Die Another Day
, released in 2002, is the twentieth film in the James Bond series
and the fourth and final to star Pierce Brosnan
as the fictional British Secret Service
agent Commander James Bond
. In the film, Bond is betrayed after killing a rogue North Korean Colonel
and captured. Once released in a prisoner exchange, he must follow a trail of clues in an effort to reveal the MI6 leak and soon learns that the villain he is pursuing is the same North Korean Colonel he supposedly killed. James then must prevent a satellite
from igniting a war between North and South Korea
Die Another Day was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and directed by Lee Tamahori. Being the twentieth James Bond film and also being released in the year of the film franchise's fortieth Anniversary, it includes references to each of the preceding films and additionally alludes to several Bond novels.
The film received mixed reviews, with some critics praising Lee Tamahori's work and others pointing out the damage caused by excessive CGI effects to the plot. It nevertheless became the highest grossing James Bond film of all time before being surpassed by Casino Royale in 2006.