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''Die Another Day'' is the 20th ''Film/JamesBond'' film and stars Creator/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 [[SecretIntelligenceService MI6]] 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}}'').

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdaptationNameChange: Elements of the film story were based upon Creator/IanFleming's original novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}''. As confirmed by Rosamund Pike in her DVD commentary, Miranda Frost was originally named Gala Brand, which was the name of the Bond girl in the original book. Gustav 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.
* AlasPoorVillain: InUniverse; Bond experiences this [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39g39v when he sees]] [[spoiler:Miranda Frost's]] corpse even though he had tried to [[spoiler:kill her the instant he had learned that she was the traitor at [=MI6=]]].
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The [[http://www.icehotel.com/ Ice Hotel]].
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: While Graves and his team are preparing to flee Iceland, Bond's priority after he kills Zao should've been to go after them, but instead he rescues Jinx, who was drowning in the melting ice palace.
* ArtificialGill: Bond uses a rebreather when scuba-diving his way into the villain's lair.
* ArtisticLicenseAwards: Miranda Frost is described as having won gold at the 2000 Sydney UsefulNotes/OlympicGames by default, after the real gold medalist's death by drug overdose. While said substances fit a medal revoking transgression, the fact it involves death screws any veracity: either the original gold drugged herself to death before the podium, or died in the 2 years before the film's events - when the IOC only strips medals based on the on-site drug tests, or the infractor's own admittance (such as Marion Jones).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The "DNA replacement therapy" manages to top the dubious scientific accuracy of ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', the explanation given by the doctor in charge of it being a textbook example of LegoGenetics.
* 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.
* BeamSpam: Bond fights Mr. Kil in a room full of out-of-control laser beams.
* BeardOfSorrow: More a Beard of Imprisonment, but hey.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Played with; Bond is filthy with a shaggy beard and hair after being tortured for 14 months. This is the character at his most unkempt in the entire ''series'', and audiences at the time were a bit shocked to see him in such a disheveled state. However, Bond is still in remarkably good shape for someone who had endured that type of hell for so long. All it takes are a single shave, a hair cut, a proper dinner, and a change of clothes for him to become sexy again.
* BigBad: Gustav Graves[[spoiler:/Colonel Moon]] is the main villain of the film.
* 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.
* CaliforniaDoubling
** Loads, including Hawaii and England for North Korea, and Spain for Cuba.
** Despite fears that the ice would melt and force filming to be moved out of Iceland, the film crew managed to [[AvertedTrope avert this]] and stick around for those scenes.
* 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.
* ChivalrousPervert: Bond's [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x390eac sheer panic (and later relief)]] when he attempts to resuscitate Jinx proves that she's not just a notch on his bedpost.
* 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. The name Tan-Sun also appears as a caption on the Region A Blu-Ray.
* ContinuityNod:
** The gadgets in Q's lab, which include the jetpack from ''Thunderball''.
--->'''Bond''': [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo Does this still work?]] ''[switches the jetpack on]''
*** Q also notes that Bond's watch is his twentieth, and implores him to actually return this one.
** Bond pretends to be an ornithologist, a nod to his origins as he was named after an ornithologist off a book Ian Fleming had. The book Bond picks up in the office of his Cuban contact is the same book - a Collins edition of the ''Birds of the West Indies'' by James Bond (the author's name is removed however).
** Bond calls sex "The coldest weapon of all." He should know, because [[spoiler:Elektra King]] used it against him in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
** As seen on the CallBack section, this film -- in honour of the franchise's twentieth -- 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: The Icarus satellite is capable of shooting these kind of rays, made of concentrated sunlight.
* 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:Graves, knowing Miranda hated the idea of being second best, rigged the drug test in exchange for Miranda becoming his [[TheMole Mole]].]]
* TheDragon: Zao [[spoiler:and Miranda Frost]], even though Zao kills a total amount of zero people onscreen. However, M does mention to Bond that Zao had murdered three Chinese agents at a summit.
* DressHitsFloor: Miranda, as she prepares to sleep with Bond. Leading to a brief shot of ToplessnessFromTheBack... and then followed by ModestyBedsheet.
* EvilAlbino: Zao for most of the second act.
* EvilCounterpart: Gustav Graves claims to be one of Bond.
--> '''Gustav Graves:''' When your intervention forced me to present the world with a new face, I chose to model the disgusting Gustav Graves on you. I paid attention to details -- that unjustifiable swagger, the crass quips, the self-defence mechanism concealing such inadequacy...
* TheEvilGenius: Vladimir Popov, Gustav Graves' personal scientist.
* 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 has red hair. [[spoiler: Seems that he really wanted to ensure his transition from Colonel Moon to be drastically different.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Bond in the North Korean prison grows a beard, and then promptly shaves it off when he gets out.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Bond and Frost do this to distract some guards at the ice palace. Being Bond, he has it continue even after the guards leave.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Zao is impaled beneath a large chandelier made of diamonds and icicles.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The body-altering technology in Cuba, and the [[ItsPersonal savage ferocity]] with which Gustav Graves attacks Bond in their duel.
* FatalFlaw: Gustav is aware of Bond's, [[spoiler:Miranda's]] and his own AchillesHeel.
-->'''Graves''': You see, I have a gift. An instinct for sensing people's weaknesses. Yours is women. Hers and mine are winning, whatever the cost.
* 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.
* GentlemanSnarker: This is Bond's default setting, but Gustav Graves knows it's just a performance: "The unjustifiable swagger, the crass quips, the self-defense mechanisms concealing such inadequacy."
* HiddenWeapons: Peaceful has a gun in a holster around her thigh.
* HighDiveEscape: Jinx is cornered by the police at a cliff. She first strips to her bikini, [[DistractedByTheSexy stunning them]], then jumps into the water near a waiting motorboat.
* 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.
* HoverTank: The hovercrafts, which are actually just that, hovercrafts, but armed to the teeth in a way that one wouldn't begrudge a tank.
* 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, having MajoredInWesternHypocrisy, fits this rather well. He sees Western culture as being beneath him. He also loves Western sports cars, [[spoiler: his chief ally is his British girlfriend, and he changed his whole appearance to a Caucasian magnate to further his plot.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Zao is impaled by an ice chandelier about twice his size.]]
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: In one of the most derided scenes in the movies, Bond uses an improvised surfboard made from the hull of a wrecked ice yacht to para-surf an unconvincing CGI tsunami.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: If the gunbarrel sequence is something to go by, Bond can unholster, whip around, and fire accurately enough to ''send the bullet straight up the gun of an attacker he previously never saw'' in one swift, fluid, unplanned movement.
* InformedAbility: Miranda Frost. Said to be a gold medal standard fencer, in her one battle she swings wildly with minimal effect [[spoiler:and is killed for her trouble]].
* InnocentInnuendo: 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 "Vanish", 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 fairly attractive Korean female officer. Take ''that'', you decadent Western womanizer!
* ItsPersonal: Bond desires very strongly to avenge himself on Zao and the person who betrayed him during his mission in North Korea.
* {{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.
* JustPlaneWrong: Graves' plane undergoes an explosive decompression that sucks everyone minus Bond, Graves, Miranda and Jinx from the aircraft, and none of then undergo the potentially fatal effects of hypoxia at the plane's sustained altitude. Plus, most planes today are designed so that bullets alone cannot trigger such a catastrophic event.
* 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 using Tae Kwan Do to take out his frustrations on the punching bag he's sewn his anger management therapist in.
** 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.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Bond is able to lower his heart rate to the point where it appeared that he was dying.
* MasterSwordsman: 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.
* MeaningfulName
** Miranda [[DefrostingIceQueen Frost]].
** The KillSat is called ''Icarus'', of all things.
* MessyHair: Bond was a prisoner in North Korea for 14 months, so naturally his hair becomes untidy and long without any grooming.
* 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.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Miranda Frost was the one who revealed Bond's true identity in North Korea.]]
%%* MurderTheHypotenuse: Twice, with it actually working once.
* MythologyGag: 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.
** ''Film/DrNo'':
*** Jinx walks out of the ocean in a bikini, wearing a white belt and diving knife, just like Honey Rider.
*** The electronic sounds heard in the gunbarrel of ''Dr. No'' can be heard briefly when Bond escapes the boat-hospital where he is confined.
*** Zao's new appearance leaves him bald with no eyebrows or any other body hair, exactly how Dr. No appears in the [[Literature/DrNo book.]]
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'':
*** When Bond and Jinx first meet, Jinx says, "My friends call me Jinx" and Bond answers, "And mine call me James Bond." It is pretty much the same exchange as Bond and Tatiana Romanova made: Romanova says, "My friends call me Tania" and Bond answers, "And mine call me James Bond."
*** Bond discovers Chang watching him in his hotel room with a woman, referring to Red Grant and Rosa Klebb watching him in his room with Romanova.
*** The shoe with the poison-tipped blade and the briefcase that contains a hidden knife are seen in Q's laboratory.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'':
*** When Bond arrives at the North Korean base in TheTeaser, he removes his wet suit to reveal a suit which looks more formal, like in the teaser of ''Goldfinger''; just not a tuxedo this time.
*** Bond drives a gadget-laden Aston Martin, complete with ejector seat.
*** Jinx is nearly killed by a laser in Mr. Kil's laboratory.
*** Graves dies almost like Goldfinger, falling from a plane, with the only difference that Graves is sucked by the turbine.
*** When John Cleese's Q tells Bond he learned from his predecessor to never joke about his work, he references Desmond Llewelyn's Q saying "I never joke about my work, 007."
*** Bond wins against Graves in his favourite sport for his favourite commodity, with Graves staking the cash equivalent.
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'':
*** When Bond is in the gene therapy clinic, he eats two grapes he takes from a room, like he did at Shrublands.
*** The jetpack is seen in Q's laboratory.
*** Bond employs a small rebreather like he did in that film.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'':
*** Bond fakes his own death so that enemy agents will not expect him just like he did in ''You Only Live Twice''.
*** Scenes of the Icarus' unfolding in space are visible on screens in the ice palace, just like scenes of SPECTRE space ship unfolding in space are visible on screens in the volcano lair.
*** On a meta-level, the bell from which Bond hangs on while Moon falls to the waterfall at the end of TheTeaser is the same used in his fake wedding with Kissy Suzuki.
** ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'':
*** Graves causes a huge avalanche to try to kill Bond, just like Blofeld did. In both cases, Bond uses the avalanche to cover his escape.
*** Bond's office in Universal Exports can be seen.
*** The uniforms worn by Graves' henchmen are similar to those used by Blofeld's henchmen at Piz Gloria.
*** The acronym [=OHMSS=] is visible on a compact disc on Moneypenny's desk at the end of the film.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'':
*** 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."
*** Both films have diamonds being used to build a giant space laser KillSat to neutralise ground-based military defences by a villain that seemingly is KilledOffForReal in the teaser, has access to technology to alter his appearance and impersonates a respected industrialist.
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'':
*** At one point, Bond uses a revolver instead of his signature Walther.
*** Icarus' laser causes a string of explosions in a minefield, similar to the string of explosions caused when Bond detonated Kananga's poppy fields.
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'':
*** The villain employs a solar-powered superweapon like Scaramanga, although Scaramanga's was simply a ray gun as opposed to a satellite.
*** When Bond arrives at the gene therapy clinic, he walks through a hallway decorated with psychedelic lights and rotating mirrors, which reminds of Scaramanga's funhouse.
*** Once again, Bond finds himself removing a precious object from the navel of an attractive woman; here is a diamond from Jinx, in TMWTGG it was a golden bullet from the belly dancer, Saida. At least with Jinx, he's just doing it for fun.
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'':
*** Graves deploys a Union Jack parachute, just like Bond did in TSWLM.
*** Bond has his final showdown with the villain after an exotic construction of the villain sinks down; the ice palace here, the ''Liparus'' supertanker in TSWLM.
** ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'':
*** There is a character named Chang, just like in ''Moonraker''.
*** Both films have a scene where Bond and a villain fight each other over a parachute.
*** Graves' ice palace has an artificial tropical environment. Drax's launch facility in ''Moonraker'' was ''in'' a tropical environment, the Amazon jungle.
*** Bond and Graves having a swordfight and destroying antiques all around them is similar to Bond and Chang having a fight (in which Chang has a wooden kendo sword) and destroying ''glass'' antiques all around them in ''Moonraker''.
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'':
*** The yellow diving helmet is visible in Q's lab.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'':
*** Several gadgets from this film are seen in Q's lab: the [=AcroStar=] [=MiniJet=], the crocodile submarine, the "magic rope" and the five-pointed knife.
*** Jinx's jump to the sea is similar to Magda's jump from the balcony.
** ''Film/AViewToAKill''
*** The electronic snooper is seen in Q's lab.
*** Bond ends up suspended from an icy cliff, just like a Russian guard in the pre-credits sequence of ''A View to a Kill''. Afterwards, Bond uses a hatch from the back of a car as an improvised snowboard, much like he did with the snowmobile tread.
*** Bond is detected by the villains using facial-recognition software.
** ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'':
*** The first thing shown after the gunbarrel are the North Korean shores, which look remarkably similar to the coast of Gibraltar that appears after the gunbarrel in ''The Living Daylights''.
*** Both films have Bond escaping from a plane with the Bond Girl after a fight that ends with a villain getting thrown off from said plane; Graves here, Necros in ''The Living Daylights''.
*** The Aston Martin has nails in the tires as the Aston Martin used in ''The Living Daylights''.
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'':
*** Bond goes rogue and M rescinds his licence to kill, just like in ''Licence to Kill''.
** ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'':
*** Bond's laser watch from ''[=GoldenEye=]'' returns in this film.
*** Jinx sets the bomb timer to three minutes, just like Bond did in the chemical weapons stockpile.
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''
*** The artificial intelligence in Bond's car has the same voice as it did in ''Tomorrow Never Dies''; the only difference is that the Vanish's A.I. speaks with a British accent while the BMW's A.I. had a German accent.
*** Bond is shown to indeed hide a pistol under his pillow, as Paris Carver mentioned.
*** Bond rescues a female agent that he's allied with from drowning in frigid waters, and succeeds in resuscitating her with mouth-to-mouth. Moreover, he thanks a female doctor for giving him the KissOfLife; he himself offered an underwater version to Wai Lin.
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'':
*** Bond is betrayed by a [[spoiler:woman he has slept with]].
*** There's a geodesic dome like in ''The World Is Not Enough''.
* NewEraSpeech: Graves gives one when he presents the power of Icarus to General Moon.
* NoBrows: Zao does not have eyebrows, due to having subjected himself to a gene procedure that was interrupted by Bond. It underpins his RedRightHand status.
* 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: The epic theme for [[KillSat Icarus]].
* OnlyOnePlausibleSuspect: There's only one major character who could plausibly be revealed to be the MI6 mole, which is exactly what happens.
* {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler:Graves[=/=]Colonel Moon shoots dead his own father after the man dreads what his son has become and tries to stop his plan that will plunge the world into war.]]
* 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 Miranda Frost's association with Moon/Graves 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 with a virtual James Bond.
* 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."
* ProsceniumReveal: At one point, Bond is seen engaging in a shootout with intruders in [=MI6=] headquarters. Then he finds someone hold M hostage in her office. He shoots the attacker through M's shoulder, and suddenly everything freezes in time and Q appears, scolding Bond for shooting his own boss, as it turns out Bond is in a virtual simulation in Q Branch's offices.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Bond, as usual, gives one to Graves, with the bonus of turning his own line against him:
--> '''Graves:''' Time to face destiny!\\
'''Bond:''' 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 gene therapy scientist and Miranda]].
* PunchClockVillain: Vladimir 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.\\
''[Bond tosses the book into the air. The targeting shotguns blast it to pieces]''\\
'''Bond:''' [[BondOneLiner Only took a few seconds]], Q.\\
'''Q:''' Wish I could make '''you''' vanish.
* RealityEnsues: For all the outlandish things that happen in the movie, it shows us exactly what happens to a spy who gets captured in a hostile territory.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: General Moon sent his son to study in the West so he could help bridge the gap between the Koreas, refused to condone the torture DPRK soldiers inflicted on Bond, resisted attempts by DPRK hardliners to launch an open invasion to the South, and finally, [[spoiler:tries to kill his own son when he realizes what a monster he has become.]]
* RecycledPremise: The KillSat is remarkably similar to the one in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''. Probably intentional, given that it is the 20th movie and the 40th anniversary, and the whole film is loaded with {{Mythology Gag}}s. ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', the 10th movie, had a similar deal going, for instance the plot of that film being a RecycledPremise of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
* RedRightHand: Zao has diamonds embedded in his face from the explosion in the beginning. Meanwhile, Graves suffers chronic insomnia due to the gene therapy and must spend an hour each day in an REM device to avoid going mad.
* RefugeInAudacity: Bond tries to check into a fancy Hong Kong hotel looking like he had barely survived a shipwreck. He just struts into the lobby like he owns the place, and pays no heed to the shocked gasps or {{Disapproving Look}}s of the guests and staff.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler:Bond attempted to shoot Miranda in the head the moment he discovered that she was TheMole in [=MI6=] who betrayed him, but he failed to get his revenge because Miranda jammed the firing mechanism of his gun the night before.]]
* RogueAgent: After Bond is released from North Korea, he loses his 00 status and becomes a prisoner of [=MI6=] until they can determine just how culpable he was with the information leak that led to the execution of an American agent. Bond manages to escape the British vessel holding him captive, and he operates on his own until M unofficially recruits him to investigate Gustav Graves.
* RuleOfSexy: There is no valid reason for Bond to be shirtless during his first scene with M (the doctors had already done a thorough scan on his body some time ago, and he was merely resting before M visits him). He later escapes from the warship, and although he's wearing a blue shirt, he doesn't bother to button it even before he enters a posh Hong Kong hotel. For the sake of decorum, you'd expect that Bond would ''at least'' cover up his torso.
* SexFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Inverted -- Frost enjoys her night with Bond, but she's still prepared to shoot him dead the next day.]]
* ShirtlessScene:
** Bond has four; during his first scene with M, twice when he sleeps with Jinx, and once when he beds Miranda.
** Zao's chest is bare throughout the gene therapy clinic scene.
* 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]]. Another for Cleese is the just-mentioned "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail only a flesh wound]]."
** 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. Q's answer is "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?
* TestosteronePoisoning (also GettingCrapPastTheRadar): The lesbian fencing instructor says sarcastically re the Gustav/Bond duel, "I've not into cock fights."
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Said by Jinx to [[spoiler:Miranda]] during their fight.
* TitleDrop: "So you live to die another day... Colonel."
* TraitorShot: [[spoiler: after Bond leaves Miranda in bed to investigate, the camera lingers on her as she watches him leave while putting her earrings back on. Although her expression doesn't change much, it's little surprise when she's revealed to have been working with the villain all along and was in fact responsible for Bond's capture in North Korea.]]
* UncannyValley: InUniverse, Gustav Graves couldn't avoid it, [[spoiler:the first clue of his identity]]. Zao may qualify too.
* UnconventionalVehicleChase: In the pre-credits sequence, Bond and the North Korean arms dealers engage in a hovercraft chase.
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler:Moon[=/=]Graves and Miranda are a couple, and they first met when they were on the Harvard fencing team.]]
* UnkemptBeauty: The make-up department tried to make Brosnan look as unattractive as possible after his character had been imprisoned and beaten up for 14 months, yet the director undid some of its intended effect by giving the actor a gratuitous ShirtlessScene, so Bond still appears quite healthy (and remains at least somewhat desirable in the eyes of Brosnan's fangirls) in spite of the long-term torture.
* 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 [[spoiler:secretly ruined his life]], and a {{foreshadow|ing}} that parallels [[spoiler:Colonel Moon's introduction in the TheTeaser, that 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. Oddly enough, this causes a plot hole. 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.
** With regards to Bond's implicit mother-son dynamic with M, his delivery of "You burn me, and now you want my help" is petulant and resentful, and the hurt he feels towards M for not trusting him earlier is more personal than professional.
* WhamLine: For Bond, Colonel Moon suddenly blowing up the helicopter, then asking, "How do you propose to kill me now, ''Mr. Bond''?"
* 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.
* WouldHitAGirl: Bond would've executed [[spoiler:the traitor Miranda if she hadn't disabled his gun without his knowledge]].
* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: Bond's reaction when Q brings out his "new transportation"; because it's invisible, he thinks Q's referring to the trolley it's sitting on.
-->'''Q:''' As I learned from my predecessor, Bond, I ''never'' joke about my work.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Miranda sleeps with Bond despite being in a relationship with Graves. However, it's most likely that Graves and Miranda had agreed that she should seduce Bond as an effective way to manipulate him.]]
* YourMom: Jinx's answer to Zao when he asks her who sent her.
-->'''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 a fencing instructor (played by ''Madonna'') who asks Bond to zip up her corset:
-->'''Verity:''' Do you mind? I've come undone.
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