Die Another Day (2002) (part 6 of 6)
Graves and company are preparing to leave as Bond approaches, taking note of a large cargo plane flying overhead. Bond makes it to the palace and gets to his car, which amazingly enough hasn’t been bumped into by some random guard… At least until that’s exactly what happens (albeit, more spectacularly, as a guard on a snowmobile slams right into it and goes flying), which triggers the big showdown with Zao.
Zao turns out to have a souped-up car of his own, and there’s a nicely over the top battle between Bond’s car and Zao’s, after Zao finds the car on infrared and manages to disable the adaptive camouflage.
While this is happening, Graves has boarded the cargo plane with his entourage, and has Icarus target the Ice Palace in order to drown Jinx. The duel between Zao and Bond is actually pretty cool, as they fishtail on the ice lake. I especially get a kick out of the casual way Bond solves the problem of his car getting caught in an explosion which causes it to flip over. Ejector seats are just plain cool. And on certain days stuck in traffic, they’re George Carlin: Carlin on Campus.
After Graves activates the Icarus beam, Bond quickly heads for the palace, and we get the second part of the showdown, as the two cars chase each other through the melting palace. It’s a pretty neat sequence, though it does run a little long.