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->''"The distance between insanity and genius, is measured only by success."''
-->-- '''Elliot Carver'''

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''Tomorrow Never Dies'' is the 18th ''Film/JamesBond'' film, from 1997, and the second starring Creator/PierceBrosnan.

A British warship and a Chinese aircraft are destroyed off the shore of China, an incident that threatens to ignite all-out war between the two countries. The British claim that their [=GPS=] locator showed they were in International Waters, causing [=MI6=] to suspect foul play.

The clues point towards the Carver Media Group Network, a worldwide media empire owned by Elliot Carver (Creator/JonathanPryce). James Bond is sent to investigate Carver and his organisation to find out if someone is engineering WarForFunAndProfit; a task that sees him crossing paths with Chinese secret agent Wai Lin (Creator/MichelleYeoh).

After the more introspective tone of ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'', TND eases back into the Connery-esque "classic Bond" formula beat-for-beat, with [[BondOneLiner one-liners galore]], a LargeHam villain, and plenty of action setpieces that make full use of the ThemeMusicPowerUp trope. Brosnan begins to carve his niche as the [[ManChild playful]] Bond.

!!This movie contains examples of:

* AbandonShip: The crew of HMS ''Devonshire'', and later the crew of the stealth ship.
* ActionGirl: Wai Lin, maybe one of the best examples in the whole franchise. And for double cool points, played by Creator/MichelleYeoh. Sadly, [[TokenRomance romance isn't one of her strong points]].
* ActuallyPrettyFunny:
** Wai Lin can't help but smile at Bond's torture gag.
--> '''Bond:''' ''[when the torture is explained to him]'' I would have thought watching your TV shows was torture enough.
** Carver's favorite newspaper cover regarding the crisis he engineered is one that was printed by a rival newspaper, because it has a {{Pun}}-slash-ShoutOut (both to ''Franchise/StarWars'' and an actual cover of a British military crisis) that he finds exquisite.
* AdvertisedExtra: Creator/TeriHatcher, who was heavily promoted as the film's Bond girl over the non-Caucasian Michelle Yeoh, ended up only having two scenes in the film (three if you count [[spoiler:Bond finding her body]]).
* AffablyEvil: Dr. Kaufman. He's here to kill James but treats him as a colleague, even letting off some steam about their chosen profession.
-->'''Dr. Kaufman:''' This is very embarrassing. It seems there is a red box in your car. They canít get to it. They want ''me'' to make ''you'' unlock the car! I feel like an idiot. I donít know what to say. I am to torture you if you donít do it.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** In the novelization, it is revealed that Stamper's hobby is making "snuff porn". He enjoys kidnapping young women and filming them while they're being raped and tortured, and sells the videos on the black market to thrill-seekers. That is why he has a man filming the execution of the naval officers.
** The novelization and the deleted scenes give Elliot Carver's backstory - he is the illegitimate son of media mogul Lord Roverman, whom Carver drove to bankruptcy and blackmails into suicide, later taking over his business.
** Carver's remote-controlled drill-torpedo is called the "Sea-Vac."
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Subverted when Mr. Stamper threatens to drown Wai Lin. Although Bond had promised her twice that they would survive the mission together, she reminds him that it's his duty to destroy the missile, so he focuses on the task at hand.
* AndThisIsFor: Villainous example by Stamper during the climax:
-->'''Stamper:''' For Carver--''[slams Bond against steel rafter]''--And for Kaufman--''[slams Bond against another rafter before throwing him on the overhead]''--I owe you an unpleasant death, Mr. Bond!
* AntagonistTitle: ''Tomorrow'' is the name of [[BigBad Elliot Carver's]] newspaper, and much of the plot centers around him writing articles covering catastrophic, attention grabbing events for future papers in advance, and then causing said events to happen.
* ArtisticLicense: Chinese keyboards do not show Chinese characters - they use the QWERTY keyboard, as the words are typed in Pinyin (Romanised Chinese), which are then converted to the relevant symbol.
* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The movie mentions several times that China has "the world's largest air force" which was not true in 1997 (or in the present, for that matter). While counting aircraft is fraught with difficulties, all the data still shows that the United States is by far the world's most powerful air force in terms of both numbers and deployment ability. Depending on how you measure, China still comes in at number 2 or 3 (besides Russia).
** It defeats the purpose of using a stealth ship if they are going to be using the radio while trying to remain undetected. Standard procedure for any ship trying to hide is to operate under EMCON (Emission Control), which means transmitting no electronic signals of any kind...radar, radio, anything.
* AssassinOutclassin: Carver orders an AffablyEvil assassin named Dr. Kaufmann to kill both his wife and James Bond and [[NeverSuicide make it look like a double suicide]]. When his colleagues can't open Bond's armored car to get an item they need, he is ordered to get the information from Bond. This allows Bond (who is of course a government assassin) to get the upper hand by using an electric charge in his phone to knock Kaufmann out.
-->'''Dr. Kaufmann:''' [[NothingPersonal Wait! I'm just a professional doing my job!]]
-->'''Bond:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Me too]]. ''[shoots him dead]''
* AsYouKnow: The first stealth-ship scene starts with a literal CaptainObvious reminding his men that the British will believe they're in international waters due to the manipulated GPS signal. Anyone who at this point in the operation didn't know that very definitely had no business being there--but then again, a penchant for summarizing and giving exposition at every possible opportunity may have been an entrance requirement for a job in Carver's corporation. Of course, Carver later indulges in it himself.
* ArmsFair[=/=]AuctionOfEvil: The film opens with one.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Averted, although technically speaking the PRC General Chang would be just as important to the scheme as Carver's contributions. The former is DemotedToExtra, appearing onscreen for a total of five seconds as Bond and Wai Lin are escorted past him.
* TheBigDamnKiss: Although Bond is ostensibly giving air to Wai Lin so that she can breathe underwater, the way his mouth closes over hers for an extended period of time and the manner in which he holds her face look ''exactly'' like a passionate French kiss. The sweeping music, their flowing hair (the ocean current creates an effect which appears similar to wind), the warm colouring and lighting of the shot leave absolutely no doubt that this scene is epically ''romantic''. Cue the collective swooning of Creator/PierceBrosnan's fangirls.
* BadassBoast: Kaufman claims he will shoot Bond and make it look like a suicide. Bond says that at that distance they'll be able to tell the shot didn't come from Bond (goading Kaufman to get close enough to disarm).
-->'''Kaufman''': I am a professor of forensic medicine. I could shoot you from ''Stuttgart'' and still create the proper effect!
* BilingualBonus: Bond's brief flirting with a Danish lady at Oxford after the prologue, who essentially praises him for his [[CunningLinguist linguistic progress]].
* BlasphemousBoast:
-->'''Carver:''' Soon I'll have reached out to and influenced more people than anybody in the history of this planet, save God himself. And the best he ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount.
* BlatantLies: Bond's false reassurance to Wai Lin that he "...wouldn't dream of it" after she straddles his lap during the motorcycle chase and warns him, "Don't get any ideas." His playful smile also adds to the insincerity of his comment.
* BondOneLiner:
** After punching out a {{mook|s}} while offering him a light, Bond quips "Filthy habit." It's ''his very first line in the film'', by the way.
** After ejecting an attacker from the back seat of a jet into an enemy jet above them: "Backseat driver..."
** After shoving a henchman into a printing press: "They'll print anything these days."
** Even [[BigBad Elliot Carver]] gets off a clever one when he thinks Bond is dead.
---> "Even if they were looking for me, ''we're on a stealth boat!'' They can't see me. Or you. Or even your friend, the late Commander Bond, who is, I believe, at this moment, on his way to the bottom of the South China Sea. ''[{{beat}}]'' He's my new ''anchorman.''
* BondVillainStupidity: Played straight and then averted. First, instead of shooting Bond when he had him at gunpoint, Dr. Kaufman gets into a conversation with Bond. Then it turns out he actually needs to leave Bond alive just long enough to open his car up for his colleagues to steal something inside. Bond says his phone controls the car and opens it up and starts to press some buttons, but Kaufman seems GenreSavvy enough to know it could be gadget weapon that Bond would use against him. However, it turns out that operating the phone himself was no better, as instead of unlocking the car, Bond gives him a combination that causes Kaufman to shock himself.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted in the case of our heroes: when Bond is escaping from the CMGN facility in Hamburg, viewers who pay attention will note he fires exactly 8 shots from his PPK (the real-life limit: 7 in the mag + 1 in the chamber) before putting it away and not using it anymore. Wai Lin near the end tosses away an empty gun and only has two shots left in the other, and shortly afterwards Bond drops his P99 after firing all the shots from it and has to reload his sub-machine gun. Played straight in the case of Carver's mooks.
* BrickJoke: Bond's BondOneLiner about "backseat drivers..." (see above). Later, he literally becomes one.
* BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay: When Carver orders his men to SinkTheLifeBoats, he reminds them to use the same type of ammunition carried by Chinese fighter planes. Since the 1950s or so, fighter planes have primarily carried autocannons firing 20mm (or larger) explosive shells, which would be all but impossible to load and fire from any gun small enough for a single person to carry.
* CallBack:
** Paris asks Bond if he still sleeps with a gun under the pillow. In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Bond tells Fiona Volpe that his gun was under the pillow the whole time they were in bed together.
** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Bond says he doesn't need "Instant Japanese" at all, since he has a degree in "Oriental Languages"; in this film, however, he is completely baffled by Wai Lin's Chinese keyboard.[[note]]Which, by the way, isn't a real keyboard at all, not in Mainland China at least, where they use either Qwerty or Wubi (four-digits that stand for a Chinese character) input methods.[[/note]]
** Bond is seen wearing his Royal Navy uniform, just like in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''.
* CameraAbuse: At the end of the pre-credits sequence, the exhaust from Bond's stolen fighter jet shatter the picture into a million pieces as we fall into the [[http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/tomorrow-never-dies/ opening credits]].
* ChainedHeat: Bond and Wai Lin are cuffed together when they are brought to Carver. This causes inconveniences during their escape from his clutches.
* ChaseScene: In a ''multi-story car park, from the back seat''. Stretching for ideas to do something different? Perhaps. Quite awesome? Yes.
--> '''Creator/JamesRolfe:''' ''[on why this chase is one of his favorites]'' How do you go wrong with a remote-controlled BMW that shoots missiles?
* ChekhovsGun: The remote control for Bond's car, hidden in a mobile phone that also comes equipped with a hidden taser.
* ConcealingCanvas: The safe in which the GPS encoder is stored is hidded behind a painting in Carver's office.
* ContinuityNod: This movie continues two threads that Alec Trevelyan had brought up in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}''. Firstly, Bond's constant attempts to atone for the women whose lives he failed to save manifests itself as a strong personal need to keep Wai Lin safe after he was unable to [[spoiler:protect Paris Carver]]. Secondly, we get a reversal of "The girl or the mission?" because in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'', Bond chose to save Natalya Simonova's life (a civilian) over executing Trevelyan. However, this time around, he gives priority to his duty over Wai Lin's life (a fellow soldier) during the climax, although he does rescue her the first chance he gets.
* ColonelBadass: Wai Lin's rank, as revealed in the ending.
* CoolBike: The BMW [=R1200C=] that Bond and Wai Lin ride around, through, and over Beijing together on.
* CoolBoat: The stealth ship. The fact it's invisible to radar raises the stakes considerably!
* CoolCar: Includes a remote-control in Bond's cell phone. Granted, BMW is no Aston Martin, but ''damn''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Carver may be the ultimate example in the Bond saga. As James Bond puts it, he forgot the most important role of media, which was to give the public what they want.
* TheCracker: Henry Gupta, who is described as a "techno-terrorist."
* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G. Wilson is seen as Mr. Wallace in Carver's videoconference.
* CriminalConvention: The opening scene has Bond infiltrating an ArmsFair run by terrorists.
-->"It's like a terrorist supermarket. Chinese Long March Scud, Panther AS-565 attack helicopter... a pair of Russian mortars, and the crates look like American rifles. Chilean mines, German explosives, fun for the whole family."
* DeadStarWalking: [[spoiler:While Creator/TeriHatcher was featured in the advertising campaign as much as (if not more than) Creator/MichelleYeoh, Paris Carver is the requisite secondary Bond Girl who dies halfway through, as per tradition. In the original cut, she had much more screentime, but test audiences' reactions to her role were largely negative, so much of it was omitted. Total scene count for Paris in a two-hour film: three.]]
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Paris Carver]] is killed after having sex with Bond.
%%* DeathDealer: Henry Gupta (but only in deleted scenes).
%%* DemotedToExtra: Jack Wade.
* DeniedParody: While Elliot Carver looks at first glance like a thinly disguised version of Rupert Murdoch, the movie's main writer claims he was actually based on Robert Maxwell (this is supported by the cover story for Carver's death and the public's reaction to it mirroring Maxwell's fatal boat accident).
* DirtyOldMan: Elliot's demeanour when he first meets Wai Lin at his party indicates that he finds her very attractive. Considering that he has a TrophyWife, this is not at all surprising, and Paris herself is even aware that her husband's interest in the Chinese woman is primarily based on lust.
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler:Paris Carver appears for three scenes at most before being killed by Carver for aiding Bond,]] which makes the whole affair very personal for Bond.
* DistaffCounterpart: Wai Lin is basically a female, Chinese Bond, right down to the flirting, dry wit, and holding a military rank.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Bond is so distracted by Wai Lin's SexySoakedShirt that he doesn't notice she's unlocking her end of the handcuffs behind her back, so he's completely caught off-guard when she handcuffs him to a nearby pipe.
* DoubleEntendre:
** Pretty much the whole Hamburg satellite launch party scene. Here's some of the best dialogue:
--->'''Elliot Carver:''' I'm thinking about getting Wai Lin behind a news desk...\\
'''Paris Carver:''' I'm sure she won't resist... Much.
** And:
--->'''Bond:''' Tell me, Elliot, about your satellites, how you've ''positioned yourself globally''...\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' They're merely tools for spreading information, Mr. Bond.\\
'''Bond:''' Or disinformation. Suppose you wished to alter the course of events, governments... or even a ship...\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' ''[staring at Bond]'' You have a vivid imagination for a banker, Mr. Bond. Perhaps I should commission you to write a novel.\\
'''Bond:''' Oh, no, I wouldn't know where to begin. I'd be lost at sea... adrift...
* TheDragon: Mr. Stamper, Carver's right hand man.
* DragonTheirFeet: Stamper outlives his boss, and tries to kill both Bond and Wai Lin for it.
* DramaticGunCock: When Bond finds [[spoiler:Paris]] lying dead in her bed, he hears a gun cock from behind. Turning around he sees Dr. Kaufman pointing a gun at him.
* DressHitsFloor: Bond slips Paris Carver's dress off her shoulders, which then leads to a cut to a ToplessnessFromTheBack shot.
* DrowningMySorrows: Bond does this with vodka in his hotel room after he shuts down the power at Carver's party.
* TheDulcineaEffect: After Bond fails to [[spoiler:save Paris' life]], he becomes extremely protective towards Wai Lin even though she's perfectly capable of taking care of herself, and she initially rejects his help. He even promises her not just once, but twice that they will survive their confrontation with Elliot together.
* EvilIsPetty: It would not be an exaggeration to state that Carver is one of the most powerful people on the planet, both [[{{Fiction 500}} obscenely rich]] and influential. When China refuses him broadcast rights, [[DisproportionateRetribution he decides to nuke the country]]. There's also the Mad Cow Scare, which he engineered because a guy wouldn't honor a poker bet.
* {{Expy}}: Stamper, of [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove Red Grant]], and he's not [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice the]] [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly first]] [[Film/TheLivingDaylights time]].
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The movie takes place over only a few days--Bond is given 48 hours to conduct his investigation before war breaks out.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Paris Carver knew her number was up as soon as she went to help Bond. She spends one last night with him, gives him the information he needs to infiltrate her husband Elliot's secret lab, and leaves, telling James not even he can protect her. The way the scene plays out, Paris seems to know she'll be dead before the day is out, and accepts it.]]
* FakingTheDead: On the stealth boat, Bond kills a mook and then holds his body out in the line of fire. As it's nighttime and they're outside the boat, the other mooks can't tell who they're shooting, allowing Bond to drop the mook and make it seem as if they killed him.
* FalseFlagOperation: Carver's mechanism to wage WarForFunAndProfit.
* FarEastAsianTerrorists: A fugitive Aum Shinrinkyo cultist named Satoshi Isagura, wanted for the Tokyo subway attacks in 1995, shows up in an arms deal monitored by MI-6.
* FatalFlaw: Elliot makes note of Bond's weakness as he holds Wai Lin hostage.
-->'''Carver''': And it seems you can't resist any woman in my possession.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Stamper tries to approach the warmth of his mentor, Dr. Kaufman, but it's all superficial. Under the calm exterior he's shallow and mean, unabashedly taking glee in the pain of his victims. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It ends up being his undoing.]]
* FleetingDemographicRule: Wai Lin is another "Bond girl as Bond's equal", portrayed again as the first time ever, not counting [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Anya Amasova]] and arguably [[Film/LicenceToKill Pam Bouvier]]. Would be repeated in 5 years with [[Film/DieAnotherDay Jinx]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Carver's goons grab Bond and take him to a soundproof recording studio to beat him until he talks. As one of them stands watch outside, you can see (but not hear) Bond turning the tables of the fight and beating the goons with the various instruments.
** At one point in the [[CarChase Motorbike/Helicopter Chase]], Bond and Wai Lin crash into a house ''while the occupants are having sex''. They go [[CoitusUninterruptus back to it]] as soon as they leave.
** As Jack Wade and Bond are at the Air Force base waiting for Dr. Greenwall to set up the GPS encoder, Bond can be seen eyeing Wade's tacky jungle-themed shirt and shaking his head.
* [[GagDub Gag Voice]]: The female voice in the BMW with the comical German accent. Perhaps a little TakeThat on the BMW ProductPlacement over a British marque.
* GunsAkimbo: Used largely for suppressive fire, unless the baddies are pretty much at point-blank range.
* HairpinLockpick: Wai Lin's earring is able to unlock the handcuffs that have her and Bond tied together.
* HelicopterBlender: Quite a silly example, as it takes forever for it to carve through the narrow streets of Saigon to get to the cycle Bond and Wai Lin are riding.
* HeroInsurance: A scene between Bond and Q show him ''actually getting'' hero insurance for his car.
--> '''Q:''' It's the insurance damage waiver for your beautiful new car. Now, will you need collision coverage?\\
'''James Bond:''' Yes.\\
'''Q:''' ''[stares at Bond]'' Fire?\\
'''James Bond:''' Probably.\\
'''Q:''' Property destruction?\\
'''James Bond:''' [[KungShui Definitely.]]\\
'''Q:''' Personal Injury?\\
'''James Bond:''' I hope not, but accidents do happen.\\
'''Q:''' They frequently do with you.\\
'''James Bond:''' ''[signs the form]'' Well, that takes care of the "normal" wear and tear. Is there any other protection I need?\\
'''Q:''' Only from me, 007, unless you bring that car back in pristine order.
* HeyYouHaymaker: Bond pulls this on a thug about to shoot Wai Lin.
* HollywoodSilencer: Averted on the stealth ship, where Bond's suppressed Walther P99 sounds probably just a little less loud that it would without the suppressor. As soon as he pulls the trigger, all the goons in the room hear it and open fire on him. Doesn't help that it's a ship and sounds echo.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: You wanted a headline, Carver? You got it, courtesy of [=MI6=]! [[spoiler:Something about a boating accident...]]
-->'''Bond:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot! Give the people what they want!]]
* HoneyTrap:
** Bond is under orders from M to "pump" his OldFlame Paris Carver for information about her media mogul husband's organization, which he reluctantly does even though he knows the seduction will put Paris' life in danger.
** When Paris turns up in his hotel room, Bond's first thought is that her husband sent her. He asks her to leave and just tell Carver she didn't get any information from him.
* HonorBeforeReason: Admiral Roebuck and the Defense Secretary mull their course of action after the ''Devonshire'' is apparently sunk by the Chinese, and insist on a full retaliation even as M is actively protesting that they don't have all the facts. When Bond presents the paper regarding the sailors who had been murdered after surviving the sinking, they immediately deploy the Navy, leaving M only a scant window of opportunity to prove China's innocence.
* HurricaneOfPuns: If you played a drinking game with all of the one-liner's, puns and {{Double Entendre}}s in this film, you'd be in the ER for alcohol poisoning.
* IdiotBall: The Admirals, who just witnessed the [[ArmsFair 'terrorist supermarket']] with even ''nuclear torpedoes'' for sale and Gupta buying an American GPS encoder, still decide to potentially go to war with China over the Chinese apparently murdering their sailors even though M flat-out tells them someone was messing with the GPS signal. They might have been a bit more open-minded if she'd let them in on Carver's involvement, but it's still incredibly reckless.
** One assumes [[GeneralRipper Admiral Roebuck]] was asked to leave the Queen's service shortly after the ending of the events of this film. His behaviour throughout the film was unacceptably impulsive for a senior Admiral.
* IncrediblyLongNote: k.d. lang's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome epic finish]] during the closing credits.
* {{Irony}}: When Bond discovers [[spoiler:Paris Carver's]] corpse in his hotel room, a news broadcast states that she was found dead along with an "unidentified man who apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound." It is at this point that Bond encounters Dr. Kaufman aiming at him with a gun and who tells him that story will be on the air in an hour. Of course, Bond overcomes Dr. Kaufman and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turns his own gun upon him]] so that the crime scene does in fact appear as the newscast states.
* IrrevocableOrder: The Royal Navy launches a Tomahawk missile to destroy a terrorist arms depot. Soon after, Bond discovers that there are [[spoiler: nukes]] at the camp, but by this time the missile is out of radio range, requiring typical ''Film/JamesBond'' action theatrics to remove them before the missile hits.
* ItsPersonal: Wai Lin asks Bond if he's interested in peace or revenge, and he replies that he wants to stop a war. However, the audience knows that he's also driven by his hatred towards Elliot for [[spoiler:ordering Paris' murder]].
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: M and Admiral Roebuck [[Series/AsTimeGoesBy have known each other for quite some time]].
* IWorkAlone: When Bond suggests to Wai Lin that [[DoubleEntendre they hook up]] during their ShowerScene, she gives this trope and leaves him handcuffed to a pipe.
* JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler: Dr Kaufman]] protests as much after Bond gets the drop on him. 007 is suitably unimpressed.
--> [[spoiler: '''Kaufman:''']] Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!
--> '''Bond:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Me too.]]
--> ''[[[BoomHeadshot gunshot]]]''
* JustPlaneWrong: [[HelicopterBlender Yeah, the part where the helicopter blades are almost vertical when the pilot is trying to slice Bond and Wai Lin up while hovering a couple feet off the ground and advancing towards them at a few feet per second?]] [[ArtisticLicensePhysics Helicopters don't work that way]].
* KarmicDeath:
** Carver meets his end at the hands of the very sea drill he used against the ''Devonshire'' to kill its entire crew.
** Dr Kaufman dies of the "self-inflicted gunshot" he intended for Bond when sent to fake his suicide.
* KissOfLife: An underwater variation where Bond uses mouth-to-mouth to save Wai Lin's life, who was just on the verge of losing consciousness due to drowning.
* LadykillerInLove: Downplayed with Bond as he is still afraid of commitment when it comes to romantic relationships, but he is in love with Paris Carver.
* LampshadeHanging: Bond lets Carver know that starting World War III for ratings' sake is really quite insane.
* LargeHam: Jonathan Pryce's magnificently over-the-top performance as Elliot Carver is one of the most memorable things about this movie. Same goes for Vincent Schiavelli's Dr. Kaufman, who knows he's a Bond henchman, and milks it for all its worth.
** {{LaughablyEvil}}: Carver is so hilariously and cartoonishly over-the-top that he is often at least as humorous as he is frightening, if not more so.
* [[LikeASonToMe Like a Father to Me]]: Stamper says this word-for-word about Dr. Kaufman.
* LoveHurts: When Bond sees [[spoiler:Paris' corpse]], he holds her, buries his face in her hair and later caresses it, and finally he kisses the front of her neck sensually before he must continue with his mission.
* MalevolentMugshot: Carver loves his banners. Bond gets in a good dig at his expense for it.
* ManChild: Bond fears commitment in a romantic relationship because he abandons his girlfriend Paris when he realizes that he's falling in love with her. Witness his childish glee as he "drives" his remote-controlled car during the multi-level parking lot chase scene. After Wai Lin compliments Bond on his motorcycle skills, his reply invokes this trope: "Well, that comes from not growing up at all." Q utters "Grow up, 007!" in exasperation.
* MeaningfulEcho: Paris says to Bond, "Don't argue with me, James." Bond would later be thinking about her when he tells Mr. Stamper, "Never argue with a woman; they're always right."
* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Subverted because Wai Lin is definitely ''not'' subservient to Bond. She is a highly skilled agent whose primary role in the story is being his ally when they attempt to stop Elliot Carver from instigating a war between China and the United Kingdom. Sure, they end up kissing at the end, but it's a completely superficial relationship.
* MilkmanConspiracy: Elliot Carver's Media Group blackmails a President, is implied to orchestrate global floods, riots and plane crashes, sells buggy software (to force people to upgrade it for years), sinks a British Destroyer, massacres the survivors, steals one of its cruise missiles, plans to use said missile on Beijing to set up a new Chinese government friendly to its interests (i.e. broadcasting rights) after bringing Britain and China to the brink of nuclear war, and employs terrorists, torturers and professional assassins, plus the average Carver Media Group employees, who based on the evidence, are AlwaysChaoticEvil and whose uniforms always come with machine guns. All for the [[InsaneTrollLogic sake of its ratings.]] Carver also apparently faked the Mad Cow disease scare of 1997 because a British beef baron owed him money (from a poker game, a mere £10,000) and refused to pay... then the French paid him to run the stories for another year.
* MisguidedMissile: A Tomahawk missile is launched at an ArmsFair in the PreTitlesSequence. Bond realises there is a nuclear torpedo attached to an L-39 trainer there. When the Royal Navy are unable to self-destruct the inbound Tomahawk, he nicks the plane.
* MookLieutenant: Captain Scott of Carver's Stealth Boat.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Kaufmann, naturally. (And he claims he actually ''does'' hold several medical degrees, the reason he can make a hit look like a suicide.)
* MsFanservice: Paris Carver becomes this once Bond strips her down to her black panties.
* NewEraSpeech: Elliot Carver gives one to Bond. Bonus points for including the phrase "new world order".
-->'''Carver:''' Welcome to the new world order, Mr. Bond. [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar Caesar]] had his legions, UsefulNotes/{{Napoleon|Bonaparte}} had his armies; I have my divisions: News, sports, business, entertainment. And these are my foot soldiers: 2000 people working on 14 floors to feed 300 newspapers, 4 cable news networks, 87 magazines, and 29 different cable TV channels - in 35 languages.
* NewOldFlame: Apparently in addition to all the lovely ladies from his adventures, Bond has ex-girlfriends we haven't even ''seen''. Rumors have circulated she was intended to be an established character, possibly [[Film/GoldenEye Natalya Simonova]] or [[Film/DrNo Sylvia Trench]], but this was nixed due to fearing the bad reception that would come from killing either of them off.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Against M's protests, Admiral Roebuck orders a premature missile strike against the terrorist base Bond is presently infiltrating. Bond refuses to withdraw, and by the time they realize it's because there are a pair of ''nuclear torpedoes'' on site, the missile is too far out of range to be aborted. If not for Bond, they would've inadvertently triggered a nuclear disaster on the edge of Russia.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Carver prints and distributes the story of the sailors' deaths within barely ''three hours'' of their actual recovery by Vietnamese authorities. Carver certainly got the reaction he was counting on from the British, but he also attracts the attention of MI6 who hadn't even gotten wind of the murders when the story broke out. Not helping Carver is the fact that MI6 discovered one of his satellites interfering with the GPS system when the vessel was reported lost.
* NGOSuperpower: Carver Media Group Network, which already influences most of the world. But since its led by a megalomaniac, the organization takes the extra step forward of forming a small army, build a stealth ship, and stir up a war between Britain and China.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** Elliot Carver is by admission of the writer a thinly disguised Robert Maxwell (though given how widespread such media moguls are, reviewers compared him to the Australian--UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch--and American--Ted Turner--equivalents). This is made very obvious at the end, [[spoiler:when M devises a cover story for his death involving him falling off his yacht and drowning, while the public speculates he committed suicide, echoing Maxwell's death.]]
** There's also significant elements of William Randolph Hearst, whose propaganda is sometimes credited for getting the US to launch the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar. Carver even quotes him.
** In addition to taking potshots at [=NewsCorp=], ''Tomorrow'' bears more than a slight resemblance to Microsoft. ([[http://sfy.ru/?script=tomorrow_never_dies the script]] even describes "Jones" as "a young guy looking remarkably like Bill Gates", but for obvious reasons it didn't carry on screen.)
--->'''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.\\
'''Carver:''' Outstanding!
** Carver beginning a new media enterprise by announcing a "declaration of principles" is possibly a nod to ''Film/CitizenKane''. Of course, he's already similar to Kane by virtue of being similar to Hearst.
* ObviouslyEvil:
** Carver. Not so much in public as when he's talking to his subordinates. His entire organization is based on engineering catastrophes and profiting from them, and he ''revels'' in it.
---> '''Elliot Carver:''' Good morning, my golden retrievers! What kind of havoc shall the Carver Media Group create in the world today? News?\\
'''Newsman:''' Floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris, and a plane crash in California.\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' Excellent! 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.\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' Outstanding! Mr. Wallace, call [[UsefulNotes/BillClinton the President]]. [[{{Blackmail}} Tell him if he doesn't sign the bill lowering the cable rates, we will release]] [[RippedFromTheHeadlines the video of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room]].\\
'''[[CreatorCameo Mr. Wallace]]:''' Inspired, sir.\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' And after he signs the bill, release the tape anyway.\\
'''Mr. Wallace:''' Consider him slimed.\\
'''Elliot Carver:''' ''[after the communication ends]'' There's no news... like ''bad'' news.
** Carver is so blatant in his villainy it's a wonder he's only being investigated now. As Bond points out, Carver released news of the dead sailors so early that there's no way he could have learned of it from any official military or government sources. When he tries to have Bond killed, he's already produced a segment to report on it which will be on the air an hour after Bond has died.
* OhCrap: Bond has this reaction as he's walking back to his hotel room and listens to a news report playing in his room, which states that Paris Carver has been found dead ''in a hotel room'', murdered by an unidentified man who was found there with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After [[spoiler:Paris is murdered]], Bond calls Elliot Carver by his given name instead of his surname as a sign of disrespect and of how much more personal the conflict between them has become because Bond had truly [[spoiler:loved Paris]]. He had only done this once before with a villain (Alec Trevelyan, who used to be his best friend).
* PrecisionFStrike: Delivered by the normally cool and in-control Carver.
-->'''Carver:''' Mr. Stamper, would you ''please'' kill those bastards!
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** What Carver does before offing [[spoiler:Gupta.]]
--->'''Gupta:''' Press the magic button, Beijing disappears!\\
'''Carver:''' [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Then it seems you've outlived your contract.]]
** Bond also has one, seen in HoistByHisOwnPetard.
** Carver also gives one to the entire British and Chinese armadas when he, in his stealth ship, orders his men to fire missiles at both to provoke a battle:
--->'''Carver:''' Let the mayhem begin.
** As Bond is about to execute Dr. Kaufman, who had just killed [[spoiler:Paris Carver]]:
--->'''Kaufman:''' Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!\\
'''Bond:''' Me too. ''[shoots Kaufman]''
* ProfessionalKiller: Both Kaufman and Bond claim to be such--see above.
* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: Carver, playing Great Britain and China against each other.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The plot was supposed to be about the reunification of Hong Kong and China, but someone realised they wouldn't be able to get the film done in time, resulting in rewrites that caused the last act to be all action and barely any plot.
* RefugeInAudacity: While cavorting with his party guests, Carver laughs off rumors that he engineered the Mad Cow Disease scare because a British beef magnate lost a $10,000 bet and refused to pay him, and that the French paid him to continue running the stories. After seeing the dirty tactics he uses to spin exciting headlines, one suspects these are more than just rumors.
* {{Revenge}}: Wai Lin asks Bond if he's interested in peace or revenge, and he replies that he wants to stop a war. However, the audience knows that he's also driven by his hatred towards Elliot for [[spoiler:ordering Paris' murder]].
* RuleOfCool: A good explanation for why Bond lights a goon's cigarette (or possible joint) and '''then''' punches him.
* RousingSpeech: Carver was in the middle of one before being taken off the air by Bond.
* RuleOfSexy: The first few buttons of the blue shirt Bond wears in Saigon are undone, so much of his chest is exposed. Ditto for the black shirt he sports under his combat vest during the final battle. In fact, Bond displays more skin than Wai Lin throughout the entire movie! This is probably the first time in the franchise where 007 is objectified ''more'' than a Bond Girl.
* SavedByThePlatformBelow: Bond and Wai Lin who are [[ChainedHeat chained together]] escape the villain by performing a SuperWindowJump out of a highrise. It looks like suicide until the next shot when we see them land on a deck one floor below.
* SealedWithAKiss: Bond declines rescue from the Royal Navy in the South China Sea so he can continue to make out with Wai Lin.
* SexySoakedShirt: Wai Lin under the shower. There are also scenes of Bond with a wet shirt.
* ShirtlessScene:
** Bond under a shower with Wai Lin. And with Wai Lin in a SexySoakedShirt, equal opportunity fanservice!
** Bond's bare chest can also be seen when he's in bed with the Danish professor and after he and Paris sleep together.
* ShootTheHostage: [[spoiler: Henry Gupta.]] Oddly, it's not Bond who does this, even though Bond had taken him as hostage, but Carver, since [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he had outlived his contract]].
* ShoutOut:
** A general named Chang tries to start a war using a stealth ship. [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Sound familiar]]? That's because ''Star Trek VI'' director/co-writer Creator/NicholasMeyer was a ghostwriter for this film.
** Bond wonders how Dr. Kaufman will make his death look like a suicide if he shoots him from across the room. A question many Bond-fans have pondered after seeing Red Grant threaten to shoot Bond multiple times from across a train compartment in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', even though his superiors had told him to make it look like a suicide.
** After Bond and Wai Lin are captured (first time for Lin, [[DistressedDude second for James]]), Carver shows them all the newspaper headlines mentioning the impending conflict. The last one reads, [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack "The Empire WILL Strike Back!"]] "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" was the actual headline on an April 1982 issue of ''Newsweek'' during the UsefulNotes/FalklandsWar.
--->'''Carver:''' [[ActuallyPrettyFunny I rather like the last one. It isn't even mine.]]
** A crazed man is going around sinking other ships with an unusual piece of technology. [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo would be proud... and jealous of that diamond-tipped drill thing]].
* ShowerScene: Bond and Wai Lin end up under an outdoor shower during their ChainedHeat sequence.
* SinkTheLifeBoats: On Carver's orders, Stamper shoots the surviving sailors from HMS ''Devonshire'', so that their deaths can be blamed on the Chinese, and the fact that any survivors would contradict his story.
* SmokingIsNotCool: Bond calls smoking a filthy habit.
* StockingFiller: Paris Carver is first shown having them when Bond strips her down and she's shown [[ToplessnessFromTheBack Topless from the Back]]. The very first shot of her after she and Bond have sex is her rearranging her garters.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:Paris.]] Not literally, but left in the hotel bedroom for Bond to find.
* SuperMultiPurposeRoom: Wai Lin has a run-down bike repair-shop which transforms into a full-blown spy lair.
* TakeTheWheel: Bond and Wai Lin, further complicated by the fact that they are on a motorcycle and handcuffed together.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Played with; after Bond and Wai Lin are captured by Carver's goons, he's eager to be her ally, but she is resistant to the idea at first. She later accepts being his partner after they determine what Elliot's EvilPlan might be at her safehouse.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Amusingly, snippets on the score not of the Music/SherylCrow theme, but by the k. d. lang one on the end credits (since score composer David Arnold co-wrote that).
* ThisIsADrill: The drill torpedo.
* TitleDrop: The film itself doesn't have one, but the Playstation video game does: After being beaten by Bond in their shootout, Elliot Carver' last words before succumbing to his injuries are ironically "Tomorrow never dies."
* ToThePain: When Carver tells Bond about how Mr. Stamper is going to torture him, although the movie gets more mileage out of the CowTools presented as Mr. Stamper's torture implements than it does out of Carver's little speech.
* TortureTechnician: Dr. Kaufmann and his protégé Mr. Stamper. Kaufmann claims it's just "a hobby" of his.
* TrophyWife: Paris Carver is one for Elliot. [[DisposableWoman And once he finds out Bond is taking advantage of her...]]
* TruthInTelevision: If you thought a media company wouldn't really engineer a war for ratings, you'd actually be wrong. Back in TheSixties, CBS subsidized a planned mercenary coup of Haitian dictator Francois Duvalier for the purpose of shooting a television documentary. The FBI foiled the invasion plot, and CBS was chewed out by the FCC and the House Commerce Committee over the incident.
* UnderTheTruck: James Bond slides his motorcycle underneath a helicopter that has its rotor blades tilted downwards.
* UnderwaterKiss: After trapping Stamper and leaving him to his doom, Bond dives after Wai Lin to give her some air mouth-to-mouth.
* UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes: Bond during his short "test drive" of the remote controlled BMW, doubly badass because he'd never driven it before. Note also that Q is standing right next to Bond, and ''doesn't even flinch''. Just goes to show how much faith he has in 007.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Carver's primary plan, by way of {{False Flag Operation}}s.
* WeaponizedCar: Bond's BMW [=750iL=]. It has missiles, caltrops, bulletproof armor, self-sealing reinflating tires, and can be remote-controlled.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Bond traps the TheDragon Stamper's foot on the missile gantry so he gets caught in the backblast as the missile prepares to fire.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Bond is somewhat mortified when he discovers that M knows about his past sexual encounters (almost like a naughty boy who has been caught by his stern mother), and he even tries to defend his promiscuous behaviour with, "That was a long time ago, M, ''before'' [Paris] was married."
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Carver does this in front of Wai Lin, making lots of karate moves and yelling "Ha!" all the while.
-->'''Carver:''' ''[scoffs]'' Pathetic.
* WhenHarryMetSvetlana: Significantly downplayed: the film takes place in a moment of fairly amicable relations between China and the West, and Bond and Wai Lin's task boils down to ''maintaining'' these.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Bond had already snuck into Carter's office when Wai Lin breaks in, which sets off the alarm. As Bond is shot at by SMG-toting mooks, he looks up and sees Lin climbing down a wall while cheerfully waving at Bond as he draws off the men who'd normally be chasing after her. He even takes a moment to grimace at Lin in irritation before he scurries off.
* WomenAreWiser: ''Bond'', of all people, invokes this when he informs Mr. Stamper, "Never argue with a woman; they're always right" after Wai Lin tosses the detonation fuses to him and insists that Bond complete their mission at the expense of her life. ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' had already established that Bond carries a [[TheAtoner deep psychological need]] to AlwaysSaveTheGirl, so by respecting Wai Lin's wishes, he's also respecting her as a fellow soldier.
* WorkingTheSameCase: Bond and Wai Lin initially are separately investigating Carver on behalf of the British and Chinese governments.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: After Gupta reports that the missile aimed at Beijing is ready for launch, Carver says "Then it seems you have outlived your contract." before shooting him dead. This is done partially to deny Bond his hostage.]]
* YoureInsane: Bond to Carver. Carver shrugs it off.
--> '''Carver:''' [[BlasphemousBoast By midnight tonight, I'll have reached more people than anyone in the history of this planet, save God himself.]] ''[{{beat}}]'' And the best ''He'' ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount.\\
'''Bond:''' Hm. You really are quite insane.\\
'''Carver:''' ''[stares at Bond]'' The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.