Die Another Day
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench , John Cleese , Michael Madsen, Will Yun Lee, Kenneth Tsang, Emilio Echevarria, Mikhail Gorevoy, Lawrence Makoare, Colin Salmon, Samantha Bond.
Beaches in North Cornwall were used in place of the Korean coast
Die Another Day was the twentieth film in the long running James Bond franchise, this time Pierce Brosnan starred as James Bond, the famous agent 007. At the beginning of the film we see Bond captured in North Korea after being betrayed during a mission. He is released about a year later as part of a prisoner exchange. This is a rare chance to see a rough and unkempt Bond, as the hero is best known for his clean cut sophistication. He is informed by M (played by Judi Dench) that he has been stripped of his 00 status as MI6 believes he has leaked information under duress whilst in captivity.
He then sets about attempting to gain revenge for his betrayal. The plot thickens as the trail leads to billionaire Gustav Graves, who turns out eventually to be the same Korean Colonel he believed he had killed in the earlier mission. MI6 realise the severity of the plot that Graves is involved in and reinstate Bond as 007 in order to enlist his help to foil Graves' attempt to reignite war between North and South Korea.
The opening scene shows surfers riding huge waves apparently in Maui, but these scenes were actually shot in Cadiz in Spain and also Newquay in Cornwall. Cornwall is probably the best loved spot for surfers in the United Kingdom. Further scenes of the inside of Graves' diamond mine were also shot in Cornwall at the Eden Project , a massive botanical project housed in a former china clay pit. The Eden Project uses geodesic domes to emulate the natural environment necessary for many rare and exotic species of plant to exist. Cornwall is popular with tourists for its unique history and rugged coastline, as well as the surf and it is particularly well known as the location of Land's End .
Several scenes were shot in London, including some in the Reform Club and the lobby at the Blades Club. Also featured were the actual MI6 Headquarters, Buckingham Palace , Green Park, and Westminster. You could turn a Bond pilgrimage based on this film into a mini tour of London, but taking photographs at MI6 Headquarters is not recommended!
Pinewood Studios legendary 007 stage was used extensively in the film. The stage is a permanent feature at the studio and has featured in a great many Bond films. The hangar representing a 'US Air Base in South Korea' is actually located at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, England.
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