After being incarcerated and tortured while on a mission in North Korea, Bond is traded for a psychotic terrorist and released back to M16, only to be accused of giving information. Bond escapes and goes after Zao, a deranged terrorist who knows who betrayed Bond to the North Koreans. Bond chases Zao around the globe and to a shady billionaire and a plot to change the world. But bond soon discovers that no one is who they seem to be...
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As soon as I knew that Pierce Brosnan was in the movie, I knew it wasgoing to have action, he is just perfect for this kind of movie.Definitely has his signature. Halle fits good in other movies likeX-Man, but she looks weird in this one... Too sweet, and not thatnatural when it was about being mean and hold a gun. I would havechoose somebody with stronger presence for that role. I really like thelittle role assigned to Madonna. She did little but did it right. Ofcourse her song fits good, it sounds perfect for the movie. I gave agood score to the movie because it really is entertaining, it is gotgood humor and action. Nice scenarios, the ice scenes really made mefeel cold in the middle of summer. That was neat!!!
`Die Another Day' is a reasonably entertaining installment in the seeminglyendless James Bond series Â provided you don't go into the theater expectingtoo much that is. This edition boasts an utterly preposterous plot (thatgoes almost without saying in films of this type), spectacular stunts andspecial effects (except for one really badly done shot of Bond boogieboarding down an ice floe), cool gizmos and gadgets, and one of the mostbeautiful Bond girls of all time in the person of none other than AcademyAward winner Halle Berry. Ms. Berry is not the only Oscar-winning actressto lend her talents to this venture, however. Dame Judi Dench brings herown touch of class to the festivities as Bond's brittle, starchy boss, knownonly as M (one does get the sense, however, that the British grand dame isdoing a bit of slumming appearing in a work of this caliber).Like most Bond flicks, this one runs about a half hour longer than itshould. And one does begin to feel that these films have gone so farover-the-top in their plotting and style that there really isn't a whole lotof humanity left in the series. That's where Pearce Brosnan comes in. Heprovides enough of a down-to-earth quality to help keep the film at leastsomewhat grounded in reality, which is certainly necessary considering justhow cartoonish in nature many of the action scenes are in this picture. Thefact that the North Koreans serve as the arch villains of the story mighthave lent the film a patina of social relevance were the sociopoliticalissues not dealt with in so utterly absurd a way.There is one amusing scene wherein Bond looks with wry disdain at theretinue of `high tech' spy devices from the past, including many used inthe very earliest 007 pictures. That kind of bemused self-ribbing is all tothe good in a film as lightweight in substance as this one. There are plenty of better films playing out there right now that couldcertainly use even a smidgen of the box office proceeds that will begenerated by this movie, but `Die Another Day' is must viewing for anyhardcore fanatic of the Bond called James.
Since his first screen appearance in 1962, James Bond seems to havemorphedinto a type of Barbie doll. In his 21st adventure, "Die Another Day," weseeBond surf on some giant waves off North Korea, man a hovercraft, receiveaninvisible Aston Martin Vanquish, ride a melting iceberg on a sheet ofmetaland a parachute, and, don't forget, he also pilots a helicopter before ithas an untimely doom.But you can't blame the series for exaggerating the action scenes lately.Since Sean Connery's reign as Bond, special effects have been moved up anotch, and Bond has only to compete with summer blockbusters such as "xXx"and so on and so forth. Bond used to be stylish, slightly unrealistic, andclassy. Bond is now a full-out action hero, still stylish, but not quiteasclassy in terms of execution. I miss Bond walking around in a tuxedo,doingcovert operations, out-smarting the baddies with brains instead of brawn.Ofcourse, in the end, it always came down to brawn, such as in "Goldfinger"with Bond's fight with Oddjob, but through most of the film, Bond didn'tpick up machine guns, punch guys in the face, pilot a helicopter, surftsunamis, et cetera. But to be quite honest, though Bond has lost some ofhis classiness, the films are still fun to watch.In this newest instalment in the ever-continuing series, the film opens upin North Korea, where Bond (undercover) is making a deal with a Korean, inexchange for something called "conflict diamonds." I wasn't reallylisteningto everything, mainly because the plots aren't given much thought thesedays. You have to be quick to catch everything, because the filmmakersjustdon't have time to fit a plot inside the action film! Bond's mission iscompromised; his cover blown. He tries to escape in a hovercraft, but onlyends up being thrown in a torture camp for 14 months. Yes, you heardright,Bond is caught in this film. For 14 months. Talk about breaking tradition.Anyway, after 14 months, MI6 becomes worried that Bond is talking, so theymake an exchange - they give Zao (a guy who looks like he was runningdownhill on a diamond mine and fell face-down) to the Koreans, the Koreansgive them Bond. But now Bond has a personal vendetta to figure out whoblewhis cover back 14 months ago, so he traces down Zao at a gene-switchingfacility; Zao escapes, things go boom. But Bond also finds diamonds withthename Gustav Graves written on them, and traces down Graves--amulti-millionaire--to some exotic location, who knows where, I honestlydon't remember. Skip forward on your DVD a few chapters, and you seethingsstart to unfold a bit more. Lotsa things unfold. ;) And if you look at thecharacters' names, you can pretty much guess who they are. Hint: Graves'last name is "Graves"--what could that possibly mean? One of the two Bondgirls is named Frost--what could that possibly mean?The other Bond girl in this film is female NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry),whowas born on--guess when--Friday the 13th. She teams up with Bond to huntdown Zao, and turns the film into more of a buddy-buddy picture, ratherthana Bond picture. Strong fans might be upset by this, and my personal beefswith Halle Berry aside, I can say that the Bond series needs some new airifit wants to compete with action films; so the whole buddy thing works inthis film. As long as they don't overdue it. I don't want Bond teaming upwith some loose-cannon agent next time, in tradition of "Red Heat," "TheHard Way" and all those other funny films that wouldn't fitBond.A few times I missed the idea of Bond strategizing by himself, the quietmanwho is cool under pressure. Jinx is a loud-mouth, and there's rarely amoment of silence in this film, whether it be big explosions, big fights,orbig mouths. The last truly entertaining Bond film I have seen was 1995's"Goldeneye," Pierce Brosnan's first--and finest--outing as the secretagent.I like "Goldeneye" because it seemed buried in Bond's roots--a tribute toall that was good, especially "Goldfinger." The locations were exotic, butslightly more realistic than those in the recent films. I liked howBrosnanhad the characteristics of Connery's Bond. In all respect, I think PierceBrosnan is the most worthy successor to Sean Connery, but the main flaw isthat the films so often slip into the summer blockbuster slot (i.e."Tomorrow Never Dies" and "The World is Not Enough"), that it's hard toenjoy Pierce's performances as Bond."Die Another Day" entertained me, thrilled me, and wowed me, but I can'treally say it did anything great for me. It's the second-best PierceBrosnanBond film, and in terms of action it is unbeat by any other Bond film, butIjust hope that next time they try something a bit more classy. All in allafilm worth seeing, but when compared to "Goldfinger," it is its ownseperateseries.3.5/5 stars -John Ulmer
YEAH, WE'VE GOT SPOILERS HERE: No, this isn't the best Bond movie of thelast 40 years (hard to believe it's been 40 years, isn't it?)--that wouldbeone of the first five, take your pick--or one of the worst--that would be"Man With the Golden Gun" or "Moonraker." What "Die Another Day" IS is anextremely entertaining exercise in Bondian shenanigans that gets more andmore implausible as one mulls it over afterwards. It is as action packedasany fan could want, the villains pretty nasty, the Bond girls attractive(especially the yummy Rosamund Pike), the gadgets pretty way out (OK,VERYway out) and the fights interesting, if nothing classic. But specialhonorsshould be handed out to the exciting, swashbuckling sword fight that 007engages in midway through the film; this is the high point of the film,forme, and the most exciting, tensest sequence in the movie. Certainly moreentertaining than a game of baccarat!I would agree with other viewers that the sequence with Bond surfingonthe giant wave looks as phony as phony can be, and I'm a viewer who isusually easily taken in by special FX. I for one happened to adore allthehomages to past Bond movies. As a viewer who has been making thepilgrimmageto see the new 007 for 40 years now, I found it touching to be remindedofthe glory days of yore. But why James Bond, a man with impeccable tasteinfood, wine, women, clothing and all the finer things in general, wouldeverwant to sniff the 40-year-old shoe of Rosa Klebb is somewhat of a mysterytome!!! Pretty weird, that!And speaking of mysteries, there were some other things that I am nottoo clear about. For example, the diamond-forging angle in the story.Doesanyone really understand what that was about? At first, I thought thatthechief villain wanted these diamonds to use in his space satellite, as in"Diamonds Are Forever." But then at the end, we see a whole load of thisloot lying in the back of a helicopter. Huh? I was also a little confusedabout the whole assumed identity thing of the main villain. Here is aNorthKorean baddy who, through DNA transfer, becomes a new man. But was thereever really a guy named Gustave Graves to begin with? Whatever happenedtohim? Was he killed, and his identity assumed? Does anybody know? I guessI'll have to see this movie again--I always see the new Bondy twice, butthat's just me--to clear up these fine points.I would agree with the bulk of the viewers that the Madonna themesongis just awful: tuneless, forgettable and ugly. Although Ms. Ciccone doesfairly well in her bit part in the movie itself, her theme song is easilythe worst in the Bond catalog. You thought that a-ha song was bad?Wait'llyou hear this techno trash! The late Maurice Binder would haveappreciatedthe visuals behind this theme song, but as for the tune itself... What'stheword? Feh!I would disagree with other viewers about the excess of humor in themovie. Despite the quips, which are always a part of a Bond film, thetoneof this movie is fairly serious, and Brosnan plays it arrow straight.Sure,there are double entendres and such, but we are spared the painfulcartoonantics that wrecked "Moonraker" (I am thinking of Jaws flapping his armslike a bird as his parachute fails, and the double take of the pigeon inVenice) and the embarrassing, ill-conceived moments of "Octopussy"(Bond'sTarzan yodel, the absolute nadir of the series, and Bond recognizing hisowntheme song when it is played in the Indian bazaar!). Despite the wildgoings-on, and the invisible car, and the solar death ray, and the icepalace, the movie doesn't embarrass the viewer as some of the earlierBondsdid. For that, we fans are grateful. Still, it WOULD be nice if, in thenextinstallment (the DO say at the end of the credits that "James Bond WillReturn"), they pared things back a bit, and gave us a gritty, sexy spythriller--the kind that Ian Fleming wrote in the '50s and '60s, and asexemplified on film by "From Russia With Love." I still feel that nobodydoes it better, but with a little more attention to story, things couldbeeven better still! All in all, though, "Day Another Day" makes for a niceanniversary party, one that I was very pleased to attend.
Well I saw this film the opening day last Thursday (Australia) and I wasvery excited. After some 25 minutes of trailers the movie began. (yes!!)Well the movie started of well, and (before the Madonna opening credits)itactually preluded the ending, I found this different as I am a big bondfan.Yeah so the movie goes on, with some "bond comedy", A major twist (oh yea)and the impossible situations of how bond just keeps escaping....Anyhow I did enjoy this film but I found the ending stupid (with the planeand how it just burns for ever.) What I mean is what started out as agreatbond film turn into a stupid Die hard 2 type actioner.But again you all must go see this film, It's still quite good and Ihighlyrecommend it.7/10
Most of the other reviews touched upon positives and negatives of the film. If reviewing the film for strictly aesthetics action, dialogue, characters I would give the movie 4 - 5 stars. It's a James Bond movie ...need I say more. My one gripe with this film was regarding the storyline more than anything else. James Bond films have always had a degree of traditionalism. Strong male roles in which the hero falls, gets up, gets the girl, and saves the day. This is the appeal of the James Bond series; a feel good, Martini sipping, action packed movie. I was disappointed that the storyline has shifted to a more mainstream approach to action. Women in greater roles, standing up for themselves, and taking more of an agressive approach in the movie. If I wanted to see strong women I would've watched G.I. Jane, Thelma & Louise, etc....all of which I have no problem with. However, when I'm watching my favorite spy chase down villains, drive cars, and romance women, I am not looking for a woman to stand up for herself.I hope the next Bond movie returns to its' roots, becomes not so 'PC' and shows a hero once again.
It's just not Thanksgiving without another new James Bond flick playingat the multiplex! Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as the British secretagent with a license to kill. In the latest adventure, Bond loses hisdouble-O status after he is taken captive and tortured by the North Koreans. Unfortunately, for all of you Bond fans out there, you probably won'tfind this film very original. Although the special effects and actionsequences were good, the just were not as good as the last three Bond filmsstarring Brosnan. The plot seemed very recycled, because once again arenegade militaristic person tries to start a war with a powerful satellitein earth's orbitÂ remind anyone of `Goldeneye'??? Co-star Halley Berry has been the talk of Hollywood since she won herOscar, and took on the latest `Bond Girl' role. Unfortunately, her acting inthis film seemed just a little off. She just didn't seem to get into thepart. Even Brosnan was not as impressive as in the last few films, he hadfew one-liners, and the ones he did have were not funny. In my opinion, this film can wait for the video store. Save your moneyfor some of the better blockbusters coming in the next few weeks
"Die Another Day" is the twentieth Bond movie released on the 40thanniversary of Bond's maiden voyage in "Dr. No." Its release marks twoimpressive milestones for what is internationally the longest runningand most successful film franchise ever. In accordance, the producersattempted to create an electrifying thrill machine that would top allprevious chapters of the series. On the surface, "Die Another Day" isindeed greater than all the other Bonds, but it is badly misdirected byLee Tamahori and takes its premise farther than it can support.Pierce Brosnan plays Bond for the fourth time, and once again proveswhy he is the preeminent of Sean Connery's four successors. Brosnanradiates Bond charm and acumen, and plays his part with a greaterpanache and ruthlessness than he has before. For the third straightfilm, Brosnan gives the best lead performance in the sixteen filmsfollowing "Thunderball." The story opens in the Korean demilitarizedzone, where Bond is on a mission to sabotage an illegal diamonds forweapons exchange. He meets Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), a particularlynasty customer who needs a new anger therapist. Bond is betrayed andtaken captive by the Colonel's father (Kenneth Tsang), but not beforeengaging in an adrenaline-fueled hovercraft chase. This particularsequence is as challenging as it is original, hovercraft are clumsyvehicles by nature, but meets satisfaction despite that obstacle.Fourteen months pass. Bond is finally released in an exchange for Zao(Rick Yune), an old associate of Colonel Moon's. Incensed that he wasset up to free Zao, Bond vows to go after both him and the oneresponsiblefor his capture. M, however, believes that he is damagedgoods and rescinds his freedom indefinitely.Escaping his medical ship, Bond tracks Zao to Cuba where he meets Jinx(Halle Barry), who rises from the waves like a glorious nymph in anaffectionate nod to the very first Bond girl. Unlike Honey Rider, Jinxis not merely in the story for her sexy looks, but is soon discoveredto be nearly as lethal as Bond. The two actors share an undeniablechemistry, which maximizes the effect of their partnership.At length, he uncovers a link between Zao and an opulent diamondmagnate named Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens). Bond suspects Graves islaundering "African Conflict Diamonds" (yes, they do exist). Bond meetshim and his stunning publicist Miranda Frost (the gorgeous RosamundPike) at a posh fencing club. Fencing is normally a gentlemen's game,but anybody who thinks it will be so when Bond and Graves spar is infor a rude and utterly delightful surprise.After "The Great Gatsby," I was not optimistic to see Toby Stephens onscreen in a major role, but he is in fact quite good. He flawlesslytransforms Graves from a standard issue Bond villain into one whopiques interest and is wholly despicable. Graves is cocky and loves totaunt his opponents, but Stephens fully exploits that without everoveracting; it is a thorny task, but his efforts create a terrific leadantagonist. The wild fencing match features a shot of Stephens facethat is worth one thousand words.The other cast members also fare reasonably well. Rick Yune makes hischaracter one of the scariest in the series. Zao, with hisdiamond-embedded, half mutated countenance is not a handsome dude, andhis deliberate walking is as memorable as his face. Lawrence Makoare,previously seen in "Lord of the Rings," plays Mr. Kil (well that's aname to die for), who is mostly memorable for his taut brawl scene in agem refining room. Rosamund Pike is one of the most radiant women onthe planet, enough said. She proves to have more acting talent thansome star actresses I could name. Miranda Frost does end up havinggreater significance to the plot than we are originally led to believe."Die Another Day" could have eclipsed all the other Bond films. Theplot is one of the best in the series and the acting is above standardfor action movies. Plus the action, the keystone to most great Bondfilms, is, on paper, superior to any in the first nineteen Bonds, butpaper is not reality.Director Lee Tamahori badly misdirected the film by adding anoverabundance of fancy camera work. The most common offense is tointerrupt an emotional moment or dynamite action piece with anelaborate, slow motion shot that often involves choppy motion with aghost image that lingers on the screen a few frames longer than itshould. He also enjoys making the camera travel close to Mach Threebefore suddenly slowing it down to a slug pace. One or two of thesegimmicks would have been sufficient.Tamahori could be attempting to channel "The Matrix," but in that filmthe unusual camera work gave the audience a panoramic view of thecharacters manipulating a virtual reality. Here it has no reason, nofunction. All it does is break up the tension and detract from thefinal product. When it is combined with an array of technology (likethe "dream machine") more advanced than many were prepared for, itmakes the film look cheesy when it should be cool. Even the fans of themovie must admit it went a little too far. The ending in particularfalls apart with a pointless add on after the villains have beendispatched to the past.Despite some awful decisions from the creative team, "Die Another Day"is still a stalwart effort. With a better director and more disciplinedwriters it could have been historically great, but that potential isnever reached. Its reception was warm nonetheless, and we are onceagain reminded that 007 will be the most reliable number in this genrefor years to come.
Saw the movie last weekend. One of the better Bond flicks because offineperformances delivered by Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, and Rick Yune (whodoesn't get enough credit -- what a babe!). Interesting plot twist ofdualidentities and lots of action, but I was slightly annoyed that I knew toomuch about the flic from advertisements and promotions. Next time 'roundkeep some of the action under wraps, like which Bond woman is the "goodguy," the laser scene, the flipped over car chase. Don't give tooaway!
Babes...gadgets...impossible villains...stupid jokes....all the elements ofa great Bond movie were right here, and I believe this to be the best of thePierce Brosnan 007 movies.The plots takes us halfway across the world from North Korea (very aptlysince its inclusion in the real world's Bush's "Axis of Evil")to Cuba,London, and Iceland, home of a spectacularly impossible icepalace.Best scenes: the whole depiction of Bond as a North Korean prisoner and thefirst part of the battle between the two gadget cars in the icelandicglacier.
Ok, Goldeneye was the best Brosnan movie, with TWINE being the worst, andTMD and our new release DAD being tied...which means that die another dayisn't that great of a flick.I have had all of the bond movies for 3 years now, yes even never sayneveragain, plus some behind the scenes vhs's and the like...so i KNOW what i'mtalkin about.DAD started out well enuf, not the intro, but I mean thebrosnanlookinglikejesus and doing his own thing away from MI6 cuz he's gotthe revenge factor. It was all very Timothy Dalton-like and I thought,thisis what's gonna turn this series around...but lo and behold, soon enuf Msez, perhaps you are of some use to us, and then Vin Diesel could've takenover, because the ridiculous action, and i mean ridiculous as ineverythingfrom surfing on icelandic waves with a piece of metal and a parachute, allthe way to a lookalike robocop outfit,... and lots of halle berry, killedthe class, glamour, and ESPIONAGE (which i haven't seen in a LONG time) ofbond...Whatever, all that action will satisfy the regular, ADD north american,andbond will reap profits galore.
This was a great movie! It went back to more of the basic bond format. It's great when you get such a strong female character such as Jinx kicking booty right along side Bond. This was awesome and I hope more great Bond movies are to come.
Well finally, a Bond movie as good as Goldeneye, not to say the last 2weren't good, but this one lived up to the hype. The movie was quitesurreal, but who cares, it was all in good fun and keeps the creativity andfun in spy movies fun and original. I liked the idea that the movie traveledall over the world, but to places you wouldn't suspect them to go to, Northand South Korea, Cuba, Iceland, Hong Kong and London of course. Brosnon wasgreat as ever, great one liners,amazing gadgets that caught me off guard somany times thanks to "Q" and Halle Berry was sexy and beautiful as ever.20th Bond, 40th anniversary, doesn't get any better than this! Lots offun!....however James Bond Will Return!
At least Madonna can't be blamed for this movie being bad. The specialeffects are awful (hello Star-Wars-Blue-Screen-Cheapskate!) and the actionis anything but. I also grew tired of the constant product placement. I'mnot a Bond fan, so I can't compare it to others in the series. You'd haveto be a fan of the series to enjoy this one. John Cleese is funny asalways, but his talent is wasted, and Madonna's DAD song kicksass.
1- The useless Jinx character 2- Halle Berry's pathetic performance asJinx 3- Horrible Madonna cameo 4- The Matrix-like special effects (realtime to slow-mo back to real time) 5- The CGI para-surfing looks likeit was made by a 7 year old 6- The worst song in the series DAD 7- TheGustav Graves character was lame 8- Toby Stephen's performance was bad9- The horrible script 10- The misused character by Madsen 11- Themisused character of Miranda Frost 12- The invisible car 13- The lackof Bondness in the score 14- THe fact that everybody in the world knewthat Frost would be the bad girl after 20 minutes 15- Every damncharacter has about 17 one liners 16- The fact that every single oneliner was horrible (I don't like cock fights, bitch, yo mama, how'sthat for a punch line 17- Thy the hell have Mr. Kil? Just for a damn 1liner again? 18- Bond escapes para-surfing, comes back, escapes by car?19- Useless damn Jinx needed her life saved what, 6 times? 20- Yetanother damn female Bond character... 21- Diamond laser again... 22-Seeing any gadget used from previous Bonds 23- Brosnan already lookedtoo old 24- Brosnan was fat 25- The sword fight was useless, how dumbis Bond, he'd never act this way 26- The lack of originality ineverything 27- The total lack of any Bondness in the entire movie otherthat the happens to be a character named James Bond 28- Breaking allthe rules of Bond movies 29- The Bond kissing Penny scene should neverhave been made 30- DNA transplant? Come on, this ain't a freakingSci-Fi movie 31- Brosnan's lame delivery of so many lines like theQuartermaster line sucked 32- They make Bond look too stupid notknowing what is going on about Moon/Graves 33- Zao sucked as henchman34- Using an actor from Fast and Furious in Bond movie... 35- That themovie was made for 14 year old boys 36- Casting clueless and untalentedpopular American actresses again which ruin the movie by their lack oftalent just to make a few more bucks in the states 37- The freakingRobocop suit that looks like it was made by a retarded 6 year old 38- Afencing champion loses a sword fight to a retarded agent 39- The entirestoryline around the Icarus 40- The bad CGI while Icarus blows up 41-Unbond: We see Bond being beaten up 42- That M thinks that Bond cracked43- Judi Dench's performance as M was her worst 44- Lack of real Bond-Qrelationship with Cleese it isn't the same 45- Lack of Bond styleThat's all I can think of in 2 minutes...
This 20th Bond film is a little different from previous outings. Firstoffthe beginning credits are overlaid on scenes of Bond's brutal torture bytheNorth Koreans. Fire, ice, electricity, drowning and scorpions. Many,including this writers spouse, found it very disturbing. I found it to beuncomfortable to watch and imagine the true sadists out there would haveliked to have seen much more. Bond fighting a villian and getting knockedabout in a fair fight (Odd Job, Red Grant to name a few) is one thing,butseeing him bound and tortured is very unpleasant, so beforwarned.The rest of the movie is almost typical Bond. Sexy women: Jinx(HalleBerry)is quite his match as an NSA agent. Ms. Frost is aply named and isanotherinteresting example of a bad girl who does not turn after exposure toBond'scharms.To me the high points of the film were Bond's and Zou's Aston Martinsdueling on the ice. It was a hoot to see two tricked out carsdogfighting, areal first in a Bond film. Usually the "poor" villian has to make duewithstandard vehicles, helicopters or other "conventional" weapons. Zou'sAstonConvertible actually seemed to have more "stuff" than Bond's.The AN-124 giant cargo aircraft coming apart in the air was very good CGIand that alone was worth the price of admission.But all in all this film was a much darker Bond than any of the previous19films in the series. Maybe it reflects the mood of the world in general,orthe sophistication of the audience, but I found the usual "fun" of theBondsex, destruction and dry one-liners tempered by the gritty tone of themovieitself.In summary, a not so typical Bond romp. A much more serious and grittyeffort than previous movies.
I am a huge fan of the James Bond series, and I've been watching for as longas I can remember. I am among the group of fans who think that PierceBrosnan is the best Bond since Sean Connery. I personally like his moviesthe most. This movie had plenty of good action, great stunts, beautifulwomen, a good story, many twists and turns, and the classic Bond charm. Iwould highly recommend this movie to everyone. I can't wait for the 21st oneto come out.
I'd consider myself a die hard Bond fan and this movie really fell flatforme. Just a few points to support my own conclusion:1) flat plotline. It really just fell flat as an overall storyline forme...I don't think Mike Meyers would even consider it for an Austin Powersmovie!2) poor CGI effects. Granted, James Bond finds himself in some stickysituations...but why on earth did they have to use cheap CGI effects justtoshow another angle of a situation? If you're gonna use CGI, then at leastmake them look SOMEWHAT believable!3) BORING! I'm sorry, but I found myself thoroughly bored within an hourofthe movie starting! It just did not keep my attention in any way, shapeorform. At least the writers could have done SOMETHING to make itinterestingthroughout the movie.4) Predictable. I don't know the last time I have seen a movie aspathetically predicatable as this one. I'm not just talking about momentswhere you can predict them just before they happen, but being able topredict several scenes ahead and all the way to the end of the movie!Comeon, let's get creative again writers!5) too many different types of effects. Beyond the CGI mistakes, thewhole"Matrix" style effects along with the fast zooms, slow motion and jerkycamera moves really detract from the already lacking storyline. Why trytoput all these fancy different effects in there if not to cover up theshoddystory to begin with?these are just my main points and there are others but I'm done ventingnow.Don't get me wrong, I was glad to have another Bond movie come out but itsure seemed rushed and packed with too many effects already overused intheindustry. Were I to have a complete Bond collection, I probably wouldn'teven own this one. This is definately the "Star Trek 5, The FinalFrontier" of the franchise! (I'm a die hard Trek and sci-fi fan aswell)As a side note for sci-fi fans, if you're fortunate enough to see DieAnother Day with the Nemesis trailer attached, it makes the wholeexperienceworth it!
HUMOUR?________The extended passages that are meant to be witty reparte in sexualinnuendois Jurassic poo from the Benny Hill School of humourThe moral of the story; drop two lame double entendres and you're in bedwith Halle Berry (Academy Award Winner 2002 tm)DIALOGUE________Based on the lack of credibility the acting is quite servicable but cannotrise above the lines that pretend to be witty. It almost rivals StarWars -Attack of the clones in terms of turgid dialogue;`I love you. pull my finger'This is not the fault of the actors but the writers trying to fit in threebad sexual innuendos instead of one witty one. Obviously they don't getlaidin real life so they have to compensate for this in virtualrealityBOND WOMEN________In this film the Bond Women tm. must either be saved, serviced, or killed.If they are too old then they are just hard bitches with BAFTAAwards.The support role of Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) is reduced to a weakplotdevice and another notch in Bond's bedpost - it hardly a flattering roletolook pretty and carry a sword.It's easy for Halle Berry to look sexy but her performance is weak - shehasno real material to work from.Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies may not be as sexy as Halle Berry butyou can actually believe that she is the real deal.The females in this film looked like models that were told to hold a swordor pistol and look good with a fan blowing in their hair.Just swing your hips in slow motion - it's good for the multiplecross-promotional commercials for Revlon.In this film the young females are nothing more than eye candy due to theweak writing.CLOSE - TOO CLOSE FOR CREDIBILITY________Bond and Jinx have several chances to kill Zao and Graves but they throwthem away before you can say `Look behind you!'.Like `Scream' we see Bond and Jinx with a 100% kill option for the mostdangerous enemies in the film. End Result: a fist fight or gettingcaptured.In `Scream' we see the girl in a bikini at a cross roads between `EscapeRoute' and `Certain death' and the bimbo always picks the later option -whydoes this kind of stupidity occur in a Bond film?VULNERABLE?________I am invincible! - (Goldeneye)Give the baddie a machine gun mounted on a Jaguar - give Bond an invisiblebulletproof car - where is the real jeopardy?HOMAGES or WEAK REPRODUCTIONS with no twist________This film is recycling at its worst - nothing new just churning old ideas.Lame homages to previous bond films include the;Q gadgets,Diamonds forever satelite frickin' `laser beam',Having a dual with the bad guy in incognito over over a gold bar or inthiscase a diamond,Frickin' `Laser beam' torture,Getting sucked out of the windows of a depressurised airplane,Halle Berry pretending to be Ursula Andress.It's good to see the old Bond scenes replayed from the old movies with afewcosmetic changes but to not improve on them or add a decent twist is justplain boring and lazy! I know - we'll have 5 frikin' laser beams insteadof1, and 5 evil Asian men get sucked out of the airplane instead of one fatGerman one - now that's an improvement over the previous 19films!ANTI CLIMAX________The finale between good and evil is a fistfight on an airplane (theGoldfinger homage quota is fulfilled)Where is the excitement?Gone is the wit / intelligence and style. It becomes a ArnoldSwartzenneggermuscle fest from the 80's.Henchman Zao - is the only real bad guy who gives Bond a run for hismoney.He gets killed too easy in the anti climactic car chase.In the film it's the closest thing Bond gets to an evil rival but reallyitboils down to gadget vs more gadgets and he gets killed off well beforethe`big ending'At least the car chase had a few good and visual ideas ie. Ejector seatflipping the car as seen in ALL the promos; (Way to go markertingdepartment- show all the best bits in the ads to guarantee a let down in thecinemas -you've got your money now.)CHARACTERS________All the characters have a distinct lack of motivationA bad guy who cannot go to sleep because he has changed his DNA - not muchwas made of this fact - maybe he has to do things faster but really thisdoesn't add up to a hill of beans and they don't bother following thisthrough.Why was Miranda Frost a double agent - something to do with winning goldatfencing at the Olympics (?!) or was it because Evil Incorportated offeredher a new makeup line that was to die for in cross promotions.BOND FOR THE FUTURE________I suspect this is a Bond pitched at wider market of younger and lessdiscerning teens.In so doing this I believe they will sacrifice the older audience whopreferto rent video rather than go out and see the film in theatres. If Eonproductions continue on this route the following film sales will hurt inthelonger term.With this film they're drawing in both young and old.That won't be the case if they follow this new formula for the next coupleof rounds - there will be a definite backlash.The public can only be had a couple of times before they avoid the BondFranchise and write it off as a farce from the 80s.What I want to see in Bond?If I ruled my world I'd like to see more - style, wit, innovation, a litlemore mind over muscle. Now they have the money they have run out of ideasand want to play it safe with reruns.I have an idea.How about an even bigger `Frickin' laser beam shot from the moon, which weshall call the `Death Star'Any takers? Anybody?Jacy (Evil jr) Teh
My Rating: ** out of ****.Bonds fans should watch Die Another Day for two reasons: 1) It is the 20thBond and marked the 40th Anniversary of the series, 2)To Try and figureoutwhat the 142 million was spent on. Die Another Day was a disappointment,oneof the biggest disappointments of 2002. I was expecting something good,maybe too good, for the 40th anniversary of the longest action series.Die Another Day starts out good, it has an opening scene that immediatelycaught my attention. As much as some people hated Madonnas song, I likedit,its definitely not the best theme song but I was satisfied by it. Thescenesin Cuba werent bad they were kind of interesting, except for Halle BerrybutI'll explain that later. There is a nice action scene in Iceland, withBonddriving around in his Invisible Aston Martin (I have to admit) beingchasedby an evil hench man in his Jaguar.Unfortunately, the chase scene I just mentioned was about the only goodscene in Iceland. The Ice Lair (Bad Guys Lair or something like that)looksextremely cheap from the outside and doesnt look much better from theinside. Also, theres a scene when Bond is parasurfing, where it shows someof the worst special effects I have ever seen. Which makes me wonder howinthe hell this movie could have cost 142 million?This is where DAD really starts to disappoint. Pierce Brosnan looks likeheis already getting to old to do this, hes lost some of his charisma andcharm. Halle Berry looks good and is pretty leathal in a fight scene isannoying everytime she opens her mouth. She also seemed to be a rip off ofMichelle Yeoh's superior Wai Lin. Rosamund Pike also looks good but isn'treally effective either. Toby Stephens (I think thats his name) is one ofthe worst bad guys in Bond History. The only two that even have an impactisRick Yune, who is quite effective and scary looking as the bad guyshenchman, and John Cleese who has a brief but funny role as Q. Judy Denchhas also lost her certain wit as M.Die Another Day ranks among the worst of Bond. It is not quite the worstbutits not that far away. It is worth seeing once just because its the 20thbond, but never to be seen again.