Die Another Day – Edited
While attempting to thwart a plot to trrade illegal African diamonds for arms, British super-spy James Bond [Pierce Brosnan] is captured by North Koreans and tortured for several months before being traded for one of their henchmen, Zao [RIck Yune]. When he discovers that he is suspected of having leaked intellegence secrets while imprisoned and that his 007 status has been revoked, Bond begins a vigilante trek around the world to clear his name, unmask the real traitor, and uncover an obscure connection between the Koreans and billonaire diamond tycoon, Gustav Graves [Toby Stephens]. With a little help along the way from two beauties, Jinx [Halle Berry] and Miranda Frost [Rosamund Pike], Bond unearths a sinister plot as he journeys from the tropical climes of Cuba to the villian’s frozen palace in Iceland, where he discovers a high-tech weapon.
This reviewer goes back to enjoying the original Bond movie, “Dr. No”, in a Chicago suburb drive-in theatre. I well remember looking at my husband, and both of us saying almost simultaneously, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how good this movie is!”. The Bond movies have morphed over four decades from being hold-your-breath scenes that were stitched together with gorgeous women accompanying Bond all over the globe, into comic book type special effects and far move sexuality and in-your-face violence. From this reviewer’s perspective, the original Bond movies were far more entertaining. I thought this was a generational thing with me, until my 31 year old son recently commented: “The last two Bond movies haven’t been that good.” However, because I’ve been a Bond movie fan for so many years, I can say this is worth watching, particularly with all the objectionable elements removed.