Tomorrow Never Dies

YESTERDAY IS A MEMORY, TODAY IS HISTORY, TOMORROW IS IN THE HANDS OF ONE MAN: BOND… YOU KNOW THE REST!

The story in this 18th James Bond flick, about a media tycoon’s (Jonathan Pryce) attempt to jump-start a war between Britain and China, shows how dangerous it could be if a media empire decides to start manipulating the news. Pierce Brosnan keeps getting better as the guy you want protecting the free world; Pryce is quietly intense as the Rupert Murdoch-like villain, and Michelle Yeoh’s experience from Hong Kong action movies lends her character some spark. The movie has two terrific action sequences, but other ingredients are bland and it runs out of steam in the final half-hour.

1997-U.S.-Britain. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Music: David Arnold. Song: ”Tomorrow Never Dies” (performed by Sheryl Crow). Cast: Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Jonathan Pryce (Elliot Carver), Michelle Yeoh (Wai Lin), Teri Hatcher, Joe Don Baker, Ricky Jay… Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Gerard Butler.

Trivia: Followed by The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Quote: “You always were a cunning linguist, James.” (Samantha Bond to Brosnan)

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