DIE ANOTHER DAY
2002, MGM/Park Circus, 133 min, UK, USA, Dir: Lee Tamahori

Caught on a mission in North Korea, 007 is imprisoned and tortured for more than a year before being freed in a prisoner exchange. Convinced he was betrayed by a double agent, Bond follows a trail of clues that leads back to the Korean peninsula - where he and sexy NSA operative “Jinx” Johnson (Halle Berry) are the only ones who can prevent a war between north and south. The 20th James Bond film also is the final one to star Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's storied spy, and he certainly goes out with a bang; Lee Tamahori's hyperkinetic direction dives headfirst into the world of CGI special effects. The film's release coincided with the franchise's 40th anniversary, so watch closely for subtle nods to previous Bond installments (and for a cameo from Madonna, who also sings the title song).


THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
1999, MGM/Park Circus, 128 min, UK, USA, Dir: Michael Apted

When billionaire oil tycoon Sir Robert King - a personal friend of M’s - is assassinated, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect the man's daughter from KGB-agent-turned-terrorist Renaud (THE FULL MONTY's Robert Carlyle). But the young woman is hardly the innocent she seems: Elektra King's involvement in a plot to manipulate oil prices could get all of Istanbul vaporized. Helmed by veteran director Michael Apted (COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, the UP documentaries), this action-packed thriller features such familiar faces as Denise Richards (playing a nuclear physicist), a pre-HARRY POTTER Robbie Coltrane and Desmond Llewelyn in his final appearance as that master of lethal gadgets, Q.


MOONRAKER
1979, MGM/Park Circus, 126 min, UK, Dir: Lewis Gilbert

James Bond goes to space in his 11th outing, which stars Roger Moore as Bond and the gorgeous Lois Chiles as his love interest. Richard Kiel is back from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME as imposing villain Jaws, and production designer Ken Adam’s spectacular sets make this one of the most visually striking films in the series.


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