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April 13, 2017
The twentieth James Bond film and last for Pierce Brosnan as 007. It is also the only Bond directed by Lee Tamahori.

James Bond is captured by the North Koreans trying to disrupt an illegal arms deal for outlawed South African "conflict diamonds", put together by Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee) and his right hand man Zao (Rick Moon). But he is double-crossed by someone within MI6, and tortured by the North Koreans, but not before killing Moon. Fourteen months later 007 is released by his captures in exchange for Zao, who was recently captured by the west. "M" (Dame Judi Dench) and NSA agent Damian Falco (Michael Madsen) believe Bond must have talked during his captivity, and is sent to rot in a British prison facility in Hong Kong. 007 escapes by stopping his heart for a brief period of time, and busting out. He then tracks Zao to Cuba where he is receiving DNA replacement therapy, and meets the incredibly sexy Jinx (Halle Berry), a NSA agent working for Falco. After Zao escapes, Bond returns to London and his attention turns to environmental billionaire Gustov Graves (Tobey Stephens), who has created a satellite that deploys a heat ray that can turn the world's ice lands into lush green gardens. 007 then travels to Iceland and Graves' ice fortress "The Ice Palace", where he is invited to watch a demonstration of his satellite, which Bond believes is fueled by the "conflict diamonds". While there, 007 meets up again with Jinx, and learns that Graves is actually Colonel Moon, having had has his appearance altered by the DNA replacement therapy. Bond and Jinx must now stop Graves and MI6 traitor Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) before he uses the satellite to attack South Korea.

This is the most absurd plot of any of the 007 films, and one of the reasons that the series went on hiatus for four years, and then the decision was made to reboot the franchise, and start all over again. Pierce Brosnan is great as usual, but starting to look a little old (he was 49 at the time), and Halle Berry is perfect as the strong-headed sexy Jinx. The theme song by Madonna is probably the worst of all the Bond themes, and the DNA Gene replacement therapy is completely ridiculous, as is 007's invisible Aston Martin.

This film is entertaining, but way too far over the top.
February 26, 2017
This was the worst Bond movie I've ever seen. The corny dialogue seemed like it was trying to keep pace with the Austin Powers spoofs.
½ February 23, 2017
Ian Fleming once said "Bond may go wildly beyond the probable but not beyond the possible". This appears to be the motto for Die Another Day. A movie crammed with genetically modified villains, ice palaces, and invisible cars. This is Brosnan's 'Moonraker' and at the time, I thought that it was the nadir of the Brosnan era and represented a dumbing down of the entire franchise. In hindsight though, while it is too long, not consistently credible and contains some truly embaressing, cliche-ridden dialogue (Particularly 007's poorly conceived one-liners that would even make Roger Moore cringe), it is atleast entertaining. There are nods to classic Bond films (such as the xenomorphic villain's Union Jack parachute and Halle Berry emerging from the surf ala Honey Rider in Dr No) and Brosnan manages to get some depth out of the character in what is arguebly his strongest performance as the iconic British spy. His scenes in a North Korean prison camp where he appears bearded and looking not unlike an Irish political prisoner, are memorable and show us some character vulnerability. There are many liabilities in this film, as mentioned and strangely for a movie this size and budget, some of those include the CGI effects. When Bond is surfing a tidal wave for example, it is very obvious in some frames that it is just computer animation. Still, a lot of time and effort has clearly gone into this one and it shows.
February 11, 2017
The Bond franchise at it's absolute worst. Die another day is poorly written and full of absurd laughable moments. Even Halle Berry mimicking the classic swimsuit reveal of Dr. No can't save this film.
February 2, 2017
It's good movie to watch
January 4, 2017
160801: 20th Bond Film. James Bond para-surfing in the North Atlantic was enough to ensure I'd dislike this film as much as the rest. I am going to endure the seemingly never-ending torture that is this series and see it through to the end however. Michael Madsen and the final catfight are the only memorable moments. 3 at most.
January 2, 2017
I have literally no idea what the film-makers were thinking when they made this. It looks like a horrible straight to TV knockoff half the time with the CGI looking awful. Both villains aren't memorable and caricatures of what a Bond Villain is supposed to be. The closest of the Bond films to an Austin Powers film.
December 27, 2016
I grew up in the 90s when Pierce Brosnan was Bond so ime slightly biased hes my second favourite behind Connery. YES there are some utterly ridiculous moments in this film but its just a product of its time from the ealry 00s. Dont take it too seriously. There are alot of good points about this film too. Always fun to watch. References to Briefcase From Russia with Love and Thunderball Jetpack nice little touch there.
½ December 23, 2016
Excellent output for a tired Pierce Brosnan helped by a sensual Hally Berry that reincarnate the couple Connery-Andress
½ December 14, 2016
Every so often comes along a Bond movie so fantastical that you either give in to it and submit to the ride or outright reject it. This movie's gratuitous assault on your suspension of disbelief is just too much to handle at times. Is it a bad movie? That really depends on what you want from it but it does irk more bond fans than probably any other Bond in the franchise with its invisible car, ropey cgi and laughable conceits. An occasional guilty pleasure but little more.
½ November 27, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: Brosnan is his best in his final outing as Bond; bringing the neccesary levels of heart and engagement to this crazy revenge plot. The supporting cast who surround him (particularly Halle Berry) also shine, and as a result you're genuinely hooked, despite the sheer madness of everything that occurs. In fact, it's a lot like a good Moore-era Bond in that way, with great character work to keep it's entertainingly ridiculous action set-pieces together and working.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: In the same breath, it could be deemed the most ridiculous Bond adventure of all...
VERDICT: Brosnan goes out with a bang. 'Die Another Day' often straddles the line between madness and grittiness extremelly well... just occasionally it over-steps the mark.
November 8, 2016
Least favorite Bond film
½ September 24, 2016
Time has been kind to Pierce Brosnan's final Bond outing. There's plenty to criticise: a ridiculous plot, silly gimmicks, a script stuffed with double and triple entendres, Brosnan's awful running. But weirdly, these are also the elements that make it such fun. The first hour plays like a dry run for the dour Daniel Craig episodes. And then John Cleese gives Bond his invisible car, Toby Stephens parachutes in as Rik Mayall... ...and it gets increasingly silly. Spot the multiple visual quotes from previous Bond outings.
September 1, 2016
Look at all those "CRITIC REVIEWS FOR DIE ANOTHER DAY". remember, this was the last Bond Movie about the true 007 movie you expected. the Last movie that has cool gadget. then all these experts give great score the the guy who doesnt have a facial expression. what a shitty website
August 24, 2016
Not bad, but not good, Die Another Day is a fine action film, but offers nothing new to the 007 franchise.
½ August 16, 2016
Kai kerran kesässä täytyy yksi Bond -leffa katsoa (uusintana)... ;) (Kuolema saa odottaa)
½ August 12, 2016
1 out of 10:

It might have some decent action scenes but most of them are poorly edited. More flaws in Die Another Day include, terrible Cgi, bad characters, and so many ridiculous moments. This has gotta be worse than Moonraker and A View to Kill.
August 12, 2016
Most definitely the worst 'official' James Bond film I have ever seen (haven't seen 'The World Is Not Enough', 'Quantum of Solace' or 'Spectre' yet) but still has its moments, and like The Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd, even the bad stuff is better than 80% of the other stuff out there. Still I wish it wasn't Brosnan's last one--and though Craig was truly a refreshing change in his realistic tone that hearkened back to the great days of Connery, that too got old, even for the actor himself.

This was very poorly planned and written. Madonna was awful but Halle Berry was one of the most memorable Bond girls since the series' glory days. Some of the special effects, especially near the end, were simply ghastly. As if the Broccolis had to pinch pennies...
½ August 5, 2016
Cringe full of performances and early 2000s CGI and You get Die Another Day
August 2, 2016
Arguably the weakest in the entire 24 movie Bind franchise, Die Another Day wastes a very talented cast (including Rosamund Pike, Halle Berry and John Cleese) in an extremely cheesy action flick that only succeeds in sucking even more life out of a deflating Bond. The naff special effects can't come to the rescue in this case either; only the suave Brosnan can scrap the smallest chunk of credibility in a movie that struggles to gain any ground.
Verdict: C-
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