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on 11 November 2016
Despite one or two continuity anomolies, and the quite awful Halle Berry,I'll stick my neck out and suggest that this is, arguably, the best Bond outing ever. Huge amonts of thought has gone into the making of this, over two hour long film, the 'making of' section is exceptionally informative with the behind the scenes section being very enlightening.I do feel that the editing isn't great, however, overall, an excellent homage to its creator with all the stops pulled out and no expense spared.
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on 12 January 2009
I'm the first to hold my hand up and admit when things are above and beyond me. All the technical stats and numbers surrounding the high-definition Blu-Ray market confuses me. What I do know, however, is that watching Blu-Ray is a far superior experience to simple DVD.

DIE ANOTHER DAY is a cracking James Bond adventure and, given the care and attention Bond films are made with, it makes a perfect candidate for the Blu-Ray experience. The picture and sound are both jaw-droppingly good, the film itself hardly mattering as you marvel at the individual hairs on Pierce Brosnan's head or indulge in the individual bullet pings during a shootout. A clever little menu also allows you to pick and choose your favourite moments from the film and watch them individually to sample the high-definition Bond experience. With a decent haul of other special features too (not as many as the original two-disc Special Edition DVD, but enough to keep fans happy) the disc presentation is flawless. For the film that introduced Bond to the 21st Century back in 2002, this is a welcome introduction to the format of the future.

The film itself shines on Blu-Ray. Those who grumbled at the use of CGI will be subdued by the fact that, in high-definition, the special effects are laden with fine details missed by the standard DVD format. During the infamous icewave surf, the tiny Bond is recognisable as Pierce Brosnan this time around, and the water and ice around him glistens with precision. Make what you will of the plot (Bond is captured in North Korea and imprisoned for 14 months, betrayed by somebody within the intelligence community, and when he is finally released he engages on a mission of revenge with or without the assistance of M and the Double-Oh Section) but there are enough bangs and plot twists to keep action, adventure and spy fans happy. This was the last hurrah of the old-style James Bond before Daniel Craig came and injected the franchise with a Bourne-style makeover. Half LICENCE TO KILL, half MOONRAKER, DIE ANOTHER DAY is literally a "Best of Bond" collection, lovingly presented with lavish production values and terrific acting on the part of Pierce Brosnan, Toby Stephens and Rosamund Pike. Even Halle Berry is tolerable, which is nice.

So full marks from me? Absolutely. In the wake of my first Blu-Ray experience, I'm left feeling rather sorry for the DVD format. Like VHS before it, the sun is setting on the humble DVD. It's okay, though, because tomorrow will be lit by Blu-Ray... and I, for one, am not complaining.
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on 8 May 2009
There are a surprising number of duff Bonds. Sadly, most of them are in the first Bond blu-ray boxset, such as Live and Let Die, Dr No and For Your Eyes Only.

DAD is a shockingly bad Bond film from beginning to end. The intro (as with many of the locations) looks like it was shot in a muddy field near Slough (and I understand it actually was). The opening theme tune (like many newer Bonds, bar Goldeneye) is ear-bleedingly awful. The opening credit sequence throws the Bond canon out the window and replaces it with something boring and simply rubbish.

The story is flaccid and boring and the effects are like some laughable amateur effort on youtube (could you imagine Connery agreeing to a storyline featuring Bond big-wave surfing or kite boarding?). The baddie has more in common with Rimmer from Red Dwarf than the likes of Blofeld or Drax. Seriously, listen to him after he parachutes into London, it sounds like Rimmer speaking. The action is yawn inducing and the gadgets childish. The whole thing feels like a Carry On... film it's so tongue in cheek and vapid (and not in a good way like Moonraker). The direction is poor with no feel for the panache and grace of the best Bonds - honestly, who uses the Clash in a Bond film to illustrate we are in London?!

It's also massively overlong (in common with so many recent Bond films). Since it is so boring, it's hard to stomach sitting through - and this coming from a big Bond fan - which is the biggest complaint I can make. Most Bond films, no matter how many times I've seen them, remain an easy pleasure to watch. Not so DAD (or QoS).

I thought nothing could touch Die Another Day, but then they release Quantum of Solace which isn't simply a rotten movie, it's not a Bond at all. Not one iota of what we know and love about Bond features in that film. That they managed to make a film almost as rotten as DAD is truely astounding.

The blu-ray is very impressive nonetheless - the colours are punchy and saturated, the picture is smooth and sharp, and the sound is immersive; but what a terrible film.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 January 2016
...considering this was the Bond film which partly forced Bond to ‘reboot.’

For what it’s worth, I liked ‘Die Another Day.’ Okay, so it may never be up there with the best of the Bond movies, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be down there with the worst. I’ll go as far as to say that it is a little effects-laden and the Madonna cameo just really shouldn’t be in there, but it’s still good fun (and isn’t that what a Bond film should be?).

This time Bond is captured by the North Koreans for a good year and a half near the beginning of the film (don’t think that should be too much of a spoiler – as it’s basically covered in the typically-weird opening credits montage) and tortured. When MI6 finally get him out, it’s because he’s being exchanged for a North Korean war criminal – in fact the very same war criminal he went to North Korea to assassinate.

Anyway, MI6 don’t really see much use for poor ol’ Bondy and consign him to the scrap heap. Only Bond has other ideas and kind of ‘goes rogue.’ Well, slightly rogue. Not quite as ‘rogue’ as Licensed to Kill’ but still rogue enough to be not on MI6’s payroll. And those dastardly North Koreans better watch out and not try starting a war with the rest of the world.

As I said, I quite liked it. It’s topical (what with the North Koreans regularly scaring the world with their sabre-rattling) and rolls along reasonably well. Maybe I’m just nostalgic as I liked the old ‘happy-go-lucky’ Bond films (before the darker and more gritty Daniel Craig era) and this was the last of its kind. A lot of people hated it because of its awful use of ‘green screen’ special effects. Okay, you may expect to be able to tell the hero is up against a green screen in your average B-movie, but this is a high-budget Bond film – it really is pretty awful. And then you have the invisible car. Over the decades Bond has had more than his fair share of cool gadgets to get him out of trouble. It seemed that a car that completely disappears at will was suspending the disbelief a little too much.

Overall, Die Another Day will never be a classic. There is a fair amount wrong with it. Halle Berry, although being a great actress, kind of suffered from the ‘Bond girl curse’ and didn’t really live up to expectations (there was even talk of a spin-off film series based on her character – never going to happen now). Don’t expect too much from this, but if you’re still okay with the lighter side of Bond (even though this one does try to ‘go dark’ - or as dark as anything pre-Craig ever will) and fancy a load of dodgy special effects and Pierce Brosnan’s smirk then there are worse films out there (there are also better Bond films out there, but you probably already know that).

And I still like John Cleese better as ‘Q’ than the kid they currently have.
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on 9 November 2015
Without a doubt for me this is the worst Bond film in the offical series. It comes across more like a Bond parody than an actual 007 movie. This came out at bonds 40th aniversary & to celebrate this, Instead of giving us a well made film like with 2012s 50th aniversary film Skyfall, We are bombarded with stupid nods to past Bond films so many that it becomes anoying & affects the movie negatively rather than possitively.Then there are the horrid cartoonishly bad CGI sequence that look so fake & take you straight out of the movie. The dreadful wind surfing scene where Brosnan looks like he's obviously in studio infront of a green screen. The sea is rising 100ft in the sky all around him & Bond is bond is bone dry. The whole plane sequence is woeful as is Hale Berry diving off a cliff. Toby Stevens as the bad guy is like a pantomime villain & not remotely threatening & as he hams it up to 200%. oh & the dumb bullet down the barrel at the beging, uh!! It all just doesn't feel like a Bond Film. shove Wesley Snipes or Steven Segal in place of Bond & it would be an okay action film, but Bond pah!!. On the plus side the 2disc dvd is packed with special features including Audio commentry from Pierce Brosnan & from maker of this mess director Lee Tamahori with Producer Michael G. Wilson & many documentries too. The plus side is that this mess resulted in the Daniel Craig reboot era so there is a positive...just!!
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on 15 October 2012
Die Another Day is a James Bond film so bad that it very nearly single handily killed this historic franchise stone dead. Paradoxically, it is at times so bad that it is brilliant in its ridiculousness and will leave the viewer in convulsions of laughter at the absurdity of it all.

It is by some distance the most poorly directed of all the Bond series and the acting is simply terrible. Toby Stephens and Halle Berry set new standards for bad acting on screen and that takes some doing. However, perhaps the one that paid the biggest price was Pierce Brosnan. In many ways the perfect screen Bond - Brosnan ends up paying the ultimate price and losing his role of a lifetime forever because quite simply there was no going back after being attached to the debacle that was Die Another Day and the producers knew it.

After Die Another Day something had to give in order for the franchise to even survive and thankfully it did leading to a radical overhaul and a new Bond for the 21st century.
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on 6 January 2011
I am a big fan of James Bond and I have seen all the films. This film is fabulous. This film has everything going for it. The story is fresh and new and something we have not seen before. The acting is to a high standard with many famous faces. The direction is superb. The locations are glamorous. The hovercraft chase is so cool! The car chase on ice is amazing! 007 gadgets are at their best! The music is memorable. This is the typical great Bond movie. Pierce Brosnan as always is a fantastic James Bond. Halle Berry is good Bond girl. I have watched this Bond film so many times and I never get bored of it. This film shows there is no spy film as good as the Bond ones. It is filmed so well!

I have shown this film to many of my friends and they all think it is amazing. I don't know why there are some bad reviews. You cannot get a better line-up of actors than this. Fact! Look at the appalling acting in Casino Royale! I am amazed that some people can give this film one star. OK so they might say the invisible car is unrealistic. But the gadgets on 007 have always been out-of-this-world. I can't help but notice that this is the Bond film that gets shown on TV most often and gets very high ratings. I guess this shows how popular the film is.

Do not let bad reviews put you off this film. A lot of films one forgets but this film is one which sticks in your mind. Many people have seen this great film but if you haven't then you are missing one of the greatest modern action films. Here is how it compares with other Bond films in my opinion.

Dr No: 6/10
From Russia With Love: 10/10
Goldfinger: 9/10
Thunderball: 6/10
You Only Live Twice: 4/10
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: 9/10
Diamonds Are Forever: 8/10
Live And Let Die: 7/10
The Man With The Golden Gun: 6/10
The Soy Who Loved Me: 4/10
Moonraker: 3/10
For Your Eyes Only: 6/10
Octopussy: 4/10
A View To A Kill: 3/10
The Living Daylights: 9/10
License To Kill: 5/10
Goldeneye: 10/10
Tomorrow Never Dies: 10/10
The World Is Not Enough: 10/10
Die Another Day: 10/10
Casino Royale: 2/10
Quantum Of Solace: 1/10
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on 9 December 2006
Easily the worst Bond movie to date. In an unusual fashion, i've decided to keep this review short, seeming as everyone else has pretty much summed it up. With some big hype surrounding it at first because of speculation that this would be Pierce Brosnans last film, and rumours they would be taking ideas from previous films (pretty much a lie) this was deemed to be a big hit. More like big flop.
The film relies heavily on CGI to create some laughable scenes in which Bond encounters odd situations, from driving a high-speed land vehicle in order to escape a controlled sun's ray (probably the most un-real scene I've seen in years) to watching Halle Berry strapped on an odd robotically-controlled torture base, with laser's flying everywhere, and the woman acting like as if she's never acted in her life. This is the films main weakeness - this is NOT Bond. It's just an excuse to use cheap CGI, throw in the odd 'real' effect and say "Hey, look what we just did", then think up a poor, poor, plot, and market it as a big film.
If your a Bond fan, don't even consider. If you like Armagedon or other typical Hollywood films relying on pathetic encounters, this is your stuff!
Not even Bonds invisible, bullet-proof, missile loaded Aston Martin can pull him out of this one...
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 August 2012
Die Another Day is directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Neil Purvis and Robert Wade. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese, Judi Dench and Michael Madsen. Music is scored by David Arnold and cinematography by David Tattersall.

Bond 20 and 007 is captured and tortured by the North Koreans after being betrayed by an MI6 mole. After being exchanged for a deadly enemy operative, Bond has his 007 status revoked and is forced to go rogue to find who the mole is.

As the Bond franchise celebrated 40 years of being, the film to mark the occasion, ironically, forgot the subtle ingredients that make up the best Bond movies. What we get is a chaotic movie, excess is the order of the day, with Eon allowing Tamahori to stack up scene after scene of video game standard ideas. There is no lack of effort here, the heart is full of good intentions, but some big cheese in a suit should have reined the director in. It's also a sad day in the Bond universe when a Bond film uses homage's to homage itself, only for that idea to tire itself out as well. There is barely any time for reflective silences, for a show of character depth, on the odd occasion the film slows down, gasping for air, Tamahori rushes into the next bit of noise annoys. While the action is often as laughable as the dialogue. This may have made a pot load of cash, but few serious Bond fans would have returned to see this again at the cinema. It's Bond for the non Bond fans, a lazy popcorn no brain for the gamers who just want crash, bang and wallop with no substance. Ssshh, did someone say Batman & Robin?

As the film unfolds in a blur of sledgehammer editing and lack of restraint, not to forget CGI that is shameful, the cast struggle to keep the good ship Bond afloat. Brosnan is on smug auto-pilot, this film proving to be a sad farewell for him from a role he had previously graced with some distinction. Berry is gorgeous but looks awkward with the action scenes and can't carry off the chirpy aspects of the script, though in her defence she's not done any favours by the writers and Tamahori is more concerned with showcasing her twin assets. Pike is ok, sexy and feisty, if a little difficult to accept as a MI6 agent. Stephens, who went on to do very good acting work later in his career, hams it up for all he is worth. Meant to be a shadow characterisation of Bond, Stephens plays Gustav Graves as some posh cartoon character from a Brit sit-com, a world away from the much needed dastard villain opposing Bond. His motives unclear and a victim of one of the film's more berserker twists. Yune is fun with his diamond studded face and old pros Cleese and Dench at least come out of it with reputations still intact. While Madsen is criminally underused.

Elsewhere on a technical front there's also not much to shout about. Madonna's title song, the worst in the series by far, is only beaten in awfulness by her cameo in the film. Tattersall's photography barely registers above the ordinary, with sub-standard location filming not helping either, and Arnold's score is about as far removed from Bond flavours as it can get. There are some good scenes within, a machismo pumped sword fight between Bond and Graves and a laser beam (hello Goldfinger my old friend) dodging fist fight stand tall above the messy quagmire, but the memory of the good sequences are quickly vanquished once the "invisible car" is put to field duty use! And with that there really is no more to say about the "quality" of Die Another Day. For Bond fans it's about a 5/10 movie, the low point of the franchise, a reinvention was now desperately needed. For casual blockbuster fans after a cheap thrill? It's the movie for them and no doubt will score considerably higher on the rating scale.
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on 20 June 2012
Setting out to foil a rogue North Korean Colonel bent on invading his southern neighbour, James Bond is tortured and imprisoned before setting out on a convoluted road to revenge. His mission leads him to the Polar ice caps and a confrontation with a mysterious billionaire harnessing solar power for apparently benevolent purposes.

The first half of this testosterone-loaded entry in the long Bond catalogue is sprightly and at times even surprising stuff. Imprisoned, tortured and only reluctantly traded back by his bosses, it's a long time before the familiar sleek, debonair master-spy emerges from the wreckage. You can't help but wonder what Roger Moore would have made of it all.

Starting off muddied and rain-lashed in combat fatigues, Bond then takes a severe beating during the Madonna-fuelled title credits to emerge after 14 months of imprisonment battered, bedraggled and encased in Robbie Coltrane's Hagrid wig and whiskers. This whole bizarre sequence reaches a delicious climax when our hirsute hero, clad only in sodden pyjamas, walks into a posh Hong Kong hotel and - deadpan - asks for his `usual suite'.

Even by the time the plot starts to veer towards more familiar territory, Director Lee Tamahori manages to keep the inventiveness flowing for awhile. For the first time in his 40 year career Bond actually gets to have sex onscreen (nothing sensational, but steamy enough by 007's usual fade-to-black standards). The veteran agent also gets to do a bit of serious swashbuckling against his sneering nemesis Gustav Graves in what is as well choreographed an action sequence as the series has mustered in its long history.

Brosnan clearly relishes pushing at the boundaries of Bond's patented characteristics of smooth invulnerability. The first hour of this film gives him loads of opportunities to display anger, frustration, pain and even hate. Just look at his work during the sabre duel with Toby Stephens - is this guy seriously pumped up or what! Bond is essentially an absurd superman, but there are times when Brosnan makes him close to credible.

With this film, you always get the feeling that the quality can't quite last, and the second half, while still perfectly enjoyable, gradually loses sight of its plot and characters to wander down the well-trodden path of outlandish action set-pieces for their own sake. High-tech hardware and expensive sets get blown to bits, designer cars and motor bikes screech and tumble and the series' first major use of CGI technology looks distinctly threadbare in comparison to other contemporary blockbusters. As so often happens with Bond films, plotlines become murky and confused and it gets difficult to know just who is doing what, to whom, and for what reason. Its all nicely done in the familiar manner, but just a bit of an anti-climax after the imagination shown before.

Brosnan apart, most of the cast get few opportunities to shine. Toby Stephens is something of a one-dimensional pantomime villain. Halle Berry, although supposedly a crack American agent, gets surprisingly little to do and spends most of her time being either captured or rescued. Newcomer Rosamund Pike is the exception; cool, enigmatic and deadly, she easily steals the film from Berry and is one to watch.

Although it doesn't quite sustain its own early excellence, Die Another Day keeps up the high standard set by Brosnan's Bond films and, in terms of the series as a whole, is among its better adventures.
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