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.

Die Another Day (2002) (part 6 of 6)

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.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Die Another Day (2002)

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  • Ricardo Cantoral

    I always felt this was Judi Dench’s best performance of M. Yes, her best. After being reduced to a blubbering, sentimental, twit in The World is Not Enough, Dench gets metaphorical balls back but not in the “I am woman, here me roar” way as the previous two films. No, Dench dosen’t portray the female head of MI6, she plays the head of MI6. She coldly dumps Bond and brings him back again without the slightest bit of regret.

  • “I generally don’t have an issue with puns (I certainly use them enough),
    but even I have to admit the one used here is pretty foul.”

    Was it…foul play? :D

    Also, I’m totally in favor of Bond keeping the Rasputin look.

  • I usually love your recaps Ed. Felt this one was a little rushed. I hope you don’t mind a little opinion. You are still my favorite recapper.

  • edharris1178

    Thanks.  I’ve got a few other things in the works right now, so hopefully the next one will be even better.

  • maarvarq

    I’ve seen a lot of bad movies courtesy of MST3K and RiffTrax, but I have never seen another movie so overwhelmingly stupid as xXx.

  • Monterey Jack


    And while it’s nice to see a text recap for once, the older recap was more than enough for this stinker. It seems like a waste to have two recaps for the same movie.

  • Chimaera

    Rasputin Bond FTW! Of course, if he stayed scruffy, he’d have to do all the usual Bond stuff, and have people react to him as if he looked normal. I would watch the hell out of that.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Sorry, but I don’t think this was a good Bond film at all. I knew I was in trouble the moment Bond stopped his own heart and while there were some neat bits in the first hour with Bond having to wing it (The scene with him cruising in the convertible, smoking a Cuban was awesome) the film goes to utter hell the moment Madonna makes an appearance.  I still find it amazing they even considered doing a Jinx spin off movie.

    I still can’t say which Bond film I hate more, this one or The World Is Not Enough.

  • DamonD

    It’s a bad, bad Bond but I still at least prefer it to the snooze-a-thon that is The World is Not Enough. We’re talking cigarette paper’s worth of difference here, but at least DAD starts more interestingly before it crashes and burns.

  • jiveuh

     The other guy did a better job with *his* review because it was more direct in its (justifiable) attacks upon this movie’s poor quality vs. this newer one’s largely wishy-washy, apologist back-pedaling that came off as annoying.

  • Damanoid

    I couldn’t get past Zao’s face diamonds.  As a villain gimmick it was fairly pointless.  Like Bond’s gadgets, the implausibility of the villain’s gimmick should ideally be justified in its execution.  We should have seen Zao using his face to cut through glass or deflect laser beams or something.  I felt like the face diamonds used up valuable suspension of disbelief that was necessary to buy into the death ray thing later.

  • JD

    Come on Agony Booth. You give us fans of written recaps precious little anymore, and the best you can do is a second recap of DAD which isn’t as good, as long or as funny as the first one.  For shame.

    If you want to go video only, that’s fine, just do it and put me out of my misery already.

    • FullofQuestions1

      If it makes you feel at all better, I’m in the process of writing one for the summer.

      • edharris1178

        I love that we’re going to have three pieces on the same movie.  There’s no kill like overkill, right? Heck, I may do a recap supplement piece for it after your take on it goes live.

        • FullofQuestions1

          I’m not doing a recap of this one. Hint on the movie I’m recapping (well, I’ve already told YOU, Ed): Season 1 of MST3K

          • edharris1178

             Right, misread.  Sorry.  I think someone is doing another one, though.

    • Xeethra

      I suspect that The Agony Booth is more of a collective than a dictatorship (pleasing as it is to imagine Albert deploying minions with a waved hand) and I always have time for Ed’s take on films.

      • Sofie Liv

         That’s a pretty good way to describe it, we are indeed just a bunch of individuals, doing our thing, some-times collaborating, trying to communicate as much as possible, but like sites as TGWTG we are all just trying to do our own business, and then post our videos on the site, Albert may give us suggestions, but no one has to follow it.

        And as you may know, I am from Denmark while Jill is from England while Renegado is from Mexico and Mendo the US, we are kind of all around the place, so given the circumstances I think we are still pretty united.
        Albert is our leader, but there’s no dictatorship, we largely do as we please.

        • MichaelANovelli

          Yes, there are no dictators here!  Not even me!  I’m the Mendocratically elected President-For-Life of the People’s Mendocratic Republic of Mendostan!  The most freedom-loving country in the world!

          • edharris1178

             Yep, last time I took a suggestion was 2007.

  • edharris1178

     As an aside, this article evolved from a xXx recap to a comparison piece to what it finally became.

  • Dan

    Worst Bond film ever. Yes, Moonraker was also atrocious, but it was trying to cash in on the Star Wars craze, so it made a certain commercial sense. The Man with the Golden Gun had Chris Lee as the villain, so that redeems that film slightly. This was just crap when it didn’t need to be.

    I suppose we should count our blessings it wasn’t even worse – the early rumours when they were making it was that they were trying to get Britney Spears as the Bond girl…..

    I suppose in the end it came good – it cleared the way for Casino Royale.