Thanks to Netflix I've been catching up on movies over the past few weeks. A lifelong James Bond fan, I was quite looking forward to Die Another Day.

What a perfectly dreadful film. No wonder Pierce Brosnan doesn't seem too upset at the thought of not reprising his role as 007. The writing was the worst of any of the bond films, with sophomoric double-entendres that better fit in Scary Movie. Not that the acting was much better. I wonder if Brosnan was embarrassed during filming, and chose to exert as little effort as possible.

Word is the next Bond film will feature more -- gasp -- character development, perhaps ending the reliance upon special effects and grandiosity. Speaking of the next film, it is my hope that Clive Owen gets the gig; if not, Hugh Jackman would do.