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  • Blooper: The film's captions misspell Pyongyang as "Pyongang".
  • B-Team Sequel:
    • Michael Apted was asked to return as director and he gladly accepted.
    Then the new management un-invited me and I had this very difficult meeting with the Broccolis where they said they had to un-invite me. [MGM] thought, We can do better than him. We want to put our mark on it. We can get Tony Scott or John Woo and they couldn't. They came back to me, but by that time I had got another job. So that was unfortunate because I would have loved to have done another one.
    • Martin Campbell was again asked to return as director and again, he passed on it.
  • California Doubling
    • Loads, including Hawaii and England for North Korea, and Spain for Cuba. Of couse, with both countries being totalitarian dictatorships, this was inevitable.
    • 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).
  • The Danza: A variation of this trope occurs in the Latin American Spanish dub, where Raúl de la Fuente provides the voice for Raoul. Raúl and Raoul are the respective Spanish and French variations of the names Ralph or Rudolph.
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  • Defictionalization: An odd case. When Bond visits a Cuban cigar factory to find the sleeper agent who has been stationed there, he asks for "Delectados", which at the time of the film was not a type of cigar but in fact a Code Name for the sleeper agent. Shortly after the film was released, many cigar companies began to produce Delectado cigars ("The cigar of James Bond!").
  • 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.
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    • 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
  • Fake Nationality: The featured North Korean characters are played by Will Yun Lee and Ricky Yune (both Korean American) and Kenneth Tsang (Hongkonger), not to mention Toby Stephens (British, through Magic Plastic Surgery). They all have varying success with the Korean lines, though none try to attempt to replicate the North Korean accent.
  • 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 (2004) buried it altogether.
  • 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: Enough for its own page.


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