Die Another Day
Brett Ratner, Stuart Baird and Stephen Hopkins were considered
to direct the movie. Editor Christian Wagner is the first non-English
editor to work on a Bond film.
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
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 official series. Although only just. She
won the 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. Judi Dench who plays M also has an Oscar from Shakespeare
in Love (1998).
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.
This is the first Bond film to give the actress playing the Bond
girl equal billing with the lead actor. Halle Berry is the first
movie superstar to play a Bond girl; all previous Bond girls either
became famous after their Bond film appearance, or were at best
moderately popular at the time they paired up with 007.
Jinx aka Jacinta Johnson's medical file at the DNA Replacement
Clinic named her as Jacinta Jordan and born in 1973 making her
aged approximately 29 years of age in the time of the film.
Tang Ling Zao ("The Man Who Never Smiles") is the first
Korean henchman to appear in the series since Oddjob in Goldfinger
(1964). Rick Yune's diamond-encrusted make-up took 3 hours to
Korean actor In-Pyo Cha turned down the role of Colonel Moon.
Will Yun Lee plays a character named Colonel Moon. The James Bond
novel by Kingsley Amis, written (under the pseudonym Robert Markham)
shortly after Ian Fleming's death, was entitled "Colonel Sun".The
full name of Colonel Moon is Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, making the connection
to Amis' novel even more explicit.
As Verity, the fencing instructor, Madonna makes this
the first Bond film 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
Deborah Moore, the daughter of former James Bond actor Roger Moore,
makes a brief appearance in the film as an Air Hostess on the British
When confronting Bond, Miranda Frost 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 11
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 references "The Man With The Golden
The character Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow
Never Dies (1997), was originally supposed to make her return,
Bond in Hong Kong, but no arrangement could be worked out with
the actress and she was replaced by Chinese Intelligence agent
(and hotelier) Chang.
The brief shot of a missile being fired from a frigate (to destroy
Icarus) is recycled footage from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
When Bond enters the Cuban clinic through the hidden door, you
can hear a sample of the brainwashing noise used in Ipcress File,
The (1965). A nod to another British agent, Harry Palmer.
The uniforms which James Bond and Jinx wear in the climax action
sequence have small Korean character name tags which read "Chang-Choen
1 dong dae". It means these are uniforms of civilian reserved
troops of Chang Choen town in Seoul, part of a security training
This is the first Bond film in which 007 and Moneypenny do not
actually have contact. Bond sees her "corpse" during
a VR training simulation, and at the end of the film Moneypenny
creates a virtual reality fantasy involving Bond, but otherwise
the two never come face to face in "real life". In Licence
to Kill (1989) the two don't meet either, but they do at least
communicate by phone.
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 passed away in 1999
and John Cleese (who plays "Q's Assistant" 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.
Aged 33, Toby Stephens was the youngest main Bond villain to date.
Stephens was 16 years younger than Pierce Brosnan who was 49 at
the time. This is not the first time a Bond actor was older than
the main villain on a age gap. In 1985, Roger Moore at 57 was also
16 years older than his main villain Christopher Walken, who was
42 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
36, being the first Bond villain actor to be younger than the Bond
The opening titles sequence, showing Bond's torture by North Korean
jailers, is the first ever sequence which is part of the story
for a Bond movie and not just a separate aesthetically designed
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 OK Connery
(1967) where Sean Connery's brother Neil Connery had a beard spoofing
his brother's James Bond image.
For his scenes as the captive Bond, Pierce Brosnan spent 3 hours
in make-up every day, having a false beard and long hair applied.
The knife which Jinx uses to cut the fruit while in bed with James
is the SPEEDLOCK II, model no. 110106, manufactured by Boker Germany.
The large hovercraft in the pre-title sequence is a British-made
The fuchsia crystal dress Jinx 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.
The second signature James Bond theme, the OO7 theme composed
by John Barry had not been heard since Moonraker (1979) until this
movie. An electronic version of the 007 Theme was re-worked by
composer David Arnold and was heard during the car chase on ice
The movie's title song "Die Another Day" sung by Madonna
debuted in the US Charts on 19 October 2002 and peaked at the No.
#8 spot. The song was nominated both for a Golden Globe Award for
Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original
One of the few Bond films to openly use alternate source music
- in this case, The Clash's "London Calling". The previous
film to do this was A View to a Kill (1985) which utilized The
Beach Boys' "California Girls".
Although the production went to Cuba to source locations, they
were unable to shoot there due to US legislation so Cuba was recreated
in a combination of Pinewood Studios outside London and Cadiz in
The route diagram on the station wall in the disused tube station
where Q introduces Bond to the new Aston indicates that the station
is on the Piccadilly line and that the next station is Hyde Park
Corner followed by Knightsbridge etc. Reference to the current
tube map suggests that this station is Green Park (the station
before Hyde Park Corner). However there is a real disused 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 a 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
Only the second Bond film to feature James Bond's office. It was
last seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
For the first time, the famous gun barrel sequence now includes
a bullet zooming by after Bond fires.
For the sword fight, film makers decreased the film speed to make
it look as if the actors were moving faster than they actually
Sequences where James Bond travels in 1st 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 green screens and a fan. They
were cut from the final film.
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
(approximately five minutes' drive from where Bond enters the station).
The futuristic weapon that Colonel Moon uses during parts of the
chase after the opening sequence did really exist when the movie
was made, at least in prototype form. It's a Heckler and Koch OICW
(Objective Individual Combat Weapon), a weapon developed as the
future's infantry assault rifle as part of the US Army's "Soldier
2000" program. It consist 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/shoot around corners, as well as transmitting
live footage of a combat situation to his troop commander or a
The V12 engine in the Aston Martin Vanquish was switched with
a small block Ford V8 to make room for machine guns etc. The 6-speed
sequential transmission was also changed to a 3-speed auto transmission.
The magazine with the picture of Gustav Graves that Bond reads
on the British Airways flight is the real in-flight magazine for
British Airways. Called "High Life", the edition seen
was for the month of November 2002. The Magazine in fact interviews
the actor playing Graves about his part and includes an article
on all previous Bond Movies and their respective stunts.
A huge 20,000-watt light array which took a week to construct
was used for the Icarus demonstration scene. It required the
most amount of lights ever required in
a British film.
The device used to
identify Bond in the beginning is a Sony Ericsson P800 PDA/Mobile
The North Korean sequences were deliberately bleached of color
to emphasize the inhospitality of the location.
In the first scene at the North Korean beach, two North Korean
soldiers are talking. It means "What the hell is the taste
of this cigarette? / I can give you Chinese tobacco."
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, based his famous
spy character on the author's name.
Icarus was originally called Solaris but was changed when the
producers found out that Solaris (2002) was in production.
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 (San Marino, Calif.) The reproduction was
hand-painted by Lyons Corner House Fine Art Reproductions in London.
The first Bond movie to open on an even-numbered year (2002) since
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
Some location filming took place at 'The Eden Project' near St
Austell, Cornwall in the United Kingdom in the first week of March
2002. Gustav Graves' diamond mine/giant greenhouse was also recreated
at Pinewood which housed 5000 plants. They had to be watered twice
Sequences featuring a Korean beach were partly filmed at Holywell
Bay near Newquay in Cornwall, United Kingdom over several evenings
in February/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.
The opening surfing sequence was shot off the coast of Maui on
Christmas Day 2001
SFX 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.
Although a quarter of the film is set in Iceland, none of the
main cast actually went there. Only the second unit and stunt crews
The hovercraft chase sequence was filmed nearby to a working airport.
Pilots are 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.
Pierce Brosnan's knee injury which he incurred in the opening
hovercraft segment prompted the production to stop shooting for
7 days. This was the first time any Bond movie has had to shut
down production due to injury.
Second unit director Vic Armstrong had real trouble finding stunt
drivers who were able to handle a hovercraft. Another one of the
problems the crew encountered when shooting the North Korean segments
England was that there were only 2 fully qualified
Asian stuntmen in the UK. To get round that, they tapped local
martial arts clubs for more talent.
Both the Aston Martin and the Jaguar were completely stripped
of engine and running gear. All the Aston Martins used in the ice
high speed chase had to be converted to four wheel drive. These
were replaced by the Ford V8,
4WD kit and 4spd Auto 'box from Ford's Explorer. This was to help
them perform on ice.
The Jaguar driven by Zao is not a production car, but only a prototype
supposedly showcasing the next generation XKR. The design has now
been changed, however, so the car in the film will never see production.
Gustav Graves' parachute jump over Buckingham Palace could never
happen in real life. Any plane that flies within a kilometer of
the palace will put Britain's anti-terrorist units and the Civil
Aviation Authority on full alert. Location manager Simon Marsden
had to negotiate long and hard with the appropriate authorities
to secure permission to film in this most sensitive of locations.
His negotiations were further complicated by the death of the Queen
Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Ice Palace in the film 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 traveling on a plane
and thought it would make a good set piece for a Bond movie. The
actual location is 200 kilometers 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 environs were shot.
The ice palace took approximately 6 months to construct.
Filming had already begun when Lee Tamahori decided he wanted
a car chase through the ice palace set. His set designer Peter
Lamont had to rebuild the set with steel girders to support the
cars racing around it.
Only five cars in the entire movie do not belong to either Ford
or Ford's Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land
Rover, Volvo). There are two Ferrari F355's, a Porsche 911, a Mercedes
SL and a Lamborghini Diablo. All of these cars (except possibly
the Merc) get damaged / destroyed / 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.
Vehicles featured included a silver Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
also an invisible car in the movie; a Russian Antonov An-124 airplane;
Jinx's drives a red 2003 coral Ford Thunderbird in Iceland; 007's
drives Raoul's brown & white Ford Fairlane in Cuba; Zao's green
Jaguar XKR for car chases in Iceland; two Switchblade Gliders (aka
PHASST - 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.
When Q explains how the Vanquish works, he is explaining technology
that the US Air Force is actually developing for use in a new "daylight" stealth
aircraft. However, the "invisibility" capability is only
useful at extreme distance (miles), and would not in any way be
as good as depicted on the car in this film.
Due to Philips products
being known as Norelco in the USA, the Philips Domestic Appliances
and Personal Care (DAP) unit of Philips
provide Bond shaving with a Philishave Sensotec shaver in non-USA
prints and a Norelco Spectra shaver for the USA.
Pierce Brosnan used a Walther P99 with a fake suppressor and custom-made
leather holster. Ten of these models were supplied by Bapty UK,
all in the same serial number range. Serial #B8041837, B8041841,
B8041852, B8041854, B8041861, B8041868.
This is the first Bond film to feature an Aston Martin as the
Bond car since The Living Daylights (1987).
Trailers for this film were played at screenings of Austin Powers
in Goldmember (2002) due to an out-of-court settlement among MGM,
Danjaq and New Line. All promotional materials (including online
trailers) bearing the movie's original title, "Austin Powers
in Goldmember", 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 (MPAA) arbitration
panel on the grounds that New Line was attempting to trade on the
James Bond franchise without authorization. The matter went to
arbitration and the film was known briefly as "The third installment
of Austin Powers" until the matter was settled on 11 April
2002. MGM agreed that New Line could use the original "Goldmember" title
on condition that it had approval of any future titles that parodied
existing Bond titles.
The literal translations of some of this film'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 & Venezuela); "Death
Comes Tomorrow" (Poland); "Don't Die Today" (Czech
Republic) and "Die, But Not Today" (Russia).
The name of the hotel that James Bond visits in Hong Kong was
The Rubyeon Royale Hotel. The name "Rubyeon" is a conflation
of two words: Ruby and Eon. The first word "Ruby" represents
the Ruby Anniversary relating to the second word "Eon" meaning
EON Productions. "Royale" is a reference to "Casino
Royale", the first Ian Fleming James Bond novel and incidentally,
Casino Royale (2006) would become the next film in the 007 film
series. As such, the "Rubyeon Royale" phrase references
the 40th Anniversary of EON Production's James Bond series.
The Royal Charity World Premiere of Die Another Day (2002) was
held on 18th November 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall, South
Kensington, London in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince
Philip of England. 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 ever
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 & Television Benevolent
Fund (CTBF) of which the Queen is patron. A parallel premiere was
also held on the same night at London's Leicester Square's Empire
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. The film 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.
The movie set a new record for merchandising, with $120 million
worth of deals with 24 various companies for product placement
and/or tie-ins. These included vehicles Aston Martin Vanquish,
Jaguar XKR convertible, 2003 James Bond Edition Ford Thunderbird
and Ski-Doo snowmobile; drinks Bollinger champagne, Finlandia vodka,
Heineken beer, 7 Up, and Ty Nant curvy PET bottles; Revlon cosmetics
OO7 Color Collection; Brioni suit tailoring; Electronic Arts video
game James Bond 007: Nightfirex (2002) (VG); British Airways and
Samsonite luggage; Mattel OO7 Barbie Collector's Edition set; Omega
Seamaster Swatch watches; Phillips Electronics Philishave Sensotec
and Norelco Spectra shavers; Kodak cameras; Vodaphone and Sony
Ericsson mobile phones; VISA credit cards; Energizer batteries;
Phillips heart rate monitor; Sony security systems, TV cameras
and laptop PCs; and retail outlets Circuit City and Best Buy.
was planned, featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx as the lead.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote for two months and
even a director was hired (Stephen Frears). However, after the
failure of other female-character-driven action films like Charlie's
Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The
Cradle of Life (2003), MGM pulled the plug on the project. Halle
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.
The first Bond movie to be released on a 2-DVD pack.