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Icarus
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Tagline:
Brosnan's 007 swansong - redeemed!
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Original Release Date:
2002
Original Running Time:
132
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Fanedit Running Time:
110
Time Cut:
22
Brief Synopsis:
Die Another Day should have been celebration of everything good about the James Bond franchise. Unfortunately, in trying to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the screen in celebration of 007's 40th anniversary, director Lee Tamahori and the producers ended up with an unfocused movie, riddled with poor innuendo jokes and some ill-advised ventures into the more fantasy CGI arena. The hope with Icarus, is to redress the balance and uncover what I believe is a genuinely good old-fashioned large scale Bond adventure. No invisible car, no CGI tsunami surfing heroics, the poor jokes removed, Icarus attempts to give Pierce Brosnan the Bond swansong he deserved.
Intention:
The initial reason for embarking on this edit was purely for my lovely girlfriend, Sophie. She's a huge Pierce Brosnan fan, and having sat through Die Another Day a couple of times with her, I saw the opportunity to make it an easier watch for both of us! :)
Special Thanks:
Sophie Payne, Uncanny Antman, Wabid

This edit is dedicated to my patient, wonderful fiancee Sophie. This edit is for you..... and hopefully a few other people may enjoy it too ;)
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About the Edit

Audio Commentary

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Cuts and Additions:
- replaced gun-barrel with the one from Tomorrow Never Dies

- When Bond takes on the identity of Mr Van Bier, have cut scene of him inside the helicopter placing the explosives underneath the diamond tray in the brief case.

- Cut reference from Colonel Moon about his hovercrafts being able to float over mines when Bond questions him about his weapons.

- Removed Bond’s line “Don’t blow it all once” when the briefcase of diamonds is being examined

- Trimmed the last part of the Hovercraft chase to remove the hand to hand fight between Bond and Moon

- “Saved by the bell” removed.

- Fanedit titles inserted during title sequence, and removed Madonna's "Die Another Day" for Joss Stone's "I'll Take it All".

- Trimmed the end of the scene when Bond is traded for Zao

- Removed the laser medical examination of Bond with the voice-over.

- Cut “I’m checking out” and “Thanks for the kiss of life” as Bond leaves his hospital bed

- Removed couple of frames as Bond leaps over the side of the ship, preventing his hands from coming back into view as it’s clear he landed on a crash mat.

- Cut Jinx rising from the water in slow motion

- Trimmed as much of the poor dialogue between Jinx and Bond when they first meet as possible

- In the hospital, as Bond walks through the window of a patients room, takes a grape and exits into the corridor, have trimmed a few frames to fix continuity error of Bond eating two grapes when he only takes one

- After Bond and Zao's battle at the hospital, have slightly rearranged the scene where Zao jumps out of the window so that Bond shoots just as Zao has already jumped through the window, rather than before. Surely as a double "O" agent, Bond wouldn't miss from such close range?

- Trimmed a couple of frames as Jinx dives backwards off the wall into the ocean below to try and make the "green screen" work less obvious.

- As Bond is seen traveling on a British Airways plane back to England, replaced The Clash's "London Calling", with the original scored music by David Arnold. Also trimmed the scenes inside the plane, to remove Bond's "Lucky I asked for it shaken" line.

- Removed Grave's line "As they say in fencing, what's the point?", as he's talking to the press outside Buckingham Palace.

- Madonna's cameo trimmed to remove the terrible jokes/innuendos

- As Bond meets M in the secret underground station meeting point, removed his line of "Then perhaps it's time you let me get on with my job?". The look he gives M seems enough to me.

- Cut Bond's virtual reality training sequence.

- Trimmed Q's gadget-prep scene, removing gags related to props from previous Bond movies, and also no invisible car is seen or referred to.

- "Speeded up" style editing shots removed as Bond approaches the Ice Palace.

- As one of Grave's henchmen opens the door of Bond's Aston Martin, have removed him introducing himself as " Mr Kill", thereby removing Bond's quip "Now there's a name to die for"

- As Miranda shows Bond to his room, removed one line of dialogue referencing a joke to do with her surname of Frost and the Ice Palace itself

- As the party at the Ice Palace begins, removed another case of "speeded up editing"

- Removed various jokes/innuendo lines at Party where Bond, Jinx and Miranda converse with each other.

- After the Icarus presentation, have removed scenes of the invisible car as Bond begins to investigate the true nature of Graves' intentions.

- As Jinx is interrogated by Zao, have removed him asking "Who sent you?" to which she replied
"Your Mamma. And she wanted me to tell you she's really disappointed in you".

- Fight scene between Bond and Kill has now been trimmed so that the lasers which were going off everywhere and would probably have cut them in two, now get turned off a lot quicker.

- After the fight, when Bond walks up to free Jinx have removed his line "So, the girl who doesn't like to get tied down, huh?", and then also her reply "You gonna get me off this thing?"

- As Miranda shows her true colours and says "It was good of you to bring your gun to bed with us", have removed Bond's line "Yes... occupational hazard", as he had already said it once as he was going to bed with her.

- Cut Graves' speech to Bond about his dubious actions with Miranda at the Sydney Olympics.

- Cut small shot of Miranda's blank reaction when Bond shatters the glass floor

- Cut Bond escaping into the Ice rocket and the scene thereafter, including the CGI travesty tsunami scene where Bond surfs his way to safety. Instead, as Bond escapes down the side of the Ice Palace he gets straight into his Aston Martin and Zao pursues him in his suped-up Jaguar.

- Once Zao corners Bond inside the melting Ice Palace, removed invisible Car shots

- When Bond and Jinx sneak on-board Graves' plane, have shortened various scenes to tighten pace, and poor one-liners removed.

- As Bond and Jinx freefall in the helicopter, have removed a couple of her lines and one from Bond.

- Moneypenny's virtual reality scene cut

- Bond and Jinx's romantic scene on the Island trimmed

- Grace Jones' "Storm" used over end credits.
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A belated review from moi, but what can I say?

I Loved Bronson as bond, but the material he was given deteriorated with each movie as the producers lost their way in the franchise, increasingly moving to lowest common denominator decisions and making the awful transition away from practical stunts to digital, a decade too soon.

Much of that visual drivel has now THANKFULLY been excised, as have other egregious element to really polish up this entry, mercifully including the removal of "your mamma"...dear lord, what is wrong with the writers.

Had this movie been played as stright as it is here, Jinx just might have got her own spin-off franchise, but not in its original state. Sufficient quips are retained with the most cringeworthy finally hitting the cutting room floor.

The removal of the digital surf boarding is seamless, and I for one will never watch the theatrical version (which I own in 3 incarnations due to multiple box sets) again.

This now sits on the shelf, burnt to disc with about 15 other Bond Fan edits and I'm sure that in the not too distant future I will have yet abnother box set...OF FAN EDITS, consigning the theatrical versions to the trash (except Goldfinger and From Russia with Love).

Thank you for redeeming this movie. I await an HD upgrade keenly.
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What a great improvement! The editor managed to turn one of the worst 007 ever into a very good one. The invisible car, the bad cgi, the Madonna Song and all what makes the viewing cringy, all gone. We are left with an entertaining and enjoyable movie. Well Done !

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Never saw the original fully through (clips are enough to make me cringe), this edit is actually enjoyable and allows Pierce Brosnan to bow out of the series gracefully.

Well-deserved FOTM win, don't suppose there are any plans for an HD version?

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Removing the invisible car, the tsunami surfing and sexual innuendos with Jinx & others made more sense. The opening music choice was a much better. Great job on the DVD art cover and your audio commentary. Overall I truly liked your version much more than the original. Great job!

Congratulations on winning an award for your editing of this movie. I am looking forward to your next Bond movie FanEdit.

Thank you,
Mike

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The fan editor promised "to give Pierce Brosnan the Bond swansong he deserved." And has delivered, I despised the original, which put me off the Bondverse for a decade. It was lazy, overstuffed and stupid. Even the greatest of fan editors cannot make this a great film. There are too many problems in it, ranging from implausible technologies, to unclear motivations to silly sets like the greenhouse/ sauna thing in the middle of the ice. But it is now a good film, which you can and will enjoy. This is a pretty amazing fan edit. Great job.

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