I just looked at a Life.com feature about Bond girls, and the writer glibly referred to Die Another Day as “the most dreadful Bond movie ever made.” Okay, **Life *magazine hasn’t been a reliable hipness barometer since, I dunno, the invention of color film, but really? “The most dreadful”? I rather enjoyed it; it’s the only Bond movie I ever bought on DVD, and if we’re going to rank Bond movies in order of dreadfulness, this one has to wait in line behind every Moore, Dalton and Lazenby entry and at least two by Connery (Diamonds Are Forever and that awful one with Kim Basinger). I may be misremembering this, but I think it has the best Bond scene ever: Brosnan, bearded and with nothing to his name but the filthy blanket wrapped around him, strolls into the finest hotel in Hong Kong and demands (and gets) their finest room. Balls!
Thing is, I’ve heard this knock before. So Bond fans, sell me on the awfulness of this movie. What’s so bad about it that I never noticed before?
*Live and Let Die excepted, but just barely.