Is liking Die Another Day a controversial view?
That question came on up on Twitter this morning so I thought I’d find out pseudo-scientifically. I’ve looked at the Internet Movie Database‘s rating for each film and here’s what the people scoring them say:
2006’s Casino Royale is the clear winner, and there are a few other interesting notes: there’s a clear early peak at Goldfinger – very much received wisdom – but that’s also the most watched (if we count ratings as viewers) of the early films. OHMSS has less attention paid to it than any of the other official Bond movies.
But what of Die Another Day? It hits a relatively poor 6.0, which you can see more clearly in context from the full data, ordering by score:
|1963||From Russia with Love||7.5||47393|
|1977||The Spy Who Loved Me||7.1||41204|
|1967||You Only Live Twice||6.9||40873|
|1969||On Her Majesty’s Secret Service||6.8||32162|
|1973||Live and Let Die||6.8||40291|
|1981||For Your Eyes Only||6.8||39364|
|2008||Quantum of Solace||6.8||163854|
|1971||Diamonds are Forever||6.7||41574|
|1974||The Man with the Golden Gun||6.7||38891|
|1987||The Living Daylights||6.7||38634|
|1989||Licence to Kill||6.5||41075|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||6.4||82866|
|1999||The World is Not Enough||6.3||93250|
|1985||A View to a Kill||6.2||38112|
|1983||Never Say Never Again||6.1||30605|
|2002||Die Another Day||6.0||101478|
So Die Another Day is easily the least popular of the official canon, even pipped by rotten Thunderball remake Never Say Never Again, and only saved from the ignominy of last place by the presence of the weird 60s version of the movie that’s top of the list.
6.0 isn’t, in the scheme of things, a terrible score, so plenty of people must like the film. Nevertheless, from a Bond fan perspective, yes – going out to bat for Die Another Day is a little bit controversial.
Which isn’t very surprising because it is rubbish.