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