Matthew Allard de Vere Drummond is an English film producer and screenwriter. He is best known for producing such films as Lock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and directing the films Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Vaughn was born in Beverly Hills and raised in London; until 2002, he had thought that he was the child of a relationship between his mother, Kathy Ceaton, American actor Robert Vaughn. A paternity investigation in the 1980s revealed that Robert Vaughn was not his father, but Ceaton never revealed otherwise to Vaughn. Upon asking his mother about his true paternity, she revealed that his father was George Albert Harley de Vere Drummond, an English aristocrat, a godson of King George VI. Early in Vaughn's life, before the paternity investigation, Robert Vaughn asked for the child's surname to be Vaughn, it continues today as Vaughn's professional name, though he now uses de Vere Drummond in his personal life.
Vaughn was educated at Sussex House School in London and Stowe School in Buckingham. Taking a gap year between Stowe and university, he travelled around the world on a Hard Rock Cafe tour. After arriving in Los Angeles he began working as an assistant to a film director, he returned to London, attended University College London studying anthropology and ancient history. He dropped out after a few weeks. Aged 25, Vaughn produced a low-budget thriller, The Innocent Sleep, starring Annabella Sciorra and Michael Gambon, he continued as a producer on close friend Guy Ritchie's film Lock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a critical and financial success, earning Vaughn and Ritchie £9 million each. Vaughn would produce Ritchie's Snatch and Swept Away. Vaughn made his directorial debut in 2004 with Layer Cake; the film was well received and its success led to Vaughn being tapped to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, but he dropped out only two weeks before filming began. Subsequently, he was critical of Brett Ratner's direction of the film.
For his next project he co-wrote and directed Stardust, followed by a movie adaptation of Mark Millar's Kick-Ass in 2010. Vaughn directed and co-wrote the first film in the prequel trilogy of the X-Men film universe titled, X-Men: First Class. Vaughn was signed to return to the series as director of the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, but dropped out in favour of Bryan Singer who had directed the first two films in the original trilogy, X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Vaughn remained attached to the film by co-writing the script. Vaughn's next directorial project, was Kingsman: The Secret Service, an adaptation of Mark Millar and David Gibbons's comic book The Secret Service; the film was scripted by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, produced by Vaughn's production company Marv Films. Vaughn returned to direct, co-write the Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, released in theaters in September 2017. In March 2017, Collider reported that Vaughn is top choice to direct Man of Steel 2. In September of that year, Vaughn confirmed that he is in negotiations with the studio to helm the project.
On 25 May 2002, Vaughn married German model Claudia Schiffer in Suffolk. The couple have three children: son Caspar Matthew de Vere and daughters Clementine Poppy and Cosima Violet; the couple have homes in Notting Hill, own Coldham Hall, Suffolk. Actors and actressesFilm crew Matthew Vaughn on IMDb Marv Films on IMDb Interview, Superherohype.com.
Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian actor and voice-over artist. He won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy and received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance in Seven Beauties. Giannini was born in La Spezia, Italy, he studied at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome, made his film debut in a small part in I criminali della metropoli in 1965. He appeared in supporting roles in Anzio and The Secret of Santa Vittoria, starred in the original version of Swept Away. In 1967, he was a special guest on an episode of Mina's TV show "Sabato Sera". In 1971, he appeared in E le stelle stanno a guardare, a television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, The Stars Look Down. Giannini won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Anarchy. In 1976, he starred in Seven Beauties, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, he dubbed Jack Nicholson's voice in the Italian release of both The Batman.
His fluency in English has brought him a number of featured roles in Hollywood productions, most notably as Inspector Pazzi in Hannibal. He appeared in Man on Fire. Giannini is known for his starring roles in films directed by Lina Wertmüller. In addition to Seven Beauties and Swept Away, he appeared in The Seduction of Mimi and Anarchy, A Night Full of Rain, Francesca e Nunziata. Giannini played Alberto Aragón in A Walk in the Clouds in 1995, Emperor Shaddam IV in the 2000 Dune miniseries. In 2002, he starred in the horror film Darkness, he portrayed French agent René Mathis in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Giannini's son Adriano Giannini played his father's role in the 2002 remake of Swept Away. In 2009, Giannini received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada. "Sabato Sera" E le stelle stanno a guardare as Arthur Barras Sins Frank Herbert's Dune as Emperor Shaddam IV Giancarlo Giannini on IMDb
Italy the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Austria and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 and has a temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe. Due to its central geographic location in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Italy has been home to a myriad of peoples and cultures. In addition to the various ancient peoples dispersed throughout modern-day Italy, the most famous of which being the Indo-European Italics who gave the peninsula its name, beginning from the classical era and Carthaginians founded colonies in insular Italy and Genoa, Greeks established settlements in the so-called Magna Graecia, while Etruscans and Celts inhabited central and northern Italy respectively; the Italic tribe known as the Latins formed the Roman Kingdom in the 8th century BC, which became a republic with a government of the Senate and the People.
The Roman Republic conquered and assimilated its neighbours on the peninsula, in some cases through the establishment of federations, the Republic expanded and conquered parts of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. By the first century BC, the Roman Empire emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean Basin and became the leading cultural and religious centre of Western civilisation, inaugurating the Pax Romana, a period of more than 200 years during which Italy's technology, economy and literature flourished. Italy remained the metropole of the Roman Empire; the legacy of the Roman Empire endured its fall and can be observed in the global distribution of culture, governments and the Latin script. During the Early Middle Ages, Italy endured sociopolitical collapse and barbarian invasions, but by the 11th century, numerous rival city-states and maritime republics in the northern and central regions of Italy, rose to great prosperity through shipping and banking, laying the groundwork for modern capitalism.
These independent statelets served as Europe's main trading hubs with Asia and the Near East enjoying a greater degree of democracy than the larger feudal monarchies that were consolidating throughout Europe. The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe, bringing a renewed interest in humanism, science and art. Italian culture flourished, producing famous scholars and polymaths such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Machiavelli. During the Middle Ages, Italian explorers such as Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot and Giovanni da Verrazzano discovered new routes to the Far East and the New World, helping to usher in the European Age of Discovery. Italy's commercial and political power waned with the opening of trade routes that bypassed the Mediterranean. Centuries of infighting between the Italian city-states, such as the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries, left the region fragmented, it was subsequently conquered and further divided by European powers such as France and Austria.
By the mid-19th century, rising Italian nationalism and calls for independence from foreign control led to a period of revolutionary political upheaval. After centuries of foreign domination and political division, Italy was entirely unified in 1871, establishing the Kingdom of Italy as a great power. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, Italy industrialised, namely in the north, acquired a colonial empire, while the south remained impoverished and excluded from industrialisation, fuelling a large and influential diaspora. Despite being one of the main victors in World War I, Italy entered a period of economic crisis and social turmoil, leading to the rise of a fascist dictatorship in 1922. Participation in World War II on the Axis side ended in military defeat, economic destruction and the Italian Civil War. Following the liberation of Italy and the rise of the resistance, the country abolished the monarchy, reinstated democracy, enjoyed a prolonged economic boom and, despite periods of sociopolitical turmoil became a developed country.
Today, Italy is considered to be one of the world's most culturally and economically advanced countries, with the sixth-largest worldwide national wealth. Its advanced economy ranks eighth-largest in the world and third in the Eurozone by nominal GDP. Italy owns the third-largest central bank gold reserve, it has a high level of human development, it stands among the top countries for life expectancy. The country plays a prominent role in regional and global economic, military and diplomatic affairs. Italy is a founding and leading member of the European Union and a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the WTO, the G7, the G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Council of Europe, Uniting for Consensus, the Schengen Area and many more; as a reflection
Guy Stuart Ritchie is an English film director, film producer and businessman, known for his crime films. He got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. Ritchie went on to direct commercials. In 1995, he directed his first film, The Hard Case, a 20-minute short that impressed investors who backed his first feature film, the crime comedy Lock and Two Smoking Barrels, he directed another crime comedy, Snatch. Ritchie's other films include Revolver, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and the live action remake of Disney's Aladdin. Ritchie was born in Hatfield, the second of two children of Amber and Captain John Vivian Ritchie, former Seaforth Highlanders serviceman and advertising executive. John's father was Major Stewart Ritchie, who died in France, in 1940, during World War II. John's mother was Doris Margaretta McLaughlin, daughter of Vivian Guy McLaughlin and Edith Martineau, the latter by whom she shares close common ancestors with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The McLaughlins have a pedigree going back to King Edward I of England. Both Richie's parents remarried to prominent individuals, his father's second marriage was to Shireen Ritchie, Baroness Ritchie of Brompton, a former model and Conservative politician and life peer. From 1973 until 1980, when they divorced, Ritchie's mother was married to Sir Michael Leighton, 11th Baronet of Loton Park; as a divorcée, she is styled as Amber, Lady Leighton. Ritchie, dyslexic, was expelled from Stanbridge Earls School at the age of 15, he has claimed. In 1998, Ritchie contacted Peter Morton, of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, as a potential investor for a debut film. Morton's nephew, Matthew Vaughn, had been studying film production in Los Angeles. Peter informed Vaughn of Ritchie's new film idea, Vaughn agreed to produce. Matthew, John and Peter asked their mutual acquaintance, Trudie Styler, to invest in the production of Ritchie's second film production following his 1995 short The Hard Case, which Styler had seen and decided that co-funding the project would be a worthwhile opportunity.
The production of the film, Lock and Two Smoking Barrels, was completed in about eight months. Released in Great Britain in 1998 to positive reviews, it became an international success, it starred Nick Moran and introduced actors Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng and Dexter Fletcher to worldwide audiences, while launching a new acting career for former footballer Vinnie Jones. Ritchie was introduced to Madonna, whom he would wed, when the soundtrack for the film was issued on her Maverick Records label. In 2000 Ritchie won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. Ritchie created and produced a spin-off television series called Lock, Stock.... Ritchie's second feature film, was released in 2000. Known as Diamonds, it was another caper comedy, with a cast including Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro and Dennis Farina, along with the returning Statham and Vinnie Jones. Similar to Lock and Two Smoking Barrels the film depicted events from different characters' perspectives: a device which became something of a trademark through many of the director's subsequent films.
It has a rating of 73% on Rotten Tomatoes as of 2015. Following his marriage to Madonna, Ritchie began focusing his filmmaking on his wife, directing her in both a music video and a short film, for the BMW films series. Ritchie's next film featuring Madonna, was a remake of the 1974 Lina Wertmüller hit Swept Away. Ritchie cast Madonna as a rich, rude socialite who, after a shipwreck, is trapped on a deserted island with a slovenly Communist sailor who humiliates her. Ritchie renamed the woman Amber Leighton after his mother; this film was both a commercial disappointment. In 2002, Ritchie conceived a hidden camera show called Swag, for Channel Five in the UK, which turned the table on criminals and opportunists by using stunts to trap them in the act, his next project in 2005, a Vegas-themed heist film entitled Revolver starring Jason Statham, was critically panned in the US and UK. In 2008, Ritchie wrote and directed RocknRolla, a more successful return to crime comedy form with an ensemble cast including Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Toby Kebbell.
It was received well with a 60% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He directed in 2008 a commercial for Nike called "Take It To The Next Level", about a young Dutch footballer who signs for Arsenal, showing the progression of his career from his viewpoint, until he makes his debut for the Netherlands; the commercial features cameo appearances from some football players with music by Eagles of Death Metal. Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes was released on 25 December 2009 with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law starring as Sir Arthur Cona
Swept Away (1974 film)
Swept Away is a 1974 Italian adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Lina Wertmüller and starring Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato. The film is about a wealthy woman whose yachting vacation with friends in the Mediterranean Sea takes an unexpected turn when she and one of the boat's crew are separated from the others and they become stranded on a deserted island; the woman's capitalist beliefs and the man's communist convictions clash, but during their struggle to survive their situation, their social roles are reversed. Swept Away received the 1975 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award for Top Foreign Film; the original English title of the film was a translation of the original Italian title: Swept Away... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August. The English title was truncated to Swept Away in subsequent releases. An arrogant wealthy capitalist named Raffaella is vacationing on a yacht in the Mediterranean Sea with friends—swimming and talking incessantly about the virtues of her class and the worthlessness of the political left.
Her nonstop political monologue infuriates one of the underclass deckhands on her yacht, Gennarino, a dedicated Communist who manages to restrain his opinions to avoid upsetting his boss and losing his good job. Despite her humiliating insults, Gennarino agrees to take her out on a dinghy late in the evening to see the rest of her friends who have gone ahead without her. On their way, the outboard motor gives out, leaving them stranded in the middle of the sea with no land in sight. After a night at sea, Gennarino manages to get the motor running again but has no idea where they are or how to get to land, they spot an island and head toward it, destroying their dinghy in the process. On land, they discover that there is no one on the island except them, they are shipwrecked. Accustomed to having everything done for her, Raffaella begins ordering Gennarino about, but this is the final straw for him and he snaps, refusing to assist her any longer. Raffaella reacts with a string of insults, but he gives as good as he gets, they split up to explore the island on their own.
Much better suited to island life than Raffaella, Gennarino is soon cooking lobsters. Their roles become reversed. While she has to rely on him for food, Gennarino wants her to be his slave, convinced that women are born to serve men, he forces her to endure the indignity of washing his underwear. When she reacts in angry defiance, he slaps her around. Undeniably attracted to Raffaella, Gennarino attempts to rape her, but changes his mind, deciding that it would be more satisfying if she gave herself to him willingly, he wants her to fall in love with him, as their differences are forgotten, they reach a kind of balance, although Gennarino still hits her and she takes the more subservient role. They spot a ship, although they are both reluctant to disrupt their newfound paradise, they signal the ship and are rescued. After returning home, they soon revert to their former lives and social roles—she once again embracing the upper-class lifestyles of her friends, they both understand something profound and unsettling about what they've experienced, but Raffaella is unwilling to abandon the society of privilege that has such a strong hold on her.
Abandoned by the object of his desires, Gennarino returns defeated to his sad life and loveless marriage—far removed from an idyllic island in the Mediterranean Sea. Giancarlo Giannini as Gennarino Carunchio Mariangela Melato as Raffaella Pavone Lanzetti Riccardo Salvino as Signor Pavone Lanzetti Isa Danieli as Anna Eros Pagni as Pippe Aldo Puglisi as Gennarino's fellow Anna Melita Giuseppe Durini Lucrezia De Domizio Luis Suarez Vittorio Fanfoni Lorenzo Piani The scenarios of the film are glimpses of Sardinia; the film was shot in the province of Nuoro. The beach of the landing of the two shipwrecked is Cala Fuili, in the municipality of Dorgali; the beach of Cala Luna, straddling the municipality of Dorgali and that of Baunei, has been set for another good part of the shooting. The Carunchio refuge and the most sensual scenes were filmed in the dunes of Capo Comino, a town in the municipality of Siniscola. In his review in the Chicago Sun-Times, American film critic Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, his highest rating.
Ebert wrote that the film "resists the director's most determined attempts to make it a fable about the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, persists in being about a man and a woman. On that level, it's a great success."Vincent Canby of The New York Times called Swept Away "the most successful fusion of Miss Wertmuller's two favorite themes and politics, which are here so and so tangled that they become a single subject, like two people in love." Canby went on to write: Swept Away is less a film about ideas than about previous commitments, for which neither character can be held accountable. The enormous appeal of the comedy has to do with the way each character, is able to overcome those commitments, it has to do with the performances of Mr. Giannini and Miss Melato, who tear into their roles with a single-minded intensity that manages to be both hugely comic and believable in the most outrageous of situations, they are the best things to happen to Italian comedy since Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren squared off in the nineteen-sixties.
Some reviewers criticized the film as misogynistic, with its themes of violence against
September 11 attacks
The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks. Four passenger airliners operated by two major U. S. passenger air carriers —all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.
A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, which led to a partial collapse of the building's west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was flown toward Washington, D. C. but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers. 9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively. Suspicion fell on al-Qaeda; the United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invaded Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had failed to comply with U. S. demands to extradite Osama bin expel al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks. Although Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda's leader denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U. S. support of Israel, the presence of U. S. troops in Saudi Arabia, sanctions against Iraq as motives. After evading capture for a decade, bin Laden was located in Pakistan and killed by SEAL Team Six of the U. S. Navy in May 2011; the destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure harmed the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets, which resulted in the closing of Wall Street until September 17 and the civilian airspace in the U. S. and Canada until September 13. Many closings and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, the Pentagon was repaired within a year. On November 18, 2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site; the building was opened on November 3, 2014. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County and the Flight 93 National Memorial in a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Although not confirmed, there is evidence of alleged Saudi Arabian involvement in the attacks. Given as main evidence in these charges are the contents of the 28 redacted pages of the December 2002 Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; these 28 pages contain information regarding the material and financial assistance given to the hijackers and their affiliates leading up to the attacks by the Saudi Arabian government. The origins of al-Qaeda can be traced to 1979. Osama bin Laden helped organize Arab mujahideen to resist the Soviets. Under the guidance of Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden became more radical. In 1996, bin Laden issued his first fatwā. In a second fatwā in 1998, bin Laden outlined his objections to American foreign policy with respect to Israel, as well as the continued presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia after the Gulf War.
Bin Laden used Islamic texts to exhort Muslims to attack Americans until the stated grievances are reversed. Muslim legal scholars "have throughout Islamic history unanimously agreed that the jihad is an individual duty if the enemy destroys the Muslim countries", according to bin Laden. Bin Laden orchestrated the attacks and denied involvement but recanted his false statements. Al Jazeera broadcast a statement by bin Laden on September 16, 2001, stating, "I stress that I have not carried out this act, which appears to have been carried out by individuals with their own motivation." In November 2001, U. S. forces recovered a videotape from a destroyed house in Afghanistan. In the video, bin Laden admits foreknowledge of the attacks. On December 27, 2001, a second bin Laden video was released. In the video, he said: It has become clear that the West in general and America in particular have an unspeakable hatred for Islam.... It is the hatred of crusaders. Terrorism against America deserves to be praised because it was a response to injustice, aimed at forcing America to stop its support for Israel, which kills our people....
Die Another Day
Die Another Day is a 2002 spy film, the twentieth film in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, as well as the fourth and final film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film follows Bond as he leads a mission to North Korea, during which he is betrayed and, after killing a rogue North Korean colonel, is captured and imprisoned. Fourteen months Bond is released as part of a prisoner exchange. Surmising that the mole is within the British government, he attempts to earn redemption by tracking down his betrayer and all those involved; the film, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, directed by Lee Tamahori, marked the James Bond franchise's 40th anniversary; the series began in 1962 with Sean Connery starring as Bond in Dr. No. Die Another Day includes references to each of the preceding films; the film received mixed reviews. Some critics praised the work of Tamahori, while others criticised the film's heavy use of computer-generated imagery, which they found unconvincing and a distraction from the film's plot.
Die Another Day was the highest-grossing James Bond film up to that time if inflation is not taken into account. MI6 agent James Bond infiltrates a North Korean military base, where Colonel Tan-Sun Moon is illegally trading weapons for African conflict diamonds. After Moon's assistant Zao discovers that Bond is a British agent via an unknown source, Moon attempts to kill Bond and a hovercraft chase ensues, ending with Moon's death. Bond survives, but is captured by North Korean soldiers and imprisoned by the Colonel's father, General Moon. After fourteen months of captivity and torture, Bond is traded for Zao in a prisoner exchange, he is sedated and taken to meet M, who informs him that his status as a 00 Agent is suspended under suspicion of having leaked information under duress. Bond is convinced that he has been set up by a double agent in the British government and decides to avenge his betrayal. After escaping from the custody of MI6, he discovers that he is in Hong Kong, where he learns from a Chinese agent that Zao is in Cuba.
In Havana, Bond meets NSA agent Giacinta'Jinx' Johnson. Bond follows her to a gene therapy clinic, where patients can have their appearances altered through DNA restructuring. Bond locates Zao inside the clinic and attempts to kill him, but he escapes, leaving behind a pendant which leads Bond to a cache of diamonds, identified as conflict diamonds, but bearing the crest of the company owned by British billionaire businessman Gustav Graves. Bond learns that Graves only appeared a year prior discovering a vein of diamonds in Iceland leading to his current wealth and philanthropy from its assets. At Blades Club in London, Bond meets Graves along with his assistant Miranda Frost, an undercover MI6 agent. After a fencing exercise, Bond is invited by Graves to Iceland for a scientific demonstration. Shortly afterwards, M tells Bond of MI6's doubts about Graves, restores Bond's Double-0 status and offers assistance in the investigation. At his ice palace adjacent to the diamond mine site in Iceland, Graves unveils a new orbital mirror satellite, "Icarus", able to focus solar energy on a small area and provide year-round sunshine for crop development.
During the night, Jinx is captured by Graves and Zao. Bond rescues her and discovers that Colonel Moon is still alive. Moon has used the gene therapy technology to change his appearance, creating the identity of Gustav Graves and amassing his fortune from sale of the conflict diamonds. Bond confronts Graves, but Frost arrives to reveal herself as the traitor who betrayed Bond in North Korea, forcing Bond to escape from Graves' facility. Bond returns in his Aston Martin Vanquish to rescue Jinx, captured once again within the palace; as Graves uses Icarus to melt the ice palace, Zao pursues Bond into the palace using his Jaguar XKR. Bond kills Zao by causing a giant ice chandelier to fall onto him, revives Jinx after she has drowned. Bond and Jinx stow away on Graves' cargo plane. Graves reveals his true identity to his father, the true purpose of the Icarus satellite: to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone with concentrated sunlight, allowing North Korean troops to invade South Korea and reunite the peninsula by force.
Horrified at the fact that it would result in a nuclear war with the United States, General Moon tries to turn the plan down, but he is murdered by his own son. Bond attempts to shoot Graves. In their struggle, a gunshot pierces the fuselage. Bond and Graves engage in a fist fight, Jinx attempts to regain control of the plane. Frost attacks Jinx. After the plane passes through the Icarus beam and is further damaged, Jinx kills Frost. Graves attempts to escape by parachute, but Bond opens the parachute, causing Graves to be pulled out of the plane and into one of its engines, killing him and disabling the Icarus beam. Bond and Jinx escape from the disintegrating plane in a helicopter from the cargo hold, carrying away Graves' stash of diamonds in the process. In the end, they are seen to have sex amidst the diamonds on a bed in a South Korean Buddhist temple located in a valley. Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, an MI6 agent. Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson, an NSA agent. Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves, a British entrepreneur, alter ego of Colonel Moon.
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