Tomorrow Never Dies

1997, Action, 1h 59m

89 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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A competent, if sometimes by-the-numbers entry to the 007 franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies may not boast the most original plot but its action sequences are genuinely thrilling. Read critic reviews

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Media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) wants his news empire to reach every country on the globe, but the Chinese government will not allow him to broadcast there. Carver doesn't take no for an answer and plans to use his media empire to fuel flames of war between the Western world and China. Thankfully, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is on to the insane news tycoon and travels to China to stop him with the help of Chinese secret agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh).

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  • Feb 01, 2022
    This is the Bond film I have the most nostalgic attachment towards, and so it's probably my favorite of the Brosnan era. It's plot is very easy to follow, and the commentary is blatantly obvious, but it worked for me as a kid and as an adult I honestly still kind of like it. It's a unique villain idea, a newsman who creates the bad news he reports, and it makes a distinctly hateable villain. It also has some solid chase sequences, and one of the best Bond girls of this era. I still have fun with this movie. As dorky and obvious as it is, I really enjoy it.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Despite painting the super-spy into an oftentimes boring corner, Brosnan's second Bond outing at least boasts pulse-pounding action set pieces that never say die. Okay, so the 18th 007 adventure fails to put forth the most ambitious story but the dust-ups that result boast enough explosive awesomeness to warrant your full attention. Take for example one ridiculously exciting bit of staging that results in a BMW motorcycle jumping over the rotating blades of a chopper hovering between rooftops. It's winning moments like this, however, that punctuate a largely connect-the-dots tale where even an ace actor like Pryce can't make spiked lemonade out of a lemon of a villain that's so dull on paper. In this PG-rated spy thriller, James Bond (Brosnan) heads to stop a media mogul's (Pryce) plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. Brosnan has his shtick down pat by Tomorrow Never Dies, which is good and bad. Connery and (later) Craig got better as they went along, which enhanced sometimes sub-standard material. The actor formerly known as Remington Steel by this point in his career, however, seems to operate on charismatic auto-pilot. Being only as good as your material only works insofar as the quality of the material and co-stars. Action aside, Michelle Yeoh as hard-hitting Chinese spy Wai Lin proves way more memorable than Bond's ex-girlfriend, played by Teri Hatcher, which is perfect summary as to the film' concentration on stylish over substantive. Sadly, the material behind his next such outing wouldn't have Brosnan's back nearly as much. Bottom line: Sociopath Media
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2015
    A hero is only as good as its villain. Bond films rely on having capable and memorable villains for them to live on like they have. It only makes sense when the villain make sense within the context of the story. Tomorrow Never Dies, like many other Bond films, struggles to ever lift off because of the lackluster baddie. Not at all to the dismay of Jonathan Pryce, who I like in many other things, just isn't given enough to work with here. But make no mistake, Tomorrow Never Dies is an entertaining ride. As much as I haven't been a fan of the Brosnan films so far in my re-watching of every Bond movie before Spectre, his films have benefited heavily from the updated special effects and CGI. I feel as if you put his performance in one of Connery or Moore's films it wouldn't have the same appeal because those films work on levels other than the CGI and action sequences. Nevertheless, Brosnan does at least make for a believable James Bond, though he's nowhere near his predecessors. In this movie, he goes after the leader of a proposed new global network, played by Pryce, in which you get "tomorrow's news, today". Which if it weren't for his World War 3 hopes, would be a strange person for Bond to go after. The problem is that I understand this is someone who Bond would go after, but why does Pryce's character want there to be a World War 3? Just for media domination? There was a point where the character was framed to be the next Steve Jobs and compared himself to Caesar, Napolean, and I think even God, but then all of a sudden he wants WWIII. He never seemed crazy enough to do something like that. I like Jonathan Pryce but I think they needed someone a bit more crazy than that. The good thing is that the film contains a ton of action and a very good Bond girl. At the very least, this would be a good cable watch if you were bored one night because the action is great, the film just isn't that intelligent or intricate. On the other hand, Wai Lin, played by Michelle Yeoh, is one of the better Bond girls the series has had in my opinion. Sure, there is an eventual romance, but it's not immediate or forced like so many others. Plus, she can handle herself in the field which makes her all the more bada**. So overall, Tomorrow Never Dies is fun to watch, but there's nothing to ride home about. +Great Bond girl +Solid action -Nothing intricate about the story -Strange structure to the villain 5.8/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Even though I'm giving it the same rating as Pierce Brosnans first Bond effort it's not as good thanks to the absolutely stupid plot, Starting WW3 just to get better ratings on your TV show is just beyond silly for a plot especially a Bond Film, The action was pretty fun but yet again the silly one liners ruined them, Some good stunts and a nice bike chase too but apart from that there's nothing new or memorable, If you're looking for good action you will be happy if you want a solid well acted Bond film with a good story you will leave very dissapointed.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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