Tomorrow never dies: the James Bond with Pierce Brosnan decrypted

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James Bond Tomorrow never dies
United International Pictures

The film is rebroadcast this Friday evening on France 3.

Almost fifteen years ago, to prepare for the release of Quantum Of Solace, First X-rayed a different James Bond. Here is our topic on Tomorrow never dies, of Roger spottiswood, released in 1997 and scheduled this Friday evening on France 3.

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Theme
“Tomorrow never dies” sung by Sheryl Crowe and composed by Sheryl Crowe and Mitchell Froom. If the Bondian texture is present, the whole is incredibly soft. Note that the group Pulp recorded a song, refused by the producers. This is called Tomorrow neve lies, it can be listened to on the B side of the single Help the ages, and it is even less Bondian than that of Sheryl Crowe.

James bond versus
Elliot Carver (Jonathan pryce). The press magnate is trying to pit England and China against each other, so that his media empire can benefit from the fallout he will have with the scoops (ridiculous…). He is helped by a Germanic brute answering the sweet name of Stamper (ridiculous itou…).

The film

After the successful relaunch of the franchise with Goldeneye, Tomorrow never dies capitalizes on what has been put in place:“hu-moore” Bondien, the presence of Brosnan and again gigantic action scenes. However, the production was not easy since before filming, the producers changed their minds and abandoned the idea of ​​a story centered around the handover of Hong Kong (a matter too sensitive for a Bond) . The script will therefore be rewritten until the very end of filming. With the busy schedule, Spottiswoode will only have one month for the post-production of the film. Still, he got away with it brilliantly. This adventure is surely one of the best enlightened of the series, with its techno-spy tone which breaks singularly with the previous opus. A good example is the BMW chase in a Hamburg parking lot or the lighting of Carver’s stealth submarine. There is not much more to say except that the film is not remembered, surely because of the big villain, poorly managed. His incredible intentions go wrong with the thriller tone. Pity. Note that in the film, Gerard Butler (King Leonidas of 300) is visible in a small role of a naval non-commissioned officer. What to give a little hope to all the extras of the series.

Oh James!

After an explosive pre-credits sequence, 007 works her Danish in the arms of a beautiful blonde. “You have always been a great cuni-linguist” declares Miss Moneypenny who calls her for duty. In order to approach Elliot Carver, he finds Paris Carver (Teri hatcher, hired after the start of filming) an old acquaintance who became a villain’s wife. Seducing her will not be easy since she slaps him at the entrance: “Is that something I said? -Why not the words, ‘I’ll be back.'” Ouch … It is still difficult to hold a grudge against the spy and she will find him very quickly in her room, as soon as she understands her husband’s Machiavellianism. Jealous and paranoid, Carver will execute it immediately, which will provoke the anger of a Bond determined to only flirt once the man is dead. This will come to an end with the help of a Chinese agent, Wai Lin (Michelle yeoh). Last kisses on a makeshift raft: “He’s looking for us. – Let’s stay undercover …”

007th Heaven Three times.

Michelle Yeoh as James Bond Girl in Tomorrow Never Dies: “She’s not a femme fatale, but a spy”

Movie Magic

While the opening streak is a good one, it lacks a Bondian feat to go down in history. There had been a bungee jump in Golden eye, there is nothing but a killing spree in the mountains in Tomorrow never dies. The film’s real Bondian moment comes when the British agent arrives at his Chinese counterpart’s hideout. After a little struggle, the Vietnamese interior turns out to be a landmark of Made in Hong Kong weapons and gadgets. How do you say Q in Mandarin?

Bondology

In this film, James Bond trades his Walther PPK for a Walther P99 he finds in Wai Lin’s hiding place. He will also find a nice collection of watches made in Hong Kong, a nod to all those he has used before. Tomorrow never dies is dedicated to Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, the legendary producer of the series who passed away the year before at the age of 87.

The Bondian replica

As Roger moore, Pierce Brosnan abuses less ping-pong lines with his opponents than witticisms at the end of the dialogue. Rest this little game with a professional killer named Dr. Kaufman (played by fire Vincent schiavelli). The latter holds him in aim and asks to recover an object stolen from Carver: “I could torture you if you don’t speak. -You are also experts in this area? -No, no. It’s more of a hobby… but I’m very talented!”

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