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Die Another Day (2002)
Good flick, but a feeling of deja vu'
This was a pretty good flick. The beginning was quite different from most Bond films being he always gets away with the goods. Not this time. He was always the clever escape artist but this time, the villains got smart. They did not leave him unattended in a jail cell, forget to frisk him for gadgets, and allow him to escape.
However, one gets a feeling of deja vu in this film. Icarus is similar to the plot elements used in "Diamonds Are Forever" as well as what we've seen in "GoldenEye". We have another weapon that can practically fry the Earth from space. It was a nice idea using it to melt polar regions, but just not a new idea.
Then, we need to discuss the gadgetry. First, when the new Q is showing off the gadgets, we see relics from other films like the switchblade knife shoe seen in "From Russia With Love". Great homage to that film. But, I think the film went too far with this new Astin Martin that comes equipped with a cloaking device! Sort of like "Star Trek" in this film. Now, if this technology is available in the real world, I will make sure I get it as an optional item on the next new car I buy.
I picked up certain things that pay homage to this film. The critics even told us to look for 20 of them, but I did not see all of them. Please, someone out there, let me know. The ones I did see were these: Hallie Berry's swimsuit, similar to Ursula Andress in "Dr. No". The switchblade shoe from "From Russia With Love". And, the part where the villain says to Bond "Well, diamonds are for everyone" to pay homage to "Diamonds Are Forever". Those were the only three I saw.
In all, worth seeing, but could have been a little better and credible.