You've just got to love Bond films. After all, where else can you watch a hovercraft chase across a minefield within the first 15 minutes of a movie?
It may be the 20th film in the series, but the opening of Die Another Day has all the ingredients of being the best James Bond film yet. Following a botched mission in Korea, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is captured and tortured. An exchange of prisoners is agreed, only for Bond to discover that he is suspected of betraying state secrets and have his licence to kill rescinded.
Determined to finish the job, Bond escapes to Cuba via Hong Kong, where he meets Jinx (Halle Berry), a mysterious woman who is after the same target as him. Now the race is on to stop the trade in African conflict diamonds, and discover what links millionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) has to the Koreans.
It certainly sounds like a pretty good Bond movie, and as mentioned above, the pre-credits sequence in Korea is quite a departure for the franchise, with Bond not completing his original mission. However, once Gustav Graves is introduced into the picture things start to get a little silly. You see, as well as a deep, dark secret, Graves has a big satellite laser-thing he intends to use to bring the world to its knees. He also has a great big fortress made of ice. But that's OK, because in this outing Bond has an invisible car. So what we have here is something akin to Moonraker: a ludicrous film, albeit one that actually succeeds because it is so entertaining.
There's very little to say about the cast as Brosnan pretty much is Bond now, Berry is a surprisingly feisty Bond Girl and Stephens is all sneers as the villain. The over-reliance on CGI does lead to a few duff shots, but on the whole this is good action movie fun.
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