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Die Another Day

August 25, 2010

Die Another Day (2002)
Director: Lee Tamahori
Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens

Die Another Day

 

 

 

Synopsis: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) hunts a North Korean heavy he was traded in for, and this leads him to a mysterious DNA transference unit in Cuba, and the questionable diamond business of Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens).

Review: This has to be the most synthetic and superficial Bond movie yet. Director Lee Tamahori nails his cards to the table in an outlandish opening sequence of Bond infiltrating North Korean territory by the most spurious and pornographic of means – epic surfing on some killer waves. This preposterous tone is kept up with various conceits such as Bond’s Aston Martin being invisible, another surfing escapade through iceberg-infested waters off Iceland, and Halle Berry’s improbably gorgeous spy appearing like a goddess from the Caribbean Sea. Perhaps because the movie is so unapologetically extravagant it feels churlish to be too critical, and I suppose the narrative rattles on entertainingly enough. That said, it’s no surprise the producers saw fit to retire Brosnan’s incarnation of Bond after this effort, and went down the avenue of re-branding the franchise under Daniel Craig’s austere banner. (December 2009)

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