BOND BACK WITH SAME OLD STUFF
November 27, 2002
Die Another Day (12A): Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Dame Judi Dench, Michael Madsen, Rick Yune, Samantha Bond. Director: Lee Tamahori
NO introductions are necessary for the 40th anniversary Bond action flick which is as dry as a martini and as deep as a Miss World contestant.
The hype, promotion and tie-ins betray the film’s roots and with the ever-increasing cliché cache of the Bond empire there is nothing new or engaging.
The opening sequences help to keep Bond synonymous with glamour, action and guns with Madonna keeping up the good work too.
Unfortunately for Bond (Brosnan)after being deployed by way of a high tech surf with special forces cronies for company in North Korea a double-crossing leads to his capture by the Axis of Evil.
Tortured by the enemy for 14 months the king of froideur keeps his cool before an expensive spy swap with his nemesis Zao (Yune).
Despite M’s (Dench) worries about what her number one might have let slip under duress, Bond’s alpha male attributes make him hungry for revenge.
On his own, cut off from the ones he thought he could trust, Bond takes on the guns and gadgets and takes off the ladies’ clothes.
The biggest and most deadly arsenal in the film is however the endless barrage of double-entendre one liners.
Not so much of a script as a way of keeping watchers entertained between big, loud, boisterous action sequences, there is not much to get stuck into — why change after 19 successful cash-ins, I mean movies.
Prepare for the usual globe-trotting as people get blown up in the Koreas, Iceland, Cuba and Britain.
Get hot under the collar at the sight of Halle Berry with her clothes on and Madonna, playing Verity, a British fencing instructor, and her exit line, “I don’t like cockfights”.
Die hard fans will approve, but for those seeking a little more substance, you may be left feeling a little empty.