|“There's no news like bad news …”|
Tomorrow Never Dies sees James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) opposed to a world dominating media mogul whose wife has a past with Bond.
Agent 007 finds that Elliot Carver (Pryce) is controlling international news through his sophisticated satellite scheme.
In an effort to foil Carver’s perilous plot Bond partners with Wai Lin (Yeoh), a Chinese agent. Along the way 007 restores a past relationship with Carver’s wife, Paris (Hatcher).
In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond evades several henchmen in style, including Stamper (Otto), with the help of a few innovative gadgets.
Wai Lin and Bond are subsequently caught by Stamper and sent to Saigon where they make a daring escape by motorcycle along the city roof tops.
With remarkable perseverance they take over Carver’s dangerous stealth vessel, and in an action packed finale, thwart Carver’s plan for World War III.
Pierce Brosnan James Bond
Jonathon Pryce Elliot Carver
Michelle Yeoh Wai Lin
Teri Hatcher Paris Carver
Ricky Jay Henry Gupta
Götz Otto Stamper
Joe Don Baker Jack Wade
Vincent Schiavelli Dr Kaufman
Judi Dench M
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Samantha Bond Miss Moneypenny
Colin Salmon Charles Robinson
Geoffrey Palmer Admiral Roebuck
Julian Fellowes Minister of Defence
Terence Rigby General Bukharin
‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ by Sheryl Crow
England, France, Germany, Mexico, Thailand, USA.
Carver: ‘Mr. Jones, are we ready to release our new software?’
Jones: ‘Yes, sir. As requested, it's full of bugs, which means people will be forced to upgrade for years.’
Bond: ‘You were pretty good with that hook.’
Wai-Lin: ‘Thanks. It comes from growing up in a rough neighbourhood. You were pretty good on the bike.’
Bond: ‘Thank you. It comes from not growing up at all.’
Elliot Carver found it hard to believe Paris when she said she barely knew Bond. He became suspicious and had her closely watched leading to her downfall.
Working for the Chinese People’s External Security Force, Wai Lin, played the role of the main James Bond girl in Tomorrow Never Dies. She was an agent seeking to determine the mystery behind Elliot Carver and his empire.
Michelle Yeoh is Colonel Wai Lin
Wai Lin performed at her best on her own and was a superb combat fighter. She had no confidence in 007 at the outset, however, they later worked great together in bringing down the enemy.
Paris was the beautiful wife of Elliot Carver and a former girlfriend of Bond. She sensed her husband was up to no good and became intimate with 007.
Teri Hatcher is Paris Carver
This led to her giving Bond valuable information. Unfortunately she had been under surveillance and suffered a cruel death by Dr. Kaufman.
Working for Carver, Kaufman was a skilled assassin whose polite nature concealed his true character. He gained great satisfaction when he tormented people with Chakra torture. After murdering Paris, he was killed by Bond in a Hamburg hotel.
The key villain of Tomorrow Never Dies was Elliot Carver - a British media magnate who would let nothing get in his path of worldwide domination. He liked to masquerade as a goodwill ambassador and saviour for humankind.
Jonathan Pryce is Elliot Carver
Carver took great pleasure in launching his cutting-edge news network with an alarming international incident - the murder of British sailors from a Navy vessel in the South China Sea.
The super imposing Stamper was a brutal henchman for Carver. He was trained by Dr. Kaufman to carry out brutal torture of victims using Chakra techniques.
Although handcuffed together, Wai Lin and 007 were able to escape capture from Carver in Saigon - one of the great action sequences of Tomorrow Never Dies.
The BMW R1200 motorbike
Together they rode a powerful BMW R1200 motorbike and worked superbly as a team in evading the enemy.
Gupta arranged for the HMS Devonshire to be guided into enemy waters and encoded a missile to wipe out Beijing. He was a radical IT genius and crucial to Carver’s evil objectives. He is eventually killed by Carver after he was deemed to have outlived his usefulness.
Remote Control Car
The amazing BMW 750iL, featured in Tomorrow Never Dies, was one of the best gadgets of the James Bond movie series. It had a plethora of weapons and, using a mobile phone, could be operated by remote control.
The BMW 750iL remote controlled car
In addition it featured a fabulous system to stop the would-be thief - it gave out a powerful electric shock which could easily knock someone to the ground.
When Wai Lin and 007 were chased in their motorbike they became cornered in a street. As an armed helicopter drew near, Bond drove the bike directly at the enemy and slid below its rotor blades allowing them to escape.
Then on a whim 007 flung a rope over the rotor blades on the tail of the helicopter causing it to swerve into a nearby dwelling and explode.
Bond performed a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) jump over the South China Sea in order to find the HMS Devonshire shipwreck. This was the only way to access the ship without being seen by radar.
James Bond performs a HALO jump in Tomorrow Never Dies
This dangerous manoeuvre required Agent 007 to free fall over the ocean from above radar limits and enter the water at breakneck speed. Luckily, Bond was able to survive the jump and locate the vessel in quick time.
The key device in Carver’s scheme to create a global war was the Stealth Ship. This incredible craft was practically invisible on radar.
The vessel was used to fire a missile at a Chinese fighter jet and a powerful sea drill was released from here to bring about the sinking of the HMS Devonshire.
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