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Tomorrow Never Dies

1997 James Bond Movie starring Pierce Brosnan

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Every Tommorrow dies, not every Tommorrow truly lives.

  • Oct 24, 2010
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As far as the Brosnan Bond movies go, everyone has an opinion on which is best.  TND may not be a great movie but at least it's fun, and fast.

After successfully stealing nukes back from terrorists, Bond is called into action when a British Naval Battleship seemingly wanders into Red China waters.  The ship is sunk but not before one of China's planes is shot down.  All of it done under the eyes of Elliot Carver, a media head who is reporting on the news he is creating.  Bond learns that Elliot is making arrangements with China to have exclusive news rights in that country for a war that he is helping to create and make him a bigger name in the world of news and make him billions in he process.

That DOES sound like a pretty stupid plan when you think about it, starting a war to make money by having your company have rights to broadcast in one of the warring countries, but remember, this is a series that had plots revolving around using Earthquakes to destroy Silicon Valley to corner the microchip market and, in one of my favorites: using nuclear war to destroy the Earths' surface so we can start anew under the sea.

Bond is Piecre Brosnan and I think this is his best job, his sophmore outing.  He is confident and ready for action.  Jonathan Pryce is the villian and every scene he's in is great as he puts dressing on the sets as he is constantly fed.  He's got to be one of my favorite villians in the series.  Course every villian has a good cast of heavies to back him up.  The German Mr. Stamper who almost embodies Grant in his scariness and proficiency at his job and the one scene wonder in Dr. Kaufman playing a sharpshooter who antagonizes Bond.

Naturally we also have the Bond women.  Teri Hatcher you'd be surprised is in the movie at all given her little screen time.  Pregnant at the time (and you can't tell) the scenes with her and Bond as she is a spurned lover are great.  Michelle Yeoh, while sexy and tough only reinforce my hate of beating us in the HEAD with "Bond's equal" as you'd think the movie was about HER.  Yes, shes a great character and she isn't a mere damsel in distress as she has her own stuff to show but when the Bond movies have had women in increasing roles of competence and strength and they creators keep TELLING us this fact "shes as good as Bond", it's condescending to say the least. 

Action is NOT shortchanged with plenty of gunfights and one of the better car chases in the series with Bond using a remote controlled Beamer from the backseat to escape a garage.  Too bad it's a sedan and not a sportscar.  Yeoh gets in some chopsocky for sure and the stunts are great too.  Bond's gadgets include the aforementioned BMW remote car, the villain Carver has a nice one with a stealth boat and Bond gets an upgrade to his classic PPK in the nicer and more modern P99 Walther handgun.

Tommorrow Never Dies got shot down by some for it's lame plot, or it's OVER reliance on action and my favorite, too much product placement (who cares?)  Tommorrow Never Dies is a nice action movie at least even if you don't agree it's a good Bond movie.  Tommorrow Never Dies is a little ironic now since Bond's very own Tommorrow at the time of this writing is in peril if MGM doesn't get a buyer.
Every Tommorrow dies, not every Tommorrow truly lives.

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November 09, 2010
One thing that got me going here--Michelle Yeoh!! I dunno I am a sucker for beautiful women who can do kung fu. I am with you 100 % in your assessment of this movie.
November 09, 2010
I saw Crouching Tiger after this and LOVED her in that. Hearing all her overhype for this one turned me off to her. Thanks for reading.
 
October 29, 2010
The video games for this Bond film were fun!
November 09, 2010
Never played them. Thanks for reading.
 
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In TOMORROW NEVER DIES, British super-spy James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) goes after a ruthless media baron, Elliot Carver--an amalgam of Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, and Bill Gates--played with feisty aplomb by Jonathan Pryce. Carver's diabolical plan is to instigate World War III so that his empire can obtain exclusive coverage (a la CNN during the Gulf War). This time, 007 must endure the sorrow of love lost as he shares a nostalgic interlude with his ex-lover Paris (Teri Hatcher) who is now married to his nemesis, Carver. He also discovers a worthwhile partner in a female Chinese counterpart, Wai Lin (Hong Kong action diva Michelle Yeoh). Noteworthy for its unabashed commercial product placement, TOMORROW NEVER DIES follows the sharp direction of Roger Spottiswoode.
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