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Die Another Day

Die Another Day

3.6 25
Director: Lee Tamahori

Cast: 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,


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.

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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[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Digital Theater Systems]

Special Features

Disc 1: Audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and producer Michael G. Wilson; audio commentary with Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike; behind-the-scenes text and trivia commentary track. Disc 2: Inside Die Another Day documentary; multiple-angle storyboard-to-film comparisons; multiple-angle views of stunts; featurette on the opening sequence; before-and-after contrasts of digital effects; "Equipment Briefing" on the gadgets; image gallery; trailers and TV spots, Madonna's "Die Another Day" music video and a featurette on its making.

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. The Surfer Has Landed
2. Anger Management
3. The Diamond Trade
4. Like a Hovercraft on Fire
5. Main Title/Torture
6. A Bridge Between Worlds
7. Unwelcome Back
8. A Heartbeat From Luxury
9. Massaging a Deal
10. Slow-Burning Cuban
11. A Wonderful View
12. Wheelchair Accessible
13. The DNA Artist's Suffering
14. Radical Makeover
15. London Calling
16. Serious Swordplay
17. Best Kept Underground
18. Q's Cutting Edge
19. A Frosty Assessment
20. Ice Palace of Dreams
21. "He Knows Nothing"
22. "Like a Diamond in the Sky"
23. Intruder Alert!
24. In Bed/In Traction
25. Laser Surgery
26. Double-Cross
27. Fire on Ice
28. In Cold Pursuit
29. Chase Against Time
30. Headfirst Into North Korea
31. Like Father, Unlike Son
32. Face-Off Under Pressure
33. Going Down in Flames
34. Virtual Moneypenny
35. "Still the Good Guys"
36. End Credits


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Die Another Day 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This one was okay. Heard it was bad, not that bad but still pretty bad. Got silly at times.
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Clearly the best action movie of the year! I am a big James Bpond fan, and I like to see somthing a little different each time I watch a Bond movie. I really like what how this movie turned out. Non-stop action with lots of stlye. There's only one word to describe Die Anotther Day...COOL!
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
Pierce & Berry fit so naturally in this movie. the SFX are awesome & makes you wonder if something like this can really happen if someone really had enough money. ya think? two words for you. buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not a Bond fan intil this movie. No reason, just never got into them. I thought Madonna was great and the title song was awesome !!! Way to go !!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Bond character is suave, calm, and unruffled, Ian Fleming did never imagined this would happen to his character, but Broccoli’s made superman out of James Bond. However, Bond’s original taste, some lip-smacking scenes are there, but also push 007 classy character into graphics driven, sci-fi adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brosnen scores another sensational performance as 007. While some may think the CGi and other toys in the move may be over the top, it is after all the 21st century. As always the storyline keeps you on the edge of your seat. Halle Berry makes a great superspy in her own right and does wonders for breaking the sexist dinosaur mold of James. The villianry of DAD is at best corny but hey somebody ahd to be the bad guy. Last but not least, Madonna. Darling, stay with what you know. The music is awesome..... stay off of the big screen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am total Bond fanatic, I've seen all the movies multiple times, but somehow, this film is not quite up to par. Mostly because of the equal time that Halle Berry shares with Bond. It's a Bond movie, not a Jinx movie! But, despite these reservations, I must say, I love many of the fight scenes, and especially the Q scene in which many Bond fans will recognize some old equipment. All in all, if you've never seen a Bond movie before, you might like Die Another Day becuase of the equal focus on Bond and Jinx(Halle Berry), and the incredible fight scenes. The plot is good and it is definitely worthwhile to watch for Bond fans, if not just to get the inside jokes and hints from previous Bond films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good movie. A little different that some of the other Bond flims. It is the 40th movie so i expected some change. Really cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Die Another Day wasn't that great. Being the 20th Bond film, it was pretty great to see some stuff from the old films. Two problems. The plot. A satellite that will destroy half the world? Mention that in twenty years. And the car. You think I sound stupid? Listen. The car can turn INVISIBLE! Mention that in eighty years!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly Pierce Brosnan's best James Bond movie to date!! The special effects are rather well-done and serious fans of the older Bond films will still feel right at home with this newest movie. The plot is, as usual, a bit far-fetched but still played out expertly. My only complaints would be the slapstick humor is misplaced on several occasions, and the sound effects are wretched. Other than that, get this dvd if you're an action and/or James Bond fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't misunderstand, overall i enjoyed the movie, however there were some very non-bondlike techniques employed of which i disapprove. First rule of bond, no CGI. Part of the appeal of the series has always been that some crazy guy is actually doing those amazing stunts. The computer graphics only cheapen the thrill. Next rule, no Matrix-like slow motion or superspeed camera tricks. Bond is better than that. Also the invisible car was a bit much. The gadgets should be cutting edge, maybe a few years in the future, not silly. He's Bond, not Wonderwoman. But flaws aside there was more than enough quips, gadgets, exotic locations, beautiful women and the action we've all come to expect from Bond to entertain the masses...and as a speical treat for Bond fans there are a lot of allusions to the past to mark the 20th edition. A little disappointing but not w/o its merits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While there are many clever references to Bond movies of the past, this film fails to capture the fun and energy of the classic Bond flicks of the 60's. Pierce Brosnan is not the problem here. While he will never equal Sean Connery, he is far superior to any other actor to take on the role. It's just that the plot is so darned preposterous, and not in a good way. And Halle Berry gets way too much face time, especially considering her character is the least interesting female in the movie. Yes, there are gadgets galore, and Bond does his usual globetrotting, but you can't help but watch this movie and feel something is missing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You people are crazy this is a great Bond film! Its a side of bond we have never seen before, and yet he over comes as he always does. Pierce Brosnon has to be one of the best Bonds ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film, released very timely after XXX's release, once again showed the world that no one can replace the man himself. This film, with enough action, wit, and sex to keep even the sceptics in good humor, is one of the better Bond films. Although the final action sequence is a little far-fetched, it still gives us a nostalgic look at the Bond film we missed with THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. DIE ANOTHER DAY is truly entertaining and takes a giant leap in the right direction with women's lib. too! And let me not forget to mention that Pierce Brosnan establishes himself as a Bond in this film, like no one has done since the days of the true James Bond, Mr. Connery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Die Another Day returns viewers to the original Bond movie quality. With twists and turns, great action scenes, hi-tech gadgets, beautiful women, and the always popular one-liners, this movie was a much needed addition to the saga. Brosnan offers his best preformance yet in the role, seeming as natural and exciting as Connery and Moore. Halle Berry fits in perfectly as the butt-kicking ''Bond girl.'' Toby Stephens is the perfect a bad guy. The best since Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in AView To A Kill. The script was by far, the most well developed, and best written since License To Kill.
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