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The UnPopular Opinion: Die Another Day

Nov. 7, 2012by: Alex Maidy

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

**** SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

Bond movies are like Baskin-Robbins ice cream: there is something for everyone, assuming you are not lactose intolerant. Obviously there are people out there who are not into Bond movies, but those of us who consider ourselves 007 fans have our own internal lists of which movies are our favorites and which are utter dreck. In fact, we do the same thing with out Bond actors. I know a few folks who still refuse to watch any of the Daniel Craig movies because they don't like the rebooted Bond. But, those tend to be the same people who prefer their Bond in the cartoonish, Roger Moore form.

Pierce Brosnan was a great James Bond. He was a refreshing return to the debonair super agent that was missed by many during the Timothy Dalton years. Brosnan was cool, badass, a sex machine, and handy with a gun. He also remains the only Bond who shifts from the realistic side of the 007 universe to the complete opposite side of cartoon incredulity. He actually completed the transition from Sean Connery to Roger Moore in the span of GOLDENEYE to DIE ANOTHER DAY.

That rug really tied the room together, man.

But, DIE ANOTHER DAY is not a bad Bond movie. In fact, it is the prototypical Bond movie. If you go back and revisit all 23 of the movies, you will find the vast majority are comprised of ridiculous gadgets, over the top villains, cheezy one liners, buxom babes, and impossible plot devices. DIE ANOTHER DAY has all of these in spades. From the diamond-studded face of Rick Yune's Z to the incredibly sexy Halle Berry as Jin, this movie is Pierce Brosnan's best Roger Moore Bond movie.  GOLDENEYE is clearly his best Sean Connery Bond movie.  But, that does not make this a bad movie by any means.

Back in 2002, James Bond was celebrating his 40th anniversary.  DIE ANOTHER DAY was released to coincide with that milestone date.  Director Lee Tamahori crammed a celebration of that momentous occassion into the movie by having a reference to every preceeding Bond movie in one capacity or another.  Many of these turned out to be sight gags or humorous asides, but all added to the fun of this movie.

DIE ANOTHER DAY has a typical Bond story:  Bond must operate outside of MI-6 guidelines in order to seek vengeance on the villain who wronged him.  That villain happens to be Colonel Moon, a North Korean soldier bent on domination.  Moon and his henchman, Zao, are trading in African conflict diamonds when Bond crashes the party.  Bond is taken prisoner and only released once he has grown a kick ass Lebowski beard and lost the support that he kept his mouth shut while imprisoned.  That sends him off to Havana, Cuba where he meets NSA agent Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry).

Sweet mercy.  There are no words.  Humunah humunah!

I defy any man to tell me that Halle Berry's homage to Ursula Andress' famous bikini scene from DR.NO is not one of the hottest moments in Bond history.  Hot damn.  Berry was probably one of the best Bond girls of all time in terms of her ability to stand next to 007 and hold her own.  There were rumors for a long time that she was going to get her own spin-off movie but that never came to fruition.  I blame CATWOMAN.

The plot relies heavily on gadgets, which James Bond became synonymous with before Daniel Craig took over.  John Cleese takes over the role of Q from the deceased Desmond Llewelyn.  Cleese had played the role as a bumbling fool in the prior Brosnan film, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, and here plays it straight.  He provides one of the most outlandish gadgets in series history: an invisible car.

I have heard complaints that DIE ANOTHER DAY relied too heavily on CGI.  Yeah, there was a lot of it in terms of the invisible car sequence, but how the hell can you make something invisible with practical effects and not have it look cheap?  I have never had a problem with Bond gadgets in any of the films.  Sure, I like the Daniel Craig films being gadget free.  SKYFALL is going to have "gadgets" but in a more practical sense.  They are the lifeblood of the series.  DIE ANOTHER DAY has goofy gadgets but they all fit with the cartoon mode the movie plays in.

I don't mean to be rude, but does anyone else think Madonna's arms are f*cking terrifying?

Rosamund Pike, Toby Stephens, and Rick Yune play the villains with aplomb.  Gustav Graves (Stephens) is a maniacal bad guy with a master plan that involves world domination and revenge, just like the best Bond baddies.  Rick Yune plays the disfigured henchman Zao like a cross between Oddjob from GOLDFINGER and Robert Carlyle's Renard from THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.  He is just crazy enough to straddle the line between believable and caricature.  My only regret is that he is underused in this movie.  Rosamund Pike plays her role as secondary Bond girl well but she comes across as cold and stuffy and can never really compete with Halle Berry's sheer hotness.

Lee Tamahori does a good job handling the action.  While Tamahori is no Sam Mendes or even Martin Campbell, DIE ANOTHER DAY never feels poorly directed.  You get the sense that the movie was more about paying homage to the legacy of Bond rather than worrying about being the best Bond movie, but everyone looks like they had fun making it.

Madonna's theme song has proved to be one of the more popular in the series' history.  I like the electronic weight of the song and it does get the movie off to a raucous start.  Many scoffed at Madonna being selected for the title track, but those may have been the same people who thought Adele wouldn't be good for SKYFALL.  Madonna's cameo is unnecessary but it is so brief it doesn't really do any harm.

Zao is the Darth Maul of the Bond series.

James Bond is supposed to be cinematic popcorn.  It is supposed to be over the top, insane, and yes, funny.  DIE ANOTHER DAY meets all of these requirements and does so with balance.  You never feel like you are watching a spoof of Bond movies, but you also know you are watching a movie.  You will never see anything that happens in DIE ANOTHER DAY happen in real life.  The Daniel Craig era of Bond is an interesting alternate reality to the Bond saga, but will always feel like an alternate reality version of the character.  DIE ANOTHER DAY fits perfectly into the Bond pantheon.

In a recent survey, Bond fansite MI-6 ranked DIE ANOTHER DAY as the third worst Bond movie. Why? You have the classic John Barry score, lots of intense action set-pieces, and a droll 007 saving the world from utter doom. There are no nuclear physicists played by Denise Richards. Bond does not go to outer space. You have Pierce Brosnan having a shitload of fun blowing away the competition. What else could you ask for?

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5:56AM on 01/02/2013

I always liked it.

Guilty pleasure, if you wanna look at it that way. I even dig the theme song. I agree with everything written here, good popcorn flick.
Guilty pleasure, if you wanna look at it that way. I even dig the theme song. I agree with everything written here, good popcorn flick.
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11:28PM on 11/08/2012

AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS

They actually could have just called the film that, since they make a point of mentioning them every 15 minutes. Or at least it seemed that way; perhaps it was just the fact that they were pronouncing AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS with such conviction so as to make the film as topical as possible.

Anyway, it's actually not too bad for the first bit, but once they get to Cuba, the film nosedives faster than Brosnan's beard removal with a shiny new NORELCO razor, whilst wearing a BRIONI suit,
They actually could have just called the film that, since they make a point of mentioning them every 15 minutes. Or at least it seemed that way; perhaps it was just the fact that they were pronouncing AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS with such conviction so as to make the film as topical as possible.

Anyway, it's actually not too bad for the first bit, but once they get to Cuba, the film nosedives faster than Brosnan's beard removal with a shiny new NORELCO razor, whilst wearing a BRIONI suit, after drinking some FINLANDIA vodka. Yeah, the Bond films certainly don't shy away from product placement (even Casino Royale was guilty of Craig blatantly saying that his watch is an Omega), but still, it was abundantly clear that something was paying for the brain-meltingly large amounts of CGI. It seems like they just did a jerkoff reel of the "Best of Bond" moments and tried to shape some semblance of a plot around it (involving AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS), and didn't really bother with the minor details like dialogue or logic. There's also a disturbingly large amount of penis jokes (almost as frequent as AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS), moreso than even the Moore films, which is really saying something. I'm actually kind of amazed that they didn't make a joke about where Jinx was hiding the knife and fig when her and Bond were...knifing figs (oh, see? That was easy). And I challenge anyone to not laugh when Young Clint Eastwood From Space Cowboys shows up with that ridiculous mechsuit/Virtual Boy thingy (anyone else remember those?). I'm actually inclined to consider The Matador as Brosnan's actual last Bond film, wherein he plays Bond as having gone on a bender for three years to try and forget the events of Die Another Day (and the AFRICAN CONFLICT DIAMONDS).

Oh, and before someone says it, I came up with Double-Oh-Zero first, when I started posting on a James Bond message board 11 years ago (Christ on a cracker, time is one tricky bitch). Just thought I'd throw that out there in case someone decides to point out that, in a bit of a painfully ironic coincidence, the namesake appears in the film.
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3:54PM on 11/08/2012
for those who are making fun of invisible car,Mercedes really manufactured an invisible car using that technology.its not goofy anymore
for those who are making fun of invisible car,Mercedes really manufactured an invisible car using that technology.its not goofy anymore
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7:09AM on 11/08/2012

While..

it had its moments this was the weakest of the Brosnan Era..... and it an invisible car for pete's sake....
it had its moments this was the weakest of the Brosnan Era..... and it an invisible car for pete's sake....
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7:09AM on 11/08/2012

While..

it had its moments this was the weakest of the Brosnan Era..... and it an invisible car for pete's sake....
it had its moments this was the weakest of the Brosnan Era..... and it an invisible car for pete's sake....
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7:52PM on 11/07/2012
Not my favourite Bond film, but it does have its moments, on the plus side I found a brand new 2 disk copy of this in my local 99p shop this week.
Not my favourite Bond film, but it does have its moments, on the plus side I found a brand new 2 disk copy of this in my local 99p shop this week.
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7:08PM on 11/07/2012
Die Another Day is the Quantum of Solace of the Bronson era. Not as good as his other films, but not as bad as people make it out to be. Sure, it's a bit more unrealistic and relies on too much CGI, and Madonna's song is the worst Bond song to date, but other than that it's an entertaining Bond film. For me the worst Bond films are Moonraker (too goofy) and Octopussy (always puts me to sleep).
Die Another Day is the Quantum of Solace of the Bronson era. Not as good as his other films, but not as bad as people make it out to be. Sure, it's a bit more unrealistic and relies on too much CGI, and Madonna's song is the worst Bond song to date, but other than that it's an entertaining Bond film. For me the worst Bond films are Moonraker (too goofy) and Octopussy (always puts me to sleep).
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7:30PM on 11/07/2012
Dude.....Quantum of Solace was only Craig's 2nd Bond film, so you can't say DAD is the Quantum of Solace of the Bronson era.
Dude.....Quantum of Solace was only Craig's 2nd Bond film, so you can't say DAD is the Quantum of Solace of the Bronson era.
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6:05PM on 11/07/2012
This was one of the Bond films I enjoyed. Now, mind you, I am not a long time fan. I've never seen any Bond films prior to the Brosnan era, as those early Bond films never appealed to me. I enjoy the modern takes on the older Bond films, and like my Bond films slick, shiny, and modern, besides the new, Craig-led Bond films. In that regard, Another Day is my kind of Bond film. It's a lot of fun and, as the article says, has all the tropes: the gadgets, girls, cheese, villains, and ridiculous
This was one of the Bond films I enjoyed. Now, mind you, I am not a long time fan. I've never seen any Bond films prior to the Brosnan era, as those early Bond films never appealed to me. I enjoy the modern takes on the older Bond films, and like my Bond films slick, shiny, and modern, besides the new, Craig-led Bond films. In that regard, Another Day is my kind of Bond film. It's a lot of fun and, as the article says, has all the tropes: the gadgets, girls, cheese, villains, and ridiculous plot. It's also action packed. It may not be the serious, self reflecting Bond films we get today, but it was still a great Blockbuster to watch.
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5:36PM on 11/07/2012

The best bit about Die Another Day was...

...the pre-credits sequence. Plus, beardy Bond. Awesome.
After that it gets shit pretty damn quick. Madonna. Invisible Car. Ice Hotel. The storyline. Etcetera, etcetera. And as much as I love John Cleese, he had absolutely no earthly business being in this film.
Don't get me wrong, Brosnan was a good Bond, it's just a shame that the movies he appeared in were, for the most part, complete crap. If anything is an alternate reality universe Bond, it's this one.
In addition, I haven't been able
...the pre-credits sequence. Plus, beardy Bond. Awesome.
After that it gets shit pretty damn quick. Madonna. Invisible Car. Ice Hotel. The storyline. Etcetera, etcetera. And as much as I love John Cleese, he had absolutely no earthly business being in this film.
Don't get me wrong, Brosnan was a good Bond, it's just a shame that the movies he appeared in were, for the most part, complete crap. If anything is an alternate reality universe Bond, it's this one.
In addition, I haven't been able to take Halle Berry seriously since Catwoman. Hopefully Cloud Atlas will restore my faith in her. As for Bond, I think it's pretty clear why they wanted to reinvent the franchise after this particular movie. (Hint: It's because it was shit.)
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2:43PM on 11/07/2012
I like the movie as well :)
and the Invisible car is not that farfetched as mercedes have made an Invisible car and Bond has featured gadgets that were pretty unrealistic from Connery's era. Brosnan is my fav. Bond and he should have gotten a chance for a 5th bond movie.
I like the movie as well :)
and the Invisible car is not that farfetched as mercedes have made an Invisible car and Bond has featured gadgets that were pretty unrealistic from Connery's era. Brosnan is my fav. Bond and he should have gotten a chance for a 5th bond movie.
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2:28PM on 11/07/2012
Dude, it's the Common Sense Opinion to know that Die Another Day was absolute crap.
Dude, it's the Common Sense Opinion to know that Die Another Day was absolute crap.
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2:18PM on 11/07/2012

Having read a few of these...

There is a difference in having the occasional "unpopular opinion" and just generally having a taste for sh*t.
There is a difference in having the occasional "unpopular opinion" and just generally having a taste for sh*t.
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12:56PM on 11/07/2012
It sucked. It got too Star Treky. Why did Zao have a gadget car too? Madonna's song was the worst and is NOT popular. And honestly World is Not Enough, Renard, and Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist was not bad at all. But this in the unpopular opinion...so...you made your point.
It sucked. It got too Star Treky. Why did Zao have a gadget car too? Madonna's song was the worst and is NOT popular. And honestly World is Not Enough, Renard, and Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist was not bad at all. But this in the unpopular opinion...so...you made your point.
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11:57AM on 11/07/2012

many of the older Bond movies sucked

I have recently watched a number of older Bond movies and found many of them to be nearly unwatchable crap. Live And Let Die was so bad. For Your Eyes Only was terrible. Moonraker was silly and Bond was completely out of his element that he barely was a Bond. If the highlight of your film is running across alligators or wrestling a shark or flying with a flying backpack you have kinda failed in my opinion. Bond's strength is his charm of character and his quick thinking. In Die Another
I have recently watched a number of older Bond movies and found many of them to be nearly unwatchable crap. Live And Let Die was so bad. For Your Eyes Only was terrible. Moonraker was silly and Bond was completely out of his element that he barely was a Bond. If the highlight of your film is running across alligators or wrestling a shark or flying with a flying backpack you have kinda failed in my opinion. Bond's strength is his charm of character and his quick thinking. In Die Another Day Bond has his charm in full force, he has good motivations against the villains and he is resourceful. Also it is an ambitious film with plenty of thrills and sequences to get the blood pumping. It is nowhere near the worst Bond film. I put it in the upper half of Bond films.
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11:53AM on 11/07/2012

I liked it

it was the first Bond movie i saw in theaters, so i'm alittle bias when it comes to this movie. It has the nostalgia going for it with me. But still, i agree with you 100%. The cheesyness of it adds to the fact that this is the quintessential Bond film. As a movie itself, it is riddled with flaws. But following the Bond format, this matches some of the greats to me. An its entertaining as anything. The opening train sequence, the sword fight was nice, and the ice palace was a great set. Yes the
it was the first Bond movie i saw in theaters, so i'm alittle bias when it comes to this movie. It has the nostalgia going for it with me. But still, i agree with you 100%. The cheesyness of it adds to the fact that this is the quintessential Bond film. As a movie itself, it is riddled with flaws. But following the Bond format, this matches some of the greats to me. An its entertaining as anything. The opening train sequence, the sword fight was nice, and the ice palace was a great set. Yes the Car was an issue, but it didnt ruin the whole movie. Anyway, i liked this one.
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11:55AM on 11/07/2012
next unpopular opinion, for me i'd go with "Million Dollar Baby" (didnt like it) or "Click" (loved it)
next unpopular opinion, for me i'd go with "Million Dollar Baby" (didnt like it) or "Click" (loved it)
11:51AM on 11/07/2012

I liked it

Die Another Day never stopped being a fun ride. As you mentioned you could tell the entire cast was having a blast making this movie. Halle and Pike were gorgeous. Pierce is a great Bond. It was cartoony and that was good. Denise Richards as Christmas was weak, she was out of her element and not believable. But it didn't stop me from enjoying it. The chase scene in Korea at the beginning was a hoot. As cartoony as it was, it still had epic ambitions huge scene locations, electrifying
Die Another Day never stopped being a fun ride. As you mentioned you could tell the entire cast was having a blast making this movie. Halle and Pike were gorgeous. Pierce is a great Bond. It was cartoony and that was good. Denise Richards as Christmas was weak, she was out of her element and not believable. But it didn't stop me from enjoying it. The chase scene in Korea at the beginning was a hoot. As cartoony as it was, it still had epic ambitions huge scene locations, electrifying visuals and sweeping music, music that begs you to take seriously what is absolutely pulp.
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11:48AM on 11/07/2012
I love Die another day and it's one of my favorite Bonds. Ridiculous gadgets, hot Bond girls, big action and good comedy.
I love Die another day and it's one of my favorite Bonds. Ridiculous gadgets, hot Bond girls, big action and good comedy.
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11:08AM on 11/07/2012

DIE ANOTHER DAY Fails completely...

...at the very beginning. The point about James Bond is that he is this indestructible superhero that can actually tell a roomfull of villains he IS James Bond, he IS 007, and then walk away without being killed. He is cool and deadly at the same time. Where this movie fails is when Bond is captured and kept in prison for a full year. I'm sorry, but even if I can take a "vulnerable" Bond every now and then, the superspy I know and love doesn't get "captured" and then spends a whole year
...at the very beginning. The point about James Bond is that he is this indestructible superhero that can actually tell a roomfull of villains he IS James Bond, he IS 007, and then walk away without being killed. He is cool and deadly at the same time. Where this movie fails is when Bond is captured and kept in prison for a full year. I'm sorry, but even if I can take a "vulnerable" Bond every now and then, the superspy I know and love doesn't get "captured" and then spends a whole year being tortured by the enemy. Yes, I am well aware that in the novels he did, and even get brainwashed at one point, but that is not the Bond of the movies I love to watch. The Bond of the movies would have found a way to escape and destroy the whole enemy base as he walked away straightening his tie. If I want "gritty "realism", I will go watch "Saving Private Ryan" again. This was not the beginning for a Bond movie, and it ruined the whole thing for me. And don't get me started on the invisible car and the CGI surfing...!
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11:00AM on 11/07/2012

My biggest gripe was the terrible CGI

The ice-surfing sequence with Playstation graphics: people in the cinema actually groaned in embarrassment and disbelief. This was a really bad error of judgement from the director, especially after having a brilliant opening surf sequence which was shot for real. Then there was the enitrely unecessary CG shot of Halle Berry doing a reverse swandive off the island fort. Oh, and the final CG aeroplane sequence and CG helicopter free-fall. Things that don't belong in a Bond movie. Have a
The ice-surfing sequence with Playstation graphics: people in the cinema actually groaned in embarrassment and disbelief. This was a really bad error of judgement from the director, especially after having a brilliant opening surf sequence which was shot for real. Then there was the enitrely unecessary CG shot of Halle Berry doing a reverse swandive off the island fort. Oh, and the final CG aeroplane sequence and CG helicopter free-fall. Things that don't belong in a Bond movie. Have a look at the climax of The Living Daylights to see how it should be done. Other than that... I quite enjoyed it at the time for what it was. I didn't mind the invisible car at all. Brosnan was an excellent Bond, let down by shitty movies.
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10:50AM on 11/07/2012
i wouldn't say it's the worst Bond film but it's not the best i gave it a 6.5/10 i thought the opening was awesome with Bond being captured and held prisoner but it lost me the moment the car came on and i had no problem with the CGI in the film i had a problem with it going too sci-fi (coming from someone who loves sci-fi) which doesn't belong in a Bond film this wasn't the swan song that Brosnan deserve being that Goldeneye was a fantastic film (my 2nd favorite in the series) i don't hate the
i wouldn't say it's the worst Bond film but it's not the best i gave it a 6.5/10 i thought the opening was awesome with Bond being captured and held prisoner but it lost me the moment the car came on and i had no problem with the CGI in the film i had a problem with it going too sci-fi (coming from someone who loves sci-fi) which doesn't belong in a Bond film this wasn't the swan song that Brosnan deserve being that Goldeneye was a fantastic film (my 2nd favorite in the series) i don't hate the film but i don't love it it could have been so much more
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10:38AM on 11/07/2012
Always liked this movie. Second favorite Brosnan film after Goldeneye. Sure there's a few cheesy parts but it gets so over-the-top at the end, how can you not have a good time?
Always liked this movie. Second favorite Brosnan film after Goldeneye. Sure there's a few cheesy parts but it gets so over-the-top at the end, how can you not have a good time?
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10:33AM on 11/07/2012

Bleh

Is Moonraker campy? Oh yes, but it knows that it is. Moonraker doesn't take itself as seriously as Die Another Day does, and that's why it's a better film. Die Another Day is the cheesy Bond movie without the knowledge that it's cheesy.
Is Moonraker campy? Oh yes, but it knows that it is. Moonraker doesn't take itself as seriously as Die Another Day does, and that's why it's a better film. Die Another Day is the cheesy Bond movie without the knowledge that it's cheesy.
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10:19AM on 11/07/2012

Yep

Never understood the hate. Now. Moonraker, that was a shitty movie.
Never understood the hate. Now. Moonraker, that was a shitty movie.
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10:04AM on 11/07/2012
I liked this movie as well. And glad all your points are spot on with mine.
I liked this movie as well. And glad all your points are spot on with mine.
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9:40AM on 11/07/2012
Excellent write up, I agree on all points (except Madonna's song, yuk). I've never understood the hate for this one. Any film with a catfight between Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike can't be all bad!
Excellent write up, I agree on all points (except Madonna's song, yuk). I've never understood the hate for this one. Any film with a catfight between Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike can't be all bad!
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9:37AM on 11/07/2012
Pierce Brosnan Bond films are the Perfect Bond films.missing those.wish next Bond will be as cool as Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan Bond films are the Perfect Bond films.missing those.wish next Bond will be as cool as Pierce Brosnan
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9:27AM on 11/07/2012

Way too many homages

The first time I watched this I came out of the theteare like, 'so what was the plot of that one again?' I get what they were trying to do but it just felt bloated

Halle Berry's homage to Dr. No's Honey Rider was just over the top it wasn't sexy that I bursted out laughing
Zao homage to Bloefeld In Diamonds Are Forever was just silly. Seriously, was he going to be white guy with diamonds stuck on face? I dunno, maybe he was going to pass it off as some sub-culture thingy.

The laser fight
The first time I watched this I came out of the theteare like, 'so what was the plot of that one again?' I get what they were trying to do but it just felt bloated

Halle Berry's homage to Dr. No's Honey Rider was just over the top it wasn't sexy that I bursted out laughing
Zao homage to Bloefeld In Diamonds Are Forever was just silly. Seriously, was he going to be white guy with diamonds stuck on face? I dunno, maybe he was going to pass it off as some sub-culture thingy.

The laser fight scene (Goldfinger homage) looked OK though and I had NO problems with the invisible car... However I did have a problem with the laser from outer space barely destroying the plane as it passes near it when we clearly saw the massive devastation it caused on the ground. Also Bond surfing the ice tsunami looked goofy and *bleh* with the awful blue-screen effect. There's no sense of tension like in the past Bond flicks where the stunts e.g. the Ski jump from TSWLM, the skydive fight scene in Moonraker, the C-130 open bay door fight scene in TLDL (also homaged but indirectly), etc were thrilling because they were performed for REAL.

I could go on and on but we all did and didn't work for this movie and also I felt Pierce ended on an low note as Bond.
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8:56AM on 11/07/2012
I can't wait for the next Unpopular Opinion where we find out why Air Bud: Golden Receiver was robbed of an Oscar.
I can't wait for the next Unpopular Opinion where we find out why Air Bud: Golden Receiver was robbed of an Oscar.
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8:52AM on 11/07/2012

I had fun with this one until the freakin Ice Palace!

It was a decent Bond flick that sortve swayed between dark and cheese in an enjoyable way. The film really lost me though when the ice palace in the third act came up, I usually just change the channel at that point. All in all, not one of the worst but not in the top 5 Bonds either.
It was a decent Bond flick that sortve swayed between dark and cheese in an enjoyable way. The film really lost me though when the ice palace in the third act came up, I usually just change the channel at that point. All in all, not one of the worst but not in the top 5 Bonds either.
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8:24AM on 11/07/2012
I actually quite like Die Another Day. It has a good story and a slightly darker Bond for Pierce Brosnan's Bond era. Before Casino Royale, I never see Bond got tortured that much before (referring to the opening titles). Say what you want but I dig the car chase scene a lot.
I actually quite like Die Another Day. It has a good story and a slightly darker Bond for Pierce Brosnan's Bond era. Before Casino Royale, I never see Bond got tortured that much before (referring to the opening titles). Say what you want but I dig the car chase scene a lot.
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8:17AM on 11/07/2012
I will admit to loathing this one in theaters, but on DVD I very much came around on it for pretty much every reason you lay out here. I am definitely one of those Roger Moore guys, and your comparison helps me understand why the oh-so-cartoonish Die Another Day has come to work so well for me. Of course it doesn't hurt that two of my favorite hotties - Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike - are strongly featured. I still wish "Diamond-Face" had gotten a chance to reprise and become a Bond villain the
I will admit to loathing this one in theaters, but on DVD I very much came around on it for pretty much every reason you lay out here. I am definitely one of those Roger Moore guys, and your comparison helps me understand why the oh-so-cartoonish Die Another Day has come to work so well for me. Of course it doesn't hurt that two of my favorite hotties - Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike - are strongly featured. I still wish "Diamond-Face" had gotten a chance to reprise and become a Bond villain the likes of Jaws.
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7:50AM on 11/07/2012
Die Another Day had over the top effects and James Bond didn't get dialogue but one liners. Jinx was overhyped, supposed to be a strong independent woman, yet it only took a few lame one liners to get her into Bond's bed. At least other Bond girls played hard to get. My biggest peeve is that it was supposed to be a twist that Bond was betrayed in North Korea, when I thought it was obvious from the get-go.
Die Another Day had over the top effects and James Bond didn't get dialogue but one liners. Jinx was overhyped, supposed to be a strong independent woman, yet it only took a few lame one liners to get her into Bond's bed. At least other Bond girls played hard to get. My biggest peeve is that it was supposed to be a twist that Bond was betrayed in North Korea, when I thought it was obvious from the get-go.
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7:50AM on 11/07/2012

It is the worst in my opinion...

I can see why some would enjoy it but to be honest with you Alex, it's the dialogue and story that makes my fucking brain swell. Your opinion is more than valid but personally this movie is terrible to me. Sure it has good action at times but half the scenes don't make any sense. Bond may have gone into space in MOONRAKER but fuck was it awesome given the time the movie was made and Drax was the ultimate villain. In DAD, it was nothing but awful puns and pitiful attempts to try and honor the
I can see why some would enjoy it but to be honest with you Alex, it's the dialogue and story that makes my fucking brain swell. Your opinion is more than valid but personally this movie is terrible to me. Sure it has good action at times but half the scenes don't make any sense. Bond may have gone into space in MOONRAKER but fuck was it awesome given the time the movie was made and Drax was the ultimate villain. In DAD, it was nothing but awful puns and pitiful attempts to try and honor the previous films. It's actually the one Bond film that's so bad that it's fun to watch just for its awfulness. I love Brosnan and he deserved better than this.

Halle Berry was awful (sure she looks fantastic but that appeal dies as soon as she opens her mouth), Rosamund Pike looked half asleep for most of the flick and the villains were just bland and boring as hell. And don't get me going about the invisibility cloak on the car.....UGH! Sure it's fun at times but there are so many things wrong with the film that it's truly a marvel. Lets name a few major problems with the movie:

1) The puns and one liners...that's all the goddamn movie used for dialogue. And 90% of them were awful.

2) The evil diamond sun reflecting bullshit satellite that no one could destroy. Okay so lets send ONE missile to destroy it, how about a dozen from different locations?!?! Doy!

3) The supposed "twist" that he was betrayed in North Korea. Really? You think?

4) Halle Berry's awful gun training, terrible delivery of lines (granted the lines themselves were awful to begin with) and her so-called "independent tough chick" attitude when she had to be saved by Bond so many times throughout the movie.

5. Michael Madsen. I love the guy but he looked like he wandered on the set and they just gave him a few lines.

6. They need hovercraft's to avoid the mines in the demilitarized zone but suddenly after the action ends, the general along with a shitload of Jeeps are able to just casually drive up over the minefields and capture Bond. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

7. The fucking surfing scene....the CGI abomination....OMFG!

8. Fuck it this list could go on and on.



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