Trivia / Die Another Day

  • Actor Allusion
  • Blooper: The film's captions misspell Pyongyang as "Pyongang".
  • California Doubling
    • 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 avert this and stick around for those scenes.
  • 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 the first Bond in outer space says it's overblown, there's a major problem.
  • Creator Killer: The film's reception 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).
  • Deleted Scene:
    • During the scene where Bond is driving on Cuba in his Ford Fairlane, there were some military manoeuvres going on alongside the road.
    • There was an additional dialogue scene between Bond and Raoul.
    • The scene where Jinx kills Dr. Alvarez was originally longer: after the kill she breaks into his safe and steals a CD which she hides under her dress.
    • Deleted was a scene with Bond arriving at Heathrow. To avoid passport control, he disembarks the plane via the landing gear.
    • A scene with Jinx and Graves playing Ice Golf was cut. In this scene it was revealed why she is chasing Zao.
    • Lee Tamahori shot a raunchier version of the scene where Bond is rescued by Miranda Frost from Mr. Kil while investigating the biodome. Here they were skin-deep in the hot tub to give the illusion they were lovers. This scene was cut due to censorship reasons, but stills can be found online.
    • A small scene where Jinx (in her leather outfit) is walking through the ice palace.
    • Originally General Moon realizes much earlier that Gustav Graves is his son. While Bond and Jinx are exploring the Antonov, they stumble across General Moon and Bond explains to him who Graves really is. He then continues with Jinx to go for the cockpit, while the General watches Graves and Frost planning the military campaign
  • Fatal Method Acting: An averted Life Will Kill You example. While filming their love scene in Cuba, Halle Berry choked on a fig, requiring Pierce Brosnan to perform the Heimlich Maneuver.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • In a way. The film 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 abandoned 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 the Film page for further information).
  • Old Shame: As noted above, Pierce Brosnan doesn't look back too fondly on this film, and the producers and writers have all taken the blame for the questionable choices in the script.
  • 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 feature film debut of Rosamund Pike, who went on to have quite a successful career afterward.
  • Stillborn Franchise: A spinoff series and movie based around Jinx was quickly scrapped after the character's lukewarm reception among critics and audiences, and then the even worse reception to Catwoman buried it altogether.
  • 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 ther camera. This move was never planned, and just happened on the day.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The film tries to avoid dating itself by making the bad guys a faction of the North Korean military that's extreme even for them, but still manages it due to the fact that the American intelligence agency with whom Bond and the MI-6 work this time is the NSA, meaning it could've only been made prior to that agency's reputation collapsing in The New '10s after its warrantless wiretapping scandal was made public.
    • Early 2000s cellphones also give that impression in the era of smartphones.
  • 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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