On November 22 2002, the twentieth James Bond film, Die Another Day, was released by MGM. Die Another Day was the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
Die Another Day was directed by Lee Tamahori. The film marks the James Bond franchise’s 40th anniversary. The series began in 1962 with Sean Connery.
The title song for Die Another Day was written and performed by Madonna, who also had a cameo in the film as Verity, a fencing instructor.
Madonna’s cameo as Verity:
On November 18 2002, Madonna met Queen Elizabeth II at the world premiere of “Die Another Day” at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Isn’t Madonna adorable when she’s nervous?
On November 12 2002, the “Die Another Day” soundtrack for the 20th James Bond film of the same name, was released by Warner Bros. Records. The title song for “Die Another Day” was sung by Madonna, who also had a small cameo in the movie as Verity, a fencing instructor. The “Die Another Day” song was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï.
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On October 10 2002, the music video for “Die Another Day” premiered on MTV. Helmed by Swedish directing team Traktor, the action-packed short for Madonna’s James Bond theme remains the second most expensive music video of all-time, with production costs surpassing the six-million dollar mark. The clip made its debut as part of an episode of MTV’s Making The Video – Madonna’s first appearance on the series.
Traktor’s Ole Sanders spoke to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet about Madonna’s involvement in the clip’s development:
“We received daily e-mails with feedback that was concise, unambiguous and occasionally entertaining. She works extremely hard with gumption and detail, and it was clear to us how she has remained on top for twenty years. It was no use being unprepared with vague ideas disguised as creativity, as there was no place to hide.”
The video was filmed at Hollywood Center Studios in Hollywood, California between August 22 and August 27, 2002 – an atypically lengthy shoot by Madonna’s standards, likely due to the complexities of capturing the special effects and stunts featured throughout the Bond-influenced clip.
On August 27 2002, Madonna was listed in Guinness World Records (2003) for Best-Selling DVD Single for “What It Feels Like For A Girl”.
On February 28, 2002, Madonna announces she will make her West End stage debut in David Williamson’s play Up For Grabs which will open on May 23, 2002 at Wyndhams Theatre in London, England and will have a 10-week run: it is her first stage role in 14 years since Speed-The-Plow in 1988.
On February 12, 2002, “Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001” is named Best Music DVD at the 1st annual UK DVD Awards in England.