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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

James Bond sets out to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the U.K in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writer:

Bruce Feirstein
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... James Bond
Jonathan Pryce ... Elliot Carver
Michelle Yeoh ... Wai Lin
Teri Hatcher ... Paris Carver
Ricky Jay ... Henry Gupta
Götz Otto ... Stamper
Joe Don Baker ... Wade
Vincent Schiavelli ... Dr. Kaufman
Judi Dench ... M
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
Samantha Bond ... Moneypenny
Colin Salmon ... Robinson
Geoffrey Palmer ... Admiral Roebuck
Julian Fellowes ... Minister of Defence
Terence Rigby ... General Bukharin
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Storyline

Agent James Bond 007 (Pierce Brosnan) is on a mission which includes a media tycoon, his former lover and a Chinese Agent. Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) 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 (Michelle Yeoh) on his quest to stop him, but how will Bond feel when he meets up with his former lover, Paris (Teri Hatcher), who is now Carver's wife. Written by simon

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This was the first of three James Bond movies to be adapted into books by then-current Bond novelist Raymond Benson. Benson's version of Bruce Feirstein's screenplay is suitably expanded, and includes some nods to past Bond movies, including the suggestion that Bond was lying when he said he had taken a course in Oriental languages in You Only Live Twice (1967). The book is styled more after Fleming's novels, as opposed to this movie, with detailed backstories given to characters such as Elliot Carver, Stamper, and Paris Carver, missing from the movie, which gave the characters more depth. Wai Lin's activities in China tracking General Chang before she travels to Hamburg (omitted from the movie) are also included. Differences from this movie: Carver suffers from Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ disorder) due to stress, and takes regular painkillers as a result. General Chang's fate is revealed, stating he was found by the Police in Beijing hiding inside a stall in a women's restroom. See more »

Goofs

When HMS Devonshire gives its position as 114 23 818 E, 37 74 624 N, that longitude and latitude is actually 300 miles inland. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

James Bond will return. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally toned down for a 12 cinema certificate in the UK, a further 6 seconds of cuts were required to retain this rating for the video version. All use of shurikens (throwing stars) and a bad guy having his face stamped on were removed, and most of the fight sound effects were reduced. In 2006 the PG-13/international version was passed uncut in the UK by the BBFC for the Ultimate Edition DVD, with an upgrade from a 12 to a 15 certificate. The same cut was later passed 12 for the Blu-ray release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heineken 'Tomorrow Never Dies' Television Commercial (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Surrender
Performed by k.d. lang
Music by David Arnold & David McAlmont
Lyrics by Don Black
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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User Reviews

 
The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
24 September 2018 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Jonathan Pryce is the evil Elliott Carver in this James Bond version with Pierce Brosnan in the role. Dame Judi Dench is M and Geoffrey Palmer (her costar from her British comedy series) is also in the film. Samantha Bond played Ms. Moneypenny. Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh played his love interest. It's the same routine with exotic stunts; a romance; and adventure around the world. A typical James Bond film.


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English | German | Danish | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,143,007, 21 December 1997

Gross USA:

$125,304,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,011,068
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DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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