A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.
It's kind of like a Fast Food Burger. You consume it, enjoy it, but forget all about it as soon you are finished
A far cry from Goldeneye, but It doesn't necessarily deserve all the hate it receives either. Tomorrow Never Dies is a fast paced affair, and an easily agreeable time-waster, but it's not the follow-up Goldeneye deserved, either. It's much too daft for the heavy plot that it has. The main reason this movie is entertaining is the spectacular stunts. It has some great action set pieces, which managed to make the time pass nicely. Michelle Yeoh makes for a refreshingly unique Bond Girl, due to her actual Martial Arts background. I dug the chemistry with her & Brosnan. Speaking of Brosnan He is very good as Bond. He has charisma and wit to spare. He's not quite as good as Timothy Dalton, but he is excellent nonetheless. Johnathan Pryce is decent as the villain. He is fitfully menacing and did the job overall. Teri Hatcher's character is a bit disposable, but she was good in her role. Desmond Llewelyn & Judi Dench are as classy as ever
Final Thoughts: Instantly forgettable stuff, but it manages to be an effective time-waster. It's not a great Bond film, but it is an OK action film. I didn't mind it at all.
Reviewed by masonsaul8 / 10
Great Bond film
Tomorrow Never Dies is another great Bond film that's suitably thrilling, action packed and fun, even if it doesn't do anything new. Pierce Brosnan is a perfect James Bond once again and Michelle Yeoh is definitely one of the best Bond girls. Jonathan Pryce is fantastic as a reliably over the top villain. Roger Spottiswoode's direction is great with some impressively shot action sequences. The music by David Arnold is really good and the song by Sheryl Crow is excellent.
Reviewed by Leofwine_draca8 / 10
Brosnan's best Bond film, with plenty of great action
Brosnan's second outing as the world's favourite super-spy is a ferocious, rip-roaring action yarn that definitely requires a little more work on the plot side of the film. Basically, there isn't one. It's about Brosnan going after newspaper giant Jonathan Pryce – who plans to create a small war in the China seas to sell his paper using bad news – and the series of set-pieces and high-octane battles that rapidly follow. The pacing certainly isn't a problem, with things opening with an ill-advised shoot-em-up involving a plane and closing with one of those clichéd one-man-boards-the-enemy-boat-and-destroys-it-singlehandedly sequences which seems to go on forever. Director Roger Spottiswoode can be relied on to deliver plenty of breathless action but always leaves the characters a raw deal. Never at one point do we really find ourselves engaged in what's going on up on screen, instead it feels a bit like the straightforward cartoonish adventures that Hollywood make oh so well.
Brosnan has some good scenes as Bond and handles himself well in the comedy and action stakes. It's the best performance he gave as Bond. The supporting cast includes an irritating and overacting Pryce as the laughing bad guy, his performance buffoonish rather than vaguely threatening, a far cry from the usual assured turns he delivers. Similarly, Teri Hatcher is poor in a poorly-written role, her character's death making no emotional impact on Bond or the audience whatsoever. There are some interesting villainous henchmen – Gotz Otto is a fine right-hand man but needs something to make him memorable (a killer bowler, metal teeth, metal arm, something of the kind), Ricky Jay wasted as a computer technician, Vincent Schiavelli hilarious as a professional assassin – and a feisty female sidekick in the welcome Michelle Yeoh, who gets to show off her trademark high-kicking martial arts skills. There's even a cameo from action choreographer and Shaw Brothers icon Phillip Kwok, which I was delighted about.
The action fan will also be entertained by the endless punch-ups and machine gun battles, the action here displaying some affection for John Woo's stylised two-guns-blazing OTT choreographed battles. The various chase sequences are excellent, with the highlights including a great motorbike chase through Beijing and a wondrous episode in a parking garage involving Bond's super-duper new Aston Martin. Overall, it's not quite a classic, but for the somewhat lacklustre Brosnan era it's a winner.