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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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Storyline

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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media | british | china | action hero | tycoon | See more »

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Tha Man. The Number. The License...are all back.


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

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19 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mañana nunca muere  »

Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,784,417 (UK) (2 January 1998)

Gross:

$125,332,007 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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Stunt performers Mark Southworth and Wendy Leech performed the skyscraper jump on 21 may 1997 in Bankok, with temperatures reaching as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Wendy also doubled for Michelle Yeoh during the motorbike chase with French rider Jean-Pierre Goy driving the BMV R1200 C cruiser. A dummy was strapped to Goy's back as he performed the rooftop jump over the helicopter on the same bike on 24 July. The helicopters blades had been removed to be added digitally in post production. On that same day, Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh were filming their close-ups hanging thirty feet up at the side of a five story building to complete the Carver building stunt. See more »

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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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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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