Die Another Day (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

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16 October 2007 | namideo
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| The End of an Era.
It's the 20th Bond film and premiered on the 40th anniversary of the series, and, in many ways, it is really a tribute to the entire series itself. This film's strength and its weakness both lie in the fact that it is a blend of the classic Connery films, the outlandish Moore films, and the grittiness of the Dalton films. It's rolling the entire series into a single two hour adventure and the result is actually pretty entertaining. The first half is definitely stronger than the second; a more serious adventure with a classic feel to it, before taking a nose dive down into utter camp territory. I didn't mind the idea of making some scenes a little over-the-top, but I think they went overboard at times. Throughout the movie, the filmmakers toss in little references to previous Bond films. I suppose it's a fun idea to stop and consider how far these films have come over the last 40-something years, and a long time Bond fan can find amusement in finding these subtle, but long remembered treasures that poke their head in this film for one last time. As for the technical aspects of the film: The special effects are a little too ambitious and don't always come across convincing. The dialogue goes back and forth from excellent to atrocious. The ensemble of actors is pretty strong, except for Halle Berry, who in my opinion was completely wrong for a Bond movie. The villains are a little more dynamic. The action sequences are an improvement, in my mind. Granted, there are some instances where the filmmakers push the envelope a little too far, as mentioned above. However, they also show a certain amount of creativity that seemed to be lacking in the previous two films. Overall, this film is really a mixed bag. At moments there is potential for one of the greatest Bond adventures. At other moments you're thinking, "What the heck am I watching." Personally, I feel the positives balance out the negatives, but if anything, this film is a good popcorn movie. All in all, it wasn't a bad way to close out the series before rebooting it again with Casino Royale.

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Trivia

Filming had already begun, when Lee Tamahori decided he wanted a car chase through the ice palace set. His Set Designer Peter Lamont had to rebuild the set with steel girders to support the cars racing around it.


Quotes

Mr. Van Bierk: Look, what is this? I'm supposed to...


Goofs

Upon leaving the clinic, Bond has four diamonds. He then gives five to M. This is because he wagered one of his four with Graves and received an additional diamond when Bond won.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits play over scenes directly related to the plot of the film (in this case, the torture of 007). This is a first for a Bond film. Also, footage from this sequence later appears as a brief flashback - something only seen in the series twice before (OHMSS and Moonraker).


Alternate Versions

The following scenes were cut from the film:

  • During the scene where Bond is driving on Cuba in his Ford Fairlane, there were some military maneuvers going on alongside the road.
  • There was an additional dialogue scene between Bond and Raoul.
  • The scene where Jinx kills Dr. Alvarez was originally longer: after the kill she breaks into his safe and steals a CD which she hides under her dress (in the making-of documentary you can see the CD hanging around Halle Berry's neck).
  • Deleted was a scene with Bond arriving at Heathrow. To avoid passport control, he disembarks the plane via the landing gear.
  • A scene with Jinx and Graves playing Ice Golf was cut. In this scene it was revealed why she is chasing Zao.
  • Lee Tamahori shot a raunchier version of the scene where Bond is rescued by Miranda Frost from Mr. Kil while investigating the biodrome. Here they were skin-deep in the hot tub to give the illusion they were lovers. This scene was cut due to censorship reasons.
  • A small scene where Jinx (in her leather outfit) is walking through the ice palace. This can be seen in the making-of documentary.
  • Originally General Moon realizes much earlier that Gustav Graves is his son. While Bond and Jinx are exploring the Antonov, they stumble across General Moon and Bond explains to him who Graves really is. He then continues with Jinx to go for the cockpit, while the General watches Graves and Miranda Frost planning the military campaign.


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London Calling
Written by
Mick Jones and Joe Strummer
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing

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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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