"Die Another Day" is a 2002 James Bond movie and the twentieth feature in the prominent series produced by Eon Productions. Directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan in his fourth and final look as James Bond, this action-packed film also features Halle Berry as NSA representative 'Jinx' Johnson and Toby Stephens as the notorious villain, Gustav Graves.Plot Summary
The film begins with James Bond infiltrating a North Korean military base where he is compromised and recorded. For 14 months, Bond is imprisoned and tortured up until he's lastly exchanged for Zao (Rick Yune), a North Korean personnel with a vendetta against Bond. Bond escapes custody of MI6 in Hong Kong, seeking to clear his name and discover Zao.
His search leads him to Cuba where he satisfies Jinx Johnson, who seeks Zao for her own factors. Bond discovers a connection in between Zao and British billionaire Gustav Graves, who declares to have created a satellite referred to as 'Icarus', capable of showing sunshine to supply light and warmth to locations experiencing darkness or cold.Bond's Investigation
Intrigued, Bond investigates Graves and finds his Ice Palace in Iceland. Bond uncovers that Graves' Icarus is not exactly benign-- it has the capability to focus sunshine into a laser beam efficient in mass damage. Graves is exposed as a traitor who underwent gene therapy to modify his appearance, originally being Colonel Moon, the North Korean Officer presumed dead in Bond's opening mission.Climax and Resolution
Bond and Jinx join forces to beat Graves, Zao, and stop Icarus. In a series of thrilling encounters, they manage to eliminate Zao, and Bond has a last face-off with Graves on a transport plane, exposing his real identity in the process. Graves attempts to kill Bond with the Icarus, but Bond manages to turn the tide and kills Graves. They get away the disintegrating plane just in time, and the movie ends with Bond and Jinx sharing an intimate minute in a romantic setting.Critical Reception and Legacy
"Die Another Day" was a commercial success, getting blended to positive evaluations. In spite of some criticism for its dependence on CGI and departure from the conventional realism of Bond films, it was praised for its action series and performances, particularly from Berry and Brosnan. However, it marked the last look of Brosnan as 007 prior to the franchise rebooted with Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale". It's also significantly marked as the Bond franchise's 40th anniversary film, with a number of nods and recommendations to previous Bond adventures. The movie's renowned signature tune, carried out by Madonna, likewise got significant popularity.