16 years on, is Die Another Day still as awful as we originally thought (well except for zencat ). I remember walking out of the theater and being so depressed, I thought James Bond was dead. I absolutely hated the ending. When the plane hit the sun beam and nearly sustained any damage, my feelingsad that was it. This, on top of, Jinx, the entire ice palace sequence, the terrible CGI (and not just the ice wave, but also the first time we see icarus), the invisible car, Zao’s name not being Korean, the theme song, etc.
However, there so much to like in this film too. Rosamund Pike is excellent as Miranda Frost and gorgeous as hell. Toby Stephen’s gives a great performance, doing his best to save some fairly weak material. I feel that Graves/Moon is an underrated villain in the canon as it is. The first half of the film is excellent with Bond being captured and disavowed and then investigating in his own. I’ve learned the except the invisible car, even if it’s another example of this film’s over-reliance on awful CGI. The car chase in Iceland is great, but I wish they had chosen a real place instead of building an Ice Palace. All we see of Iceland is an empty glacier. That sequence could’ve been set anywhere. The plane finale isnt terrible and I actually enjoy the fight between Bond and Graves. I would much rather have seen Bond kill Frost though, instead of Jinx. Overall, I think the film has aged a little better, than its initial impression would suggest.