After a mission gone wrong in Korea, James Bond (Pierce Bronson) is captured and held for at least 14 months. During his incarceration, Bond is persistently tortured and pumped for information, none of which he has any intention of giving up. It was eventually decided by the powers that be that Bond should be traded for Zao, a prisoner being held by the British government. Zao was considered as a psychopath who was previously caught by MI6, so James was not impressed by the trade. Once he returned to his homeland, Bond realized that he was being blamed for leaks in intelligence, an action that he knew he was not responsible for.
In his attempt to fly under the radar, after being traded, Zao heads to Cuba, and attempts to get a change of face, which will allow him to blend in without being recognized as he continues his life of crime. As usual, the fight scenes are extensive, and even include a fencing scene with Gustav. Be prepared for fast paced scenes that takes you around the world and eventually end up in the cold climate of Iceland. As in most Bond movies there is a high level of sexiness to look forward to, and Halle Berry (Jinx Johnson) does her part as an American spy who joins forces with Bond.
The action scenes are intense with a hovercraft chase that include explosions from mines and crashes, chase scenes in Cuba and a car chase through a building in Iceland, made of none other than hard water. Bonds attempt to fight crime continues as he is introduced to new toys by MI6's resident tech expert, known only as Q (John Cleese). The latest weaponry being introduced to wreak havoc is called Icarus and promises to destroy its enemies, unless Bond can destroy it first. Lee Tamahori directs this fast paced adventure, where big names like Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost), Toby Stephens (Gustav Graves) and Judi Dench as M, play supporting roles.