‘Die Another Day’ keeps up Bond tradition

Devinn Winkleman

James Bond is celebrating his 40th birthday this Friday with “Die Another Day,” the 20th installment of the James Bond legacy, and it won’t disappoint.

Since “Dr. No” came out in 1962, the James Bond series has enticed the audience with wonderful plot stories and twists, special effects, choreographed stunt scenes and the villains who wanted to take over the world or some part of it. The series has the women of Bond’s world, the gadgets and most importantly the sleek and divine James Bond.

“Die Another Day” starts with James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) trying to settle a score in North Korea. His mission is to exchange diamonds for weapons under a pseudo name, until the Koreans find out he’s James Bond. After already hiding C4 in the diamonds briefcase and setting it off, Bond hops a ride on a hovercraft with the Koreans on his tail.

The chase ends with a dead Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee) and a very angry general who tortures Bond for 14 months.

A tattered and tired Bond gets relieved from his torturous imprisonment, only to find that he’s being exchanged with a Korean terrorist named Zao (Rick Yune), who Bond knows has information about who betrayed him and why.

Later, National Security Agency agent Jinx (Halle Berry) shows up in the flick and pursues Zao with the help of James Bond.

Finally, we’re introduced to the Bond villain – Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), who has a habit of never sleeping and likes living his dreams.

It seems that Graves loves diamonds, so much that he’s been smuggling and selling them to anyone who can afford to make a purchase. Once Bond has this information, he’s back on the British Secret Service and begins his life, once again, as James Bond.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There is a much bigger plot and Graves, Zao and the traitor are involved.

It’s always amazing to watch a Bond movie and just observe how resourceful he is. He can take any bad situation and escape from it.

The battles were always a great part of the franchise. In “Die Another Day,” while a fight between Bond and one of Graves’ henchmen occurs, lasers soar every which way, cutting anything they come in contact with. This has Bond dancing and avoiding the lasers while trying to knock the bad guy to his knees.

The Bond franchise also gave the films clever gadgets for Bond to play with. In this film, it was a glass shattering ring and an interestingly invisible car.

Overall, the adrenaline pumping film is one of the best James Bond films since, well, the 1999 Bond film “The World is Not Enough.”

The only problem with this movie is that it ended, and we’ll have to wait for the next Bond film to come out in two to three years. But it’ll be worth the wait to see Brosnan dodge bullets, save the girl and thwart the villain in the next Bond film.

“Die Another Day” premiers tomorrow in theaters nationwide.