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Last Updated: Monday, 21 July, 2003, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK
The Real Dr Evil
Kim Jong-il
The Real Dr Evil was broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday, 20 July, 2003 at 1915 BST.

With Saddam Hussein gone, North Korea's Kim Jong-il is regarded as the world's most dangerous man.

Millions have died of famine and dissidents are sent to labour camps or executed. Now Kim says he has nuclear weapons and he's prepared to sell them to whoever can afford his price.

US President George Bush put North Korea on the Axis of Evil shortlist. Newsweek magazine dubbed Kim "Dr Evil", a reference to the Hollywood character who plots to destroy the planet.

Correspondent tracked down the director and his movie star wife kidnapped by Kim to make films in North Korea, his former bodyguard, American diplomats who negotiated with him, and an Italian businessman who finances his goldmines.

We charted Kim's progress from lazy student through terrorist mastermind to tough-talking nuclear brinksman.

And we asked the question: is he really plotting to destroy the planet or is the nickname Dr Evil nothing more than a battle of words in the Cold War's last frontier?

Producer: Rob Lemkin
Editor: Karen O'Connor


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