"Die Another Day" had several scenes which
failed to make the final cut. Originally rumoured
but ultimately missing from the Special Edition DVD,
MI6 takes a look at what was left on the cutting room
Part 1 - Cuba, London, Climax
Part 2 - Iceland
"Die Another Day" Cut Scenes - Part
30th April 2003
During Bond`s drive in Cuba, scenes were shot of military manoeuvres
taking place alongside the road Bond was travelling. Army trucks
and soldiers were filmed with Bond driving past in his Ford Fairlane.
It is presumed this sequence was cut purely for run-time and to
preserve the pace of the film.
Bond had a lot more dialogue with the MI6 sleeper agent
Raoul in the original shooting script.
A lengthy scene with Bond and Raoul discussing 007`s predicament
and reminiscing about Cuba was filmed with the pair overlooking
the city. The picture opposite shows the scaffolding that
was created specially for scene in Cadiz, Spain (which doubled
for Cuba during the production).
Ultimately, the dialogue was cut from the final film and
Raoul's involvement ends after he lends Bond a car, a pair
of binoculars and a revolver.
After Jinx and Bond share their love scene, 007 hops over to
Los Organos island on the tail of Zao. Although never shot, the
original script saw Bond and Zao fighting on top of a vultures
cage, where Bond ultimately retrieved a diamond which later made
the connection back to Graves in Iceland.
After Jinx terminated Dr. Alvarez in his clinic on Los Organos,
a scene was cut where she broke into a safe on the wall behind
his desk and stole a CD. She hid the evidence in a convenient
plastic CD wallet that hung around her waist under her dress.
Her concealed evidence was revealed to the guards when she pulled
off her dress, although the cut left in the film does not show
the CD hanging from her waist before she dives into the sea.
In the final film, Bond arrives in Heathrow in a British Airways
jet. Being a renegade agent, and wanting to avoid passport control
(and possible detainment), a scene was shot of Bond disembarking
the plane via the landing gear.
In a similar fashion to Arnie in "Commando" (although
this time the plane was landing rather than taking off),
Bond skipped his passport check by hopping off the landing
gear onto the tarmac.
In a typical Brosnan-Bond moment, he does the buttons on
his jacket up as he strides purposefully down the runaway.
The scenes were shot in March 2001 in an engineering base
at Heathrow Airport using huge fans.
The final film leaves us with the assumption that Bond
managed to get through passport control the old fashioned
General Moon, who was responsible for imprisoning Bond in North
Korea, discovers Graves is actually his son - Colonel Moon - during
an intense face-to-face dialogue in the observation deck of the
Antonov in the final film.
The original shoot saw Moon discover his son's identity earlier.
Bond and Jinx, exploring the plane corridor by corridor, stumbled
across General Moon arguing with a guard who was insisting he
went to the observation deck. Bond took care of the guard, and
pulled Moon into a cabin and explained his son was still alive
and about his new identity.
|Bond placed his trust in the General by handing him the
guards gun, and after Bond convinces Moon his armies were
massing on the border, the trio walked through the gymnasium
towards the observation deck. Upon seeing the bust of Colonel
Moon in the Korean themed gymnasium, realisation hit home
to the General.
grieved all this time. My son would not let me suffer like
that" - General Moon.
Bond and Jinx peel off to head towards the cockpit, as the General
sees Graves and Miranda Frost (wearing a fetching hands-free microphone)
planning the military campaign on a glass map table. All of these
sequences were cut from the final film, as the action jumps straight
into General Moon facing off with Graves.
"Die Another Day"
Cut Scenes - Part 2