007's off 'Day'
Latest James Bond picture misses the mark
Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic Friday, November 22, 2002
For those of us who enjoy James Bond movies (everybody?), "Die Another Day" has just enough juice to keep the romance going: a commanding Commander Bond (Pierce Brosnan), a pair of decorative Bond women (he gets two nowadays) and some imaginative gadgetry, including a disappearing car.
But the new movie lacks something, a special something. It's a quality that has characterized some of the best of the first 19 Bond movies: extravagant ludicrousness. Or is it a buoyancy? Or a carelessness? Or a smirky heartlessness? The phrase is hard to find, but we know a James Bond atmosphere when we see one, and in "Die Another Day" it's there only intermittently. Film exactly the same movie without English accents, and it would be hard to identify it as a Bond movie.