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Die Another Day (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: November 22, 2002
CAP Score: 53
CAP Influence Density: 1.66

MinMax: -87

Die Another Day (2002) CAP Mini-thermometers

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DIE ANOTHER DAY (PG-13) -- Q (John Cleese) gets only a token presence in this Bond film.

Production: Danjaq Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists
Distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists
Director(s): Lee Tamahori
Producer(s): Barbara Broccoli, Callum McDougall, Anthony Waye, Michael G. Wilson
Written by/Screenplay: Ian Fleming, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: Mirwais Ahmadzaï, David Arnold, Madonna, Monty Norman, Paul Oakenfold
Film Editing: Andrew MacRitchie. Christian Wagner
Casting: Debbie McWilliams
Production Design: Peter Lamont
Art Direction: James Hambridge, Mark Harris, Fred Hole, Neil Lamont, Simon Lamont, Jim Morahan. Stephen Scott, Alan Tomkins, Su Whitaker

In this 20th Bond, James Bond film, 007 is betrayed. In a flurry of huge explosions, automatic and handgun gunfire to kill, Bond is captured and torture imprisoned for 14 months. In an exchange for a high-ranking North Korean captured by the British, Bond is released and then imprisoned and stripped of his spy status by his own boss, M (Judi Dench). M suspected Bond of being brainwashed, M told Bond, "While you were away, the world changed", making his talents now questionable In a tantrum, Bond strikes out on his own and goes after the evil sadist behind it all (I did not hear the sadist's name nor does the Internet Movie Database ( specify it). When Bond eventually proves his worth in the middle of operations to thwart the plans of the bad guys, he is reinstated.

This time, Bond is initially involved in securing powerful weapons from the North Koreans using African Conflict Diamonds ("African Conflict" was never explained). After Bond acquired by unscrupulous means the diamonds and a jet plane from the dealer, Bond planted high explosives under the trays of diamonds in the suitcase with a special detonator. After seeing the special weapons, which were hovercraft capable of maneuvering the million "Bouncing Betty" mines in the fields and were armed with every manner of assault weaponry, Bond handed over the diamonds and proceeded to collect the armed hovercrafts, ostensibly to hand over to the British spy guys to develop counter weapons.

However - there's always a "however" in the spy world - in the final moments of the exchange Colonel Zao (Rick Yune), co-sadist for world domination, had taken a digital snapshot of Bond and found Bond was a spy. As Bond started for the jet, the evil sadist running the show used the jet as target practice with one of the other special weapons Bond had just "purchased." Then, all manner of military ordnance were launched against one man - Bond. Also in this melee we find out why Bond planted explosives under the diamonds. Zao could not resist grabbing the trays of diamonds and in doing so detonated the explosives, implanting many of the diamonds in his face. In an escape attempt, the sadist leader was killed by Bond. The lead sadist's father, a General, captured Bond and imprisoned him under almost daily torture and beatings. In the next 14 months Zao was captured and used as an exchange prisoner to get Bond out of prison.

Why did the evil sadist want the diamonds? At the prompting of ally billionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), the diamonds were to be used to finance a special project of Graves to enhance world conditions - a huge mirror in orbit around the Earth which could redirect massive amounts of sunlight to an almost pinpoint location on the earth. A great idea if we run short on water. But in the wrong hands...? Well, in the wrong hands it was from the start.

Bond's trek to find Zao takes him to Havana where Bond meets the 2002 version of the 1962 Ursula Andress wading out of the surf - Jinx (Halle Berry), an American spy. And, yes, they end up in bed together. Unquestionably. Jinx appears to be after the same quarry as Bond, so they "team up" (more than once) and go to Iceland to check out Graves and his association with Zao. Discovering the association between Zao and Graves was probably the only surprising moment in the show. And surprising it was. I'll let you find that out if you decide the amount of cinematic cyanide we reveal is acceptable to you and/or your family.

On a side note, some of the finest graphic artwork I have ever seen was presented in the opening sequences as what I would call "Fire & Ice." Multiple female forms dance about the screen and each was silhouetted as a fire or ice form with accurate detail beyond description. Too bad they forms had to be nude. Art is not sin and sin is not art. Art only becomes sin when it uses sin.

By the way, Q (John Cleese) gets only a token presence in this Bond film. But he is as sharp as ever. Also sharp but in a different sense were the issues of ignominy. As I revealed above, intercourse is seen more than once with full motions, sounds and expressions. Just no genitals are seen. Also seen (and heard) are stripping to nudity for sex before another actor/ress, necking in bed while nude plus other scenes of a man atop a woman. These are sure to lower the inhibitions of or cause impure thoughts in some. [Rev. 21:8, Gal. 5:19, Rev. 22:15] The beatings portrayed are particularly brutal and the explosions with their accompanying sound could almost be felt. Extensive and graphic unfire to kill, deaths and lengthy extreme action violence sequences are not typical of the Saturday night Bond flick. A son murdering his father by gunfire, death by knife impalement to the chest and a man getting sucked up into the impellers of a jet engine could implant more desensitization. [Prov. 3:31-32, Ps. 7:16, Ps. 11:5]


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  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic, sorcery], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Gal. 5:19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
  • Rev. 22:15 Outside [of Heaven] are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Ps. 7:16 The trouble he causes [mischief] recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
  • Ps. 11:5 The LORD trieth [tests] the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. [This verse is speaking to God hating the behaviors of the wicked and lovers of violence. God hates no one.]

    *******Food for Daily Thought*******
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Die Another Day (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • military arms
  • firearm threats, including to face, repeatedly
  • severe long beatings, repeatedly
  • order to kill, repeatedly
  • massive explosions with injuries
  • long sequences, repeatedly, of action violence with gunfire to kill and many deaths
  • torture injuries
  • brutality
  • replays of beatings
  • water torture with replays
  • fighting
  • individual instances of gunfire to kill
  • individual instances of gunfire deaths
  • long swordfight sequences
  • two gunfire murder bodies
  • 7 holographic gunfire deaths
  • electric shock to disable, repeatedly
  • death by laser through head
  • additional action violence sequences, repeatedly
  • amputation of a forearm (unseen but amputated hand used)
  • deaths by gunfire
  • multiple deaths by explosive decompression
  • death by falling object
  • death by knife to throat
  • sword to throat threats
  • defensive killings
  • death by jet engine
  • death by knife to chest
  • theft

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • lie
  • excusing murder with art

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • nude female forms as fire and ice forms
  • nudity
  • flash inappropriate exposure
  • woman as toys
  • sensual dress
  • intercourse, genitals unseen but with motions and sounds, repeatedly
  • revealing swimwear, repeatedly
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • stripping to nudity for sex before another
  • necking in bed while nude
  • aftermath of intercourse
  • inappropriate touch to "rescue"
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • open mouth kissing
  • man atop a woman, repeatedly
  • sex games

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • a single use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and three without

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • gunfire murder
  • son murdering father by gunfire

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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