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Tomorrow Never Dies [1997] (1 disc)

Director:Roger Spottiswoode
Writer:Bruce Feirstein
Composer:David Arnold
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
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IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Reaction: Not as good as Goldeneye, but still enjoyable and the next two outings get increasingly ridiculous.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Roger Spottiswoode => Director
Bruce Feirstein => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Ian Fleming => Characters
Andrew Hawkins => Lt. Cmdr. Peter Hume - HMS Devonshire
Brendan Coyle => Leading Seaman - HMS Bedford
Cecilie Thomsen => Professor Inga Bergstrom
Christopher Bowen => Cmdr. Richard Day - HMS Devonshire
Colin Salmon => Chief of Staff Charles Robinson
Colin Stinton => Dr. Dave Greenwalt
Desmond Llewelyn => Q
Geoffrey Palmer => Admiral Roebuck
Gerard Butler => Leading Seaman - HMS Devonshire
Götz Otto => Stamper
Hugh Bonneville => Air Warfare Officer - HMS Bedford
Hugo Napier => Jeff Hobbs
Joe Don Baker => Jack Wade
Jonathan Pryce => Elliot Carver
Judi Dench => M
Julian Fellowes => Minister of Defence
Liza Ross => Mary Golson
Michael Byrne => Admiral Kelly - HMS Bedford
Michael G. Wilson => Tom Wallace (uncredited)
Michelle Yeoh => Wai Lin
Nadia Cameron-Blakey => Beth Davidson (as Nadia Cameron)
Nina Young => Tamara Steel
Philip Kwok => General Chang
Pierce Brosnan => James Bond
Ricky Jay => Henry Gupta
Rolf Saxon => Philip Jones
Samantha Bond => Miss Moneypenny
Terence Rigby => General Bukharin
Teri Hatcher => Paris Carver
Vincent Schiavelli => Dr. Kaufman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Dedicated to the memory of long-time Bond-film producer Albert R. Broccoli.
  • Anthony Hopkins was cast as Elliott Carver and joined the production, but walked after three days because it was so chaotic and there was no completed shooting script; due to the pressure on Eon Productions to finish the film on time, new pages of the screenplay were being delivered every morning.
  • Monica Bellucci read for the role of Paris Carver.
  • Though it has long been part of the James Bond character's reputation in story and dialogue, this is the first instance in the EON Productions official series where James Bond has an on-screen relationship with a leading Bond Girl who is actually known to be married to another man.
  • Teri Hatcher says that she accepted her role in this movie to fulfill her then husband's lifelong dream of being married to a Bond girl. As it turned out, her scenes had to be filmed quickly because of an unexpected pregnancy. She later expressed her dissatisfaction with the part, saying it was "an artificial kind of character to be playing that you don't get any special satisfaction from it".
  • Martin Campbell declined the chance to direct again, not wanting to make two [James Bond] films in a row. Campbell would do the same in 2006 after the success of Casino Royale.
  • The film made particularly heavy use of gadgetry because some fans thought there was too little of it in GoldenEye.
  • Michelle Yeoh, who did most of her own stunts, asked her fellow motorbike stuntman to drive faster in the helicopter chase scene as it would make her hair fly out behind her, adding to the effect of speed.
  • Just before shooting the scene where Bond and Wai-Lin get on the motorcycle, Roger Spottiswoode took Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh aside - each without the other's knowledge - and told each of them not to let the other get in the driver's seat. The result is in the final film: Bond and Wai-Lin fight over who gets to drive before getting on the bike.
  • This is the first [James Bond] movie in the official series to have a running time under two hours since Diamonds Are Forever. The next film to run under 120 minutes would be Quantum of Solace.
  • The original title of the film was Tomorrow Never Lies, which makes sense when you consider media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) was creating the next day's headlines in advance, then causing those events to happen. But a typo on an early script draft was adopted by the producers, and Tomorrow Never Dies was used instead.