Die Another Day (2002)
Bond’s (Pierce Brosnan) run of luck as an unstoppable MI6 agent was bound to end. And it does so when he is on a mission in North Korea. Bond is betrayed and captured where he undergoes torture for 14 long months at the end of which he is traded for Zao (Rick Yune) an Korean terrorist captured by MI6. After treatment for his injuries during torture Bond is told he is “out of commission” which of course doesn’t sit well with him. So he escapes the careful watch of mother M and goes after Zao. While he doesn’t get Zao on his first try he is led to Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) a millionaire action junky with an interest in diamonds and science. But there is more than meets the eye with Gustav Graves and its up to Bond to put the puzzle together. Meanwhile fellow MI6 agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) is working the case with Bond and he keeps bumping into American NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry). Also starring Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Madsen, Will Yun Lee, Kenneth Tsang, Emilio Echevarria, Mikhail Gorevoy, Lawrene Makoare, Colin Salmon, Samantha Bond.
Die Another Day is packed wall to wall with action and one too many corny jokes and sexual innuendoes. The last appearance of Pierce Brosnan as the suave and debonair James Bond 007 isn’t a bad showing but the good and bad pretty much even each other out. So the action is great, I mean a car chase across Iceland and through an ice castle…um yes please! A few bits of the action are really bad CGI like his wind surfing on big wave from the melting ice cap and a scene or two on the plane. You would expect better from a film made in 2002. But all the great action is counteracted by one too many bad jokes and one liners. I mean sure they are funny at first but one every other minute is just one to many in my book. Brosnan gives it his all this last time around but nothing new or exciting about his performance. Halle Berry is a decent add but she over plays the part for sure. Out of all the Bond movies this story I think had some great potential but the writers made it a bit overworked and they should have stopped at some point because there is a just a hair too much to keep track of, never a good thing for this kind of movie.
7/10 Stars – Classic Bond with strong action but the corny jokes can overwhelm you if you aren’t careful.
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