Bond takes on a North Korean leader who undergoes DNA replacement procedures that allow him to assume different identities. American agent, Jinx Johnson assists Bond in his attempt to thwart the villain’s plans to exploit a satellite that is powered by solar energy.
In the pre-title sequence set on the Pukch’ong Coast of North Korea, wet-suit wearing James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and two other South Korean allies surfed on massive wave swells to the beach. His surfboard contained a compartment of gadgets to be unpacked (C4 explosives, a combat knife with GPS, a communications device, a Walther 99 with silencer, and an Omega Seamaster professional chronometer watch with remote detonator incorporated into the rotating bezel). The GPS device signaled a helicopter, fooling the pilot to land it nearby. The copter was escorting South African diamond-trader Van Beirk (Mark Dymond) to his rendezvous with rogue weapons-dealer Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee). The renegade, power-crazed Colonel was notorious for illegally selling weapons in exchange for embargoed African ‘conflict’ diamonds. Bond held the occupants at gunpoint as the trio exchanged themselves with the three onboard the copter, and took off in their place. Van Beirk’s briefcase holding diamonds was set to explode with C4 explosives (with Bond’s watch serving as the remote detonator).
In the next scene, at Colonel Tan-Sun Moon’s HQ (in the DeMilitarized Zone of North Korea), the helicopter landed near the Colonel’s heavily-fortified bunker, surrounded by Moon’s collection of American sports cars. As Bond emerged, Moon’s terrorist henchman assistant Zao (Rick Yune) took a digital photo of Bond with a Sony Ericsson camera-phone and transmitted it (later it was revealed it was sent to a mole in MI6). Moon met “Van Bierk” (now Bond) and cynically bragged about his corruption by Western education (“Majored in Western hypocrisy”). A small armada of hovercrafts approached to show off the weapons to be exchanged for Van Bierk’s diamonds – Moon’s vehicles were designed to “float right over” the one million landmines planted in the DMZ, and he was planning to sail his armada toward South Korea and conquer it. Zao’s camera/phone transmitted back that “Van Bierk” was an imposter – the agent’s top secret file revealed he was a 007 agent named James Bond (“a British assassin”). To demonstrate his weapons’ superiority, Moon fired his tank-buster gun at the helicopter that had brought “Van Bierk” there, killing Bond’s two allies (# 1-2 deaths), as Zao took Bond prisoner with a gun pointed at his head. Moon threatened Bond: “You will not live to see the day all Korea is ruled by the North.” On his way to the bunker, Moon’s peace-loving father, General Moon (Kenneth Tsang) saw the resulting fire and called his son. Fearing his father’s retribution, Moon ordered: “Get the weapons out of here and kill the spy.”