Die Another Day
supposedly features either a visual or auditory reference to every James Bond
film (with the exception of the unofficial Casino Royale
and Never Say Never Again
). Some are quite obvious, while others are hidden in the background. If you can help fill in this list, please /msg me. Minor spoilers follow.
- James Bond the character - Bond takes a book on "Birds of the Carribbean", the author being one James Bond. The book is real and Ian Fleming simply stole the name for his own character. Legend says that he wanted the most boring name he could find. In return the real James Bond named a species of bird after Fleming.
- Dr. No - Jinx comes out of the sea in Havana wearing an orange version of Ursula Andress's bikini, complete with diving knife.
- From Russia with Love - Bond briefly examines the knifeshoe while in Q's workshop. Also Rosa Klebb is from this movie.
- Goldfinger - Jinx faces death by laserbeam, Bond's car has an ejection seat, people are sucked out of a depressurized airplane cabin, and Q says "I never joke about my work," something that John Cleese's Q echos in Die Another Day.
- You Only Live Twice - Bond interrupts a villain's (actually a decoy) facial alteration procedure.
- Thunderball - The jetpack is seen in Q's workshop. Bond asks "This thing still work?". Also Bond uses a small underwater breather device in both films.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service - The title of a CD on Moneypenny's desk.
- Diamonds Are Forever - Printed on an magazine page Bond reads. The article in question is an interview with diamondist Gustav Graves. Plus, Zao says "After all, Diamonds are for everyone." Oh yes, and there's a giant space laser and diamond smuggling in both films.
- Live and Let Die - Bond spins his car in this film much like he does in Die Another Day.
- The Man with the Golden Gun - Zao wears a golden bullet on a chain. Furthermore, Bond's license is revoked by M in both films plus there's a supposedly beneficial solar energy weapon in use in both pictures.
- The Spy Who Loved Me - Gustav Graves skydives with a parachute with a large Union Jack on it.
- Moonraker - Features a hovercraft chase.
- For Your Eyes Only - The scene as Bond hangs onto the ice cliff (before it collapses) resembles the climax near the monastery.
- Octopussy - More pieces of surplus equipment on display in Q's workshop include the micro jet plane and the alligator submarine.
- A View to a Kill - Bond takes the runner from the sled and goes surfing the same way he takes a piece of the jetcar and goes surfing in Die Another Day.
- The Living Daylights - Bond escapes from a jet in a helicopter much the same way as he did in a jeep in this film. There's also a car chase on ice and spike-traction tires.
- Licence to Kill - During the opening prologue a PDA displays Bond's profile and notes that he's "licensed to kill".
- GoldenEye - Bond ascends to the top of a small wire-frame cradle, much like the one in Goldeneye.
- Tomorrow Never Dies - The opening prologue features a smaller similar recreation of the terrorist's bazaar.
- The World Is Not Enough - Bond spins his car the same way he spun the jetboat in this film.
There's also a line of dialogue that, while not a reference, I found interesting. After Bond returns from 14 months in North Korea M says to him "While you were away, the world changed." If you think about world events since 1999's The World Is Not Enough, you'll find the line has an interesting double-meaning.
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