Die Another Day

Die Another Day is the twentieth James Bond movie, released in 2002. It is also the last movie in the series to star Pierce Brosnan in the title role.

The movie is widely considered to be one of the worst James Bond movies ever.


After a mission gone wrong, James Bond (Brosnan) gets imprisoned by the North Korean military. 14 months later, he is traded for KPA officer-turned-terrorist Zao (Rick Yune) as part of a prisoner exchange. When he gets discharged by MI6, he becomes a rogue agent to continue his hunt for Zao.

While hunting down Zao, he is joined by NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry). Eventually, the two come across billionaire and diamond mogul Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), who may or may not have connections with the North Koreans.

Bad Qualities

  1. James Bond surfs in this film. Twice.
  2. Unbelievably terrible and extremely obvious CGI effects, especially during the para-surfing scene.
  3. Tries way too hard in throwing in homages and references to earlier James Bond movies while hoping the audience won't notice almost the entire plot is also copied from earlier Bond movies. The main storyline is essentially copied from Diamonds Are Forever, which was already considered one of the weakest Bond films, with elements of Licence to Kill (Bond's brief stint as a rogue agent operating outside of MI6) tacked on.
  4. Comes across as being a self-parody in several scenes, such as a henchman named "Mr. Kil", and the fact that one of Bond's gadgets is an invisible car.
  5. You'd think after 14 months of captivity someone would have fished those diamond fragments out of Rick Yune's face. You'd certainly think they'd do that before they tried putting an entire new face on him.
  6. Schizophrenic editing with poor slow-motion effects.
  7. Outlandish moments that come close to the worst of the Roger Moore films ("gene therapy" turns a Korean man Caucasian, and Bond somehow knows how to fight with a broadsword and stop his own heart).
  8. Poor acting for most of the cast.
  9. A terrible theme song by Madonna, with awful autotune and lyrics to boot.
  10. Cringeworthy dialogue full of unfunny puns about sex and masturbation.
  11. So much hammy acting occurs that Madonna can seem like a natural part of the film's world.
  12. The film seems to treat Jinx as more the main character than Bond at some points, suggesting that the producers were using the film to set-up a stand-alone Jinx film (which actually was in development at one point, but cancelled after Catwoman bombed).
  13. Bond at one point catches the idiot ball and forgets to check if his gun is still loaded before facing down the bad guys.

Good Qualities

  1. Mostly good action scenes, such as the hovercraft chase that opens the movie and the car chase on ice.
  2. The idea of Bond being captured is a good premise, and leads to an imaginative use of the traditional opening credits sequence.
  3. The fencing sequence is not well explained and lacks common sense, yet it is a gret action sequence with very good choreography and pacing.
  4. The girls are pretty, even if not helped by their characterization (Halle Berry) or acting (Rosamund Pike).
  5. Pierce Brosnan is still doing a good job as the main character.
  6. John Cleese is a decent replacement for the late Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
  7. The original James Bond theme is still used


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