Die Another Day



Die Another Day is, in some ways, the ultimate James Bond movie. It has unbelievable gadgets, maniacal physically freakish villains, lavish sets, sexy Bond girls and great suits. This is Pierce Brosnan’s 4th and final outing as the wise cracking secret agent and they seemed to pull out all the stops to make this as over the top ridiculous and entertaining as possible.

We start in North Korea where Bond is tracking a shipment of weapons, only to be captured and imprisoned. Rest assured, his capture is only after an incredible hovercraft chase scene. (Yeah, you read that right.) Through months of torture and abuse, Bond never loses his will (naturally) but after a prisoner trade back to the West, he’s sidelined by “M” who is under pressure from the CIA liaison Falco – played by the always bland and smarmy Michael Madsen, who is woefully out of place in this picture.

His journey takes him to warmer climes, where he’s introduced to Jinx (Halle Berry) who emerges from the surf in an obvious homage to Ursulla Andress in Dr. No. Unfortunately, she’s uncharacteristically bland and smarmy as well.

It gets crazy from there with genetically modified criminals, permanent diamond disfigurements, ice castles and more than a few inevitable betrayals. The result overall is disjointed and I wish Brosnan had bowed out on a better picture.

Bond gets darker and more serious from here on out. Die Another Day is a worthy attempt to modernize the classic formula.