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1990s, Drama - Spies, OO7

Bond 18: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 13
Source of story Earlier Bond films – retaining the characters of 007, M, Q and Miss Moneypenny but little else.
Writers/Script Bruce Feirstein
Additional Info The car enthusiasts tell us that 17 BMW 7 Series were used in the film, most of them for a set piece in a car park where Bond appears to be driving, using a moble phone from the back seat.
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond, Geoffrey Palmer, Julian Fellowes, Terence Rigby, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Gerard Butler, Hugh Bonneville
Elevator Pitch A maniac media mogul attempts to manipulate the western world into war with China which will, he thinks, enhance his media empire. Bond teams up with a female Chinese intelligence operative to frustrate his plans and set the world to rights.
Content We move from one elaborate set piece to another. Bond escapes from an arms sale in a remote region of somewhere in a jet, he attends a huge party in Hamburg, he dives onto the wreck of a navy ship to see what happened, he and the Chinese spy escape on a motor cycle and more! Much machine gun fire, some explosions, car and motor bike chases and martial arts; a bit of implied sex, but no actual nudity.
A View I think that this is the least of the four Pierce Brosnan Bonds, probably because the premise is pretty weak, and actually they were still writing it as the first scenes were being shot. But probably still a watch on a quiet Sunday afternoon when you can count the product placements and identify the later to be famous British actors.

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