Impressive observations, Ray. Also, you’re the first person I’ve come across who rates this one as a favourite! Thanks for your comments.
It’s a while since I saw the film, and it has faded from my memory almost completely. I can’t even remember many of the scenes you allude to. Rediscovering this thread has made me wonder about maybe re-watching it just for the fun of reference spotting!
I remember being underwhelmed by the film, but that’s just about all I do remember. Unlike Die Another Day I don’t think I actually made a vow never to see it again, so a re-evaluation may be in order.