Die Another Day

6.12 h 12 min2002X-RayPG-13
Bond must discover the connection between a North Korean terrorist and an adventurous diamond broker whose looks may be deceiving.
Lee Tamahori
Pierce BrosnanToby Stephens (Gustav Graves)Halle Berry (Jinx)
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Barbara BroccoliMichael G. Wilson
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Lady in LAReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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Pierce Brosnan will always have a special place in my heart as James Bond. four films was not enough. He had really made the role his own, and gave me a whole new reason to love Bond films. In Die Another Day, he goes out with a bang. Love how they raise the stakes. Caught behind enemy lines, tortured, only to return home a burned asset. He has to leave everyone behind to go after the bad guys. With nothing but a 57 Chevy, revolver and a pair of binoculars. Love it!

And Brosnan's last ride is with the hottest Bond girl of all time for my money, Halle Berry. So many Bond girls of the past were beautiful but helpless, or beautiful but feckless, and of course there were the femme fatales, but ... Halle's Jinx was Bond's equal. (Yes, he did get her out of a jam, but just that one time.) She enters the scene - and leaves it - with a splash. When she beats Bond to the helicopter full of bad guys, and then escapes police with a sexy dive from an impossible height, Bond is terrified -- and impressed.

Die Another Day is a great ride, and I love the John Barry score as always. (Anyone else notice the soundtrack over that last scene in the little hut sounds a lot like Out of Africa?) Enjoy!
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wild oakReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Bond outing by Brosnan
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Among the Bond movies by Pierce Brosnan, Die Another Day (his last outing) was his best take. To be honest, Brosnan wasn't that old yet at that time when he hangs his boots, he could have had another go at it. Brosnan's Bond was much more intense than, say, the caricature of Roger Moore, and more realistic and intense than even Timonthy Dalton. Die Another Day was the only time we saw Bond getting captured and tortured (until Daniel Craig's Bond was tortured in Casino Royale). Halle Berry was one of the best Bond girls, and her dive-suits-out-of-the-water scene was still one of the classics, though she really needs to work on her martial arts to have a "fighting chance," pun intended, if she thinks she could succeed in a successful spinoff as Jinx (which never materializes). All in all, this was a very entertaining 007 movie. Thank you for your service, Pierce.
Victor OrozcoReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
20 Movies and 40 Years Strong!
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Pierce Brosnan returns for one more outing as James Bond in a story that while exciting becomes something of an amalgam of 40 years of James Bond movies.

Bond deals with an ordinary smuggling operation that is blown from a traitor within MI6 as he serves time in a North Korean prison. Exchanged but disgraced, Bond is burned as he goes on a journey to clear his name but also find out what this conspiracy is all about. From North Korea, Hong Kong, Cuba, England and Iceland, this Bond movie lives up to its predictable but glorious adventure in the world of espionage.

This was a pretty cool story, supported by Brosnan looking good in the role and adding some of his strong intensity. But the story is far fetched of his stories, feeling more like the silly adventures of Roger Moore. North Korea is a legitimate threat, but coat that with diamonds scarred on henchmen faces, unrealistically gorgeous women, and outrageous adventure, I can see why this is slightly marred.

Still, its not exactly atypical Bond stuff. Great stuff for fans. B
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Long LegsReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad action movie, less like Bond more like every other movie.
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One of the worst Bond movies. Easily the worst Bond title song! Just a bunch of uninspired action with none of the great Bond features. Put this with License to Kill and Her Majesty's Secret Service in the "you don't need to watch" bin.
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Charles T. Tatum, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don't Be Absurd, Mr. Bond
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Pierce Brosnan's James Bond 007 films come to a merciful close with the worst entry in this strange stretch between the fun Connery/Moore films and the brooding Daniel Craig era.

As if trying a mini-reboot to see what would happen, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is captured and tortured by the North Koreans after killing one of their officers (Will Yun Lee). He is later traded back to the West in a prisoner exchange, and escapes to investigate who betrayed him while he was in captivity, and to do battle against billionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), who has yet another satellite orbiting the planet that turns out to be a giant weapon that can kill millions. Bond meets up with Jinx (Halle Berry), an American NSA agent, and much shenanigans begin.

It's universally acknowledged that "Die Another Day" is not a great film. Even the cast and crew were weary of it, maybe franchise exhaustion had set in with this being the fourth film in seven years. There is some decent stuff here, but also a ridiculous plot, some terrible special effects that would make The Asylum or "Sharknado" proud, and Madonna delivers not only a cringeworthy cameo but the absolute worst song of the entire franchise (and I am a big electronic/dance music fan). M (Judi Dench) thinking that Bond gave the North Koreans information during his torture is a great plot point. Bond slowing down his heart rate and going into cardiac arrest to escape and investigate on his own is silly. Bond trying to escape a giant laser by tooling around the Icelandic tundra in a stolen land rocket is an action set-piece for the ages. Bond's escape using parts of the wrecked land rocket is infamous today for it's awful visual effects. The subplot involving gene therapy is terrible, and another special effects-laden finale is embarrassing. There was talk of giving Berry's Jinx character her own standalone franchise, but there was nothing to her character that would warrant that.

In conclusion, after binge watching all four Brosnan films, I think he made a very strong James Bond. Bringing Judi Dench in as M was a brilliant casting move, evident in her involvement in Craig's arc, too. However, Brosnan got stuck with some very subpar material in a franchise that had lost itself and couldn't take that one great step into reboot territory until "Casino Royale" four years after this was released. His best entry, "The World Is Not Enough," was merely good, not great. Sean Connery and Roger Moore may have had some off entries in their respective runs, but they also had some fantastic adventures that helped define the series. Brosnan gets stuck in the mediocre, and can't get out.

MPAA Rated (PG13), contains physical violence, gun violence, mild gore, some profanity, sexual content, sexual references, adult situations, alcohol use
Maxwell B SchmidtReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Too excited with toys
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Bond's gadgetry has pushed the bounds of the believable for most of the franchise, but the invisible car is too much. In general, the best Bond movies have left the gadgetry understated so that the action and adventure happen in this world.

Additionally, the CGI makes for some of the only scenes in the franchise that look truly "dated". There's a bit of this in the other films of the Brosnan era, but none are so egregious as the windsurfing scene in this movie. The reason Bond films are such classics is because they are audially and visually stunning, using physically constructed sets or filming on location.

Three stars because it's a Bond movie, and aside from some clunky 90's CGI and one gadget that's just to much, it has what a Bond film should have: car chases, beautiful women, and cheesy humor arranged on a simple structure to create an entertaining effect.
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Mark SReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Bond Film
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Die Another Day is my favorite Bond film. Yes, I am aware of the stunningly bad CG scene involving Bond para-sailing on a non-existent ocean, but looking beyond that, there is a lot of great action in this film. Some of the best in any action film, I'd argue. There is a sword fight that is arguably the best sword fight in cinematic history, especially when considering that it feels extremely realistic. Also, I'd be remiss not to mention that easily two of the hottest Bond girls ever appear in this film, Hallie Berry and Rosamund Pike. There isn't a boring moment.
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Andrew FurstReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Essential - great tribute to Bond history
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Die Another Day is often unfairly maligned as derivative of past Bond movies. But that misses the point - as this was the 20th Bond film, released on the 40th anniversary of the first one (Dr. No 1962) this movie intentionally pays homage to the past, as noted in Michael Kelley's write-up. As it turned out, paying tribute to Bond's past was especially important here, as the series was "rebooted" from scratch after this one, with Daniel Craig in the lead role. So Die Another Day is both an homage to the past, as well as the end of an era - who wouldn't want to see that?

As a stand-alone Bond movie (i.e. disregarding the connections with the past), this is somewhat above average in my view. But it's the connections with the past that move it significantly higher than that. The connections are too numerous to mention them all, but consider - WARNING, MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD -

- At one point, Bond pretends to be an ornithologist, this is a reference to the fact that the original "James Bond" was an actual American ornithologist, who Ian Fleming respected and who's name was borrowed for his protagonist.

- Halle Berry appears out of the water in a swimsuit, a la "Dr. No".

- There is a diamond-studded space-ray, a la "Diamonds Are Forever".

- There's a use of lasers that reminds one of the famous "Goldfinger" scene.

- Many of the past technology gadgets are seen again (including at least two that I recognized from "Thunderball"), and comments are made by Q's replacement which mirror Q's from the past.

- Speaking of technology/gadgets, some reviewers have derided the "invisible car". I have no problem with the car, and I give credit to it being an Aston-Martin (albeit a new one) - a nod Bond's first gadget-laden car from "Goldfinger". I believe it's the first time an A-M has been featured since "Goldfinger", probably the best-loved film of the series.

- The connections to the past are endless, far more than I have revealed above (a connection with "The Spy Who Loved Me" is especially memorable). At one point I could even swear I saw one of that bad guys stroking a hand-held controller in much the way that Blofeld stroked his cat in various Bond films. A true Bond nut could probably find dozens of connections, and still miss a few of them. How great is that for the 20th film, 40-year anniversary?

As far as the plot itself, making North Korean military leaders the bad guys was a great idea, something that still works today. This is also easily the most technology laden Bond film, as the reboot with Daniel Craig sought to reduce the technology role. And yet Bond is also very physical in this film, much like Connery and Dalton. This is Pierce Brosnan's best acting work as Bond; I thought he was weak in Goldeneye, but grew into the role, getting better each time.

There are some lesser points of course. The ending was not particularly strong IMO, though there was another nice homage to "Goldfinger" involving the airplane. There's a ridiculous moment where Bond "para-surfs" on a wave of water; someone here suggested that was itself an homage to some of the more ridiculous moments in the Moore films, maybe so. Like it or not, it lasts less than 15 seconds; I try not to let it detract from the rest of the film. There are almost always "cartoonish" moments in these films, but that scene may be the most cartoonish one of all. At least it's memorable; memorably bad! Some people have objected to the ice hotel as unrealistic - I don't know where they've been, because there are actual ice hotels (built new every year in winter), mainly in Scandinavian countries (and this one is in Iceland, so it fits). Some people also object to the gene-therapy used to change appearances. Sure that's far fetched, but it could also be an homage to Bond's own appearance change in "You Only Live Twice".

All in all, this is not to be missed, for those who have seen all the Bond films that went before it. It does not work as well though if you haven't seen the earlier ones, so don't make this the first Bond film you see. Best to view the other ones first, then this becomes the real treat that it was meant to be.
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