Die Another Day Reviews

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bbcfloridabound
Super Reviewer
½ February 8, 2014
The new James Bond film, DIE ANOTHER DAY does not disappoint by any means. Although not as good as Pierce Brosnan's first Bondian effort, GOLDENEYE, it is definitely one of my favorite Bond movies. Intriguing villains, such as Zao (played by Rick Yune of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) and Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) make the film that much more enjoyable. Plus, you cannot disregard the amazing action scenes that dot the film at various intervals. Of course, one cannot forget the Bond babes. Halle Berry is terrific as Jinx, and has one of the most intrical roles of any Bond girl in history. Not to be outdone, Rosamund Pike makes her film debut as Miranda Frost, and MI-6 agent who refuses to fall under Bond's evident charm. Overall, this movie is excellent and I definitely recommend it to all movie-goers, especially Bond fans! 4 1/2 Stars 1-30-14
cosmo313
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2006
As the 20th entry in the series, this James Bond adventure should have really been something special. Instead, it's rather lackluster and kind of ridiculous, even by the standards of the series.

We get the typical world domination plot involving goofy technology that gets really silly and over-the-top, and, were this a Moore era film, I'd understand, but this is Brosnan! This is easily the worst entry in his tenure. He's okay, but you can tell he's getting bored wit hit. It also stings that talents like Halle Berry and Michael Madsen get wasted.

There's plenty of action, but unfortunately a lot of it is undercut by bad effects, and the film's insistence on referencing all the other films as a tribute to 40 years of Bond gets eye rollingly insufferable at times.

I should probably hate on this movie more than I do, but as much as it gets to me, I will admit that it does have its moments and is occasionally entertaining.
Super Reviewer
½ July 4, 2007
Die Another Day, the 20th Bond film spanning 40 years with Pierce Brosnan's 4th and final performance as James Bond, is an utterly ridiculous and over the top homage to the series past that also happens to be one of the most entertaining entries in the beloved series. It is a little too heavy on the special effects and one-liners, but it also can be exhilarating. By this point, Pierce Brosnan has been accepted as Bond like no one has since Connery, and he delivers another solid performance. I do completely understand why some people absolutely despise this film as it is very similar to the Roger Moore era of jokey Bond films, but I find Die Another Day a step or two ahead of those films in terms of craftsmanship. The story is nothing to write home about, but it has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting while the action keeps you engaged. Toby Stephens is a decent Bond villain in the typical over the top manner as Gustav Graves, while Rick Yune as Zao, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost (in her feature film debut), and Halle Berry as Jinx populate the supporting characters. None of them are memorable, but they are effective, and Jinx's relationship with Bond bucks the Bond girl tradition and almost turns it into one of those buddy action films. Despite awful word of mouth among many Bond fans, Die Another Day managed to have the highest attendance of any Bond film other than Connery's era in its heyday (Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice). I take that as a sign that Bond was alive and well. Die Another Day is not one of the best entries in the series, but for pure popcorn action thrills, it will satisfy your craving.
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2006
A wild, thrilling, sexy, riveting and utterly spectacular thrill-ride. An explosive action-packed adventure. A pure exhilarating adrenaline rush from beginning to end that dosent let up. One awesome time. It's the coolest and most enjoyable Bond movie yet. Pierce Brosnan is cooler and better than ever.
Super Reviewer
½ October 11, 2012
12/10/2012 (DVD)
Super Reviewer
October 26, 2011
One of the worst if not the worst movie of the entire franchise. Poorly written, acted, directed and shot. Avoid this abortion of a movie like the plague.
Super Reviewer
½ September 18, 2010
hands down, the worst bond movie
FilmFanatik
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2011
Die Another Day is indeed an entertaining Bond film, but it's hampered with poor acting from Halle Berry, a horrifying sequence done almost primarily in dated CGI, and also a very poor ending. It does have several things going for it though. It's cool to see James Bond go through some real torture for a change. The film also has a terrific sword fight in the middle. I would much rather that Rosamund Pike and Halle Berry switch roles as Berry is more suitable as a villain (ala Pam Grier, I'm thinking), but alas, that didn't happen. So I wouldn't call the film a waste of time like most people tend to do. It is action-oriented and has some nice exciting scenes in it, but it's not perfect. Hardly any Bond film is, so be thankful they put forth any effort.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2011
The gadgets are cool, but it lacks substance. Kudos for Halle Berry as a Bond girl though.
thmtsang
Super Reviewer
July 7, 2007
My fave Bond movie. Love the car chase on ice and the ice palace. Of course 007 gets the girl, beats the baddies and saves the world all in his own style! Madonna even makes a cameo.
Super Reviewer
July 29, 2010
wierd and boring, one of the least good bond films. C
TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
½ June 29, 2010
If you're looking for the worst Bond film ever made, here it is. This film is a travesty of the franchise. This is simply put, a piece of shit. A film so bad that it cannot be redeemed by anything. This is a terribly irritating bad film that just doesn't work, and this film has the most pathetic plot of any Bond film I have ever seen. Pure trash. This is a poor end to Pierce Brosnan's stint as James Bond.
Super Reviewer
January 29, 2010
I say it is one of the best bond films, even though I have not seen many of them. I really enjoyed this one, and I am going to eventually get around to watching them all!
Super Reviewer
½ September 23, 2009
Died on its arse. The worst Bond film to date!
TomBowler
Super Reviewer
½ July 31, 2009
pierce brosnan's pretty good. at the time, this movie would have been praised. but in hindsight, after casino royale, it comes off as just some average action flick
skactopus
Super Reviewer
½ March 22, 2009
Lee Tamahori creates a more than decent James Bond adventure with Die Another Day.The story is great, especially in the beginning. The ending is where it takes a dive though. The usual action sequence opens the film up with one of the better opening credits as well. Madonna's "Die Another Day" theme song is pretty catchy. Anyway, this 2 hour 10 minute Bond actioneer doesn't necessarily fly by, but it sure as heck doesn't drag. The mixture of action and story is nicely done and it makes for an entertaining watch.The action comes in all forms and it comes in bunches. Guns and explosions all light up the screen at various points throughout this picture. While the brawls and shootouts aren't anything spectacular, it is the vehicle chases, especially the cars in Iceland, that shine. Did I mention that the Aston Martin has invisibility camouflage? Nice. That may be over doing it a bit, but it is no doubt nice. As far as the gadgets are concerned, there isn't that many that stand out. It's all in the ring.Pierce Brosnan is no stranger to the James Bond role, as this is his 4th time around, and he has no problems with it. Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike show up as the Bond girls, Jinx and Miranda Frost respectively. Not bad at all. Toby Stephens and Rick Yune turn out to be decent villains.Die Another Day is another Bond adventure that fans will find hard to pass up.
Super Reviewer
April 23, 2008
James Bond movies are supposed to be over the top fare with gadgets and such that are unbelievable. Die Another Day makes the cardinal mistake of throwing too much into itself. The plot involves Bond (Pierce Brosnan) going after a diamond miner/publicity hunter who may have ties to the North Korean military.

By this film it seems as though Brosnan has tired of the role. It's paint by numbers time it seems as he goes through the motions of another 007 caper. Halle Berry looks even more bored than Brosnan in the film offering what at first seems like a large role, but turns out to be more of a nuisance.

Invisible cars, DNA transplants, Bond stopping his heart, and a weapon borrowed straight out of Goldeneye make this a very dull film indeed. And Madonna probably has the worst cameo in film history.
DragonEyeMorrison
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2008
You know some Bond fans are crazy when they prefer this abomination over Casino Royale.
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Super Reviewer
½ November 25, 2008
"Events don't get any bigger than..."

Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured by government agents, where he's imprisoned and tortured for over a year. When Bond finally wins his freedom, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job, but after Zao (Rick Yune), the North Korean operative who snared Bond, is discovered to be in cahoots with unscrupulous entrepreneur Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), Bond is back on the case, and he finds the two men have sinister plans which could decide the fate of the world. As Bond hops from England to Cuba to Korea to Iceland in pursuit of his quarry, he (as usual) makes the acquaintance of two beautiful and mysterious women, Jinx (Halle Berry) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike).

Review
I liked that Die Another Day was like a love letter to Bond films: it has silly action and a "golden gun" like from the Roger Moore days, solid punches, potential laser dismemberment, and an Aston Martin from Connery, many interesting elements...but ultimately not very interesting. And why doesn't Bond remember events from past films like when he smelled Klebbs' shoe like he didn't know why it was dangerous (poison?) It's like there's a vat of Bonds being grown somewhere and each one is given just enough info to continue as the next Bond. Die Another Day packs much into it, but was spread a little too thin.
Super Reviewer
January 30, 2007
After being captured, imprisoned and tortured in North Korea for 14 months, Bond (Pierce Brosnon) is released in exchange for a recently captured Zao? Unfortunately, MI6 and the American NSA believe the mission was compromised? They think their super agent has cracked under torture? So Bond's license to kill is rescinded along with his freedom by M (Judi Dench) and is ordered to be send to an evaluation center in the Falklands?

Determined to clear his name and find out who really betrayed him in North Korea, Bond soon escapes and tracks Zao to Cuba, who was undergoing a 'D.N.A. transplant,' in a strange clinic, to heal his ravaged face? There, he finds someone else after the Korean, a capable secret agent, called Jinx...

After having proved himself to MI6 and to the NSA, Bond returns to London and has a spirited fencing match with Graves at the Blades Club? There he meets his publicist the gorgeous Miranda Frost?

In "Die Another Day," Brosnon is wild, and ready to light the fuse on any explosive situation? His methods are to provoke and confront? His Aston Martin is loaded with high tech gadgetry that renders his vehicle invisible to Zao's sporty Jaguar? There's an amazing chase between the two across the frozen waters of Iceland? There's also an interesting battle inside Graves' treacherous fortress; and two battles to the death aboard Graves' airplane ?

Halle Berry is one of the Bond girls who looks so stunning especially when she emerged from the Cuban waters in her bright orange bikini? This Oscar-winning beauty matches 007 in intelligence, sophistication and toughness, leaving Bond in the island in an explosive situation?

Toby Stephens as the psycho billionaire Gustav Graves appears determined to use his unique satellite the Icarus using its power to 'bring light and warmth to the darkest parts of the world? or to clear the minefield creating a highway for his North Korean's troops? Rosamund Pile plays the fencing master with breathless beauty Miranda Frost?

Rick Yune plays Zao, the dangerous Korean arms dealer and sports-car aficionado who works for Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), the renegade North Korean army officer who was determined to invade the south?

Michael Madsen plays Damian Falco, NSA spy master and Jinx's boss who's tough on Bond?

The comical British character actor John Cleese takes over the role of Q...

Madonna was hired to record the title tune and appeared in a cameo role as a fencing instructor?

"Die Another Day" is the 20th in the series, and is arguably a fun movie to watch delivering a great sword fight? so don't miss it!
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