VIDEO: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond has to thwart the diabolical plans of a media tycoon who’s hell-bent on… getting broadcasting rights in China. Along the way, Bond gets the help of Michelle Yeoh as the standard “ass kicking female sidekick”, and sleeps with Teri Hatcher playing the standard “bad guy’s wife who has a complicated past with 007”. But little does the Blockbuster Chick know that a terrifying surprise awaits her at the end of the episode!

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  • Cristiona

    Honestly, I think “favorite Bond” is a generational matter as I still think Dalton was the best.

    Also, I don’t think that’s a missile you were pointing at. Looks more like an unguided rocket launching pod. Of course, that’s more the movie’s mistake than anything.

    • Liam Barrett

      I’m not sure if Dalton’s the best, but as I’ve said, I think he’s the most underrated.

      • Thomas Stockel

        Dalton was a very good Bond and I found his films refreshing from the standard Bond villain wanting to take over the world plots we had been subjected to. Connery’s From Russia With Love was a prime example of Bond thriving in a down to earth spy story, so did Moore in For Your Eyes Only. So I think it was nice we had to Bond films where the character was dealing with very believable villains motivated primarily by greed.

        I can see why the franchise failed after License to Kill, though. People were just tired of Bond at that point.

        • Kev

          Connery IMO was untouchable. I honestly don’t think there was any film from his run that ISN’T a classic. Except for maybe Never Say Never Again, but who actually considers that one canon?

          Craig is my favorite non-Connery Bond but the most underrated bonds are Lazenby and BY FAR Dalton. Lazenby’s only crime is not being Sean Connery and Dalton was badass. Moore was a man-slut who always looked like he just wandered in from Monty Python’s Upperclass Twit of the Year sketch and Brosnan was a cartoon character.

        • Liam Barrett

          I enjoyed the grittier nature of Dalton’s films, too. However, I’m sad we never got to see him deal with sillier, over-the-top foes too, as after Licence To Kill that would have been a nice change of pace. Also I find the idea of a world where Bond DOESN’T fight a ludicrous villain with a hairbrained scheme every now and again to be quite a sad one.

  • Ed

    Ah, I love this movie. Great flick.

  • Djalanrocks

    I hated this movie in the cinema, but after watching the recap I guess it wasnt THAT bad. I was sold up until the remote controlled car chase, but the motorcycle scenes are just too silly for me. It reminds me of that teriible decade (the 90’s) when there were “stealth” ships (a colossal waste of money and resources) and BMW’s awful looking “cruiser” style motorcycle “Hey it looks kind of like a Harley!”

    I think the “nuclear torpedos” are supposed to be the drop-tank looking things behind the FFAR pads that you later see firing like machine guns. If there’s one hallmark of the Bond series, it’s the lack of a military advisor on set.

  • Andy

    A small point but that HMS Devonshire wasn’t supposed to be a submarine. They look very different to surface ships. And are generally to be found underwater.

  • Chimaera

    Yes! This is actually my favorite Bond film – Goldeneye was great, too, but Pierce Brosnan just seems to be having so much fun in this one. Plus, I’m an editor, so having the villain be an evil editor really tickled me. Thanks for reminding me how great this movie is!

    • The Blockbuster Chick

      No problem, glad you liked the review :)

  • Guy

    Tomorrow Never Dies is like most of Brosnan’s Bond movies; boring, uninspired, and completely generic. And sorry, but Daniel Craig is a FAR, FAR, FAR better Bond than Brosnan could ever even dream of being.

    • The Blockbuster Chick

      Well we all have our opinions on who makes a better Bond. For me, Pierce uses his charm, wit and humour to make a damn good Bond…Daniel Craig I personally do not like. But we are all entitled to our opinion so I thank you for sharing yours :)

      • Yeah Suzie I’m sorry but I gotta agree with him. James Bond should be bad-ass… not a jack-ass. Daniel Craig hands Brosnan his scrawny Remington-peeled ass any day. But the best bond in all fairness is Connery, doncha think?

        • Michael A. Novelli

          Personally, I always thought Roger Moore was the best Bond…

        • The Blockbuster Chick

          As I said, Brosnan is MY Bond, we could all argue who is the best Bond til the cows come home so let’s just say Pierce is my personal favourite, Connery’s yours and Craig is Guy’s. :)

  • Sofie Liv

    First got around to it now, I also wanted to say hey and welcome to the booth. And enjoyed the video!

    To be honest though, I am not the biggest Brosnan fan I don’t find his bond very… inspiring, then again neither Graig. I guess when you get down to it I am a bit of a nostalgic buff and old school in everything. I like Roger Moore :3
    At least his films are always fun in a certain cheek in tounge kind of way.

  • Mr E

    Wish they used Pulp for the theme song. Anyway good review, I don’t think Brosnon’s the best Bond (that’s Connery) but I think he did a pretty good job.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Tomorrow Never Dies is an okay film but you do point out one of the biggest flaws of the film: Wei Lin. For someone who is supposed to be Bond’s Chinese counterpart they make turn her into a victim needing rescue just like any other Bond female. Sure, they gave us Jinx in Die Another Day but the entirety of that film is horrible.

    Brosnan’s Bond films got worse as they went along. I think he was a good Bond, but the material they gave him just degraded in quality.

    And while Casino Royale is not to everyone’s taste the reboot was in response to the Borne films. People were tired of invisible cars and bad quips.

  • Ed

    Good stuff, Suzie. Always nice to see someone else who takes a smart-aleck approach to films they enjoy.