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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  19 December 1997 (USA)
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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.



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Agent James Bond 007 is on a mission which includes a media tycoon, his former lover and a Chinese agent. Elliot Carver wants to complete his global media empire, but in order for this to work, he must achieve broadcasting rights in China. Carver wants to start up World War III by starting a confrontation over British and Chinese waters. Bond gains the help of Wai Lin on his quest to stop him, but how will Bond feel when he meets up with his former lover, who is now Carver's wife. Written by simon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, sexuality and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,100,000 (Non-US) (12 December 1997)


$125,332,007 (USA) (5 June 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Because the producers had already secured a release date, the production couldn't find studio space. They ended up shooting much of the interiors in a converted Asda (the British branch of Walmart) warehouse. See more »


Helicopters are physically incapable of hovering in place with their rotors tilted forward, as indicated during the motorcycle chase. Also, we see the rotor hitting objects when in this position. Helicopter rotors are fragile. With those impacts, the rotors would fail, the helicopter would crash, pulling Bond and Wai Lin downward into a very colorful death. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Robinson: Our man's in position on the center camera. It's like a terrorist supermarket. Chinese Long March Scud, Panther AS-565 attack helicopter, a pair of Russian mortars, and the crates look like American rifles. Chilean mines. German explosives. Fun for the whole family.
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Performed by k.d. lang
Music by David Arnold & David McAlmont
Lyrics by Don Black
Produced by David Arnold
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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It was great... I don't understand the backlash
9 September 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For some reason, Bond loyalists and sometimes Bond fans didn't rate this installment. However, I believe it was one of the best Bond's ever made.

The villain (Pryce) was terrific, even though the nature of his character was a bit overdone. The women were both stunning and were not denied some character development of their own (as is the case in many other Bonds).

The gadgets delivered by Q and the gadgets in Lin's secret office in China were extremely impressive - including that magnificent 7-series BMW.

But probably the stand out aspect of this Bond, above all others, were the terrific comedy and double entendre. After all, this was the film that gave rise to the now often used "cunning linguist." But there were many others that were absolutely hilarious - including "I'm brushing up on a little Danish", "I've always been a fan of Chinese technology" and Bond returning his car to Avis.

That said, the film did not get bogged down in the comedy. Furthermore, it didn't get bogged down in boring, drawn-out plot divergences that other Bonds (especially the older ones) tend to do. It was thrilling and engaging from start to finish and avoid the boring periods that crop up in other bond films. Brosnan is terrific and this was certainly his best effort.

I regard this is one of the best Bond's of all time.

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