James Bond is sent to stop a media mogul from starting
a global war so he can secure broadcasting rights in China.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Written by Bruce Feirstein
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh,
Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Götz Otto, Joe Don Baker,
Vincent Schiavelli, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond
Sequel to 1995's GoldenEye
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming
I felt that Brosnan's first outing, GoldenEye, was better, but I do think that Tomorrow Never Dies is a solid entry in the franchise. It features some over-the-top action sequences and great performances by Jonathan Pryce and Michelle Yeoh.
The idea of mass media being the middleman trying to start a global war was a brilliant move and a very realistic notion that sends chills down my spine. Brosnan's Bond perfectly encapsulates the Post-Cold War feelings of the U.K. towards Communist countries like Russia and China, showing that even though the war has ended, they'll never fully trust one another.
The first Pierce Brosnan Bond film was better, but this one still proved to be a fun, entertaining movie. Brosnan once again proves that he is still able to carry the movie as secret agent James Bond. Jonathan Pryce was great as the villain, hamming it up to fantastic effect. He was an interesting villain that I enjoyed seeing anytime he was on the screen.
The action was very over the top and, quite frankly, a lot of fun to watch. The idea to use the media to start a new World War was perfect for its time, when technology and TV started to take off even more. A fun movie with an interesting idea and a great villain.