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DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
"James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon."
For the 40th anniversary celebration of James Bond films ravaging the cinema, forty years since we got introduced to the charming character in the first major 007 cinematic adaptation Dr. No (1962), we got Die Another Day. And man, it should've just died during the early stages of production because this is one of the weakest, possibly the worst, of the James Bond films.
I will cut it some slack on some things it gets right and give it credit where credit's due. For starters the first ten to twenty minutes, basically the opening sequence, is great. It evokes a sense of classic Bond mixed with the contemporary, post-9/11 grim age. Pierce Brosnan still radiates in the James Bond role and there's lots of easter eggs/references to the preceeding Bond films. Some of the camerawork's pretty nice. But unfortunately, that's about it.
Die Another Day honestly is pretty damn bad. The overabundant action sequences are more annoying than thrilling, with an emphasis on CGI special effects that are highly noticeable and fake-looking. The production and set design screams cheap effort. The plot is a redundant, stupid mess full of generic cliches and ridiculous directions (invisible cars and gene therapy DNA restructuring is introduced; okay, let's dabble more sci-fi bullshit in James Bond, 1979's Moonraker didn't do it justice, I suppose!). There's also a large number of continuity errors present. The dialogue and wit and sexual jargon is atrocious. Madonna's opening title sequence theme song is godawful to listen to. And Halle Berry's character, Jinx Johnson, flat-out suckksssss.
Die Another Day is sadly the lowest of the low when it comes to James Bond for me. Luckily, the next entry Casino Royale (2006), was an amazing achievement in film and helped make the character relevant again.