List of Die Another Day characters
This is a list of Die Another Day characters.
In discussing her character, Berry said Jinx is "fashion-forward modern and the next step in the evolution of women in the Bond movies."
The scene where she emerges from the ocean in a bikini paid homage to the character of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) from the first Bond film, Dr. No. Despite the bikini and location of Cuba in the film, the footage of the water and bar scene was shot in Cadiz and far from the warmth implied in the film; The location was reportedly very cold and windy, and footage has been released of Berry wrapped in thick towels in between takes to avoid catching a chill.
Speculation arose in 2003 of a spin-off film concentrating on the character which was scheduled for a November/December 2004 release. It was originally reported that MGM was keen to set up a franchise and to be a "winter olympics" alternative to 'James Bond,'. As early as the late 1990s, MGM had originally considered developing a spin-off film based on Michelle Yeoh's character, Wai Lin, in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies. However, despite much speculation of an imminent movie, on October 26, 2003, Variety reported that MGM had completely pulled the plug on this project, to the dismay of Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of Eon Entertainment, who were reported to be "clearly furious" about the decision. MGM were keen to move on with the next film instead. Jinx was also the first black Bond Girl, hero or villain, in more than 17 years, since May Day (Grace Jones) in A View to a Kill, and the first black Bond Girl ever to play the heroine (principal Bond "good girl").
Mr Chang is a fictional character from the James Bond film Die Another Day. He is portrayed by Ho Yi. He is an agent of the Chinese People's External Security Force and operated a hotel in Hong Kong. Chang receives Bond in a sorry state after he escaped from a hospital ship and lodged in his usual suite. He sends an agent posing as a masseuse to spy on Bond, suspicious of his intentions. Bond foils the scheme, revealing that he has known for years that Chang is a secret agent. Chang informs Bond of the whereabouts of Zao, their common enemy that has killed several Chinese agents, and offer a flight to Cuba.
Peaceful Fountains of Desire
Peaceful Fountains of Desire is a fictional character from the James Bond film Die Another Day. She is a secondary Bond Girl who is portrayed by Rachel Grant. Peaceful is a Chinese intelligence agent working for Mr Chang undercover as a masseuse at the hotel Bond is staying at. Peaceful's mission is to find out as much as she can about Bond's mission and report back to Mr Chang. Bond removes her concealed weapon and throws an ashtray into the glass of one of the cupboards to reveal Mr Chang and three of his men filming. After Bond discusses a deal with Mr Chang about Zao, Bond tells Peaceful and Mr Chang to leave unless Peaceful wishes to stay. Chang dismisses her.
Raoul is a fictional character from the James Bond film Die Another Day, portrayed by Emilio Echevarria. Raoul is the manager of a Havana cigar factory, and a British sleeper. Raoul helps Bond track down Zao in Cuba. In the audio commentary producer Michael G. Wilson said that Raoul is based somewhat on From Russia With Love's Kerim Bey.
Damian Falco is a fictional character from the James Bond film Die Another Day, portrayed by Michael Madsen. Falco is a high-ranking official in the National Security Agency and is the boss of Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson. He doesn’t approve of MI6. Falco is first seen when Bond is being traded for Zao in North Korea, which he says. "Look at him, you’d think he was some kind of a hero."
He is next seen talking to M about Bond blowing up a clinic in Cuba. Finally he is seen in a US Command Bunker, in South Korea, with M, Charles Robinson, Jinx, Bond and others. They brief Bond and Jinx, explaining what Gustav Graves is planning to do.
In a 2002 interview Madsen discussed his portrayal of Falco, remarking "It's not a big role but it's somewhat pivotal in that it introduces a new recurring character,. Most of my scenes are with Judi Dench (as M), who is a delightful human being." 
Following the production of Die Another Day, Madsen was confident the character would make a return saying "I will be back for Bond 21!". Despite this and with the change in the reinvention of the Bond film franchise which also saw Pierce Brosnan replaced, the character did not make an appearance in the following film, Casino Royale.
Verity is a fictional character from the James Bond film Die Another Day, portrayed by Madonna. After James Bond follows Gustav Graves to Blades, a fencing club in London, Bond meets Verity who is waiting to give him his fencing lesson. She introduces Bond to Miranda Frost and Graves. Madonna has stated she considered the character a lesbian.
Madonna's involvement in Die Another Day was well publicised, and was the topic of many column inches in celebrity magazines and the tabloids in 2002 both for her cameo appearance and her soundtrack performance.
General Moon is a fictional character in the James Bond film Die Another Day, played by Kenneth Tsang. Father to Colonel Moon, General Moon is a wise moderate man who assists in Bond's release back to the West. The North Korean general wishes for a peaceful reunification of Korea, whereas his son is bent on war.
When Bond seemingly assassinates Colonel Moon, the general, for his role as also a caring and devoted father, has him imprisoned and tortured for months to desperately find out who made his son turn traitor. He eventually releases him in exchange for the release of Zao, who had been captured by the West for terrorism.
Towards the end of the movie, he is placed under arrest by Gustav Graves and the hard-liners intent on using the new Icarus weapon against South Korea. He learns that Graves is actually the new identity of his still living son, Colonel Moon, hiding behind a new face thanks to gene therapy. Graves hoped his demonstration of power would impress his father, but instead Moon realizes that his son is insane and Bond was right about him all along and threatens to kill him with one of the officers' Makarov, saying his real son died long ago. Graves disarms his father and, stating his disappointment in him, shoots him in the chest, killing him. Graves then coldly removed his Medal of Honor, provoking Bond, who's enraged at seeing the death of the general who spared his life back in North Korea, to try and kill Graves on the spot.
Zao is a North Korean secret-agent played by Rick Yune. Yune described his character as one of the most "extreme" looking Bond villains. Yune's makeup, which included the implantation of real diamonds, required three hours.
He was originally a North Korean operative under the command of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon as the Colonel illegally dealt in arms in the Demilitarized Zone of North Korea. Bond, posing as a diamond smuggler called Van Bierk infiltrated Moon's base as part of an MI6 operation, hoping to exchange diamonds for arms and expose Moon. The case of diamonds was rigged with explosives and blew up, embedding several stones in Zao's face. Moon was supposedly killed in the assault. Zao went rogue, killed three Chinese agents, and was later found and arrested by the UN forces in Korea. Bond was held captive by Moon's father.
14 months later, MI6 received intelligence that Bond may soon crack under the pressure and reveal vital information, so a trade was arranged - Zao for Bond. Following Moon, Zao traveled to Cuba, planning to receive gene therapy to alter his appearance. However, Bond found the lab and halted the procedure before it was completed, leaving Zao further disfigured. His features altered into an albino-esque profile with the diamonds still embedded under his skin. Zao fought Bond to a draw and escaped again. During his escape, Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson attempted to shoot Zao, but failed.
Zao caught up with Moon, who, through a course of gene therapy, was now Sir Gustav Graves, in Iceland. Bond, however, had figured out Graves' true identity. Ordered to kill Bond, Zao got in his modified Jaguar XKR, activated thermal imaging and chased Bond and his Aston Martin Vanquish across the ice plains using a number of deadly weapon emplacements installed in the Jaguar, such as a Gattling gun that rose from the rear section of the car. The chase led back to the melting ice palace, where Bond used the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish's adaptive camouflage to fool Zao into driving into the melted ice while the latter attempted to ram the Vanquish with the Jaguar's front retractable battering ram. Bond shot down a chandelier which landed on Zao as he treaded the freezing water, impaling him. The chandelier was, fittingly, made from diamonds.
Despite the character being a North Korean, Zao is not a Korean name, and therefore cannot be written in Korean since the language has no "z" sound (although it is possible to transcribe it as Jao). However, the word itself coincidentally means evil in serbo-croatian.
Miranda Frost is a Harvard-educated, gold medal-winning Olympic fencer (trained by Madonna's character, Verity) posing as Graves' publicist and fencing partner. She won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics by default, after Graves organized the real gold medalist's death by steroids overdose. She is sent by M to work alongside Bond, but does not approve of Bond's methods. When Bond is caught by Mr. Kil and his minions, Frost helps Bond keep incognito by kissing him. They later go to Bond's room and have sex. James awakens and goes after Graves. Frost pleads for him not to go, but he insists. Unbeknownst to 007, Miranda secretly emptied the magazine of Bond's Walther P99. Later when she pulls a gun on Graves, it is revealed that she was the one who betrayed Bond in North Korea, which led to 14 months of torture for him, as well as framing him for revealing the identity of the head American agent which led to his execution at the hands of the North Korean Army. At this point she reveals that she is still a traitor, and turns the gun on Bond. Bond escapes with the ring that Q gave him- which shatters the glass floor that he is currently on-, and Frost and Bond fall into the jungle environment part of the Ice Palace. Frost and Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson have a climactic fight aboard the descending plane. Frost narrowly slices Jinx in the stomach, but Jinx grabs a dagger-impaled copy of The Art of War and stabs Miranda in the heart, killing her. Frost was originally going to be named Gala Brand, after the Bond girl in the novel Moonraker.
Vladimir Popov (played by Michael Gorevoy) is a scientist who works for Gustav Graves. Vladimir Popov works as Gustav Graves' personal scientist. He makes his first appearance in the film when timing Graves, who is attempting to beat his best time across the ice in an ice dragster.
Popov reveals his role as a sort of mad scientist when he invents for Graves a remote control for the Icarus satellite which doubles as a laser weapon. Popov is mainly seen throughout the rest of the film following Graves, but doing nothing of major importance. He annoys Graves when he reveals that Bond has beaten his speed record while escaping from Icarus.
The mad scientist's demise occurs when James Bond inadvertently shoots a hole in one of the windows of Graves' airborne jet, causing the cabin to depressurize; Popov is sucked out of the plane to his death.
Dr. Alvarez (played by Simon Andreu) is a surgeon affiliated to Gustav Graves. Dr. Alvarez is the surgeon of the island "Los Organos". Using the DNA of people such as orphans, vagrants, etc., he is able to create new physical appearance to his patients. Jinx kills him in knowing the source of DNA is murdered while looking for files of Zao and his new physical transformation that was underway.
Mr. Kil is a henchman of the main villain, Gustav Graves. In the film he was portrayed by New Zealand actor Lawrence Makoare. Kil is first introduced alongside his partner Pertant when Bond arrives in Iceland: "I am Mr Kil". Bond quips back: "Well, there's a name to die for." He tortures Giacinta "Jinx" Johnson and straps down her hands and feet. He is later killed by Jinx with a laser which impales him through the back of the head and out of the top of his mouth while fighting with Bond. After his demise, Bond and Jinx use the laser to cut Kil's hand off and use its pattern to gain access to Graves's personal quarters.
- "Halle's big year". Ebony,. Nov, 2002. "Of her character, Berry said: She's the next step in the evolution of women in the Bond movies. She's more modern and not the classic villain. She also said that Jinx is fashionable. She's fashion-forward, very sexy and takes fashion risks, and I love her for that."
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