Icarus

 
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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
Fanedit Release Date:
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 ;)
Release Information
NTSC DVD-5
Special Features
About the Edit

Audio Commentary

Trailer
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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Very good edit, really filters out most of the bullshit. The transitions are seamless, and i was able to enjoy this film a lot more. Nothing but love for the edit. The movie itself...well, there's only so much you can do. The first third of the film is actually very, very good. It could have been a SO much better film, it's unbelievable. It really goes off the rail near the end. Again, talking about the movie, not about the edit. Good job, keep it up!

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Continuing my Bond reviews of LastSurvivor, I'd like to recommend Icarus to anyone who thinks the cgi and bad jokes on Brosnan are too much to bare. If you really go for it, at least include Jaws so we know this is meant to be campy!

The faneditor did a very good job at removing the most obnoxious or forced anniversary parts, while refraining from cutting the movie so much that there's nothing left. But in comparison to the "post Casino Royale" age, the action is still somewhat artificial even with a lot of the cgi cut. Still, it's an ok movie like this as you don't get thrown out of the story by awkward moments.

One thing that strikes me as odd are the torture scenes: Knowing what the CIA does to torture information out of captives, the North Korean methods displayed in the movie seem like a walk in the park. In retrospect, they should have been less visual so the torture doesn't seem so Hollywood-style in comparison to the real deal.

For the record: I think Brosnan's Bond already jumped the shark in the universally liked Goldeneye when he skydived after a falling plane, climbed into it and escaped into safety :-}

Edit: I nearly forgot to mention - the best thing again is the audio commentary, please do continue do do these in upcoming fanedits! I with more faneditors are inspired by the value this adds to their work.

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I have been watching a lot of 007 fanedits lately because I consider myself a huge James Bond fan. Yet, every time I watch one, I find myself remembering how truly awful some of the movies in the franchise have been. It is hard to choose the very worst James Bond movie, but this (not your edit, but the original) has absolutely got to be very close to being the most absolutely terrible entry. A lot of the Roger Moore Bonds kinda blend together for me because he did so many. Sean Connery remains the ultimate James Bond. Timothy Dalton was very underrated and I think Living Daylights is one of the better Bond films. And then there is Pierce Brosnon. I loved Remington Steele and thought he would make a perfect James Bond. But the scripts or the directors or someone mishandled the movies, and none was worse than this. From the opening where James Bond is captured, held and tortured fro an indeterminate amount of time (could there be a WORSE way to start a Bond movie!?!). And does our brilliant hero secret agent finally escape? Nope. He gets exchanged for a guy walking around with diamonds in his face. And about that: what the hell? I get that maybe right after the explosion some diamonds got lodged in his face, but there is just no logical reason for them to remain there. I cannot think of any Bond movie with such a ridiculous cartoonish villain. Even Jaws was more plausible---at least those teeth could be used as kind of a weapon. And then, he checks into the Hong Kong Yacht Club where they send up a masseuse with a gun. Why? They're going to kill him? While filming it behind a 2-way mirror? What for? This movie is so screwed up. Okay, I have yet to talk about the edit, but I needed to vent about what a dreadful movie this was to begin with, and seeing this made me realize how fully I managed to block it from my mind entirely.
The editing, sound, picture...everything was done flawlessly. I can't point to a single thing, major or minor to complain about. But it is just such a terrible movie, I think no amount of editing can save it. Certainly this is a vast improvement over the original, but "vast" is not enough in this case. There isn't enough vastness in the universe that could make this movie any good. Such a shame! I'm sure the budget was huge; Halle Berry looks amazing (and is the best thing about the whole movie), cool cars--although the green jaguar that the enemy is driving on the ice is cooler that James Bond's car, but what a misguided movie. This one makes me appreciate the Daniel Craig era quite a lot more. It even makes me feel like I could write a better James Bond script. It's amazing how all the elements can be there--good actors, good locales, the cars, gadgets---everything that you would assume makes a great James Bond movie, and yet fail so spectacularly. It almost makes Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull seem like a good movie.
Well that sure is a lot of negative comments for a movie I am ultimately giving a good review of. The positive numbers and the recommendation are entirely for your edit, which, as I said, is flawless. But it's like getting a bunch of Dr Frankenstein's together to try to recreate the ideal re-animated Hitler; even the best most perfect one is still...you know---Hitler. So this is an excellent, excellent edit of an irredeemably bad movie. Anyone who saw the original should at least give this a watch. It is still, probably the very worst 007 movie, but this version makes it a somewhat better worst 007 movie.

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i hated this bond it was a disaster, this is the worse bond movie EVER.
i never blamed Bronson he did the best with what he had you cant polish a turd.

but this edit saves this movie in every aspect bad jokes, horrible guest appearances and the worse title song ever.

Editing:
perfect could not notice any.

PQ:
DVD quality, could not ask for better

Audio:
perfect

Verdict:
the best this movie will ever be.
this will be the version of the movie i will always go to and the version i would show my mates.

thank you last survivor for fixing this mess of a movie.

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I was so excited to watch this, and Last survivor didn't let me down.
The tweaks were amazingly done and make this a true bond movie, they don't prevent the flow of the story at all, in fact if Last Survivor hadn't teased us with his trailer which essentially danced around the majority of elements that were bad with the original film, i probably would have only noticed the invisible car and intro song were missing.
as all reviews have to 'critique' in one way or another my only gripe was the surfing intro, i know its required to show bond getting the c4, but to me some kind of establishing shot of the plane landing before bond switches places with the diamond seller would have been more than ample.
also jinx's use of the word 'bitch' on the plane seems out of place, i might have omitted it to prevent it from sounding like an audio hard cut.

Fantastic job Last Survivor!, This is definitely my 'go to' version of the film.

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