It looks more like a fruit knife (yes, there is such a thing), and would probably have been included with the bowl of fruit they were sharing.
What exactly was Bond's plan to assassinate Moon at the beginning of the movie, assuming his cover stayed intact? Setting off the explosives in the diamond case during the deal? Great, now he's unarmed and surrounded by enemy soldiers. Setting off the bomb after the deal, at a safe distance? Moon will probably never be physically close to the diamonds again, preferring his mooks to do the heavy lifting. The diamonds will be put away until they're needed, and the bomb will go off, killing a few nobodies.
Didn't he have a gun? And perhaps those South Koreans he was with earlier were planning on rescuing him?
No, it was to set off the bomb. Its just that he assumed that Moon would be with the diamonds, and the only reason he wasn't was because Moon was having them taken to be used for Icarus. Bond's only mistake was the reasonable assumption that Moon wanted the diamonds for money, in which case he probably would have been in close contact with them at some point. He was surprised when Moon had them taken away.
Presumably the plan was to set off the diamonds right after the deal, as he was leaving.
Speaking of which, why does Bond look so shocked when Moon calls him by his real name? Isn't obvious that Moon's figured out who he is? Why doesn't he realize it earlier? He's looking right Moon and Zao (and seems to even be within hearing distance while they talk and cast furtive glances at him).
Its obvious that Moon has figured out who he isn't- a South African diamond smuggler. Thats not the same as knowing who he is - a British assassin whose identity is top-secret.
How exactly could Bond stop and start his heart at will?
I gathered from the flashbacks that he learned the technique in order to endure the torture he received in north Korea.
Not sure how, but some people can (through meditation) willfully slow their heartbeats down to almost nothing without killing themselves.
To celebrate the 20th movie, they put bits of most of the previous films into this one. A laser cutter used for execution, playing the villain at their favourite sport for their favourite precious material and winning, a rogue MI-6 agent, a new piece of technology designed for peaceful, eco-friendly things being turned into a weapon, etc., they just mixed it all up. The Spy Who Loved Me did the same, being the 10th film.
Icarus's self-defense system was just firing the laser at anything that threatened it. Why didn't the military fire more than missile at it from more than one direction? Icarus doesn't look like it can turn on a dime, and the missile they launched at it was pretty close before Icarus fired at it. Fire two missiles from two directions and BAM, suddenly it's raining little of Icarus everywhere. Better yet, they could've done a Macross Missile Massacre.
For that matter, aiming the missile so the sun is on the wrong side would totally defeat the purpose of the laser. No sunlight means no beam. Frankly, Moon was far too confident in that weapon's superiority when even a little creativity would have brought it down.
Also, Icarus appeared to be in a fairly low orbit. Since maintaining geostationary position in low orbits requires considerable (and very fuel-intensive) active propulsion, the satellite should have been in motion relative to the Earth below. This means that Icarus could not have remained in firing position above a single area for very long. Also, steps would need to be taken to keep it on Earth's day side, as the instant it moved into Earth's shadow and out of direct sunlight it would have been powerless as a weapon. What was Moon's plan should South Korea and the U.S. attack during nighttime? Earth's shadow extends far enough into space to eclipse the Moon! No viable orbit would be high enough to ensure that Icarus always had sunlight to reflect.
When Bond and Jinx are positioned on the lawn outside the airfield to snipe Graves, a squad of soldiers are checking the perimeter in a jeep. They shine their spotlight right at them. They're only hidden by a brown blanket and they managed to leave the barrel of their sniper rifle poking right out of it! Somehow, the squad manages to miss this very obvious security threat that's right in front of their face.
How does anyone Graves hits with his 100,000 volt weapon not die instantly? More to the point, how in the hell does Bond endure for several seconds and A-Okay immediately afterwards?
I always thought he could turn the voltage up and down. Bond probably didnt get hit with that much voltage.
It's the Amps that kill you, not the Volts.
In fact, most stun guns clock in at well OVER 100k volts. 100k for a stun weapon is pretty much entry level. There are commercially available models that clock in at 5 MILLION volts.
As for how he's just peachy afterwards, he only won by pulling the chute cord at the end. Many stun gun hits can be shrugged off though once the voltage is shut off, specially one so low powered as 100k volts.
Don't forget the second GoldenEye satellite, that's still in orbit and contains a fully operational nuke that could instantly vaporize any city's electronics. Granted, the control devices for all three satellites were destroyed in their respective movies, but that's nothing a little Hollywood Hacking won't solve.
Natalya re-routes the 2nd Goldeneye satellite so that it burns up on re-entry (That's what she was doing during the hellish Escort Mission in the video game), so that threat is averted at least. The first one was deactivated the moment it fired- the satellites are only good for one shot. One could assume that now that Graves was dead, it was easy enough to shoot Icarus down, or send a ship up to get the diamonds back off both his and Blofeld's Kill Sat.
How long was Bond imprisoned in North Korea? The film implies it's only been a couple of months, but wouldn't it taken Gustav Graves years to build up his Bond-ian reputation? Not to mention how long the "gene therapy" would've taken to transform him from Col. Moon.
Moon did not kill the real Gustav Graves- Graves showed up out of nowhere, and his business was based on diamond mining but the mines were entirely fake. As to the question, Moon had been plotting his Icarus scheme for years- that's why he has the diamonds taken away at the start of the movie. Bond "killing" him simply forced him into some Xanatos Speed Chess- its possible, even likely, that Moon had always intended to become Gustav Graves, since he needed an excuse to put a Kill Sat in orbit without the world stopping him, in which case the Graves identity was probably at least partially set up already. Bond almost did him a favour.
How exactly are those diamonds still sticking to Zao's skin? At the very least, you'd think they would either fall off, or be removed during application of first aid (not to mention they'd have been a handy source of petty cash).
He keeps them in as sheer badass-cred. Plus, any time he comes up short for his magic surgery, he pops one out to pay for it.
Not to mention that an unloaded gun weighs a lot less than a loaded one.
According to the novelisation, the ammo was in there, but the firing pin was disabled/bent.
When the baddies are revealed and attempt to kill Jinx, they do this by locking her in the ice hotel and melting it around her. Yet somehow, the room she's in gradually fills up with water - yet the walls and ceiling seem to remain entirely intact. So where is this water coming from?
Ice palaces, especially ones of that size, would have extremely thick walls and ceilings. The ice was melting, just not nearly fast enough for the room to collapse in on itself. The scene is still stupid, but less so than it first appears.
James is astonished that MI-6 are trading him for the Big Bad's brother because the standard policy for MI-6 agents is "No deals". Far enough, if a little harsh. But MI-6's rationale for trading him then was that somebody (actually Miss Frost) was leaking classified intel. So let's get this straight: MI-6 policy is "Keep quiet and we'll leave you to rot, start talking and we'll deal to get you out immediately." Can there be a more retarded policy in terms of encouraging captured agents not to spill their guts?
They suspected him as the source of the leak and if they'd left him to rot in Korea he might have spilled more secrets.
That's the OP's point. It gives agents an incentive to talk.
There was also the possibility that it was the CIA who wanted him pulled out. They're the ones who were certain he talked, perhaps they pressured MI-6 into making the trade so they could find out what else he told the North Koreans.
When you capture a spy, it's preferable to keep him. Bond was released in exchange for Zao. No doubt MI-6 would have preferred to keep Zao and let Bond die.
I suppose they expected him to take his cyanide pill before he would talk. When the leak was traced to Bond's prison, they figured he couldn't/wouldn't kill himself and was talking.
Bond is old-fashioned, and has been an Mi 6 agent for at least 40 years at that point. He seems to have no interest in – if not outright contempt for – internal politics. Maybe it was "No deals" during the Cold War, and now it's "We protect our own". Bond just hasn't noticed that the world has changed, which is a major theme in the Brosnan era.
They didn't. It was the Americans who demanded Bond be traded.
Incentive or not, an agent should have the moral loyalty not to talk, since it compromises their country and certain individuals (like the American agent that was executed). If they do talk, it throws into question their qualification and trustworthiness as an agent, and even if MI-6 did bust them out, they'd face serious consequences for having done so. Even after being traded off, Bond was still being held in custody until it could be verified whether he had been compromised or not.
Why does Graves's suit have an "electrocute self" button on the chest?
It doesn't, but in his position he is no longer grounded and shocked the crap out of himself when it was activated.
He was gripping the metal frame of the aircraft, which short-circuited the contacts of the stun gun.
Jinx is an NSA agent? The NSA's job is twofold: secure American communications and tap foreign communications. Their field agents are technicians, not assassins.
It's the classic fiction portrayal of the NSA - they're like the CIA, but somehow even cooler because they were secret for longer. Unless she was going after Zhao and Graves for interfering with US communications with that satellite...
So, Colonel Moon gave himself plastic surgery to turn himself into Gustav Graves. How did they change his voice to one that was appropriate for his new nationality? Did the surgeon do something like what is done for Sean Archer and Castor Troy in Face/Off - put a microchip in his larynx?
It's not plastic surgery, it's a DNA replacement therapy. He didn't make himself look Caucasian, he became Caucasian. Feel free to consider the DNA replacement a Voodoo Shark though.
Yes, I know that. But, what would the surgeon do to change Moon's dialect from Korean to British?
Presumably he just had an ear for accents. That said, wouldn't having a brand-new throat make sounding British easier? Don't the vocal chords mold over time to the language/accent they're using?
Can someone please explain how in the hell this "gene therapy" is supposed to work? They pull out your bone marrow (which in reality is a death sentence, not to mention fucking painful), and that's supposed to alter the entire genetic makeup of the human body? What?!?! Do they also seriously expect the body to just go along with the sudden change in bone marrow and remake itself? What's stopping this bodily rebuilding from altering the construction of the brain, and thus the memories and cognitive abilities of said brain? Or just becoming one giant cancerous tumor, or rejecting the bone marrow entirely, or rejecting its own rebuilt organs? Hell, even incompatibilities in blood type would show up, as this new body would start producing the incompatible blood which would mix with the pre-existing blood and clot horribly.
And while we're at it, Zao is rather conscious, mobile, and capable of taking Bond on in a fight for someone who's just had all his bone marrow taken out. By its own explanation, the movie's henchman is running around with no DNA or bone marrow in his body at all.
Why is Moon paying for the diamonds with hovercraft? They aren't going to be useful in a lot of places other than North Korea, and if he expected the person he was getting the diamonds from to sell them (the hovercraft), why didn't he just save them some trouble and sell the hovercraft for cash to buy the diamonds with?
He wasn't selling the hovercrafts, he was selling what was on them, weapons and ammo,other vehicles (some hovercraft are built to take TANKS) but the area where he was hiding them was in the middle of "1 million landmines" which the hovercraft could navigate without setting them off.