Die Another Day

Die Another Day

3.4 28
Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: Lee Tamahori, Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens


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Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured by government agents, where he's imprisoned and tortured for over a year. When Bond finally wins his freedom, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job,… See more details below


Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured by government agents, where he's imprisoned and tortured for over a year. When Bond finally wins his freedom, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job, but after Zao (Rick Yune), the North Korean operative who snared Bond, is discovered to be in cahoots with unscrupulous entrepreneur Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), Bond is back on the case, and he finds the two men have sinister plans which could decide the fate of the world. As Bond hops from England to Cuba to Korea to Iceland in pursuit of his quarry, he (as usual) makes the acquaintance of two beautiful and mysterious women, Jinx (Halle Berry) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike). Judi Dench and John Cleese return in Die Another Day as, respectively, Bond's superior M and gadget-master Q; Madonna contributes the film's theme song and makes a cameo appearance as a fencing instructor.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The James Bond franchise got a much-needed shot in the arm with this superlative series entry, the best 007 adventure in years. Pierce Brosnan's fourth outing as Ian Fleming's unflappable secret agent is initially darker than the others: Early on, Bond is captured by North Korean terrorists, tortured, and imprisoned for well over a year. Upon being released, he's discredited and stripped of his license to kill. And that's when the plot really kicks into gear. While trying to clear his name, Bond discovers a connection between some nasty North Koreans and millionaire thrill seeker Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), whose financial empire is backed by stolen South African diamonds. The Neal Purvis script hits all the beats expected by Bond fans, and director Lee Tamahori (The Edge) gets some extra oomph out of his action sequences by combining impressive stunt work with digitally enhanced special effects. Pierce Brosnan, now 50 years old, has grown into the role nicely, and his flippant one-liners don't seem as forced or juvenile as those in earlier films. Day's real innovation, however, is the pairing of Brosnan with glamorous Halle Berry, whose sly, sexy Jinx Jordan is the feistiest "Bond girl" ever. Jinx isn't just a foil for 007 (although, like all the others, she winds up in his bed), she's a whip-smart character with an ambitious agenda and the skills necessary to pull it off. Cool, blonde Rosamund Pike is perfectly cast as a British agent working undercover with Graves, Madonna has a nifty cameo as a fencing instructor, and Judi Dench shares her screen time with Brosnan in several testy, well-written exchanges. The Bond films couldn't just keep getting bigger; they had to evolve in other ways and move in different directions. Die Another Day does this -- in spades -- and as a result makes better entertainment than the previous three entries put together.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The 20th entry in the James Bond spy thriller franchise, this fast-paced film is a slick, expensively mounted effort to hang onto the shrinking audience for 007 pictures without straying too far from the formula of guns, gadgets, and girls. Director Lee Tamahori and screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade mostly succeed in this attempt, presenting a stylish and furiously paced yarn that moves seamlessly from one set piece to the next, with a few sly winks at their protagonist's past (Bond's masquerading briefly as an ornithologist is a clever bit of business, named as the character is after a famed bird expert). Unfortunately, it all feels a bit too tailor-made for die-hard Bond fans only. Like the central characters in so many long-running film series and TV shows before him, Bond's greatest strength is also his greatest weakness: he never really changes. A prologue that hints at the creation of a tougher, meaner Bond never really bears fruit, and the character is quickly brought into line with fan expectations of a suave, imperturbable ladies' man. Inhabiting his role like a second skin, Pierce Brosnan is a terrific Bond -- arguably the best since the original -- but isn't given enough to do beyond smirking and trying to match action with his stunt double. Halle Berry has some impact as the memorably beautiful Jinx, the best "Bond girl" in a long stretch and, at long last, the hero's feminine equal in physical bravura and swaggering attitude. But even a gorgeous corporate spokesmodel in an orange bikini and brilliantly staged, elaborately captured action sequences are dulled without the sense of urgency and imminent danger that derives from emotional involvement -- and it's this crucial element that the Bond series still lacks after 40 years. Like many of the characters played by John Wayne in his heyday, Bond's appeal lies in his impenetrable superiority, but it's exactly this same cartoonish quality that dooms him to endlessly loop variations on the same theme. Bond has become a granite rock of storytelling against which the breathless thrill of surprise -- that frisson that can only come with a character's evolution -- has been too often dashed. Die Another Day (2002) is by no means a bad Bond film, but it's proof yet again that this series badly needs to be both shaken and stirred.
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie has the usual impossible stunts ... But it has just as many scenes that are lean and tough enough to fit in any modern action movie. Roger Ebert
Hollywood Reporter
This is a sharper, edgier Bond, in which first-time Bond director Lee Tamahori allows a smidgen of character work to creep in. Kirk Honeycutt

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary featuring director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson; Audio commentary featuring Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan James Bond, Agent 007
Halle Berry Jinx
Toby Stephens Gustav Graves
Rosamund Pike Miranda Frost
Rick Yune Zao
Judi Dench M
John Cleese Q
Michael Madsen Falco
Kenneth Tsang General Moon
Will Yun Lee Colonel Moon
Emilio Echeverria Raoul
Samantha Bond Miss Moneypenny
Colin Salmon Charles Robinson
Mikhail Gorevoy Vlad
Lawrence Makoare Mr. Kil
Joaquin Martinez Actor

Technical Credits
Lee Tamahori Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Barbara Broccoli Producer
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
James Hambidge Art Director
Mark Harris Art Director
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Hole Art Director
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Callum McDougall Co-producer
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Jim Morahan Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Neal Purvis Screenwriter
Stephen Scott Art Director
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Robert Wade Screenwriter
Christian Wagner Editor
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
Anthony Waye Executive Producer
Michael G. Wilson Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Die Another Day
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32

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