Die Another Day

Trivia: The name of the hotel that Bond visits in Hong Kong is The Rubyeon Royale Hotel. "Ruby" for the 40th anniversary of the James Bond series; "Eon" for EON Productions, producers of the series; and "Royale" for Casino Royale, the first Ian Fleming James Bond novel.

Trivia: In the training sim, Bond refers to the virtual M's seemingly fatal wounding as "just a flesh wound." He makes this remark to John Cleese who said the same thing in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" after having all his limbs removed by king Arthur.

Trivia: This is Pierce Brosnan's least favourite Bond movie of the four in which he appeared. Brosnan disliked the over-the-top special effects and gadgets and suggested to the producers that the follow-up should be dark and gritty. After Brosnan left, the series was indeed given a grittier reboot.

Trivia: When Jinx is coming out of the water in Cuba, it looks very much like the Ursula Andress scene from Dr No. (00:34:35)

Trivia: After Bond enters the secret passageway to the DNA lab in Cuba, the rotating mirrors are a tribute to the mirrors used in the climax of 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. (00:40:50)

Trivia: In the room full of archives from previous films the magic levitating rope that failed to work properly in Octopussy is seen on the bottom shelf of the center rack. (01:02:10)

Trivia: Bond reads from "Birds of the West Indies", which has the author's name scratched out. That's a real book, and was written by a man called James Bond - Ian Fleming used the name for his novels. (00:32:30)

Trivia: The jet pack Bond triggers when talking to Q is the one he used from Thunderball. (01:02:15)

Trivia: The camouflage crocodile from 'Octopussy' can be seen in the background just after he plays with the jetpack. (01:01:55)

Trivia: With all those tributes to past Bond movies, they didn't use the one line Bond keeps saying 'Shaken, not stirred'.

Trivia: When Q gives Bond his new watch he mentions that it is the twentieth watch he has had, a reference to the fact that this is the twentieth (official) Bond film. (01:02:55)

Trivia: The sunglasses Bond takes off the guy at the start are in fact Pierce Brosnan's own sunglasses - at the time of filming he'd had them for 3 years and fancied wearing them during the scene.

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Trivia: The "Players Navy Cut" poster in the tube station behind the "Vanish" is a reference to one of the Fleming books where the female character falls "in love" with the image of the sailor on the packet. Sorry can't remember which book though.


Trivia: Next to Rosa Klebb's shoe in the Q scene you can see the suitcase from From Russia With Love, although in this one the knife comes out blade first, rather than handle first. (01:02:10)

Trivia: In Dr No the famous gun barrel sequence features a strange beeping sound instead of the Bond theme. In this film the same sound effect can be heard in Bond's hospital room as he walks out.

Trivia: When the Ice Palace is melting, and Zao has just fallen in, when Bond shoots down the chandelier, it mirrors the fate shared by Alex Travelyn in Goldeneye. (01:38:40)

Trivia: There are two references to "Diamonds are Forever". When Bond's reading a magazine on the plane, that line is printed clearly at the bottom of one page. Also, when Graves is talking about his business, he says "Well, diamonds are for everyone", slurred together a bit. Close enough. (00:48:15)

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Plot hole: In the pre title sequence James Bond travels in a hovercraft along the dirt road which is full of land mines. Soon after reaching the waterfall at the end, trucks drive up along the road he just drove in on to capture him. As there was only one road in to the waterfall complex the landmines must have all disappeared, as earlier on in that sequence we are informed that the only way that the North Koreans can avoid the mines along that road is by hovercraft. (00:12:05)

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James Bond: You know, you're cleverer than you look.
Q: Still, better than looking cleverer than you are.

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Question: Towards the end of the film when Graves has been revealed to be Korean, why is he still using an English accent?

Answer: By this stage, it's become a habit.

J I Cohen

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