[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Die-another-day.jpg]]

%% The site owner himself has discussed TheOneWith and said they should stay. Please leave them alone.
[[{{The one with}} The one where]] James Bond [[TotallyRadical rides a surfboard]].
%% The site owner himself has discussed TheOneWith and said they should stay. Please leave them alone.

''Die Another Day'' is the 20th ''Film/JamesBond'' film and stars PierceBrosnan in his last appearance as the character.

As per usual for 007, the film opens with a botched mission in which Bond is betrayed and beaten up. This time, the North Koreans get the honour. Freed via a prisoner exchange after 14 months of torture, Bond is aghast to learn his freedom was purchased at the cost of his adversary, a war criminal named Zao, walking scot free. Discharged by [=MI-6=] and receiving a predictably chilly reception from M, Bond [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight becomes a rogue agent]] and resumes hunting for his quarry.

Following Zao's trail leads him to Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), a wunderkind entrepreneur who's made a fortune in blood diamonds and is building some kind of space-based sunlight reflector [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial which in no way resembles a death ray]].

The film holds many vignettes to previous Bond outings, such as Brosnan playing the 'loose cannon' in the tropics (''Film/LicenceToKill''), Halle Berry exiting the water in slow-mo (''Film/DrNo''), a diamond-encrusted sky laser (''Film/DiamondsAreForever''), and action scenes bordering on self-parody (''Film/{{Moonraker}}'').

----
!!''Die Another Day'' provides examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange: Elements of the film story were based upon Fleming's original novel ''Moonraker''. As confirmed by Rosamund Pike in her DVD commentary, her character Miranda Frost was originally named Gala Brand, which was the name of the Bond girl in the original book. Graves, meanwhile, is based upon the original novel's version of Sir Hugo Drax.
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Sort of. Graves' [[CoolPlane modified Antonov An-124]] carries a helicopter aboard which Bond manages to launch out of it in mid-air.
* ArtisticTitle: An extremely kinky version in the opening credits, where Bond is being tortured in the background while naked chicks made of ice, fire and electricity are writhing around in the foreground.
* AssholeVictim: The rude guy that Bond knocks out to get himself on the island.
* BeamSpam: Bond fights Mr Kil in a room full of out-of-control laser beams.
* BeardOfSorrow: More a Beard of Imprisonment, but hey.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted when Bond is released by the Koreans looking like he'll shout "[[CastAway WILSON!]]". In truth, it is downplayed in that he's in remarkably good shape for someone who's endured 14 months of imprisonment and torture.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: After Mr Kil meets his end by way of laser, Bond tries to drag his corpse over to a hand scanner. Jinx decides to cut out the middle man and laser off his hand.
* CallBack: In honor of ''Die Another Day'' being released on the 40th anniversary of the Bond film franchise, the film contains references to all 19 of the previous 007 movies:
** Jinx walks out of the ocean in a bikini, wearing a white belt and diving knife just like Honey Rider from ''Film/DrNo''.
** The shoe with the poison-tipped blade seen in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' is seen in Q's laboratory. Also, the briefcase contains a hidden knife.
** Bond drives a gadget-laden Aston Martin like he did in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''. Also, Jinx is nearly killed by a laser in Mr. Kil's laboratory.
** The jetpack from ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' is seen in Q's laboratory. Bond also employs a small rebreather like he did in that film.
** Bond fakes his own death so that enemy agents will not expect him just like he did in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. Also, scenes of the Icarus unfolding in space are visible on screens in the ice palace.
** Bond uses a huge avalanche to cover his escape just like he did in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''. Also, the acronym [=OHMSS=] is visible on a compact disc on Moneypenny's desk at the end of the film.
** Graves remarks "Well, Diamonds are for everyone" while fencing with Bond. And in the High Life magazine article about Graves' company there is a caption that reads "Diamonds are forever, but life isn't."
** At one point, Bond uses a revolver instead of his signature Walther just like he did in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
** The villain employs a solar-powered superweapon just like Scaramanga from ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''.
** Graves deploys a Union Jack parachute just like Bond did in ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
** There is a character named Chang just like in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. There is also a scene where Bond and a villain fight each other over a parachute.
** The yellow diving helmet from ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' is visible in Q's lab.
** Several gadgets from ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' are seen in Q's lab: the [=AcroStar=] [=MiniJet=], the crocodile submarine, the "magic rope", and the five-pointed knife.
** The electronic snooper from ''Film/AViewToAKill''' is seen in Q's lab. Also, Bond a hatch from the back of a car as an improvised snowboard, much like he did with the snowmobile tread in ''A View to a Kill''. Also, Bond is detected by the villains using facial-recognition software.
** Bond goes rogue and M rescinds his license to kill just like in ''Film/LicenseToKill''.
** Bond's laser watch from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' returns in this film. Also, Jinx sets the bomb timer to three minutes just like Bond did in the chemical weapons stockpile in ''Goldeneye''.
** The artificial intelligence in Bond's car has the same voice as it did in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
** There's a geodesic dome like in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* TheCameo: Madonna cameos as Verity, Miranda Frost and Gustav Graves's fencing instructor. Thus far she's the only theme song singer to make an appearance in the film, unless you count Sheena Easton singing the ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' theme on screen.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Suggested that Bond endured one of these in the very trippy opening sequence. His examination post-release supports this; scorpion poison was involved.
* CollapsingLair: More like melting lair.
* CompositeCharacter: Colonel Moon is a weird fusion of the [[Literature/{{Moonraker}} literary version]] of Hugo Drax with Literature/ColonelSun. In true ''Bond'' fashion, subtitles on the Region 2 DVD reveal his full name to be Tan-Sun Moon.
* ContinuityNod
** The gadgets in Q's lab.
** Bond pretends to be an ornithologist, a nod to his origins as he was named after an ornithologist.
*** Fleming took the name off a book he had, rather than any particular shout-out. The book he picks up in the office of his Cuban contact may well be that book -- if you freeze-frame you will notice the author's name has been defaced.
** According to the movie's [=IMDb=] page, this film -- in honour of the franchise's twentieth -- [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246460/trivia references every single other Bond film at least once]] and several tips of the hat to the original novels.
* ConspicuousCG: There's more of this here than perhaps in any other Bond entry. Particularly jarring examples of this include the firing of the Icarus laser upon the Ice Palace, the final confrontation on Graves' plane, the invisibility feature of Bond's Aston Martin, and the infamous wave-surfing scene as Bond tries to outrun a massive wave (The fact that live surfing was utilized in the film's opening scene without the use of any CG makes this even worse for some).
* CoolCar: ''Two'' of them. [[VehicularCombat They also fight]].
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: Discussed. Jinx is meeting with a surgeon on the Cuban island, discussing a drastic procedure to change her looks. He says that he considers himself an artist, and she remarks that most great artists aren't celebrated until after their deaths, upon which she shoots him.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Graves' parachute is sucked into the turbine of his own plane. Though he manages to hold on, Bond electrocutes him with his own gauntlet, sending him into the rotary blades.]]
* DeathRay
* DefiantToTheEnd: Noted of Bond when all he has to offer after months of brutal torture is a snarky one-liner.
* DirtyCommunists: North Korea's military eagerly supports the conquest of Japan and South Korea through Colonel Moon's plan. It's stated at least once that there was a coup by the hardliners before the invasion, presumably to avoid implicating the entire country as [[CardCarryingVillain Card-Carrying Villains]].
* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Miranda Frost got an Olympic silver medal for fencing, but was upgraded to gold when her opponent failed a drug test. [[spoiler:The BigBad, knowing Miranda hated the idea of being second best, rigged the drug test in exchange for Miranda becoming his {{Mole}}.]]
* TheDragon: Zao.
** [[spoiler: Miranda Frost]].
* DressHitsFloor: Miranda, as she prepares to sleep with Bond. Leading to a brief shot of ToplessnessFromTheBack... and then followed by ModestyBedsheet.
* EvilCounterpart: Gustav Graves claims to be one.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The film's second half is full of ice motifs, even taking place in ''Ice''land in a literal ice palace. Incidentally, this is the first hint that [[spoiler:Miranda Frost]] is going to be trouble.
* EvilRedHead: Graves.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Bond in the North Korean prison grows a beard, and then promptly shaves it off when he gets out.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Bond and Frost.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Zao is impaled beneath a stupidly-large chandelier made of diamonds and icicles.
* FauxActionGirl: Jinx talks a good game but only manages to defeat a secretary in hand-to-hand combat. The kind of fencing done in the Olympics is more akin to waving a car antenna around than any sort of combative fighting, so beating an Olympic fencer with real weapons is hardly the pinnacle of achievement. Murdering an unarmed doctor also hardly placed her in much jeopardy.
* FiveBadBand:
** BigBad: Gustav Graves [[spoiler: / Colonel Moon]]
** TheDragon: Zao
** TheEvilGenius: Vladimir Popov
** TheBrute: Mr Kil
** TheDarkChick: [[spoiler:Miranda Frost]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The body-altering technology in Cuba, and the [[ItsPersonal savage ferocity]] with which Gustav Graves attacks Bond in their duel.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Bond fights Mr Kil in a room full of out-of-control lasers slicing everything up. It's pretty insane and even if impractical, it's a pretty [[RuleOfCool good visual]].
* GatlingGood: Zao's Jaguar has a Minigun mounted on top, complete with the usual inaccurate firing rate. Zao must have SteelEardrums as it's firing from right behind (and just over) his head.
* GladToBeAliveSex: Like most Bond films, ''Die Another Day'' ends with one of these.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the end of the film, [[spoiler:Graves' electric suit only works against him, as Bond uses a button on the suit to somehow electrocute him, causing him to lose his grip on the door frame and fly into the engine.]]
* HollywoodHealing: During the film's climax, Jinx is slashed across the stomach by a sword. Soon after, she and Bond celebrate their victory by having sex, and not a single scar is visible on Jinx's naked body.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The amount of innuendo between Bond and Jinx may drive your head into the screen. Even for a Bond movie, it's a ''lot''.
* {{Hypocrite}}: North Korean Colonel Moon sees Western culture as being beneath him. He also loves Western sports cars, [[spoiler:has a Western girlfriend and changed his whole appearance to a Caucasian magnate to further his EvilPlan]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Zao is impaled by an ice chandelier about twice his size]].
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Yes, he's James Bond. No, it's unlikely that either his military or his MI6 training including anything on using several different types of longswords. The same can be said for Gustav Graves, who, despite having a [[KnifeNut fencing instructor]] around, would not have learned anything useful about heavy sabres, katanas, hand-and-a-halfs, etc. As above, what Miranda Frost would actually be good at, Olympic fencing, has very little inherently to do with battle-grade weapons.
* InformedAbility: Miranda Frost. Said to be a gold medal standard fencer, in her one battle she swings wildly with minimal effect and is killed for her trouble.
* InnocentInnuendo (Somewhat): Though what they're doing is hardly innocent, the end sequence of Bond and Jinx playing with diamonds is made to sound like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything something else]] from outside.
* InvisibilityCloak: Bond's Aston Martin, which even he can't help but compliment without a hint of snark.
-->'''Bond:''' Oh that's very good.
* {{Irony}}: One of the soldiers torturing Bond is a beautiful Korean female officer. Take ''that'' you decadent Western womanizer!
* ItsPersonal: Bond desires very strongly to avenge himself on Zao.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mr Krug, the obnoxious man in Cuba who unintentionally provides Bond with a way into the gene therapy clinic. He's a womanizer, loud and boorish, and threatens to shoot a poor waiter's testicles off if he doesn't do exactly what he says.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: In the epic sword-fight between Bond and Gustav Graves, at one point Graves gets hold of a katana and promptly chops Bond's sabre in half with a single blow. Curiously, they both pass up katanas in favour of longswords for the final duel.
* KillSat: The Icarus (TemptingFate with that name much?)
* KingpinInHisGym: Colonel Moon, whom we meet taking his Tae Kwon Do-frustrations out on a punching bag containing his anger therapist. That'll teach him to lecture Moon.
** BigBad Gustav Graves also has some fun at a fencing club. [[spoiler:We later find that they're the same person.]]
* KissMeImVirtual: At the end of the movie, Moneypenny is caught experimenting with a pair of VR goggles...
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "New watch -- this'll be your twentieth, I believe?" This joke works on two levels, as Bond is glib about returning all of Q's hardware in pieces.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: So magical it even allows you [[spoiler:to switch racial groups]]. Also apparently involves LegoGenetics as it's mentioned to be some form of "gene therapy".
* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: Colonel Moon, the TropeNamer.
* MeaningfulName
** Miranda [[DefrostingIceQueen Frost]]
** The KillSat is called ''Icarus'', of all things.
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Subverted. After Bond arrives in Hong Kong and has had a proper shave and some new clothes, it seems like he tries to seduce the Asian masseuse who was sent to his room. Then he takes her gun and reveals her as a Chinese operative.
* MilestoneCelebration: Gets a double: the 40th anniversary of the film canon and the 20th 007 movie. As such, the movie is brimming with {{Mythology Gag}}s (see below).
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Miranda]]
* TheMothership: Played with hovercrafts.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Twice, with it actually working once.
* MythologyGag: It being [[MilestoneCelebration the 40th anniversary of the franchise]], the film includes references to every previous Bond film. Some are more subtle than others.
** The book James carries around to maintain his cover as an ornithologist is written by a real-life person named James Bond. That book's author's name is how Ian Fleming came up with the fictional character's name.
* NewEraSpeech: Graves gives one when he presents the power of Icarus to General Moon.
* NoOSHACompliance: The diamond lasers at the ice fortress apparently have some sort of Party Mode, where pressing a button will cause them all to turn on and start spinning around wildly.
* NotSoDifferent: Gustav Graves states that his persona is based on James Bond. Ironically, it's made him the toast of England.
* NotStayingForBreakfast: For once, Bond ends up on the ''receiving'' end of this.
* [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Backward English Chanting]]: The [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome epic theme]] for [[KillSat Icarus]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: Colonel Moon's plot would never have got off the ground had the NSA not withheld vital information about his time outside North Korea. [[spoiler:The NSA knew of Frost's association with Moon through the Harvard fencing team, but kept it from MI6 because they feared there was a mole in their organisation, thereby preventing them from fingering her as the very mole the NSA feared.]]
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: In addition to being a celebration of the series' fortieth anniversary, the producers wanted ''Die Another Day'' to set up a new series starring Jinx. As it turned out though, the mixed reception of this film combined with the catastrophic reaction to ''{{Film/Catwoman}}'' killed off any chance of the ''Jinx'' series taking off.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Moneypenny uses the Virtual Reality Glasses for a little recreation.
* PrettyInMink: The ice palace patrons, and a white fur wrap Miranda wears (the furs were fake, but still counts more as this). The film's costumer said she liked combining the slinky dresses with fur because of the effect it gave.
* ProductPlacement: It isn't new territory for a Bond film, certainly, but it was so glaringly obvious in this one that many critics nicknamed it "''Buy'' Another Day."
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Time to face destiny!" "Time to face gravity!"
* ProfessionalKiller: Based on the "cold-blooded" criteria of the trope, Jinx actually outstrips Bond on this score, at least in this film, deciding to crack jokes when offing the likes of [[spoiler: the scientist and Miranda]].
* {{Pun}}: "Aston Martin calls it the [[CoolCar "Vanquish"]] -- ''we'' call it the [[InvisibilityCloak "Vanish".]]
* PunchClockVillain: Vlad Popov, Graves' tech expert. He cheerfully announces that Bond managed to break Graves' own land speed record.
* ReadTheFreakingManual: When Q gives Bond the {{doorstopper}} manual for his latest [[CoolCar gadget car]], Bond tosses it in front of the vehicle's automatic shotguns which promptly blast the manual to shreds.
-->'''Q:''' Here's the manual, should be able to shoot through that in a couple of hours.\\
''[shotguns fire, confetti rains]''\\
'''Bond:''' [[BondOneLiner Just took a few seconds]], Q.\\
'''Q:''' Wish I could make '''you''' vanish.
* RedRightHand: [[TheDragon Zao]] has diamonds embedded in his face.
* RogueAgent: Bond becomes one, at least in the first part of the movie, due to 14 months in captivity at General Moon's hands.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Graves[=/=]Colonel Moon shoots dead his own father after he tries to stop his plan]].
* SexFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Inverted -- Frost enjoys her night with Bond, but she's still prepared to shoot him dead the next day.]]
* ShootTheHostage: Done by Bond in a virtual training scenario to save M, justifying it as being OnlyAFleshWound.
-->'''Bond:''' Check the replay. You'll find he's dead and she's only got a flesh wound.
* ShoutOut: When John Cleese walks behind the invisible car, the light refraction makes him appear for a quick second like he's attempting a [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Silly Walk]].
** And another for Cleese is the just-mentioned "only a flesh wound."
** Bond fencing with the BigBad is very similar to ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
** During the climax on the plane when Graves throws out one of the parachutes is very similar to the climax in ''Film/AirForceOne'' when Egor Korshunov throws out the last parachute out the plane before fighting Marshall. Had Bond said, "Get off this plane," it would be cooler.
** Bond's [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation Virtual Reality mission]] is based on the stage "King's Ransom" in the Nintendo64 game ''The World Is Not Enough''.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Bond's opinion of the new Q. "Hmm. Still, better than looking cleverer than you are."
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Bond and the new Q still don't get along.
-->'''Bond:''' Give me the old firing range any day, Quartermaster.
-->'''Q:''' Yes well they call it the Future, so get used to it. ''(takes Bond into a museum of {{Continuity Nod}}s)''
-->'''Bond:''' This where they keep the old relics, is it?
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Said by Jinx to [[spoiler:Miranda]] during their fight.
* TitleDrop: "So you live to die another day... Colonel."
* UncannyValley: InUniverse, Gustav Graves couldn't avoid it, [[spoiler:the first clue of his identity]]. Zao may qualify too.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The Virtual Reality Glasses.
* VerbThis: "Read this, bitch!"
* VillainousBreakdown: Gustav Graves goes absolutely CRAZY during his fight with 007. Possibly justified due to the fact he's in a fight with the man who secretly ruined his life.
** It's also {{Foreshadowing}} the reveal. [[spoiler:Colonel Moon's introduction in the teaser had him beating up his anger management therapist.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Gustav Graves is beloved by England, and he knows how to schmooze with the tabloid press.
** Though oddly enough, this causes a plot hole. [[spoiler:How did no one notice this man never existed until a few months ago? And how did he accomplish enough to warrant a knighthood in that period? One possibility is that he'd had the resources for the transformation in storage for a long time]]
* VillainousDemotivator: Our introduction to Col. Moon is a scene with him kicking the living crap out of a subordinate... who is hogtied inside a punching bag.
* VisibleInvisibility: Bond's Aston Martin emits a distortion effect.
* WatchThePaintJob: Colonel Moon's entire rare car collection rains out of the sky onto the rice paddies of North Korea.
* WeaponizedCar: Bond's Aston Martin Vanquish and Zao's Jaguar XKR duel.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Colonel Moon wants this from his father.
* WholePlotReference: While Graves's motivations are different, the scheme itself is taken wholesale from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'': From using diamonds to build a giant space laser KillSat for neutralising ground-based military defences to the villain impersonating a respected industrialist.
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Bond's reaction when he finds out his latest car has a cloaking device.
-->'''Q:''' As I learned from my predecessor, Bond, I ''never'' joke about my work.
* YourMom:
-->'''Zao:''' Who sent you?\\
'''Jinx:''' Your momma. She wanted me to tell you that she's real disappointed in you.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Said almost verbatim by Bond's Cuban contact, but promptly defied by Bond: "Zao has no interest in other people's freedom".
* ZipMeUp: Happens with ''Madonna''.
----