Of the four Brosnan films, Tomorrow Never Dies is probably my favorite. Bond is out to stop power-hungry media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce, aka the High Sparrow in Game of Thrones) from initiating World War III (all in the name of ratings and profit). Along the way, he meets up with Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), a Chinese spy (the equivalent of 007 but in China) who is also out to take Carver down. Carver is just one of those full-of-himself villains that you can’t help but despise (which makes his demise all the sweeter).
While this film performed much better than GoldenEye, it also is the only Bond film of Brosnan’s era to not open at number one (you see, it happened to open opposite this little film called Titanic). Despite that, it was nominated for a Golden Globe (mixed reviews notwithstanding), though unfortunately it did not win.
The music for this film was scored by David Arnold on the personal recommendation of longtime Bond composer John Barry. In fact, Arnold borrowed a bit of music from Barry’s score for From Russia With Love, which helps to give this film more of the “classic Bond” sound.
The title theme was ultimately performed by Sheryl Crow (a total of 12 artists competed), and I personally like the theme (though some critics would disagree with me). By now, it has long been standard for the opening of a James Bond film to be performed by a famous artist.
Credit to Art of the Title
Random trivia: Monica Bellucci (who played a Bond girl in Spectre (2015)) auditioned for the role of Paris Carver (Elliot’s wife and an ex-lover of Bond) but was rejected in favor of Teri Hatcher (a move Brosnan reportedly disagreed with).
The stealth ship seen in the film is based on an actual concept. A prototype in real life was made for the British navy, who ultimately passed on the idea.
There was brief talk of Michelle Yeoh’s character getting her own spin-off film series, but ultimately nothing came of it (how cool would that have been??)
Next time, The World is Not Enough (1999), the last Bond film of the 20th century. Until then!
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