"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
1st May 2003
Of all the locations in "Die Another Day", the Iceland
location had the most rewrites and scenes that failed to make
the final cut of the film.
The original script saw Bond and Wai Lin fighting North Korean
freelancers in an elevator in Hong Kong, when Michelle Yeoh turned
down the film it was rewritten for Jinx to fight adversaries in
an elevator. The character of Jinx changed substantially in the
build up to the start of shooting (from villainess to Bond girl),
and writers Purvis & Wade felt their was already enough action
in the movie, and decided to cut the sequence from the shooting
Possibly one of the most important scenes to be cut from the
film, this dialogue intense sporting sequence (with a few
helping from the classic Goldfinger scene) saw Gustav Graves
paying golf with Jinx, and it explained why Jinx was chasing
The custom built "golf course" on the frozen
lake was another of Graves` luxurious extravagances, although
in reality the construction team used astro turf on the
back lot Ice Palace set at Pinewood.
Under the guise of a science corespondent, Jinx uses the
golf game to feel Graves out, and it also serves to develop
her character as an NSA agent. This is sorely missed in
the final film, which fails to explain why she is on the
heels of graves in the first place, although the scene could
have been too close (in timing and content) to Bond fencing
with Graves in Blades Club.
You can still see a glimpse of the ice golf course in the final
cut of the film when Bond is running towards the Ice Dragster.
Ice Palace Party
Mojito? Bond asks
Jinx in the Ice Palace to remind her of their time in Cuba.
But the original script had a more original drink for the
pair to share - a "canchancara".
Jinx also introduced herself to Miranda Frost differently
- Ms Michel from Space & Technology magazine, not Ms
Another small name change also took place with the main
threat of the film, Icarus. It was originally called "Solaris"
in the draft shooting script, although the writers changed
this to "Icarus"
as the legend of the son flying too close to the sun
Canchanchara Cocktail Recipe
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 ounces white rum
Mix the lime juice with the honey and white rum until
the honey dissolves. Put everything into a cocktail shaker
with crushed ice. Shake well with the ice and strain into
a champagne glass, on the rocks or straight up.
When Bond is caught investigating the biodomes, Miranda Frost
steps in and deflects the attention of Graves and Mr. Kil by faking
a lovers embrace with 007 beside a 4x4.
|A more raunchier version of this idea was shot with Bond
and Frost taking to the hot tub. Cut for censors (to ensure
a 12A rating and maximise the box-office), the sequence saw
Bond and Frost skinny dip in the hot tub to give Graves the
illusion they were lovers.
||Bond: "Oh we fooled him.
He left a while ago."
Frost: "And he couldn't see what your hands were doing"
Bond: "It's all about attention to detail"
"Take your clothes off!" Miranda demanded of Bond as
she stood with her gun aimed squarely at his head. Most of the
dialogue is the same to that of the final car kissing sequence,
although Graves does offer 007 one parting shot as he walks off
from seeing the couple in the water:
"Excitement seems to follow you around,
"Die Another Day"
Cut Scenes - Part 1