With an open mind and an open heart, I felt so relieved to see a greater fondness for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. He embarks the character of Bond to a fresher view that even Sean Connery or Roger Moore never entered into. He is more boss and less subservient, he has that dashing appeal while still remaining awkward in delivery, his Irish accent still weaves through in his delivery to perfect the Queen's English, he plays a surreal character while refraining to make him out that way. "Die Another Day" is welcomed addition the franchise that has been running for over five and a half decades.
At the midway point of the film in a twist of coincidental reality, Bond's superior M (Judi Dench) warned the iconic assassin that the world has changed, when you were gone. Could she be making reference to his incarceration in North Korea or through the reality that Bond thrillers have changed in a subtle tongue-in-cheek matter? Sure there are weird stunt moments like Bond surfing on a glacier that was melted from a laser beam from out of nowhere. However, the action scenes feel more upgraded to stand as a modern day action film. Even the Bond girl has been modernized to look at how well we changed the feelings of how we view women. When we're first introduced to the latest Bond girl Jinx (Halle Berry) , we see a bit of her through the eyes of original Bond girl Ursula Andress from "Dr. No". From surfing the waves to the near identical bikini, it truly is an homage to the original Bond girl. But Jinx stands out from all the other Bond girls. Sure she still oozes seductive one-liners like all the other, but in "Die Another Day",Jinx is a deadly fighter and isn't a trophy case for 007.
The opening scenes garner some original elements as we'r introduced to the villains, not as caricatured cartoon characters, but real and might seem more reality based as of this writing. Located in a North Korean military base under the watchful dictatorship of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) who is illegally cashing in weapons for African Conflict Diamonds, which seems to have a planted impact on one of the villains Zao (Ricky Yune). The chase scene which includes hover tanks in a mine field may look a bit convoluted, which leads 007 being captured, incarcerated and physically tortured for several months. He gets released via prisoner exchange, however M (Judi Dench) assume that Bond must've been brainwashed. He eventually is back in shape and meets Q (John Cleese) with a new assortment of gadgets like a car that's invisible and the wacky stunts and adventures get underway. For the first time in Bond history, CGI comes into play here like the disintegrating plane must've been made from computer generated graphics. But it doesn't detract from the excitement.
The North Koreans are under the leadership of the cliched Bond villain Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) who wants world domination and his device he has lacks in any original merit to it. But what stands out s his secret hideout is in an ice house located in Iceland and his mirror device is used to generate heat on Earth which is more trouble than good as the ice house starts to melt and Jinx is held hostage as the water rises towards the ceiling, though its surreal that the room she's in doesn't melt, but we'll leave that to the experts to theorize their opinions. Other notable characters include the vicious Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) as it doesn't take brains which side she's on, Damian Falco (Michael Madsen) named after villains from cinematic past and Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) has her fun in the sun as she virtually flirts with Bond. Under the direction of Lee Tamahori (who directed "Mulholland Falls"), this New Zealander released much of the humour from the Bond series to hype up more towards the action. This was mostly due to the success of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" competing against the film it's based on. It still has its surreal ways about it, but its executed in a more subtle way. When all is said and done with Bond having its share of hits and misses, this one is surely a hit. Not the best Bond out there, but up there with the best.
Die Another Day
Action / Adventure / Thriller
Die Another Day
Action / Adventure / Thriller
Pierce Brosnan gives one last mission as James Bond. Starting off in North Korea, Bond is betrayed and captured. 14 months later, Bond is set free, but traded for Zao who was captured by MI6. When back in his world, Bond sets off to track down Zao. Bond gets caught up in yet another scheme which sends him to millionaire Gustav Graves. Another MI6 agent known as Miranda Frost is also posing as a friend of Graves. Bond is invited to a presentation held by Graves about a satellite found in space which can project a huge laser beam. Bond must stop this madman with a fellow American agent, known as Jinx. Whilst Bond tries to stop Graves and Zao, will he finally reveal who betrayed him?
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