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The 20th James Bond adventure, Die Another Day succeeds on three important fronts: it avoids comparison to Austin Powers by keeping its cheesy humor in check, allows Halle Berry to be sexy and worthy of a spinoff franchise, and keeps pace with the technical wizardry that modern action films demand. Pierce Brosnan's got style and staying power as James Bond, now bearing little resemblance to Ian Fleming's original British super-spy, but able to hold his own at the box office. He's paired with American agent Jinx (Berry) in chasing a genetically altered North Korean villain (Rick Yune) armed with a satellite capable of destroying just about anything. John Cleese and Judi Dench reprise their recurring roles (as "Q" and "M," respectively); they're accompanied by weapons-laden sports cars, a hokey cameo by Madonna (who sings the techno-pulsed theme song), and enough double-entendres to keep Bond-philes adequately shaken and stirred. With clever nods to 007's cinematic legacy, Die Another Day makes you welcome the familiar end-credits promise: James Bond will return. --Jeff Shannon
- Brosnan's last take on Bond, James Bond
Madonna sings the theme song and makes a cameo as Verity, the domanatrix-styled fencing instructor during this 20th rendition of James Bond. There isn't much chemistry between Brosnan and Berry but they make a good enough duo to fight a North Korean mercenary in Iceland. The plot plays on the Icarus Theme in Ancient Greek myth whereby a wayward son's overarching ego flies too high enough to the sun that he burns and crashes. A good old 007 time and the swan song of Pierce Brosnan and he sails into the Bond son for the last time....more info
- What Can I Say..
This is the first Bond flick I saw in theaters. It was also before I saw the older ones, so it was interesting putting together what all had been reinterpereted in Die Another Day later on. I saved the best for last and it worked out well. This one I don't care for too much anymore, so it's rated based on my first impression....more info
- Wonderful Halle Berry
Halle Berry in Die Another Day was absolutely wonderful. I consider her the most talented and beautiful actresses of our time. Her role as another agent was played perfectly and with vigor, beauty, agressiveness, and just astounding....more info
- just the way i like my bond movies...
Look people..its a Bond movie..movie loaded with 2 hours of action,explosions, cgi and hot women,this movie will give your sound system a workout, yeah some action scenes leave you doubting the realism but its BOND, get over it..GOLDENEYE still my favorite...more info
- In the end, a great END for Brosnan's Bond
Pierce Brosnan will go down thusly: the man who brought Bond back from the dead, and more simply, the best Bond since Sean Connery originated the part over 40 years ago. As much as Brosnan has owned this role from day one, you can see how much more comfortable he is in the tux & cufflinks four pictures into his role as 007.
Die Another Day is EXACTLY what a Bond-movie is supposed to be-- especially with today's budgets for blockbusters. There is the ever-dapper Brosnan as Bond; the bodacious Halle Berry as Jinx, babes abound (Rosamund Pike as well as Madonna in a cameo) & gadgets galore (now THAT is an Aston Martin). There was NON-STOP action, multiple exotic locales & some cheeky one-liners.
In a nutshell, Bond goes after some villainous North Koreans creating serious weapons of mass destruction; gets double-crossed, imprisoned & tortured (nice touch, actually); gets his freedom at a huge price and sets out to avenge the trader who set him up. That all happens in the first 15 minutes. From North Korea to Hong Kong to Cuba to MI6 to Iceland & back, Bonds bests the bad guys with a little help from Berry to boot. The action is throttled on full from the opening credits to the final conclusion.
There are a lot of winks to Bond's past, as Die Another Day came out 40 years after Connery's first turn in 1962s Dr. No. So, for a Bond-historian, this movie will give you some silent chuckles if you know what to look for. There are also nods to past Bond-movies. Brosnan's Bond gets paired up with a Halle Berry's heroine as he did in 1997s Tomorrow Never Dies with Michelle Yeoh. Do I need to mention Ursula Andress in here?! The 00-revoked theme harkens back to Timothy Dalton's 1989 turn in License to Kill when Felix Leiter is murdered & Bond goes against MI6s orders to avenge his death.
The DVD is PACKED full of extras to enjoy-- commentary, videos, et al-- just what you'd expect from one of the big screens biggest legends.
I will end with a salute to Brosnan, whom I will be quite sorry to see vacate the role. I grew up with Roger Moore as James Bond, so that was Bond to me. I then watched Sean Connery as I grew my VHS & DVD collections over the years and quickly saw why Connery IS Bond. Brosnan is second only to Connery's originality. Brosnan brought life back into this franchise with a winner out of the box with 1995s GoldenEye. I only wish Brosnan & the franchise could have reached agreement on a new contact for more pictures. I will leave an open mind for Daniel Craig, but after 40+ years, 20 movies and our 6th Bond (not counting the ORIGINAL Casino Royale), I wonder if the Bond-aura will teeter off some without Brosnan's dashing presence....more info
- Not that bad...decent bond.
OK, Die Another Day and GoldenEye were the best Brosnan movies. GoldenEye brought life back to the series, Tomorrow Never Dies was good, but mainly due to Teri Hatcher. The World is Not Enough was not bad either, but seemed slower to me. Die Another Day had a great opening scene, a great theme song, and one of the coolest car chases in the bond movies...maybe second to For Your Eyes Only! I know everyone is going on about Madonna as a fencing instructor, she did a better acting job than Halle Berry! What gets me was that REDICULOUS "Ice Cap Surfing" scene. It's hard to get past that!! But the Astin Martin makes up for it all. ...more info
- Kill Me Today instead
Stunningly bad, Die Another Day is an incomprehensible bucket of slops with a script written by a roomful of 12 year olds and directed by a gross incompetent. It takes a lot to make Madonna look like a shop window mannequin, but this film does it. It appears to be about diamonds, or North Koreans, or Cuba, or something. Look elsewhere....more info
- Every part of me wants to hate this but...
After the critical disappointment (but hit nevertheless) that the World is Not Enough had, we know have Die Another Day, which is officially Pierce Brosnan's last performance as 007 with Daniel Craig replacing him in Casino Royale. Having watched Goldeneye first out of the 20 films out, there's a certain attachment I have to him as Bond but I still like Sean Connery's the best. It's kind of like people who see Christopher Reeve as Superman even though the older generation might actually say George Reeves. So how is Die Another Day? It's big explosive, dumb fun with bad one-liners but enough Bondness to make it a good entry in the series.
The World is Not Enough actually had for a series' first, a female villain (in fact she probably is the main one in that movie since Renard was kind of a pushover), Die Another Day also has a first: Bond captured. After infiltrating Korea, someone sells him out and he spends over a year in prison, tortured and interrogated. Eventually he gets released and being stripped of his 007 title and his license to kill, Bond seeks vengeance against Zao, the one responsible for his imprisonment. He eventually ends up in an ice-shaped palace and has to deal with another satellite-carrying madman as well as a sexy spy, well, 2 actually.
The Bond girls in the Brosnan era have been very hit until the previous entry when Denise Richards was cast. Would this film change it? Nope. We get Halle Berry, which odd as it may sound, I can't stand in anything, not even Monster's Ball. Why Bond would go out of his way to save her just boggles my mind, not to mention she has lines like "read this, b****!" Oddly, the film's best villain isn't even the main one so we get those total lame-o for the final villain. However, Rosamund Pike is my 2nd favorite Bond girl, oh-so-sexy but also having that kind of love-to-hate-her quality she needed. And let's face it: this film has Madonna in a really bad cameo. Ugh. Oh yeah, the theme song is absolutely terrible.
Hopefully Casino Royale will bring some perfect action scenes (personally that flip he has to do on his car to avoid that girl thrilled me more in the trailer than this entire film's action). The series always had some kind of credibility, as if somehow, that scene can happen. Here though it's as if the rules were thrown out and they just said "go with it!". Bond traverses a mindfield on a hovercraft, outruns a heat ray AND surfs the icy waves with a parachute AND takes his car right into the melting ice palace, and don't forget the airplane ending. In the special features, composer David Arnold comments that it's difficult to do a great Bond film since it's mainly just 20 great individual scenes over the series' run. This film feels similar: fun yet familiar, dumb but entertaining.
It's personally my pick for the worst of the Brosnan era but I wouldn't say it's a cinema blunder like Batman and Robin or Superman IV but instead it's merely, um, it reminds me of Batman Forever actually: pales in comparison to previous films yet if it came on TV (notably, Superstation), I'd end up watching it start to finish. Go figure....more info
- I am very pleased
I am so pleased and I shall be happy to order more from you in the near future...more info
The name is Goldberg....RUBE Goldberg! This is EASILY the most gadget-ridden Bond film, hands down, of the entire series! It is also, alas, the second weakest Brosnan Bond by far, ahead of "Tomorrow Never Dies", which I've never liked. Things are a little TOO fantastic here and there are far too many "nods" to earlier Bond films, (so many, in fact, that you can lose count!) for this to actually qualify as its own movie, even! You will recognize "Dr. No", "Thunderball", "Diamonds Are Forever", "You Only Live Twice", "The Living Daylights" and others as this "plot" unwinds.
It's a complex "plot", too. Bond travels to North Korea, (not a great idea for a westerner these days,) to assassinate a crazed NK colonel who has been smuggling diamonds and generally screwing up the international scene with his shenanigans. To make a long story short and not to produce too many spoilers, Bond gets captured after a rousing chase involving hovercrafts and advanced artillery, gets tortured, released, forsaken by MI6, chewed out by "M" and again, as in "Licence To Kill" has to go renegade for the rest of the movie. Along the way, he meets a woman named "Jinx", played by Halle Berry, who also works for the West, and who is after the same North Korean colonel Bond is. They travel to Cuba, then to Iceland, get captured again, have some cutlery tete-a-tetes with the bad guys, run into double and triple crosses, find the true meaning of plastic surgery and get to use the most amazing Bond car ever conceived of.
Believe it or not, the Aston Martin used in this film is equipped with a CLOAKING device, fer cryin' out loud...something that would have the entire assembly of Bond-o-philes themselves going "you're joking", upon hearing this. Otherwise, it's just about as tricked out as Timothy Dalton's was in "Daylights". There's also a nod to Brosnan's run in "Remington Steele", as he walks up to spiffy hotel desk in Hong Kong and asks for "his usual suite" drenched to the bone, with long, scraggly hair and a beard, basically filthy. This is a straight steal from a scene in the two hour, fifth year "Steele" episode, "The Steele That Would Not Die".
Anyway, though it is witty, as usual, and though it's got some nice tense moments, this is easily the hokiest Bond film since Moore's laughable tenure as "Suave, Joe Suave". One of the things that was so refreshing about Dalton and Brosnan's Bond films is that they were TONS more realistic than all of Moore's and even Connery's later Bond films, (post "Goldfinger",) with relevant villains in post-cold war dust-ups or drug kingpin situations. This one harkens back to the bad-old days of ridiculous gadgetry, kaleidoscopic plots that owe too much to earlier movies and a general "Bond-parody" feel, rather than a genuine, glamorized espionage adventure.
You know, Ian Fleming's novels bore more of a resemblance to Len Deighton's or John Le Carre's work than they did to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" or Matt Helm. They really should have kept the "realism renaissance" going with this character.
Don't even talk to me about Daniel Craig.
- The movie dies another day
James Bond's last pre-Daniel Craig adventure is long on the campy,short on everything else. Pierce Brosnan is able to drop witticisms (as well as trou for the lovely ladies) &have amazing machines as the villain (Toby Stephens) plans to ice up the world. Halle Berry's character is a shallow Mary-Sue. She's got uber-special 1337 powers,able to match wits with 007, and she exists to be beautiful&enjoy amazing intimacy with the superspy. There's also Emma Frost--who's icily virginal&isn't inclined to yield to any man (except perhaps her creepy brother),but she melts as well in the ludicrous ice palace. Talented actors like Judi Dench,John Cleese&Sean Bean are left on the sidelines. There's the consolation of a campy Madonna theme song.
"Die Another Day" is one of the weaker Bond films. It piles one ludicrous premise onto another,and the ending is anti-climactic (though not for Bond&his ladylove) It's worth missing. A better bet is "Casino Royale."...more info
This movie is among the 1000 Best Movies on DVD by Peter Travers and I give it 4 starts or 8/10. This is a 007 James Bond movie, with all the expectations on it like gadgets, fights, chases, and hot chicks. This time Bond fights the communists from North Korea with some help from the NSA (Berry). It is located in North Korea, England and Cuba. I am not a nostalgic, so I am not going to compare this 007 movie with the old ones, that seems to be a concern among the reviewers. This movie was the last Bond movie for Brosman, was shot in 2002, and to me it's a good movie.
It is true there is nothing new in this movie, but I do not think originality is something we are looking for in 007 movies. I particularly look for action, and this one has tons of it. Also, I like the gadget tricks, and there are plenty of them as well. Regarding the hot chicks, I can't think of any other hotter chick right now besides Halle Berry, whose presence in this movie justifies its price. Bond has another affair with another chick, but Berry takes care of her personally and teaches her how to read (on the plane: "read this b*tch".) This movie comes with a nice DVD case and a second DVD with lots of extras. DVD 1 also includes some audio commentaries that are always worth it. The sound in this movie will blow up your mind if you have Home Theatre system, which I do. I enjoyed it a lot. Overall, a very good movie to have lots of fun and very entertaining that I recommend to everyone (PG13)....more info
Solid action; terrible plot, dialog, and acting (by Hally Berry). This movie proved to me once and for all time that Hally Berry is an god-awful actress. At least Brosnan delivers his shoddy lines with poise - Berry seems almost more comfortable with the throw-away prose.
If you are dead-set on buying this movie also pick up a copy of "Catwomen" on DVD. Why? Use it to prime yourself for this movie - watch it before hand to set the bar low for Berry and then suddenly this movie will not seem so bad. ...more info
- no box with movie false advertisment.
order this movie because i collect bonds movies,die another day was missing out of my vhs collection.. when i recieved the movie it came with no box it defeat the purpose so im going to have to order it againg from another seller this was not specified that it had no box so disapointed......more info
- Bond Continues to Prove He and This Formula Will Die Another Day!
I have to say that I loved this Bond film. I loved the gadgets, cars, the women (who doesn't love Halle Berry?), the villains, the stunts and the effects. This addition of the DVD is loaded with bonus features with special focus on the car stunts (the glacier chase).
This Bond film has him making a mistake here and there (unlike most Bond films), and having a partner of sorts (Berry) through most of the film. In addition, the style of direction is very different and highly stylized which was better than the typical "paint-by-numbers" of the previous directors. This was just all around fun escapism and doesn't pretend to be more than that. If this is Brosnan's swansong as Bond, then it is a fitting end for him unlike both Connery (Diamonds are Forever) and Moore (A View to a Kill) who had lackluster finishes as Bond.
This was financially (at the time) the most successful Bond film raking in over $400 million until the recent Casino Royale (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) which has hit the $500 million mark. Brosnan has the role down and looks great for his age. He certainly had plenty of Bond left in him and I am sad to see him go, but he should be onto bigger and better things now as he's really proven to be a fine actor. Check out his marvelous performance in The Matador (Widescreen Edition). He has proven to be a diverse actor beyond the Bond films. You might wanted to check him out or recall his performances in Mrs. Doubtfire, Dante's Peak, and The Thomas Crown Affair to see what I mean. I think his later years will mirror Connery's, if he continues as he is. I also think it's in the realm of possibility to see him as Bond again just as Connery revisited the role later and successfully in his more mature years in Never Say Never Again where he is an intentionally aged Bond, but still smooth.
Although this Bond film was the best by my standards, I realize there are many who have tired of this successful formula and I am one also to some degree. I would have loved to have seen one or two more Bond flicks with Brosnan as he is a youthful looking 54, but I have no trouble with the direction the producers went with "Casino Royale" (see my review there if you are interested). Just because something is very successful, doesn't mean it can't use some improvement and/or change. Of course, none of this justifies the Bond producers terrible manner of firing Brosnan by fax message after they have always said "he can have the role as long as he wants it." I think that is Hollyspeak for "until we change our minds . . ."...more info
- Entertaining but Strangely Hollow
This movie relies on gadgets and effects to make its impact. But that is fine because that is expected from a Bond movie. The problem is that it comes off hokey.
Halle Berry does not act well in this movie. Pierce is Pierce whether he is being interviewed or acting - he is the same person. The Madonna scene and title song are cringe-inducing.
The surfing scenes and the invisible car are interesting but there is just nothing to Bond, the man. Casino Royale is a superior movie and should be the benchmark for all future Bond movies. Knowing who Bond the man is far more rewarding than forgettable characters being blown up in seen-it-before effects. ...more info
All in all this episode is sad: graced by a beautiful Halle Berry who does well as a secret agent but seems rather unconvinced (and unconvincing) and by the skill of Toby Stephens who is a bit over a top (even for a Bond villain) but is impressive all the same, this Die Another Day failed to convince me.
This is the first film I can remember where the long opening sequence is tightily connected with the rest by a so to say "narrative" title sequence: usually we face a display of gorgeous naked women with guns essentially unrelated to the film if not in general atmosphere, here Bond is tortured exactly during this title sequence and the whole is vital for a correct understanding.
Whether this is good or bad, the viewer having no time to digest the opening sequence, I am not sure.
I loved Madonna's theme too: she probably went to far in blanching her own -not too beautiful- timbre to give an automated machine sound to it, but the song is meaningful to the film, extremely original and consequent. The great performers of past films usually made it clear it was a moment of vocal edonism: here the viewer gets repeatedly slapped.
By the way, Madonna's cameo was quite good: she is given short lines which are good for the plot and easy for her to say; her character is perfectly clear and sound which cannot be said for those of Zao and Miranda who add very little glamour to the product.
Brosnan is rather stockier here -still a good looking fellow but he has not aged well or perhaps he was tired- but he is not the problem (remember when Moore was there): the script and the direction are:
this Bond episode is a disjointed group of nice action scenes with lovely special effects that never come to life as a meaningful whole.
The rhythm is faulty, the suspence never there, the whole never convincing....more info