Trivia / Die Another Day

  • Actor Allusion
  • California Doubling: Cornwall doubled for Korea, while Spain stood in for Cuba.
  • 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.
  • 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 Age/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.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Averted. While filming their love scene in Cuba, Halle Berry choked on a fig, requiring Pierce Brosnan to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • 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 the Film page for further information).
  • The Red Stapler: Less than a month after the film's release, UK fencing clubs saw an increase in the number of people interested in taking up the sport.
  • 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.
  • Throw It In: In the middle of the sword fight, Graves fetches two broadswords. As he walks back towards Bond, Bond kicks his épée away towards camera. This move was never planned, and just happened on the day.
  • 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.
    • A video game tie-in was planned but never made. It would eventually get its own level in 007 Legends a decade later.
    • Brett Ratner, Stuart Baird and Stephen Hopkins were candidates at various times to direct the movie. Pierce Brosnan reportedly lobbied the Broccolis to hire Ratner, but they didn't like his previous work and nixed the idea.
    • According to a report printed in the Daily Mirror newspaper on January 6, 2001, Edward Woodward was being "lined up" to take over the role of M. According to the Mirror article, a subplot was planned for the film which would have seen Judi Dench's M retiring.
    • The final showdown between Bond and Graves originally took place in an indoor beach resort in Japan. Lee Tamahori changed it to a plane.

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