Change Your Image
Upload An Image
Crop And Save
Die Another Day (2002)
Worth a watch
DAD may not be the best Bond movie, but it ranks up there with The Living Daylights and Goldfinger (in my opinion). However, Pierce Brosnan is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best James Bond, so far.
The movie starts out in usual Bond style - he's cocky and over-confident as usual - but there is a twist. He's betrayed by a fellow agent and soon winds up at the mercy of a renegade North Korean army colonel and his soon-to-be diamond-encrusted henchman, Zao. However after a few bizarre sequence of events, the renegade colonel is thrown over a cliff on a hovercraft and Bond now finds himself in the hands of the colonel's father - General Moon.
The next bunch of sequence (as well as Madonna's title song) show Bond being tortured at the hands of the Koreans for 14 months. He is later traded for Zao, but as M puts it, "You're no use to anyone now". Determined to find the traitor and bring Zao back to justice, he sets off on his own, at first, which takes him to Hong Kong and Cuba, where he meets Jinx (Halle Berry), an NSA agent.
His first meeting with the Diamond Baron, Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), involves an epic swordfight - which starts of rather innocently with epees and progresses to old English broadswords. Undercover agent MI-6 agent, Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike), manages to break up the "old-fashioned" duel.
The rest involves M patching up with Bond, Bond and Q at each others' throats (so what else is new?), Bond discovering the traitor and what else? Bond making a mess of everything around him as he kicks the villains' butts.
This movie, good as it is, seems to be no different than other Bond movies - great weapons, awesome girls, fast cars, not to mention Bond's innate ability to leave everyplace he goes to an absolute mess (in Goldeneye, it was the underwater lab; in Tomorrow Never Dies, it was a stealth boat; in TWINE, it was a submarine; here, its a plane). In Moonraker, he even passed the final frontier when he blew up a secret space station. Wonder what else is left to destroy?
Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike are good as Bond girls, but not really in the league of Izabella Scorupco (Natalya Siminova) or Michelle Yeoh (Wai Lin). Halle Berry, for an NSA agent, seems too predictable and appears to get in too much trouble. Rosamund Pike seems predictable too, especially when she holds a gun at Graves, we can tell what she's going to do next...
The movie is definitely worth a watch.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10