007 Die Another Day: James Bond learning to surf in Jaws

The surf scene is long and intense. James Bond opens the "007 - Die Another Day" spy movie with a big wave surfing stunt. But, who actually played Pierce Brosnan in the infamous night ride?


James Bond is just like a Swiss Army knife. The multi-skilled British spy is able to jump bridges in luxury cars, take-off in heavy, hollow slabs and teach the perfect Martini recipe. "Die Another Day", the twentieth film in the James Bond series, showcases an opening surfing scene which helped boost ticket sales in the box office.

Can you figure out who and where was surfed the epic 007 night session? Was it Pierce Brosnan himself? Yes, the Irish actor is a keen stand-up paddleboarder and surfer, but no, he didn't ride those waves.

The initial wave riding sequence of "Die Another Day" was filmed in Peahi - Jaws - off the North coast of Maui, in December 2001. The footage shows three surfers exchanging surf lines, during a large swell.

Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and Darrick Doerner were the pro surfers called to play the actors surf scene. When surfers finish their waves, 007 and colleagues get to a beach.

This time, the shore shots were complete near Cadiz, in the South of Spain, and Newquay, in Cornwall, England. Later, the orbital satellite Icarus creates a wave which forces James Bond to ride a huge wave, with a kite, between digitally produced glaciers and ice obstacles.

Later, the orbital satellite Icarus creates a wave which forces James Bond to ride a huge wave, with a kite, between digitally produced glaciers and ice obstacles. Watch the two surfing scenes in James Bond 007's "Die Another Day":