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Tomorrow Never Dies (Special Ed
Pierce Brosnan returns for his second stint as James Bond (after GoldenEye), and he's doing it in high style with an invigorating cast of costars. It's only appropriate that a Bond film from 1997 would find Agent 007 pitted against a media mogul (Jonathan Pryce) who's going to start a global war (beginning with stolen nuclear missiles aimed at China) to create attention-grabbing headlines for his latest multimedia news channel. It's the information age run amok, and Bond must team up with a lovely and lethal agent from the Chinese External Security Force (played by Honk Kong action star Michelle Yeoh) to foil the madman's plot of global domination. Luckily for Bond, the villain's wife (Teri Hatcher) is one of his former lovers, and at the behest of his superior M (Judi Dench), 007 finds ample opportunity to exploit the connection. Although it bears some nagging similarities to many formulaic action films from the '90s, Tomorrow Never Dies (with a title song performed by Sheryl Crow) boasts enough grand-scale action and sufficiently intelligent plotting to suggest the Bond series has plenty of potential to survive into the next millennium. Armed with the usual array of gadgets (including a remote-controlled BMW), Brosnan settles into his role with acceptable flair, and the dynamic Yeoh provides a perfect balance to the sexism that once threatened to turn Bond into a politically incorrect anachronism. He's still Bond, to be sure, but he's saving the world with a bit more sophisticated finesse. This edition includes a separate tape on the cinematic history of James Bond.--Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A communications mogul (Price) sets up a communications satellite monopoly, which, unlike DeBeers and other monopolies, is allowed to operate in the United States. To further his power, Price is creating news and having the stories ready as the news happens. His ultimate goal is to start World War III and control all communications afterwards. He will do this by using his armada of communications satellites which will broadcast to a dying world where electromagnetic pulses have rendered televisions inoperable. Oh, I guess he didn't think far enough ahead.
Utilizing the common man's (or should I say scriptwriter's) lack of understanding Geo-Positional Satellites (GPS) he convinces a warship that it is in neutral territory and not in Chinese-controlled waters. Then, utilizing a stealth boat made possible by the theft of some stealth skin (you know, that ultra expensive stuff that becomes completely useless if it gets even slightly damp) and steals a cruise missile. Bond is aided by a Chinese agent (Michelle Yeoh) and they go to Viet Nam where the sunken ship is (oh, didn't they say it was sunk in Chinese waters?). There they confront many bad guys and helicopters that can hover sideways and whose blades can repeatedly chop through buildings with no bad effects.
OK, so the plot, if it can be called that, has a few problems. But it is an action film and plots in action films have less importance than how far the hero can fall. The bad plot is not necessarily because Ian Fleming did not write the story. After all, he did write DOCTOR NO about the madman trying to corner the guano market (the studio gave the madman nuclear capabilities and cut the guano completely from the story). But the movie is fun, nonetheless, with many great lines. While I can't say much for the new Moneypenny, the new M is fantastic.
The action falls flat on its face. Like the time James is driving down the road on his motorcycle and a helicopter comes down the street sideways so its blades can chop him up. What? I'm no authority on helicopters, but I do know enough to say that not even a James Bond helicopter could do that.
And that was the least of what annoyed me. The movie didn't show any amount military expertise in James Bond, just a lot of pure luck. Hundreds of men got a clear shot at his back and his front and his side, but they always missed. Lucky for him cause he doesn't appear to understand any basic tactics, fighting skills, or combat stances. He even pauses in the open under machine gun fire to watch girls climb up walls. Do the British teach that? I'm sorry, but if superman attempted half what this man did superman would be dead. The fact is when twenty machine gunners fire at you all at the same moment you are going to die. Ask anybody who does no anything about weapons. I doubt that the British military would allow a man of James Bond's skill to be a private. They might hire his car though.
And since I'm on the technology thing with all the gizmos James has-the perfect gadgets at the perfect moment too-more luck, he reminds me of inspector gadget.
And this isn't over yet. The plot is entirely driven by his relentless luck which kills any suspense or interest the film could have.
Make James Bond a sappy poet; he'd do great!
Otherwise, the film is filled with exotic locations, high-tech gadgets, and well-developed characters that all make a Bond movie worth watching. Michelle Yeoh is superb as Bond's unlikely, but equally--if not superiorly--capable ally, Chinese Colonel Wai-Lin. Jonathan Pryce is, I think, my favorite Bond villain in his role as Elliot Carver. Perhaps that's because I can relate to his field of expertise, but I think his particular aspirations of world-wide domination and his motivations for them seem easy to accept, unlike so many other villains in Bond films. Gotz Otto, Carver's German henchman, is excellent in his role as super-sexy, blond, muscular and utterly evil sidekick.
Teri Hatcher also does a lovely job as Paris Carver, Elliot Carver's wife and Bond's former lover. The love scene between the two in Bond's hotel room is really quite beautiful. Although her attitude might be a bit too smug, she makes a lovely addition to a long line of Bond villainesses, as she proves herself to be *not* entirely allied to the villain like so many of her predecessors.
Judi Dench and Samantha Bond reprise their roles as "M" and Moneypenny, respectively, and do excellent jobs as both. As begun in *Goldeneye,* Samantha Bond's Moneypenny really turns the tables on Bond tradition, showing herself to be just as sarcastic as 007 himself. In fact, where Bond traditionally doubles his estimations of time to return to headquarters, Moneypenny now halves them for him.Read more ›
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Pierce Brosnan does a good job as 007's James Bond. He has a mixture of Moore and Connery. Judy Denshes as M does a wonderful job here as well as Sam Bond as Money penny. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kory Scott
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