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Edition No. 76

Date:- 29 November 2002

Film review:- 007... Die Another Day

 

James Bond (PIERCE BROSNAN) and Jinx (HALLE BERRY) lie down with diamonds.  Photo by Keith Hamshere - ©2002 DANJAQ, LLC AND UNITED ARTISTS CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Happy Birthday 007!   This was not your normal 007 flick.   I can not say if I like it or hate it as it is close to the book in some parts, but it has lost that something.   The films story is not broken down into small sections, like in the rest of them.  The intro is not a clip that is put in for the sake of a stunt.  Sorry to say it but XXX is very similar in style.  40 years on the film has still got to use the traditional Bond scenes.  It would not be 007 if it did not, but all the tradition comes from rip offs of the others 007 films.  No sexist and very strikingly silly remarks.....  I do not know if that is a way of paying homage to the old films or not, but it just does not work.  It succeeds at bringing Bond into the 21st century by repeating alot of past film ideas and even the sets remind me of Doctor No, but with the good old American touch of spies in sci-fi and very fantasy aspects creeping in.   This looses the feel that it could be real.   No this is just action and a very week plot.  The stunts are as you see in the trailer, so, not many.   They have turned it into a PR exercise for every gadget going so you see more of the film on TV than ever before.   All the importent parts are TV adverts or have been shown on TV.   Sorry but I don't rate it as high as past 007 films.   Brosnan-the man is a superb Bond, but I only hope this film does not stop hime from making anouther.   Come on, go back to the old 007......   Please!

For the reasion it is over hyped, brocken tradition and killed a good set of films I will give this 3 out of 5.   I'm tempted to give it 2, but it is fun to watch......  It jus aint bond!

Cast credits. First credits only:- 

  • Pierce Brosnan as Commander James Bond, Agent 007 and as 00, Halle Berry as Jinx, Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost, Rick Yune as Zao, John Cleese as Q, Judi Dench as M, Michael Madsen as Agent Damian Falco, Will Yun Lee as Colonel Moon, Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny, Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson the Chief of Staff, Lawrence Makoare as Mr. Kil, Emilio Echevarrķa as Raoul, Rachel Grant as Peaceful and Anna Edwards as Scorpion Girl 

  • Running Time:- 132 min 

  • Directed by:- Lee Tamahori

Film Review by Patrick Trollope

Our verdict 3 stars out of five stars 
Film Age Rating In The UK:-  
 
 
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