Saturday, 5 January 2008

Die Another Day (2002) - ickleReview (TV)

On-the-wane James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, and Rosamund Pike. Bond is captured after an assassination attempt in North Korea, then beaten up and tortured for 14 months before he is released. M (Judi Dench) withdraws his 00 status, so he has to continue on an unofficial basis. The plot feels even more cursory than usual. There's a stupid invisible Aston Martin "Vanish" Vanquish, some badly rendered green screen and CGI, and over-used slow-mo/whiplash camera techniques in the vein of The Fast and the Furious and The Matrix. Alongside this attempt to modernize, there are some nostalgic nods to Bond gadgets from earlier movies, and of coursee Halle Berry's Ursula Andress impression coming out of the sea in a bikini.

Nugget: it's easy to see why this was Brosnan's last Bond.

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