Trivia / Die Another Day

  • Actor Allusion
  • Creator Backlash: Pierce Brosnan clearly doesn't think too highly of this film, as when asked in the Everything Or Nothing documentary about the infamous glacier wave surfing scene, his only response was to burst out laughing at how ridiculous it was.
    • Former Bond actor Roger Moore also went on record to say how overblown he felt the production was. When the man who was in Moonraker, another major contender for "worst in series," says it's overblown, there's a major problem.
  • Creator Killer The Willing Suspension of Disbelief poisoned director Lee Tamahori's career, and xXx: State Of The Union three years later would kill it completely (Die Another Day is one of only two films in the Bond canon that actually killed a non-actor's career; The Man with the Golden Gun is the other).
  • End of an Era/Franchise Killer:
    • Said Willing Suspension of Disbelief also did a little bit of damage to the franchise itself, with the Austin Powers movies also helping. This led to Die Another Day becoming the final James Bond film in the original franchise that started with Dr. No; when Daniel Craig came aboard and replaced Brosnan, EON negated the history of the first 20 films and rebooted the series with the 2006 version of Casino Royale, bringing only Judi Dench through to the new timeline.
    • In addition, 2002 marked the cinematic debut of Jason Bourne, who relied on his fists rather than gadgets. The sleeper success of that film also helped mark a shift in the spy genre towards realism.
  • Milestone Celebration: Gets a triple: the 50th anniversary of the first novel, the 40th anniversary of the film canon and the 20th 007 movie. As such, the movie is brimming with Mythology Gags (see below).
  • The Other Darrin: John Cleese, who played Q's assistant R in the previous movie, now WAS Q due to both the previous Q "retiring" and because of Author Existence Failure. The reboot eliminated Q altogether for 10 years, meaning Cleese didn't go any further than this movie (barring the Everything or Nothing video game, anyway).
  • Star-Making Role: The film debut of Rosamund Pike, who went on to have quite a successful career afterward.
  • Stock Footage: When the Americans launch a missile at Icarus, it is the exact same one used by the British Navy in Tomorrow Never Dies.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • There were talks of doing a movie spinoff with Jinx, but this film's reception meant those plans started off on the back foot, and then the even worse reaction to Catwoman buried it altogether. Apparently, the script for the first Jinx movie was surprisingly down-to-earth and even gritty, with a focus on Jinx's background of how she became an NSA agent. Even if the Jinx franchise was scrapped, this helped inspire EON to take a similar route with Bond for Casino Royale (2006).
    • Originally, the main Bond girl was to be Gala Brand from Moonraker, and Jinx was going to be the mole (See why she's named Jinx?). This was turned on its head once Halle Berry got involved, though, with Jinx becoming the main Bond girl and Brand becoming the mole (and getting a name change to Miranda Frost, to avoid displeasing fans of the novel).
    • Wai Lin from Tomorrow Never Dies was set to return and give Bond a hand in Hong Kong. This fell through, and a new Chinese Intelligence character named Mr. Chang was written to fill her role.

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