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BOND: 100 References To Previous James Bond Films In DIE ANOTHER DAY

Sex for dinner. Death for breakfast. Easter Eggs throughout...


In honor of the franchise's 40th Anniversary and the 20th installment in the official EON Productions James Bond movie series, Die Another Day included references to each of the previous nineteen films, a whole host of Easter eggs and scenes which played out in a very similar way to 007's earlier on-screen exploits. How many of these did you spot...


Dr. No (1962)
  • Jinx (Halle Berry) walking out of the sea in a bikini, wearing a white belt and a diving knife.
  • The synthesizer sounds from the opening credits play when Bond escapes the MI6 hospital.
  • The gun that Jinx has to surrender to Miranda on-board the plane is a Beretta Cheetah. In Dr. No, the Armorer remarks to 007 that the Beretta made a good woman's pistol. 
  • During the "Kiss Of Life" scene, David Arnold's film score includes samples of the same electronic sounds heard in the gun barrel sequence of Dr. No. 
  • In Dr, No, Bond asks if the government house sent him a car. He uses the name "Universal Exports" in order to be patched through. In Die Another Day, Bond claims he is from Universal Exports, asking about the Delectados (cigars), in order to gain access to the contact in Cuba. 

From Russia with Love (1963)
  • The shoe with the poison-tipped blade is seen in Q's station laboratory. 
  • There is a knife concealed in a briefcase.
  • In the ice palace sequence, there is a game board (the chess match).
  • Enemy spies are behind a one-way mirror in a hotel room with cameras.
  • Graves' engineer is seen holding the Icarus control, and petting it like a cat.
  • When they first meet, Jinx tells James her name, and adds, "My friends call me Jinx." Bond replies, "Mine call me James Bond." In From Russia with Love, Tatiana Romanova introduces herself, and adds, "My friends call me Tania," and Bond gives the same reply. 

Goldfinger (1964)
  • Jinx is nearly cut with a laser in Mr. Kil's laboratory. The rest of the fight scene is also a tribute. 
  • Bond once again drives a gadget-laden Aston Martin, specifically with a passenger ejector seat. 
  • The new Q comments that, as he learned from his predecessor, "I never joke about my work, 007."
  • The scene where Bond and Graves fence for money, only to see Bond up the stakes for one of Graves' diamonds, is suggestive of the golf match between Bond and Auric Goldfinger. The golf match had originally been for money, until Bond throws down a gold brick to "up the stakes". 
  • Bond is threatened with death in a depressurizing plane. 
  • Bond and Jinx receive electric shocks from a villain, Oddjob was killed by electrocution. 
  • In the pre-title sequence, Bond removes a wetsuit to reveal ordinary clothes underneath. 

Thunderball (1965)
  • The jet pack is in Q's workshop. 
  • Bond uses a pen-like underwater breathing system.
  • After Bond comes through the window of the medical facility in Cuba, he grabs a few grapes, as he did before making his exit from a room in the medical center in Thunderball. 

You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • Scenes of the Icarus unfolding in space are shown on screens in the Ice Palace. 
  • Jinx descends from the ceiling of the fake diamond mine on a rope system similar to that of the ninjas in the volcano crater lair. 
  • The name of the ship Bond is on: the H.M.S. Tenby. 
  • Japanese swords are used in both films. 
  • Bond's death is faked (or exaggerated) in both films to free up 007's maneuverability. 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  • The letters "OHMSS" are written on a CD on Moneypenny's desk. 
  • Bond escapes from another huge avalanche. 
  • During the ice field car chase, the score references the opening to this movie's theme. 
  • Just as Zao escapes from the Cuban clinic, a few notes of the theme music from On Her Majesty's Secret Service can be heard. 
  • When confronting James Bond, Miranda Frost says, "I know all about you, 007. It's sex for dinner and death for breakfast." The line "Death for breakfast" is the title of chapter eleven in the Ian Fleming's original novel of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • While fencing with Bond, Graves says, "Well, diamonds are for everyone." 
  • Much of the plot involves diamonds and smuggling them. 
  • A large satellite is uncovered in space and has the power to harness the sun's rays and project them as a fine laser to destroy any given target. 
  • In the "High Life" magazine article for Gustav Graves' diamond company, the caption at the bottom says, "Diamonds are forever, but life isn't." 
  • A villain changes his appearance. 
  • One character calls another "Bitch!" in a single line. This was, famously, the first strong curse word used in a Bond film. 

Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The laser causes row upon row of explosions across a vegetated area, in this case, detonating thousands of land mines, and is reminiscent of the destruction of Kananga's poppy fields. 
  • Bond uses a revolver like he used on the island of St. Monique (in lieu of his traditional Walther-made pistol). 

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • The corridors in the secret area of the Gene Technology Department, in the Cuban hospital, contain rotating mirrors and objects, much like Scaramanga's fun house. 
  • The field office of MI6 is on a ship in Hong Kong Harbor. 
  • Bond retrieves a diamond from Jinx's navel (similar to the bullet in the belly dancer's navel). 
  • There is a solar-powered superweapon. 

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Graves uses a Union Jack parachute. 
  • The Ice Palace resembles, in some ways, Stromberg's Atlantis hideout. 
  • When Madonna's character is introduced, a few bars of "Nobody Does it Better" is heard. 

Moonraker (1979)
  • Colonel Moon's hovercraft falls down by a large waterfall in a manner similar to Jaws' boat going over the IguaƧu Falls. 
  • Bond surfaces in a bubbling pool of water surrounded by much interior vegetation, similar to the scene with the giant python in Drax's headquarters. 
  • Both movies have characters named Chang.
  • Bond's sword fight with Graves is much like the fight with Chang in the glass factory.
  • Bond and a villain fight over a parachute.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • The scene in which Bond hangs onto the ice cliff (before it collapses) resembles the climax near the monastery of For Your Eyes Only, especially as the rope slips and Bond drops some distance further down the cliff, although this time, it was all performed from a vehicle. 
  • The yellow diving helmet in Q's lab.


Octopussy (1983)
  • The crocodile submarine and the AcroStar MiniJet are visible in the background in Q's station laboratory. 
  • Upping the stakes on a bet with the villain. 
  • Jinx's backward fall to escape, echoes Magda's exit from Bond's suite. 
  • Q's coil of "magic rope" being kept on the lowest shelf in the Q lab, along with the five-pointed knife.

A View to a Kill (1985)
  • Bond is suspended over a cliff on the wire and hook, much like the Russian guard in the Siberian chase during A View To A Kill. 
  • The hatch from the back of the car is used much like the ski from the snowmobile. 
  • Graves watches over the destruction that he wreaks, from the front windows of his aircraft in the same way that Zorin watched Silicon Valley from his aircraft before it flooded. 
  • The electronic snooper is in Q's lab. 
  • Bond's cover is blown by his picture being taken and run through a facial recognition program.

The Living Daylights (1987)
  • In both films, cars exit the rear cargo hold of the plane. 
  • Bond's Aston Martin has retractable spikes in the tires controlled by a switch labelled "traction". 
  • When Bond is driving Graves' icejet rocket car, he drives through a patch of trees, and the outriggers are sheared off, just as the outriggers on the Aston Martin are sheared off by trees in The Living Daylights.
  • Kara’s cello from The Living Daylights is in the establishing shot of Q’s lab.

Licence to Kill (1989)
  • The idea of Bond going renegade was the central plot of Licence to Kill, although this time it is less through choice. 
  • M rescinds Bond's licence to kill. 
  • Bond uses a rifle as a sniper. 
  • When Bond disarms the Chinese "masseuse", she has her weapon concealed in exactly the same fashion as Pam Bouvier. 
  • A projectile misses Bond's car when it passes underneath. 
  • The hanging yellow laser controller in Kil's lab is the same as the one that operates the trap door over the shark tank in Krest's warehouse. 
  • Bond puts the Alvarez Clinic ticket inside his right jacket pocket, and later pulls it out of the left one. In Licence to Kill (1989), Bond puts his airplane ticket first into his inner left jacket pocket, only to inexplicably remove it later on from his inner right jacket pocket.

GoldenEye (1995)
  • Bond's watch contains a laser, which he uses to cut through a section of ice, reminiscent of his escape from the train in Goldeneye by cutting through the floor. (Incidentally, Bond's watch also contains a powerful laser in Never Say Never Again (1983)).
  • Jinx sets the timer for the bomb at the gene therapy lab in Cuba to three minutes, the same three minutes that Bond set the timers for in the chemical weapons lab and later Trevelyan set the timers for on the bullet train. 
  • Bond is betrayed by a fellow Agent. 
  • A man is killed by a falling ice chandelier, reminiscent of Trevelyan's death in GoldenEye.
  • Bond says to Jinx that "the cold must have kept you alive". In GoldenEye, Bond tells Natalya Simonova that being cold is what keeps him alive. 
  • The opening title sequences feature a gold eye that opens. 
  • Jinx makes a dive from the DNA compound wall into the sea, which is similar to Bond's dive from the dam in GoldenEye.
  • The U.S. command bunker in South Korea has computer monitors suspended from the ceiling, looking similar to the monitors suspended from the ceiling in the Severnaya control room in GoldenEye.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • Jinx throws a knife straight into a guard's throat just as he comes through a door. This is similar to a scene in Tomorrow Never Dies on the stealth ship, where Wai Lin sticks a shuriken throwing star into a guard's throat, just as he finds her (this scene is deleted from the 12-rated Tomorrow Never Dies U.K. releases on VHS and DVD). 
  • Remote control car. 
  • Jinx descends on grappling lines, reminiscent of Wai Lin's entrance and escape. 
  • Bond escapes by being tethered and running down a wall similar to Wai Lin's escape. 
  • There is a fake headline on Miss Moneypenny's computer. 
  • In the pre-credits sequence in North Korea, Bond jumps onto a hovercraft and spins round firing missiles, much like the pre-credits sequence of Tomorrow Never Dies, where Bond spins a military jet and uses its guns and missiles. 
  • A Chinese character is called Chang. 
  • The footage showing a ship launching the anti-satellite missile, is exactly the same footage used in the opening scene of Tomorrow Never Dies, where the ship launches a cruise missile against the terrorist camp. 
  • Bond's car "speaks" with the same voice in both movies.

The World is Not Enough
  • Bond dives over Graves as they fence to do a forward roll as he lands, in a manner similar to the shoot-out between Renard's men and him in The World is Not Enough, where he dives through a closing door and rolls to the other side. 
  • As Bond dives to safety from Colonel Moon's flamethrower on the hovercraft, the shot of his dive from in front, is almost identical to another scene where Bond is diving from an exploding bomb with Christmas Jones. 
  • The use of a geodesic dome. 
  • Bond's training program is essentially the same as the second level of The World Is Not Enough game.
  • Some of the incidental music from The World is Not Enough (minus, of course, the James Bond Theme, which is used in every movie) is re-used in this movie, notably at the end, as Bond beds Jinx.

Also
  • The cars Zao owns are all updated model of former Bond cars.
  • Deborah Moore plays an airline hostess. She is the daughter of former Bond Roger Moore.
  • Justin Lewellyn, son of Desmond Llewelyn (Q), is a featured extra.
  • 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.
  • As he hands 007 his new watch, Q mentions: "This is your twentieth, I believe," a reference to this being the twentieth official James Bond movie.  

Did you spot all of those references to previous Bond films? And do you know of anymore? Let us know in the comments below and we will update the list. 
 
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