DIE ANOTHER DAY (Rittenhouse)
Pierce Brosnan is back as James Bond in “Die Another Day” his fourth and last adventure as secret agent 007. The Royal Premiere was held at the Royal Albert Hall on the 18th November 2002 and Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. spoils the memorabilia collectors with a 90 part trading card set that covers the whole movie in trading card format. The cards are printed on a 20 points extra thick cardboard and the production is strictly limited to only 6000 boxes. Because of the strict limitation all the cards where already sold out before the movie was released. The checklist printed on the sell sheet and distributed by Rittenhouse Archives was a complete mess. First of all the 72 announced card set turned out to be a 90 card set, second were the five collectable chase sets, announced as “Casting Call” cards, “The Brosnan Era”, “The Women Of Bond”, “The Bond Legacy” & “The Autograph Cards”. Due to some last minute production changes, “The Brosnan Era” and ”The Bond Legacy” cards were replaced by the “Montage Cards” & “The Star Cards”. I was lucky to obtain a full box holding 40 packs each contaning 9 cards, for a total of 360 cards. Out of the 360 cards I managed to create three "Basic Sets", the nine card puzzle, one autograph card, two "Star Cards", four "Women Of Bond" cards and 10 Casting Call cards.
Wrapper containing 9 cards
The first chase set is known as “The Montage Cards” and exists of nine puzzle cards. Together the nine cards compose the picture as shown below, the cards were randomly inserted in 1/4 packs and numbered as M1 to M9. The reverse composed a six card puzzle showing the gun on an ice cube. The other three cards provided information on the cast & crew.
The second chase set existed of twelve “Casting Call” cards, each “Casting Call” card depicts a full colour still of a leading actor or actress. The cards are numbered from C1 to C12 and again they were randomly inserted in 1/4 packs. These are the first “Casting Call” cards ever produced in a James Bond trading card series.
"Casting Call Cards"
The third chase or sub set is again a nine card “Women Of Bond” set. These nine cards are depicting never seen before glamorous stills of Jinx and Miranda Frost. The cards are numbered from W1 to W9 and were inserted in only 1/10 packs what makes them very rare. The “Women Of Bond“ cards are designed in a very special way, something similar to the Bond girl cards from the 40th Anniversary set, but this time the left side is shaped like a wisp of smoke escaping from a gun barrel. Simply beautiful. Halle Berry who plays the role of Jinx is shown on six different cards, while shooting “Die Another Day” Halle received an Oscar for the “Best Actress in a leading Role” for her part in the movie “Monster’s Ball”. She was born as Halle Maria Berry on the 14th August 1966 in Cleveland , Ohio, U.S.A. Rosamund Pike was born as Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike on the 28th January 1979 in London, England. She won the Award for Best Debut at the 2003 Empire Awards for her performance as Miranda Frost in “Die Another Day”.
"Women Of Bond"
The fourth chase set are the so called “Star Cards”, the six “Star Cards” were numbered as S1 to S6 and only available in 1/20 packs. The first card depicting a still of James Bond & Jinx is the most difficult one to find. On the cards you can find pictures of James Bond, Jinx, Gustav Graves, Miranda Frost & Zao. The same pictures were also used by EON Productions to create posters and banners in order to promote the movie at the theatres. In Thailand and China the same stills were used to manufacture pocket calendars, telephone cards, fridge magnets and probably some other stuff I’m not aware of.
The fifth and last chase set contains only eight personally signed full bleed autograph cards instead of the nine foreseen cards mentioned on the sell sheet. The anounced autograph card A7 personally signed by Will Yun Lee was replaced by a autograph card signed by Colin Salmon, this card came as a bonus when purchasing the binder. As we will see in the future coming card series from Rittenhouse Archives Ltd., they guarantee that each full box contains at least one autographed card. The autograph cards are numbered from A1 to A8, card A1 signed by John Cleese was strictly limited to only 500 copies.
• John Cleese
"Full Bleed Autograph Cards"
Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. really knows how to promote their trading card series. For the worldwide promotion of the “Die Another Day” trading card set they manufactured two different promotion cards, known as P1 and P2. The cards were accompanied by an exclusive dealer sell sheet. This dealer sell sheet was very simple but quiet effective, a large ice cube used as a pillow for a smoking gun, the movie title in red ink and not to forget the ooh ooh seven Gun logo, the same image was used as a teaser poster. The promotion card P2 was only available when you purchased the exclusive card binder. The checklist on the reverse is different to what was manufactured in reality.
When buying a complete case, Rittenhouse Archives treated the buyer with two bonuses. The first bonus is the “From The Archives Costume Card AC1”. This card was previous available on an uncut sheet (See the 40th Anniversary). The second bonus is the very rare Case Topper MP1, also known as the “Die Another Day Movie Poster Card”. This card is hand numbered from 1 to 777 and extremely rare.
As usual Rittenhouse Archives manufactured an exclusive binder to store and protect this precious trading card set. This time the binder follows the same design as the Star Card S1. When purchasing the binder they treated you with the promotion card P2 and the autographed card A7 as a bonus.
During the National Show 2003, Rittenhouse Archives Ltd. distributed a special six card promotion set. This six card promotion set was also available trough the Rittenhouse Rewards Programme. There you needed 300 points to purchase the exclusive six card set. The cards are printed on metal foil and numbered as JP1 to JP6. They were simply packed in a transparent wrapper. These promotion cards are quiet rare but sometimes they pop up at eBay.
"National Show 2003 Promotion Cards Front"
"National Show 2003 Promotion Cards Reverse"
From this card series there are many different uncut sheets available, sadly all of them are issued in a very limited quantity, from maximum 15 to 50 copies. When you were able to purchase ten cases, you were treated with a so called “Archive Box”. Only 50 of the boxes where manufactured. These special “Archive Boxes” contain all the cards with the exception of the cards that came as a bonus with the binder. The Archive box is identical to the counter display box except for the orange sticker and the content.
"Basic Card Set"