Title: Die Another Day Director: Lee Tamahori Year: 2002 Run time: 2hrs 13m
“When his top-secret mission is sabotaged, James Bond finds himself captured by the enemy, abandoned by MI6 and stripped of his 00-license. Determined to get revenge, Bond goes head-to-head with a sultry spy, a frosty agent and a shadowy billionaire whose business is diamonds but whose secret is a diabolical weapon that could bring the world to its knees!”
1:23 – Does North Korea have epic waves like that? They should be expert surfers! 6:16 – Hovercrafts are so awesome but must be hard to film, as hard to control as they are. 12:33 – “Saved by the bell.” Oh James. 15:06 – First Bond where the credits also tell a bit of story? 23:13 – Stern Judi is stern. 33:38 – Amazingly lovely strong accents in this one, in previous decades they’d have been dubbed. 34:49 – Mmmm, Cuba’s cars. 50:08 – Martini, shaken by airplane turbulence, not stirred. 51:30 – “What a wonderful day to become a knight.” 55:57 – Diamonds are foreveryone. 1:00:30 – Always wonder how he knows what the key is for. 1:04:45 – “Yes, but it’s called the future, so get used to it.” 1:05:10 – The jetpack! 1:06:29 – The Aston Martin Vanish is my favourite. 1:15:25 – Icarus won’t upset the Earth’s very careful balance at all, will it? 1:25:42 – Laser to the back of the head is properly gross. 1:30:42 – Hehe, it’s so Eden Project. 1:34:27 – Just realised the General is Mr Lee from Ministry of Mayhem. Ruined. 1:29:30 – Interesting they’re using double speed footage, but more arty rather than trying to increase tension. 1:41:06 – Love this. Car chase is a melting ice palace. What else does Hollywood need? 1:46:20 –“If the North goes South…” 2:05:21 – Oof, that whole plane/helicopter thing is just a bit much.
If you’d asked me before we started which was my favourite Bond film, I’d always say this one. Not the best, for sure, but my favourite. North Korea, hovercraft, ice palace, invisible car, Halle Berry, lots of good stunts and plenty of fun. Plus Pierce.
Having now seen them all, I don’t know if this does stand up to being my favourite, but perhaps that’s something to revisit in a more fleshed out post. Instead, I can only say that I enjoyed it. It’s all very silly, and I can understand why people might think it is more glitz than substance but actually, the plot is no more far-fetched than some of the earlier ones, the Bond girls no less attractive and feisty, and the bad guy just as psychotic.
Overall, it’s a fab way to end our Bond catch-up experiment, and even with the highs and the lows, I can only say I’ve enjoyed it all!