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The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around in it until he's completely draped in it. Then he'll stand up and go hey, I'm Vine Man.

—Jack Handey

Synopsis: James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.


Reaction: The ice building, invisible car and giant water wall end up making this one a bit nonsensical.


Personal Rating: 5/10

Select Cast and Crew
Lee Tamahori => Director
Neal Purvis => Writer
Robert Wade => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Ian Fleming => Characters
Madonna => Song "Die Another Day" / Verity (uncredited)
Mirwais Ahmadzaļ => Song "Die Another Day"
Ben Wee => Snooty Desk Clerk
Colin Salmon => Charles Robinson
Emilio Echevarrķa => Raoul
Halle Berry => Jinx Johnson
Ho Yi => Hotel Manager
John Cleese => Q
Judi Dench => M
Kenneth Tsang => General Moon
Lawrence Makoare => Mr. Kil
Michael Madsen => Damian Falco
Mikhail Gorevoy => Vlad (as Michael Gorevoy)
Pierce Brosnan => James Bond
Rachel Grant => Peaceful
Rick Yune => Zao
Rosamund Pike => Miranda Frost
Samantha Bond => Miss Moneypenny
Toby Stephens => Gustav Graves
Will Yun Lee => Colonel Moon

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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; Brosnan later worked with Ratner on the film After the Sunset.
  • Following her Best Actress win at the 2002 Oscars, Halle Berry became the first Academy Award winner to be a leading Bond Girl in the EON Productions film series, winning her award while shooting this movie. Kim Basinger who played Domino in the unofficial Never Say Never Again won her Oscar for L.A. Confidential long after she had been a Bond Girl. Judi Dench who plays M also has an Oscar from Shakespeare in Love.
  • A knee injury to Pierce Brosnan delayed shooting for a few weeks.
  • Only the second [Bond] film to feature James Bond's office. It was last seen in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • For the first time, the famous gun barrel sequence now includes a bullet zooming by after Bond fires. This idea was suggested by director Lee Tamahori.
  • For the sword fight, film makers decreased the film speed to make it look as if the actors were moving faster than they actually were.
  • A huge 20,000-watt light array which took a week to construct was used for the Icarus demonstration scene.
  • Icarus was originally called Solaris but was changed when the producers found out that Solaris was in production.
  • A spin-off was planned, featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx as the lead. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote for two months and even a director was hired ([?] Stephen Frears). However, after the failure of other female-character-driven action films like Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, MGM pulled the plug on the project. Halle Berry has said that she would love to return as Jinx in another [Bond] movie. She has allegedly said that she would like to do it so much she would do the role for free.
  • Some of the actresses mentioned during the production as potential Bond girls were Catherine Zeta-Jones, model [?] Kelly Brook and dancer [?] Jean Butler.
  • The book that 007 picks up from the Cuban sleeper along with a revolver, is A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies, written by [?] James Bond. Ian Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, named Bond after the author.
  • The character Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies, was originally supposed to make her return, aiding Bond in Hong Kong, but no arrangement could be worked out with the actress and she was replaced by Chinese Intelligence agent (and hotelier) Chang. Wai Lin's presence is confirmed by an extra on the DVD release concerning the writing of the script: Barbara Broccoli is shown leafing through an early script, and it clearly contains lines for Wai Lin.
  • When Q (John Cleese) walks behind the invisible Aston Martin in the otherwise abandoned Underground station, due to the light refraction effect, he appears briefly to do a "silly walk".