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Tomorrow Never Dies...But the film kills some time
Tomorrow Never Dies (DVD)
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Tomorrow Never Dies (DVD)
Advantages: Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh really stand out in this film
Disadvantages: Plot and antagonist aren't very good, they don't work well together
- James Bond's Creator
James Bond was created by author Ian Fleming. He is a British Secret Service agent, Flemings wrote 12 novels and there are now a number of film adaptations, the first being Dr. No. However the first novel Fleming wrote was Casino Royale in 1953.
Writers such as Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Sebastian Faulks have written other James Bond novels since the death of original author of the James Bons novels, Flemings, passed away in 1964.
To date, there have been 22 James Bond films, the most recent being Quantum of Solace. There have been numerous 007 video games, radio plays and other media.
- The many faces of James Bond
There have been various actors to portray James Bond:
- Tomorrow Never Dies
This is the 18th of the 22 films to be released so far, with Bond 23 set to air in 2012. Pierce Brosnan starts as Bond, while Martin Campbell, Roger Spottiswoode, Michael Apted and Lee Tamahori direct. It was released in 1997, and perfomed well at the box office, despite mixed reviews. It received a Golden Globe nomination which it is full deserving of in my opinion. However itwas beaten to number one at the box office as it released on the same day as the amazing Titanic. It's runtime is 119 minutes.
The plot follows Bond as he tries to stop a media businessman, Elliot Carver of the Carver Media Network Group and Henry Gupta, from using a GPS encoder to engineer a war between Great Britain and China. The Aston Martin DB5 is featured, the same car seen in Casino Royale and GoldenEye.
Bond's signature weapon changes at the end of the film, from the PPK to the Walther P99.
Cast include Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Jonathan Pryce (Elliot Carver), Michelle Yeoh (Wai Lin), Teri Hatcher (Paris Carver), Gotz Otto (Stamper), Ricky Jay (Henry Gupta), Joe Don Baker (Jack Wade), Dame Judi Dench (M), Desmond Llewelyn (Q), Samantha Bond (Moneypenny) among others.
- Personal Opinion
Personally I think the film runs on for too long, but the characters are great and are developed very well as the plot unfolds. However the plot itself is quite weak in my eyes, I prefer the more notorious, agressive and physical bad guys, rather than the media boss Elliot Carver trying to start a war, for some reason the plot just doesn't have any "firepower" because of the occupation of Carver. I think the use of a "techno-terrorist" in Henry Gupta is a fascinating and different take on terrorism though, one of which I'd never really thought about until seeing this film. Although the main antagonist isn't all I would like in a Bond bad guy, and he ultimately spoils the film for me personally, I think the film lives up to it's expectations and is worthy of standing amongst the other great Bond films there have been before it. However it is definitely not the best! Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh really stand out in the film and they're the key to it's success I'd say.
Summary: Worth watching, not the best Bond film though