Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tomorrow Never Dies (Roger Spottiswoode, 1997) Review

I remember saying in my review for Licence to Kill that I wouldn't want to see another overly violent Bond film (just to remind you, it was very violent) but along comes Tomorrow Never Dies which proves to be pretty violent too. Sure, it's not as violent as Licence to Kill but it's close. Well, Goldeneye was so amazing, let's see if Pierce Brosnan can do another great film!

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is sent to investigate the media tycoon, Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce),who wants to complete his media empire but in order to achieve this, he must achieve broadcasting rights in China. Bond teams up with a Chinese agent called Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) in order to stop Carver's plans which would inevitably lead to World War III! Bond, Wai Lin and Jack Wade (Joe Don Baker), Bond's help from America must now stop Carver and avenge Carver's wife Paris (Teri Hatcher).

This is the second most violent Bond film. People falling into printing presses, someone being killed by a sea drill and someone getting their foot clamped and left to be blown up...yeah, it gets pretty violent yet not that bloody...okay once. The plot is quite an interesting one as it sort of parody of business tycoons, specifically ones in the media. Eliot Carver is an interesting villain and Jonathan Pyrce is a good choice to play him. As before, Pierce Brosnan is a great Bond.

Normally each film has 2 Bond girls but I would say that this one only has 1. Paris Carver is only in it for about a quarter of the film leaving Wai Lin as the main Bond girl. It's weird and sort of breaks Bond tradition. Also the plot is a bit weak. It doesn't really hold up compared to previous Bond films (such as Goldeneye and Licence to Kill).

Tomorrow Never Dies is a good entry to the Bond film series and it's a shame that it came right after Goldeneye since I still stand by my statement that that was the best Bond film. It's often over looked because of that and it's a shame because it is an enjoyable movie. Check it out if you haven't, you should enjoy it.

A solid entry the Bond franchise that seems to carry on some great things that Goldeneye introduced.

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