Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 20 November 2002 (UK/US)|
Running time: 132 mins (UK), 130 mins (US)
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Classification: 12A (UK), PG-13 (US)
Alternative titles: Another Day To Die (Latin America).
Presented by: Albert R Broccoli's EON Productions|
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Produced by: Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Executive producer: Anthony Waye
Written by: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
Co-producer: Callum McDougall
Production designer: Peter Lamont
Director of photography: David Tattersall BSC
Second unit directed by: Vic Armstrong
Additional units photographed and directed by: Shaun O'Dell, Don King, Arthur Wooster
Editor: Christian Wagner
Special effects supervisor: Chris Corbould
Stunt co-ordinator: Vic Armstrong
Main title designed by: Danny Kleinman
Music by: David Arnold|
Orchestrated and conducted by: Nicholas Dodd
Main theme: "Die Another Day"
End theme: The "Dirty Vegas Main Mix" remix of the main theme.
Additional: London Calling
Madonna follows the precedent of Sheena Easton and For Your Eyes Only by actually appearing in
the movie, although in the form an actual cameo rather than during the titles. A version of the main theme
itself is also heard during the film (at the Ice Palace reception), as in From Russia With Love
and Live And Let Die.
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan|
Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson: Halle Berry
Gustav Graves: Toby Stephens
Miranda Frost: Rosamund Pike
Zao: Rick Yune
M: Judi Dench
Q: John Cleese
Damian Falco: Michael Madsen
Colonel Tan-Sun Moon: Will Yun Lee
General Moon: Kenneth Tsang
Raoul: Emilio Echevarrķa
Vladimir Popov: Michael Gorevoy
Mr Kil: Lawrence Makoare
Charles Robinson: Colin Salmon
Moneypenny: Samantha Bond
Snooty Desk Clerk: Been Wee
Mr Chang: Ho Ti
Peaceful Fountains Of Desire: Rachel Grant
Creep: Ian Pirie
Dr Alvarez: Simon Andreu
Van Bierk: Mark Dymond
Air Hostess: Deborah Moore
Concierge: Oliver Skeete
Old Man in Cigar Factory: Joaquin Martinez
General Chandler: Michael G Wilson
General Han: Daryl Kwan
General Li: Vincent Wong
General Dong: Stuart Ong
Cuban Waiter: Manolo Caro
Korean Scorpion Guard: Tymarah
Doctor: Paul Darrow
Medic: Lucas Hare
Nurse: Cristina Contes
Reporters: Stewart Scudamore, Bill Nash, James Wallace, Ami Chorlton
The gunbarrel: The same gunbarrel footage is used as in the previous 3 movies, although it has now been
augmented by a CGI bullet that flies towards the audience, indicating that Bond is now such a good shot that he
can fire right down a gun barrel... The music starts off as a more traditional arrangement than in David Arnold's
two previous scores, before going very techno.
Using the title: Bond notes that Graves has lived "To die another day" when he confronts him in the Ice Palace shorty after working out his real identity.
The novel approach:
There is little overt use of material from Fleming. However, there do appear to be similarities between Gustav
Graves and Hugo Drax from Fleming's "Moonraker"; both are supposedly members of the British establishment with
benevolent schemes but are ultimately revealed to be something quite different. More explicit references to
"Moonraker" didn't make it into the movie; the country club where the fencing sequence is set is called Blades (the
name of M's gentleman's club from the novel), but it is not named on-screen. Similarly, Rosamund Pike's character
was originally announced as being called Gala Brand, the name of the heroine from "Moonraker", but this was
changed before filming actually began as a result of script changes that made the character less like the one
in the book. Indeed, the resulting character of Miranda Frost is actually more reminiscent of Vesper
Lynd, the heroine from "Casino Royale", an MI6 agent who was revealed as a traitor.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: The character seen as Major Boothroyd's assistant has now taken
over as Q. In a nod to the derivation of the code name, Bond actually refers to him as "Quatermaster".
MI6 is still based at Vauxhall Cross as in the previous Brosnan movies,
and we see that Bond has his own office in this building as he did in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
(the office actually
appears during the virtual reality training sequence, but it must be assumed that this is representative of
the real world).
Locations: North and South Korea and the demilitarised zone between them (Bond arrives in North Korea on the Puk'chong coast and Graves later makes use of Pyongong airbase in the North); Hong Kong (where Bond stays in the Rubeyon Royale Hotel); Cuba (Havana and Isla Los Organos, where Alvarez has his clinic); London; Iceland.
The villain: Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, a hardline North Korean army officer and the son of a more moderate
general. He was educated at Oxford and Havard, an unsuccessful attempt by his father to build a bridge between
North Korea and the West. He is initially involved in illegal arms smuggling in exchange for conflict diamonds
which are sold by warlords in African countries - Sierra Leone in the case of the movie - in order to finance
their activities - a trade that is supposedly
banned internationally). Colonel Moon is seen as such a threat by the West that Bond is sent to assassinate him
and the Colonel is supposedly killed. However, he escapes and makes use of experimental gene therapy - in effect
a DNA transplant - and re-emerges as a Westerner called Gustav Graves. There is a side effect from the therapy
in that Graves can no longer sleep. Graves emerges on to the international scene shortly after Moon's supposed death;
his official biography lists him as an orphan who went from working in a diamond mine in Argentina to discovering
diamonds in Iceland after learning engineering (although the diamond mine is faked using conflict diamonds).
He becomes wealthy as a result, but donates half
his earnings to charity and is working on the Icarus space programme supposedly for the good of mankind, leading
to him being knighted. He is seen as a flambuoyant adventurer, with an ambition to become a fencing champion and
has political connections in the UK making MI6's investigations into him difficult.
real plan is to use Icarus to allow North Korea to take over the entire Korean peninsula and then Japan. He is
killed when Bond throws him out of his aircraft - straight into one of its engines...
The girl: Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson, an NSA agent who crosses Bond's path as part of her mission to Zao. She was born on a Friday 13th, partly inspiring her nickname. The character appears to have been subject to a name change at some point since some sources (including the soundtrack album) refer to her as Jinx Jordan.
Bond's conquests: Two, Jinx and Miranda Frost.
Gadgets: After three films in a BMW, Bond is back in an Aston Martin, namely a Vanquish (a silver grey
one with registration KE02 EWW). Like the BMWs in Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough
it can be remotely controlled (and like the first of these it also includes vocal instructions to the driver).
However, its main feature is adaptive camouflaging, which effectively renders it invisible. Other features
include an ejector seat (recalling the Aston Martin from Goldfinger), rockets (incorrectly refered
to as torpedoes) and machine guns, thermal
extending spikes from the tyres for driving on ice (as the Aston Martin in The Living Daylights) and
a close in weapon system to destroy weapons that are aimed at the car.
Recurring characters: Colin Salmon makes his third consecutive appearance as MI6 man Charles Robinson. If the virtual reality simulation is representative of reality, Robinson appears to be combat trained.
Continuity: With Die Another Day being the twentieth movie and celebrating 40 years
of Bond films, it features a deliberate policy of referencing its predecessors. A number of these
are very obviously deliberate, whereas others are subtle and could just be the movie unintentionally
reusing elements of the Bond formula in the same way as earlier films. But the following is a list
of probable references which appear reasonable...
Cameos: Producer Michael G Wilson makes his customary cameo and is credited for the first time - he
plays General Chandler and can be glimpsed in the US situation room in South Korea. However,
he also appears briefly earlier in the film when he can be seen in Cuba, leaning against a car as
Bond crosses a street.
Cuts: The US version of the film apparently lost a couple of minutes from the love scene between Bond and Jinx in order to secure a lower rating. All versions lost a sequence where Bond flies into London holding on to the undercarriage of the aircraft, apparently in an attempt to avoid immigration. Also, the original version of the love scene between Bond and Miranda - featuring one of the Icelandic hot springs - was rejected and refilmed.
I didn't catch the name?: Bond uses his trademark introduction when he meets Graves at Blades.
Vodka Martinis: We don't actually here Bond order one "shaken, not stirred", but he does actually drink one when flying into London (due to turbulence he quips to the air hostess that it was a good job he ordered it shaken). Later at the Ice Palace he orders one with ice (if the barman can spare any...).
Gambling: Bond does not gamble in the movie, unless one counts the fencing match since there is a wager at stake.
Bond bits: Bond takes the identity of a diamond smuggler called Van Bierk when he attempts to assassinate Colonel Moon. However, when this goes wrong he is captured and held by the North Koreans for a period of 14 months. Later, he smokes for the first time in the Brosnan movies (although it is a large Roger Moore style cigar, rather than cigarettes). Bond has the ability to stop his heart (shades of rival 60s spy Derek Flint) and we see that he sleeps with his gun under his pillow (something he did in Thunderball and mentioned again in Tomorrow Never Dies).
Other trivia: Judging by a tube map on the wall, the disused railway station used by MI6 is Vauxhall Cross on the Picadilly line. The name is clearly a nod to Vauxhall Cross being the location of MI6's main headquarters (both in reality and the movies). However, it is already close to an underground station (just called Vauxhall). It is also clear that the disused station is south of the Thames - and the Picadilly line only stays to the north.
Anything else?: The title sequence is directly part of the story,
featuring continuing action from the movie as well as the usual graphics. This is not something
that has been used since the very first film Dr No (with the footage of The Three Blind Mice),
but it is much more extensive here.
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