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This always feel like a default entry in the bottom of the Bond film list, but there is definitely enough in it to keep it farther up than that. I like the beginning, Graves, the Blades stuff, even the car battle on the ice.
The more time passes the more I find myself appreciating this final entry from Brosnan. The excesses of CGI, by comparison with the more tasteful amounts and more seamless uses in Brosnan's first three, seemed like a very big deal at the time. But now they're just a part of the package of what the film is and easy enough to overlook for the good stuff in the same way the visual effects and rear projection of You Only Live Twice do little to detract from my enjoyment of that film.
From the sets to the music to the plot developments to the globe-trotting, there's a lot of ambition in Die Another Day. It's both a celebration of classic Bond and an attempt to do some more daring things (some that paid off well, like having Bond in captivity for 14 months and teasing his execution by firing squad, and some where your mileage will vary, like playing around for the first time with the idea of showing a real romance between Bond and Moneypenny).
Nowadays, in fact, the parts of Die Another Day that annoy me tend not to even be those that are often cited as the film's weaker points. I can deal with the excessive early 2000s CGI and Halle Berry posturing and dropping unbearably bad puns because the film itself takes a big, splashy, go-for-broke approach. Again, it's all a part of the package—and one that's looking better and better with time.
What are your favourite references to previous films? I Iike the updated breather device.
It has it's flaws, be it with the script, the acting, the cgi, but one thing that DAD does have is a fun re-watchability.
It's a film I enjoy when I watch it, even with the flaws. Pierce Brosnan isn't one of them. He really gives his all. After the events of 9/11 it's easy to see why EON and the studio would opt for a more fun and over the top entry with the world in a state of doom and gloom. But audiences still flocked to see it. But Bond fans took a different stance. An invisible car, surfing a tidal wave with some dodgy cgi and a rather weak story just didn't cut the mustard for many. I myself wasn't impressed in 2002. But over the years, I've mellowed on DAD. It's fun, it's entertaining and it never tries to be anything it's not.
It's not a great movie, but it's far from a bad one.
I get that completely. I've re-watched a few Brosnan Bonds since the release of No! . . . Time to Die, and I've watched them with renewed affection. Life was so simple then; girls, guns and adventure.
Amen.I got NTTD on digital yesterday but surprisingly felt like watching a fun Bond movie so I watched TND instead.
I will watch NTTD again pretty soon though.
Why was he banned anyways? You can tell me on private message if you want to. Just curious :P
No idea in reality!
Why do all films have to be so 'simple', I wonder? We have 25 Bond films by now (some would say 27). Why can't a couple of them be a bit different?
Too true @jobo
There are really only a few films in the series, that don’t follow the ‘Bond formula’, having a change of pace is sometimes nice, and in my opinion necessary. What’s done in the odd ones out of the series, is rarely if at all copied again .
So it was interesting growing up and learning that it was quite possibly the most hated Bond film and that Brosnan was often ridiculed for his portrayal of Bond in general. To me, Brosnan captured the essence of Connery's coolness but brought a layer of himself to the part which gels quite well with the legacy of the character. The beach scene in GoldenEye which is considered by many to be one of the lesser scenes in the film is one of my favorites in Brosnan's entire era because of how affected he seems about Alec's betrayal). Brosnan continuously elevated material that was usually surface level.
I watched DAD last night for the first time in a while and much of the film's critics are valid. Most of the CGI is poorly executed and the suspension of disbelief becomes progressively higher in the second half. But I still find the film's action, performances, visuals, music and direction to be extremely riveting all the way through. Brosnan is incredibly suave and delivers many memorable moments. If it weren't for his performance in this film I am not sure I would be as into Bond films as I am today. 20 years on I still find the film to be highly entertaining and despite carrying a few of the franchise's worst moments, there's a sense of class and confidence running through the whole thing that elevate it high above other films in the genre with similar issues at the time.
Interesting perspective. I was in high school when DAD came out and I don't recall anyone so much as questioning Brosnan as Bond in those days. He simply was the character. I actually remember quite a few people saying he was the best since Connery. The backlash against Brosnan kicked into full gear during the Craig era.
I don't like DAD all that much, it's my 3rd or 4th least favorite in the series, but I admit it has a zany charm to it, as well as a few decent action scenes and even some funny lines. If only it had ended on a better note, with a finale that was less CG-intensive, it might have escaped many people's "Worst Bond Ever" list.
The sad truth. Brosnan was loved by a majority of audiences back then, these days he’s an easy target.
That's pretty much it for me.
I'll go with Moonraker, at least in DAD no one had left the Earth.
I doubt any Bond films could beat Moonraker for being too outlandish with Lasers, driving a gondola like an ordinary vehicle, Bond having a skydive like a superhero without any safety gears, or Bond in a paraglider, and especially spaceships!
This is Bond in Space!
It's like Superhero and Star Wars movie met James Bond in one film.
Die Another Day is.. the kind of absurd that just makes you cringe. Even Brosnan was uncomfortable with this film, and it's noticeable in his performance.
Yeah, but I think the fact that Star Wars did it before MR, the Space thing wasn't that far-fetched. Because YOLT started the Space thing, even if Bond didn't go there. Although, I know it's not just the Space thing that makes MR outlandish. But in DAD, Bond didn't go to Space, but the ice-themed visuals were almost like Antarctica....which is a somewhat otherworldly place, even if it isn't Space. I think they wanted to create a very escapist Bond film, but it wasn't perfect, but not entirely bad. Maybe a different director would have gotten the balance right, but Brosnan does no harm for me....the film was simply too glitzy.