Nov 16, 2020
Die Another Day (2002) (part 3 of 7)
In “Havana”, Bond wanders the streets while all the women predictably fawn over him. He enters a building and asks the guy behind the desk for some “delectados”. It’s nothing doing until he says MI6’s cover name, “Universal Exports”. This is a pretty pointless little scene, meant only to throw in the Universal Exports reference.
Bond is taken to a Castro look-alike on a balcony. It’s revealed that delectados are a particularly unhealthy brand of cigars, and the key phrase in any conversation with this guy, who’s actually a sleeper agent. He’s smoking a delectado throughout this scene, which is pretty distracting considering what we just learned about them.
He and Bond share some pseudo-tough talk about what he’s doing there, after which it’s revealed that Zao is on a nearby island where a doctor does gene therapy. Soon they’re in an office, and as Bond browses around, he glances at the same field guide to birds whose author gave Ian Fleming the name for his agent. Bond borrows a gun and a pair of binoculars, the sole aspect of this whole section of the film that’s different from what it would have been like had he still been working with MI6.