Green Park (the station before Hyde Park Corner). However, there is a real unused 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 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.
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According to Rosamund Pike, her first audition was for this film. She was asked to drop her dress and appear in her underwear, making her very uncomfortable. Rosamund decided that if the producers were going to see her in her underwear, they had better give her the job. She thought, "There's no way I'm going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that."
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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.
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The date for the theatrical opening in the U.S. 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 franchise.
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Gustav Graves' diamond mine and giant greenhouse was partly filmed at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, and a re-creation at Pinewood Studios, which housed five thousand plants. They had to be watered twice a day.
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The literal translations of some of this movie'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, and Venezuela); "Death Comes Tomorrow" (Poland); "Don't Die Today" (Czech Republic); "Die Another Time" (Hungary); and "Die, But Not Today" (Russia).
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The movie set a new record for merchandising, with $120 million worth of deals, with twenty-four various companies for product placement and/or tie-ins. These include: Aston Martin Vanquish, Jaguar XKR convertible, 2003 James Bond Edition Ford Thunderbird, and Ski-Doo snowmobile; 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; Philips Electronics Philishave Sensotec and Norelco Spectra shavers; Kodak cameras; Vodaphone and Sony Ericsson mobile phones; VISA credit cards; Energizer batteries; Philips heart rate monitor; Sony security systems, television cameras, and laptop PCs; and retail outlets Circuit City and Best Buy. These promotional deals covered all but $20 million of the production budget.
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Vehicles featured include: a silver Aston Martin V12 Vanquish; a Russian Antonov An-124 airplane; Jinx's drives a red 2003 coral Ford Thunderbird in Iceland; 007's drives Raoul's brown and white Ford Fairlane in Cuba; Zao's green Jaguar XKR for car chases in Iceland; two Switchblade Gliders, a.k.a. P.H.A.S.S.T. (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.
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Graves' plane was a twenty-foot wide model that was controlled by a computer. When the plane flew through the Icarus beam, engineers cut the plane away piece by piece, so that it looked like it was burning and falling apart.
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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.
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According to director Lee Tamahori, his fourteen-year-old son was more interested in the female torturer than in meeting James Bond.
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Trailers for this movie were played at screenings of Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), due to an out-of-court settlement amongst MGM, Danjaq, and New Line Cinema. All promotional materials (including on-line 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 arbitration panel on the grounds that New Line Cinema was attempting to trade on the James Bond franchise (specifically Goldfinger (1964)) without authorization. The matter went to arbitration, and the movie was known briefly as "The third installment of Austin Powers" until the matter was settled on April 11, 2002. MGM agreed that New Line Cinema could use the original "Goldmember" title, on condition that it had approval of any future titles that parodied existing Bond titles.
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Special effects 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.
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The final James Bond film of the franchise featuring the recurring actors and actresses playing their characters. Apart from Dame Judi Dench, who continued to play M in the next three films of the franchise, along with Daniel Craig's James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012). Even though Dench managed to play her character for a decade more than the other recurring actors and actresses playing their characters, since they've all played their first part together in GoldenEye (1995).
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While many of the stylistic elements of the Pierce Brosnan-era James Bond movies ended with this, his final film in the franchise, several survived to the Daniel Craig movies. The movie'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 movies. It's also the only Brosnan movie 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 this movie'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 movie earned it the number three 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 this movie as well. The oldest Ford clearly visible, is the 1957 Fairlane convertible that Bond drives in Cuba. Finally, Jinx Johnson is briefly seen driving the one American car Ford wanted featured, its retro-styled (and ultimately short-lived) Thunderbird.
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Sequences featuring a North Korean beach were partly filmed at Holywell Bay near Newquay, Cornwall, England over several evenings in February and 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.
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Originally planned to be shot on the beach in Cádiz, the final love scene was filmed in a specially created "Buddhist" temple on the West coast of Wales. The appearance of religious artifacts in the love scene later caused a publicity storm.
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The large hovercraft in the pre-title sequence is a British-made Griffon 2000TD.
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Some location filming took place at "The Eden Project" near St. Austell, Cornwall, England, in the first week of March 2002.
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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, titled "Colonel Sun". It was Amis' only Bond novel. The full name of Colonel Moon is Colonel Moon Tan-Sun, making the connection to Amis' novel even more explicit.
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The last of six movies (as of 2015) to feature the main villain in the pre-title sequence. The others are Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Licence to Kill (1989), and GoldenEye (1995).
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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 Sir Sean Connery's brother Neil Connery had a beard spoofing his brother's James Bond image.
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The casting of Halle Berry as the lead Bond Girl drew headlines around the world, but necessitated further late changes to the structure of the story. This is most apparent during the Ice Palace scenes where James Bond yo-yos in and out of the villain's lair, breaking Albert R. Broccoli's rule of "never going back to the same place twice."
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According to the book "The Bond Files", a U.K. actors' strike potentially threatened filming during December 2001. However, EON Productions allegedly struck a deal with the U.K. Actors' Equity Union, which meant that production could proceed regardless of the outcome of the dispute, had it not been resolved.
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The main poster was the first in the history of the James Bond franchise to feature a Bond Girl, Jinx, photographed as prominently as Bond. This was presumably because Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role the same year this movie premièred in theaters, and thus had an exceptionally high profile at the time. (Nonetheless, only Pierce Brosnan received above-the-title billing on the poster or in the movie. As contractually mandated by EON Productions for all Bond movies starting with GoldenEye (1995), the actor portraying Bond is listed on the first actor "card" in the credits, immediately followed by a second card reading "as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 in", followed by a third card listing the movie name.)
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One of the $216,000 Aston Martin Vanquish cars was written off by a stuntman when he lost control during the chase across a frozen lake in Iceland.
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Although the base is portrayed in the movie as a U.S. base, all of the aircraft and personnel in the scene are British in real life.
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Paul Darrow, known for playing Kerr Avon in Blake's 7 (1978), plays Bond's doctor. He is the grey-haired man in the white coat, seen in the scene in which Bond is traded, and when Bond is drugged and taken away on a stretcher.
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The V12 engine in the Aston Martin Vanquish was switched with a small block Ford V8 to make room for machine guns, et cetera. The six-speed sequential transmission was also changed to a three-speed automatic transmission.
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During the theatrical run of Spectre (2015), a special event was organized titled "The Black Women of Bond". It starred Miss Moneypenny actress Naomie Harris from Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), who is the first black British actress in the franchise, as well as Halle Berry (Jinx from this movie), Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver from Live and Let Die (1973)) who was Bond's first African-American love-interest, and Trina Parks (Thumper from Diamonds Are Forever (1971)) who was the first major black Bond Girl. The event was hosted by the African-American Film Critics Association at the California African-American Museum, as a tribute to the Black Women of Bond. Not present at the event were Nicaise Jean-Louis (One of Drax's Girls from Moonraker (1979)), Grace Jones (May Day from A View to a Kill (1985)), and Sylvana Henriques (The Jamaican Girl from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)), the first Black Bond Girl.
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After the shooting M in the VR shootout, Q says to Bond "Forgive my mentioning 007 but a perfect marksman isn't really supposed to shoot his own boss" and Bonds reply to Q played by John Cleese "Check the replay. You'll find he's dead and she's only got a flesh wound." in reference to John Cleese's character the Black Knight in Monty Python and the holy Grail (1975) who Says, "its just a flesh wound".
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When Pierce Brosnan learned that the Aston Martin Vanquish (launched during production) was chosen by the producers to be featured in this installment, he asked the producers through his agent, Fred Specktor, whether he could have a replica of the car. After being told that it could be agreed, they wrote an amendment to Brosnan's contract on paper (at Brosnan's insistence) that he gets the car in lieu of a portion of his salary. Three months after filming wrapped, the car was delivered to his Malibu residence. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Woolsey wildfire disaster in November 2018 save for two custom plaques bearing his name.
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Zao is not a Korean name. However, it is a Chinese name, and North Korea and China have been friends for many years. So, it's possible that someone emigrated from China to North Korea, married, had a son, and named him "Zao".
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Along with Skyfall (2012), this is the only James Bond movie to feature four Oscar-winning or Oscar-nominated actor and actresses: with winners Dame Judi Dench and Halle Berry, and nominated John Cleese and Rosamund Pike.
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Editor Christian Wagner is the first non-English editor to work on a James Bond movie.
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Only five cars in this movie do not belong to either Ford or Ford's Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo). There are two Ferrari F355s, a Porsche 911, a Mercedes-Benz SL, and a Lamborghini Diablo. All of these cars (except possibly the Mercedes-Benz) get damaged, destroyed, or 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.
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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 in San Marino, California. The reproduction was hand-painted by Lyons Corner House Fine Art Reproductions in London, England.
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Shortly before this movie opened in the territory, a Twentieth Century Fox Korea spokesmen anticipated the ill feeling towards this movie, and said: "There are some misunderstandings about the movie. The enemy described in the movie are extreme nationalists, not North Koreans." But Lee Tamahori poured fuel on the fire by saying: "To hell with North Korea. It's a basket-case country, and the sooner its leaders all roll over and die, the better." This caused the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland to issue a statement calling for an end to the screenings, and saying the movie was a "dirty and cursed burlesque aimed to slander North Korea and insult the Korean nation." Korean-American actor Rick Yune tried to quell the controversy by saying: "The enemy in the movie is not North Korean, but the individual he plays." He also went on to say that "the movie has nothing to do with Bush's characterization 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 movie depicted South Korea as a U.S. colony, and activists claimed boycotting the movie was necessary in order to protect national pride.
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The switchblade scenes, though portrayed in the air, were filmed entirely on the ground, with the sky background being added in post-production using bluescreen techniques.
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According to a report printed in the Daily Mirror newspaper on January 6, 2001, Edward Woodward was being "lined up" to take over the role of M in this movie (which, at the time the article was printed, had the working title "Beyond the Ice"). According to the Mirror article, a subplot was planned for this movie, which would have seen Dame Judi Dench's M retiring.
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The DVD reveals that James Bond initially saw "R" as an "interloper", only awarded the proper title of "Q" after "R" has proven himself.
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Toby Stephens does not appear until 49 minutes into the film.
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When Jinx throws her knife during the fight in the plane she hits an edition of Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor screentested for the role of Miranda Frost.
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In the love scene between James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike), Bond puts his gun under the pillow. In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher) asks Bond if he still sleeps with his gun under the pillow.
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The Royal Charity World Premiere of this movie was held on November 18, 2002, at London's Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London, England, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. 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 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 and Television Benevolent Fund (C.T.B.F.), 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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As always with the James Bond franchise, several rumors anticipated the making of this movie. Some said that former President Bill Clinton would play the part of a politician, and that the whole 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 was proven true. Published reports in 2001 indicated that Whitney Houston was being considered for the role of Jinx. At the pre-production stage, Saffron Burrows and Salma Hayek were considered for roles. It was also rumored that Sir 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 November 11, 2002, Sir 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.
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In his flight back to England from Cuba, James Bond is reading in-flight magazine "High Life". There is a caption that says "Diamonds Are Forever, but life isn't". Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was the seventh movie in the James Bond film franchise by EON Productions, and the final EON movie to star Sir Sean Connery as MI6 Agent James Bond 007.
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Jinx Johnson says to James Bond, "I'm so good", and he responds, "Especially when you're bad." This is a nod to the famous line by Mae West, "When I'm good, I'm bad. When I'm bad, I'm better."
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Pierce Brosnan's final appearance as James Bond in a movie. The role was taken over by Daniel Craig for Casino Royale (2006). Brosnan's final appearance as Bond with his voice and likeness was in the Bond video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003).
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First of four movie collaborations (to date, October 2016) of cinematographer David Tattersall and Pierce Brosnan. The others being The Matador (2005), The Foreigner (2017), and Some Kind of Beautiful (2014).
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The first Bond movie to be released on a 2-DVD pack.
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The locations depicted in this movie (North Korea, Cuba, and the Hong Kong SAR Region of China) are the remaining vestiges of Communism. The Hong Kong setting featured a Chinese Agent from the People's External Security Force (which was first seen in Tomorrow Never Dies 1997)) although the Hong Kong SAR has a separate legal system as opposed to mainland China. The setting of James Bond movies in Communist countries was featured in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (Red China), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), and For Your Eyes Only (1981) (Moscow, Albania), Octopussy (1983) (East Germany and East Berlin), A View to a Kill (1985) (Siberia), The Living Daylights (1987)(Czechoslovakia and Soviet-occupied Afghanistan), GoldenEye (1995) (Arkangelisk, Soviet Union during the pre-title teaser), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) (Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam).
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Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike appeared in The World's End (2013) and A Long Way Down (2014).
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Part of the car chase on the glacier was done digitally, since it involved millions of tons of ice and tidal waves, it was too dangerous to involve cast and crew.
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The knife which Jinx uses to cut the fruit while in bed with James is the Speed Lock II, model number 110106, manufactured by Böker Germany.
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Pierce Brosnan used a Walther P99 with a fake suppressor and custom-made leather holster. Ten of these models were supplied by Bapty U.K., all in the same serial number range. Serial #B8041837, B8041841, B8041852, B8041854, B8041861, and B8041868.
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Due to Philips products being known as Norelco in the U.S., the Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care (DAP) unit of Philips, provide Bond shaving with a Philishave Sensotec shaver in non-U.S. prints and a Norelco Spectra shaver for the U.S.
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The first James Bond movie released internationally under MGM's new deal with Twentieth Century Fox.
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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 After the Sunset (2004)
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This movie takes place in November 2002.
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Filmed on the West coast of Iceland at the end of the largest glacier in Europe. The chase between the skidoos and dragsters were amongst the most difficult to film, due to severe weather. Unprecedented rainfall resulted in the lake not being frozen over as was expected, so the surfaces weren't solid enough to support the weight of cars, cameras, cranes, and support vehicles. The crew had to wear survival suits under fleeces, and long johns, and even the vehicles were fitted with floatation devices so that they wouldn't sink. Just as the production team was about to look for another location, the lake started to freeze over. The skidoo and dragster chases took a week to film, and the day after shooting finished, the glacier started to melt.
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Although Halle Berry is often rightfully credited as the first African-American Bond Leading Lady (not just playing a supporting character like Gloria Hendry and Trina Parks in previous Bond films), her character, Jinx, is actually supposed to be a Latina. This was revealed in a 2002 men's magazine article about the film's development. This is supported by the fact that Jinx's real name is Giacinta and she is introduced in Cuba where Bond is supposed to think she's one of the locals. Also, Jinx's last name was originally Jordan - a surname that has Latin and Spanish influences. However, this was changed to Johnson in the final film. Reportedly, Salma Hayek was initially considered for the role.
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Some of the actresses mentioned during the production as potential Bond Girls were Catherine Zeta-Jones, model Kelly Brook, and dancer Jean Butler.
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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 digitally graded instead. 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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This is not the last movie of the original timeline, despite reports to the contrary, because in Casino Royale (2006), even though the producers used the first Ian Fleming story, Dame Judi Dench reprised her role as "M" as a continuation of this movie, and continued to play the part for two more movies.
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Numerous villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) characters appeared in Spectre (2015). Spectre (2015) also featured a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo). Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015), the most Bond films for any henchman type character after "Jaws", who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962), there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchman called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the archvillain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source book being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there was Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchmen double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in the movie.
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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.
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Only Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie to not feature the classic Aston Martin DB5. Although he does not drive it in The World Is Not Enough (1999) (except in a deleted scene), it is visible via an infrared imaging camera at the end of that movie
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Olivia Williams turned down the role of Miranda Frost.
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The Ice Palace took four months for the interior to be created and was inspired by The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarh in Sweden. The floors were painted with slick paint to appear icy. A hydraulic platform enabled Jinx's bedroom to sink and fill with water.
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The uniforms which James Bond and Jinx Johnson wear in the climax action sequence have small tags in Korean which says, "Changcheon 1(il) dong dae". It means these are uniforms of the Republic of Korea Reserve Forces of Changcheon-dong in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, part of South Korean Armed Forces.
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Sequences where James Bond travels in First 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 greenscreens and a fan. They were cut from the final movie.
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Live and Let Die (1973) was the first James Bond movie to feature the word "die" (or a variation of it) in the title. Later movies in the official film franchise were called Die Another Day (2002), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and No Time to Die (2020). The theme song for Quantum of Solace (2008), by Alicia Keys and Jack White was called "Another Way To Die", and Licence to Kill (1989) referenced death, as did the title of Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill" (1960). Several post-Fleming James Bond novels have had titles that have referenced fatality. These include "Win, Lose or Die" (1989), "High Time to Kill" (1999), "The Facts of Death" (1998), "Trigger Mortis" (2015), "Nobody Lives for Ever" (1986), and "Never Dream of Dying" (2001). Also, "Double or Die" (2007) and "A Hard Man to Kill" (2009) are the names of a Young James Bond novel and short story, respectively.
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Following her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars, Halle Berry became the first Academy Award winner to be an official franchise Bond Girl, 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 in a non-official Bond film.
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A video game tie-in was planned, but never made. However, a "Die Another Day" mission is included in the James Bond video game 007 Legends (2012).
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The Switchblade was based on a workable model called "P.H.A.S.S.T." (Programmable High Altitude Single Soldier Transport). Kinetic Aerospace, Inc.'s lead designer, Jack McCornack, was impressed by director Lee Tamahori's way of conducting the Switchblade scene, and commented, "It's brief, but realistic. The good guys get in unobserved, thanks to a fast cruise, good glide performance, and minimal radar signature. It's a wonderful promotion for the P.H.A.S.S.T."
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The novelization was written by Raymond Benson, based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Like the movie, the novel also featured many references to past James Bond movies and novels. 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. As a result, the novel for this movie 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 chase in the same type of destination in The Fate of the Furious (2017), The Fast and the Furious franchise has been inspired by Bond, since they derived the tankers of gas from Licence to Kill (1989), and blowing up the house with a package from Shaw, from Skyfall Lodge blowing up.
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Jinx Johnson's (Halle Berry's) medical file at the DNA Replacement Clinic names her as Jacinta Jordan and born in 1973, making her 29 years old. Berry turned 36 in 2002.
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Will Yun Lee's credit appears after his role in this movie has been completed.
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The first James Bond movie to feature two cast members who won Oscars prior to the movie's debut (Dame Judi Dench and Halle Berry). The second was Skyfall (2012), which featured Dench and Javier Bardem (who won an Oscar for his performance in No Country for Old Men (2007)).
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Zao is the first Bond villain to have his own specially adapted car, a Jaguar XKR.
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At one point, Michael Bay was asked to direct, but he turned down to direct Bad Boys II (2003) instead, because the producers are unable to secure an American director.
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Jan de Bont and Bryan Singer were all other possible candidates to direct before Lee Tamahori were hired, but they both turned down because they were all busy committing to other project.
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In 2018, Rosamund Pike said that her audition was incredibly uncomfortable because she was asked to take her clothes off. She refused. She said, "My first audition was for a Bond film and I remember them saying I was to drop my dress and appear in my underwear. On the day, I don't know how I got the resolve and strength of mind, but I just thought 'Actually sod that, if they're gonna see me in my underwear, they better give me the job.' So, I thought, 'There's no way I'm going to take off a dress in the audition for this tape to be sent around Los Angeles and to be judged on that."
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Lizzie Cundy's debut.
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Miranda Frost may have been an influence behind the character of Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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South Korean actor Cha In-pyo turned down the role of Colonel Moon.
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There were Active Duty US Marines who took part in multiple scenes in the movie (prisoner exchange and helo hangar).
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The book that 007 (Pierce Brosnan) takes down from the shelf before posing as an ornithologist, was the actual book where the name James Bond came from, ''A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies'', once owned by Ian Fleming who was an amateur bird watcher.
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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. Several James Bond stories 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), and 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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Following the VR shootout Bond joins Q in a store which contains a lot of old gadgets but the shoe with knife in it that bond activates was actually a used by Rosa Klebb a Russian and not made by MI6
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Toby Stephens reprised his role as Gustav Graves in the video game 007 Legends (2012).
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André Schneider auditioned for a small part, but wasn't chosen in the end.
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Deborah Moore: The daughter of Sir Roger Moore makes a brief appearance as a flight attendant on the British Airways flight.
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Madonna: As Verity, the fencing instructor, making this the first James Bond movie 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.
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Michael G. Wilson: As General Chandler, this is Wilson's first credited cameo performance in a James Bond movie. 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 screen credit for acting though, was not for this movie, but for All the Way Home (1971).
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Oliver Skeete: The West Indian born show-jumper as a Concierge at the Blades Fencing Club.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

First villain in a James Bond movie to be played by two actors. Toby Stephens and Will Yun Lee played Gustav Graves and Colonel Moon, respectively. They are supposed to be the same person with two manifestations, due to the genetic operation.
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In honor of the franchise's 40th anniversary, there are references to each of the previous nineteen official EON Productions James Bond movies, 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 (1962), the Armorer remarks to 007 that the Beretta makes 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 (1962). 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 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 (1963), 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. Q hands Bond the operator's manual for the car and tells him it will take him a couple of hours to read through it. In Goldfinger, Q tells Bond it will take "an hour or so" to explain the Aston-Martin DB5's features. The new Q comments that, as he learned from his predecessor, "I never joke about my work." 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" - here, Bond uses another valuable object, a diamond. 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 (1965). 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 H.M.S. 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 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) 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 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 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 similar to Bond's in the opening stunt. 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), Colonel Moon's hovercraft falls down 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, causing the breakage of many valuable objects. 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), 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 using a valuable object. Jinx's backward fall to escape, echoes Magda's exit from Bond's hotel 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 labelled "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 (1987). 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 is issue a high-powered rifle to use 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, mimicking a continuity error in Licence to Kill. 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. Bond's watch also contains a powerful laser in Never Say Never Again (1983). 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 by a falling telescope apparatus in GoldenEye (1995). Bond says to Jinx that "the cold must have kept you alive". In GoldenEye (1995), 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 similar to Bond's dive from the dam in GoldenEye (1995). The U.S. command bunker in South Korea has computer monitors suspended from the ceiling, similar to the monitors suspended from the ceiling in the Severnaya control room in GoldenEye (1995). Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Jinx throws a knife straight into a guard's throat just as he comes through a door, similar to a scene on the stealth ship where Wai Lin throws 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 (1997) U.K. releases on VHS and DVD). Bond uses a remote to control his car. Jinx descends on grappling lines, reminiscent of Wai Lin's entrance and escape. Bond escapes by being tethered and running down a wall similar to Wai Lin's escape. There is a fake news headline on Miss Moneypenny's computer. In the pre-credits sequence in North Korea, Bond jumps onto a hovercraft and spins round firing missiles, much like the pre-credits sequence of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), where Bond spins a military jet and uses its guns and missiles. A Chinese character is called Chang. The footage showing a ship launching the anti-satellite missile is exactly the same footage used in the opening scene of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), where the ship launches a cruise missile against the terrorist camp. Bond's car "speaks" with the same voice in both movies. 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 him, where he dives through a closing door and rolls to the other side. As Bond dives to safety from Colonel 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 movie) is re-used in this movie, notably at the end, as Bond beds Jinx. The cars Zao owns are all updated models 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 movie in the series, occurring on the 40th Anniversary.
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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 this 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.
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Originally, the main Bond Girl was to be Gala Brand from the novel "Moonraker", and Jinx was going to be the traitor. This was turned on its head once Halle Berry got involved, though, with Jinx becoming the main Bond Girl, and Brand (Frost) becoming the traitor.
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When Bond arrives at the Ice Palace, Graves says to him "It's being on the edge, we know who we really are under the skin". It hints that Gustav Graves is Colonel Moon.
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The region one 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 James Bond and Gustav 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 movie 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 this movie 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.
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The 2nd James Bond starring Pierce Brosnan which Brosnan's Bond is betrayed by a MI6 agent.
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The 2nd and last film from the Pierce Brosnan era which a MI6 agent betrays Bond. In Pierce Brosnan's 1st film as James Bond GoldenEye (1995), Alec Trevelyan is a MI6 agent turned traitor and is revealed as Janus, the mysterious head of the Janus Crime Syndicate and masterminded the Sevenya massacre and the theft of the GoldenEye. In this film, Miranda Frost, undercover MI6 agent posing as Gustav Grave's publicist is revealed as a double agent who sabotaged Bond's mission to North Korea to eliminate Colonel Moon and is working for Colonel Moon/Gustav Graves. Die Another Day is Pierce Brosnan's last film as James Bond.
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Miranda Frost's maiden name, and James Bond's arrival at the Ice Palace, hint that Miranda Frost is the double agent who betrayed him in North Korea.
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