When his top-secret mission is sabotaged, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself captured by theenemy, abandoned by MI6 and stripped of his 00-license. Determined to get revenge, Bond goes head-to-head with a sultry spy... more » (OscarĀ(r) winner* Halle Berry), a frosty agent (Rosamund Pike) anda shadowy billionaire (Toby Stephens) whose business is diamonds but whose secret is a diabolical weapon that could bring the world to its knees! Bristling with excitement and bursting with explosivespecial effects, Die Another Day is an adrenaline-pumping thrill-ride with "stunts and non-stop action [that] will astonish you" (Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC-TV)! *2001: Actress, Monster'sBall« less
Michael D. Kelley | Leesburg, Florida | 06/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One thing for sure about "Die Another Day": the writers well understood (and paid tribute to) the great Bond movies of the past. The end result is a movie that, while not perhaps as great as the films it honors, certainly takes its place as one of the best modern Bond films made.Nearly every previous Bond classic is represented here: there is, of course, the acknowledged nod of the head to Dr. No and the famous bikini sequence. But you don't have to look very hard to see many other references. There are depressuring fights on a plane ("Goldfinger"), a great car chase on ice sequence ("The Living Daylights"), Bond leaving the service as a rogue ("License to Kill"), diamond weapon in the sky ("Diamonds are Forever"), the list goes on and on (I would even venture to say there is a tribute of sorts to the foolishness that went on during Roger Moore's Bond days; the unbelievable wind surfing stunt Bond pulls about halfway through is exactly the sort of silliness that Moore did all the time).Cynics might say this is true of any Bond film nowadays; they are so derivative they resort to stealing from themselves. But I don't think that's the case here. It's pretty clear the writers knew what they were doing when John Cleese even quotes some of the great "Q" lines from the past in his excellent sequence where he provides Bond his new Aston Martin (and now we've come full circle there as well, returning to the car that made Bond famous).I'm not a big Halle Berry fan, but she's very good here. More to the point are the villians. Toby Stephens and Rick Yune are terrific, as so is Pierce, who ironically is hitting his stride and seems totally comfortable in a role he's soon to give up.If you've enjoyed the great Bond movies in the past, you're sure to appreciate this one. Even those new to Bond should have fun with the action and adventure."
The Greatest Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service
QuiGonHrafn | Kopavogur Iceland | 02/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The greatest Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Brosnan is brilliant and has become a very credible 007. To me he is the second greatest Bond - my favorite still remains Timothy Dalton. The film's action scenes are probably the greatest in Bond history while the first half of the film is very Fleming like. The first half could be a Fleming novel - it is that good. The teamwork of Brosnan and Berry is brilliant. She is the greatest Bond lady since Michelle Yeoh and among the greatest Bond girls ever. Pike is excellent although it is maybe too obvious she is a villain. I'm from Iceland and it is brilliant to watch Bond in action in my home country. Seeing him drive the all famous Aston Martin in Iceland gave me the chill. But the greatest aspects of the film is all the known items from previous films that appear throughout the film. From the novel Bond picks up in Havana (written by a James Bond) and Brosnan's "stealing" and eating a grape (a la Thunderball) to the emergence of Jinx from the ocean (Dr. No) and all the old equipment in Q branch. Brilliant stuff that will keep the hardcore Bond fans happy.
Die Another Day is a fantastic Bond adventure that should please both hardcore Fleming fans and the average action film fan. A must for all Bond fans."
James Bond...40 Years Later, And Still Going Strong!!
Matt Hanke | Choctaw, Oklahoma United States | 11/23/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"People, from one "veteran" Bond fan to another, let me just say that if you felt any reservations concerning "Die Another Day" whatsoever, rest your minds at ease...Bond #20 is in a word...AWESOME!!Brosnan is at his best as agent 007, John Cleese appears to be a worthy successor to the role of Q (made famous by the beloved Desmond Llewelyn...who will forever be missed), Judi Dench and Samantha Bond have by now firmly rooted themselves as the perfect choices to bring the characters of M and Money Penny into the new millennium, and lets not forget the ever important "icy" villains and ever alluring women that complete the tried and true formula that is the classic Bond film!Throw in a wonderful title song performed by Madonna, another amazing score by composer David Arnold, delightful references to the Bond films of the past, and what you get is simply the best Bond movie to be released in nearly 20 years!"Die Another Day" is everything that 007 fans have come to expect, and just goes to show that when it comes to pulse-pounding action and adventure, beautiful women and fiendishly diabolical villains...nobody does it better...than the one and only Bond...James Bond!!"
Surfing, Madonna and Bond - All in One Movie!
Peter Swift | Cogan Station, PA United States | 06/04/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was, I believe, the twentieth Bond movie ever made. Starring Pierce Brosnan as Double - Oh, and Halle Berry as "Jinx" this movie was supposed to take James Bond to the next level. Well, it did, but probably not a very high level... When the movie started with an extended surfing scene (I kid you not, James Bond surfing), I started to worry a little bit about the movie. Actually, I ended up slightly surprised...it wasn't that bad!The movie starts out with Bond being captured and tortured...and after Bond returns to MI6, his own government refuses to back him up (believing he leaked information to his captors). The movie is full of cool explosions, cool cars, cool fight scenes, and cool sets. In fact, I think the fencing match turned sword fight between Bond and Graves (played by Toby Stevens), is one of the best fighting sequences I've seen in a Bond movie.Once again, John Cleese plays "Q," providing several moments of non-stop hilarity while providing Bond with some cool new gadgets (and an invisible car). The movie was pretty good, but towards the end, the sexual innuendo was getting pretty extreme. The one-liners really weren't that funny, and most of the joking seemed far too contrived. Aside from that (and the poor blue-screening done during Bond's two surfing incidents), the movie was great and a lot of fun to watch.This won't win as my favorite Bond movie (sorry, there wasn't any skiing!), but some of the new film techniques that were used certainly make this film stand apart from the rest."
Decent Bond film, though not without its excesses
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 11/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 20th Bond film, so you know the producers have a rough time trying to keep it fresh. DAD still packs some fun and zip, but some compromises were made along the way.The opening credits/song sequence plays like a music video. And title song, co-written and sung by Madonna, just isn't very good. It seems out of place compared to previous Bond title songs. It tries too hard to be techno/trendy/hip, and just doesn't work. And Madonna herself appears in the film (briefly, thank goodness), looking every day of her 40+ years of age.That said, some of the setpieces are spectacular and refreshingly creative. The hovercraft chase at the beginning, a nasty fight with broadswords soon after, and an implausibile but fun car chase on ice towards the end are visual and adrenaline-pumping treats. You are gonna LOVE those cars! Very drool-worthy! But an invisible Aston Martin? C'mon. Please.Halle Berry: Looks great in a bikini in one scene. Looks very lovely in close-ups with her perfect white teeth. But she looks like a neophyte spy running around with a gun. Not distractingly bad, but could have been much better. Actor Toby Stephens plays the primary villain, and he is delightfully evil in the mold of some previous Bond heavies. He is ridiculously rich and arrogant as hell. But then again, so is Bond.British actress Rosamund Pike plays Miranda Frost, employee of the villain and lust target for Bond. She is what a classic Bond Girl should be -- beautiful, smart, sexy, and played by a relatively unknown actress. Director Lee Tamahori keeps the action going at a fairly rapid clip, though his use of Matrix-style slo-mo shots seem random and useless sometimes. But as a viewer I couldn't help thinking that this is just another Bond film where the franchise's age is compensated for with bigger and louder explosions and more outrageously fantastic gadgets. Visual overload.Remember 1981's "For Your Eyes Only"? In that Bond film the producers decided to step back a bit from the outrageousness and gadgetry and just make an out-and-out action thriller. It worked great, and stands as one of the best Bond films ever. So we don't need to have invisible cars, death rays from orbiting satellites, or lots of explosions and destruction to make a really good spy yarn. "Die Another Day" pushes the envelope about as far as it can go before reaching complete self-parody. I long for a return to a "FYEO"-type Bond film.Best part about this film? No Denise Richards."