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Die Another Day, 2007 Bond remastered Edition - Pierce Brosnan goes out on a low,
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Ugh. It is hard to know where to start with this film. For the 20th big screen outing for James Bond Pierce Brosnan dons his tuxedo for the fourth and last time. The producers felt that a celebration of the previous films was required, however, this horrible mishmash seems to celebrate the worst, not the best of the series.
The script writers seem to have taken all their inspiration from Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker, undoubtedly the two worst Bond films made (until this one). Brosnan has to contend with an incomprehensible plot involving diamonds in space, Korean politics, ice palaces and invisible cars, a daft pantomime villain and some really REALLY terrible dialogue. Oh, and Madonna gets involved with both the acting and theme song, just to make things even worse. Brosnan, who was very good indeed in his first two appearances in the role, just gives up and coasts through on autopilot.
It's a pity. The film starts out really well with a great pre title sequence and hovercraft chase, followed by his capture and torture in a Korean camp. Then Madonna's `music' starts up and the whole film goes down the tubes. If it could have kept the gritty tone of the intro it would have been superb. But things go wrong almost immediately. Bond making his heart stop and feigning death is the first big mistake, it is just too silly and unbelievable. Halle Berry jinxes the whole thing with a wooden performance worthy of Thunderbirds. And as for Toby Stephens as the supervillain - oh dear oh dear oh dear. And don't get me started on the laughable invisible car or truly terrible ice palace.
As well as bad acting and script writing there is some truly awful directing. Most of the stunts now seem to be badly done CGI effects which really grate and detract from your viewing pleasure. The director uses several camera trick, slow mo shots etc to try and liven things up but they are just annoying. I could go on and on.
It's a pity, I can see what the producers were trying to do but they really over egged the attempt at nostalgia and hired the wrong script team, director and actors. No wonder they `rebooted' the series after this.