|By Mira Harber
For another kind of fantasy, there is the 20th installment
in the James Bond franchise Die Another Day. Pierce Brosnan returns as
Bond, but a more wearied and even tougher man than before. He has been
imprisoned and tortured by the North Koreans and even his boss (Judi Dench)
doubts his loyalty when he returns. He of course proves himself and we're
off to the races.
The arch villains this time are Zao, complete with diamond
studded cheekbones (and who said crime doesn't pay?) and his boss Gustave
Graves, a diamond mogul, who is really son to a North Korean general. Graves
has an anger management problem, and the West is going to PAY.
The Bond girl this time, Halle Berry, makes an homage
to an earlier Bond babe, Ursula Andress, rising from the waves in an orange,
soaking wet bikini. Jinx (Berry) is a very competent and dangerous American
spy. She teams up with Bond, both professionally and personally to save
the world. This is the first time that two Oscar winning actresses (Dench
& Berry) are in a Bond movie!
The special effects are fantastic in Die Another Day.
Let's face it, that's why we come to see these movies - what outrageous
gadgets do they have now, and how can they possibly top themselves? Melting
a glacier, stopping solar powered weapons of mass destruction, a visit
to an ice-palace on the way - these are all part of the fabulous Bond bag
If you like Bond movies at all, then you must see Die
Another Day. It's action packed from start to finish, more serious &
edgy in tone (the director decided to leave the over-the-top cheekiness
to the current crop of children's films) and the perfect escapist fare
for Christmas, or any other time of year.