To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the EON Productions
series, homages were paid to all the James Bond
adventures that went before...
Die Another Day Homages
28th March 2010
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the EON Productions
series, homages were paid to all the 19 James Bond adventures
that went before. In the most blatant nod to fans, Q mentions
laboratory as he hands Bond his new watch: "This
is your twentieth, I believe," referencing that this
was the twentieth film.
Dr. No (1962)
Jinx walking out of the sea
in a bikini, wearing a white belt and a diving knife, is an obvious
homage to the iconic Ursula Andress moment. The pistol Jinx
a Beretta. In "Dr.
the Armorer remarks to 007 that the Beretta made a good woman's
pistol. The gun was used on a teaser poster for "Die Another
Day". During the "Kiss Of Life" scene, David Arnold's
film score includes samples of the same electronic sounds heard
barrel sequence of "Dr. No." 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. 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", Tatiana Romanova introduces herself and
adds, "My friends call me Tania," and Bond gives the
Jinx is nearly cut with a laser in Mr.
Kil's laboratory. Bond once again drives a gadget-laden Aston
Martin, specifically with a passenger ejector seat. The new
Q comments that, as he
learned from his predecessor, "I never joke about my work,
007." 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". In
the pre-title sequence, Bond removes a wetsuit to reveal ordinary
The jet-pack is in Q's workshop. Bond uses
the underwater rebreather system again. After
Bond comes through the window of the medical facility in Cuba,
a few grapes
as he did before making his exit from a room in the medical center
You Only Live Twice (1967)
The name of
the ship Bond is on is HMS Tenby, the same ship that was used
to fake his burial at sea.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
"OHMSS" can be seen 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.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
While fencing with Bond, Graves
says, "Well, diamonds are for everyone." Much of the
plot includes diamonds. A large 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 extermination
poppy fields. Bond uses the same revolver used on the island
of St. Monique.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Field office of MI6 is on a ship in the 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.
When Madonna's character Verity is introduced, a few bars of "Nobody
Does it Better" is heard.
Moon's hovercraft falls down by 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 water
python in Drax's headquarters. Both movies have spies named Chang.
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.
Both 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 (see also Goldfinger).
Jinx's backward fall to escape echoes Magda's exit from Bond's
suite. Q's coil of "magic rope" being kept on the lowest
shelf in the Q lab, along with a lot of the five-pointed knife.
A View to a Kill (1985)
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 labeled traction. When Bond is driving
Graves' rocket car, he drives through a patch of trees and bits
are shorn off, just as the skis on the Aston Martin are removed
by trees in The Living Daylights.
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 uses a rifle 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 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. In "Licence to Kill",
Bond puts his airplane ticket first into his inner left jacket
pocket, only to inexplicably remove it later on from his inner
right jacket pocket.
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. 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. Bond says to Jinx
that "the cold must have kept
you alive" - In "Goldeneye" Bond tells Natalya
Simonova that being cold is what keeps him alive. The opening
title sequences feature a gold eye that opens.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Remote control car. Jinx descends on grappling lines, reminiscent of Wai-Lin's
entrance/escape. Bond escapes by being tethered and running down a wall similar
to Wai-Lin's escape. There is a fake headline on Moneypenny's computer. In
the pre-credits sequence in Korea, Bond jumps onto a hovercraft and spins
round firing missiles, much like the pre-credits sequence of "Tomorrow
Never Dies" where Bond spins a military jet and uses its guns and missiles.
A Chinese character called Chang. The footage showing a ship launching the
anti-satellite missile, is exactly the same footage used in the pre-titles
scene of TND, where the ship launches a cruise missile against the terrorist
camp. Bond's car "speaks" with the same voice in both films.
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 himself where he
dives through a closing door and rolls the other side. As Bond dives to safety
from 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.
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