A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent's death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
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
Ricky Jay, who plays Henry Gupta is also an acclaimed magician who holds a world record for the fastest throwing playing cards. The producers initially wanted a scene where he threw playing cards at Bond. They set up the scene to block, Ricky was 50 or 75 feet away and was asked to hit Pierce Brosnan in the face. Ricky warned them it wasn't a good idea, safety wise. After they convinced him to do it, he agreed and hit pierce right above the eyes. To his disappointment, for one reason or another, they never asked him to repeat it on film. Gupta is shown throwing cards in the DVD deleted scenes. See more »
When Bond parachutes into the ocean, in the air the tanks are quite spread apart, almost behind each shoulder, but as soon as he gets underwater, the tanks are right next to each other. His swimming flipper is knocked off his foot and floats away, yet is back in place in the next shot. See more »
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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Tomorrow Never Dies is almost everything we expect from a James Bond film. It has little more than that, but that's fine. It's certainly a fun and well-made film and definitely worth two hours of your life. The movie contains the standard Bond film formula. A megalomaniac wants to take over the world, Bond is sent to stop him, he seduces some women and kills some men on the way, causes thousands of dollars worth of damage, confronts the villain and foils his plot (and life), and gets the girl. The film doesn't really do anything new with the formula, but it executes it well. Pierce Brosnan goes on his second outing as Bond, and he's quickly become comfortable with the role, becoming one of the best Bonds ever. He has the suaveness and toughness of Sean Connery, the comedic timing and charm of Roger Moore, the coldness and brutality of Timothy Dalton, and he adds his own touch of gentleness and humanity to the role. He's very entertaining and even actually kind of sympathetic, and when he's on screen, he simply is James Bond. He's able to take on any challenge and survive any action sequence. As an action piece, Tomorrow Never Dies is fantastic. There are some fantastic and inventive action sequences. The stuntwork is wonderful, and the usual great Bond car chases are present. A scene that sticks out strongly is a chase in a multiple-story garage, with Bond driving his car via remote control in the back seat, as henchmen fire their pistols and bazookas at him, and he uses the car's dozens of hidden gadgets against them, such as spiked balls to take out the tires of other cars, and the hidden guns at the front of his own car. The film doesn't do much new with the Bond formula, but it does it well. It has an original idea for a villain, him being a media mogul, but not much is done with this concept, although actor Jonathan Pryce revels in being a megalomaniac. Tomorrow Never Dies is a fun movie, offering little new, but as long as it's fun, that's OK, isn't it?
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