James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

The Best and Worst of the franchise

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'Die Another Day' (2002)
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10. 'Die Another Day' (2002)

The fourth, last and best of the Bond movies with Pierce Brosnan – he looks like he has a stick up his ass in the other three – is full of wild stunts that are no substitute for the Connery cool, but will do in pinch when all you want is a blast of pure escapism. Brosnan shows grit as 007 emerges from a North Korean prison camp. Junkies for FX made Die the biggest box-office hit in the franchise up to that time. As Jinx, an NSA agent and Bond conquest, Oscar winner Halle Berry does wonders for a bikini, just like the one that almost covered Ursula Andress in Dr. No. Madonna wrote and sang the title song and does a cameo as a fencing instructor that won her a well-earned Razzie as Worst Supporting Actress.

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