Die Another Day (2002) - Novelization
||7th November 2002 (UK)
||Gustav Graves / Colonel Moon, Zao
||Destroy the DMZ to allow the North to unify Korea,
||Jinx, Miranda Frost
||M, Moneypenny, Q, Robinson, Falco
Puk'chong coast and Pyongong airbase, North
Korea; DMZ, South Korea; Rubyeon Royale Hotel,
Hong Kong; Havana and Isla Los Organos, Cuba; London,
||Escape and survival in Hong Kong, meeting with
General Moon on the Antonov.
James Bond takes on a North Korean
leader who uses an experimental gene therapy that allows
him to assume different identities, and to hide in plain
sight as he plans to unify the South, destroy
Japan, and create a new superpower with a diamond-powered
Above: British 1st edition Coronet paperback
Official Blurb (American Paperback)
When danger becomes a temptation, when every move brings you
closer to the edge, when you live each day like it's your last
- there's a surprise around every curve...
From North Korea to Iceland, Bond circles
the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war
proportions. Crossing paths with beautiful allies and deadly
assassins in a high-octane action adventure of intrigue revenge
and betrayal, never has Bond been so vulnerable, nor so dangerous...
- Surf's Up
- Shooting Gallery
- Impatient Patient
- Seoul Feud
- Stopover in Hong Kong
- The Beauty Parlour
- A Man Called Graves
- Flashing Blades at St James's
- The Ice Palace
- Let There Be Light...And Love
- In the Hothouse
- Betrayed Again
- Fire and Ice
- That Sinking Feeling
- A New Moon
- Korean Stand-off
- Icarus Unleashed
- Into the Maelstrom
- Another Day Of Life
Right: Draft artwork for the
US hardback edition that featured the first teaser poster.
Welcome back, Mr Bond. We’ve been waiting for you . .
. Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world
of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises.’ - Independent
‘Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism
. . addicts of the genre will love it.’ - The Times
to Die Another Day was written by the then-current official
James Bond writer,
Raymond Benson, based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis
and Robert Wade. Fan reaction to it was above average.
Months after its publication, Benson retired as the official
James Bond novelist.
Benson On Bond
I had to invent some scenes to flesh out the book to
an acceptable length. If I had simply put into prose
what was in the screenplays, they would have been
too short! As the management of Glidrose (and the
switch to Ian Fleming Publications) changed, so did
the people in charge of licensing at EON.
I had less freedom with The World is Not Enough and
especially with Die Another Day. With the latter I wasn't
allowed to change a single line of dialogue, although
I could still embellish and invent some scenes.
I don't consider the novelizations to be a part of my
original novel series, but I'm pleased to have been given
the opportunity to do them. They made me feel as if I
was putting in my two cents worth to the film story.
Above: American 1st edition Berkley
Several of the film's cut scenes are described in the book
as author Raymond Benson adapted the script before the final
edits were made to the movie.
||November 7 - 1st edition Hodder & Stoughton hardback
November 7 - 1st edition Coronet paperback (UK) £6.99
November 5 - 1st edition Berkley Boulevard paperback (USA)
|| March - 1st edition Thorndike Press large print
|| June - 1st edition Chivers Press large print