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->''"Words are the new weapons; satellites, the new artillery."''
-->-- '''Elliot Carver'''

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''Tomorrow Never Dies'' is the 18th ''Film/JamesBond'' film, and the second starring 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 (Jonathan Pryce). 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. It was moderately well-received by the fanbase and critics, and further cemented Brosnan into the role, who began to carve his niche as the [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] Bond.

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!!This movie contains examples of:

* 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]].
* AnonymousRinger / NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Elliot Carver is a thinly disguised Rupert Murdoch.
** Alternately, Carver is also widely considered a veiled Ted Turner, being the movie came out after the producers and the media mogul had a bit of a falling out.
** [[WordOfGod The writer claims he was actually based on Robert Maxwell.]] 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=], 'Tommorrow'' bears more than a slight resemblance to Microsoft.
-->'''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.
* 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 knowing it - 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.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The car's miniature wire cutting saw. Yes, it saves Bond during the chase scene but there is no other possible scenario where it would have been of any use. If the wire were just an inch higher or lower it would have been completely useless.
* 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.
* 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.
* BilingualBonus: Bond's brief flirting with a Danish lady at Oxford after the prologue, who essentially praises him for his linguistic progress.
* BondOneLiner:
** After shoving a henchman into a printing press: "They'll print anything these days."
** After ejecting an attacker from the back seat of a jet into an enemy jet above them: "Backseat driver..."
** Even [[BigBad Eliot 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.''
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted in the case of Wai Lin near the end when she tosses an empty gun and only has two shots left in the other. Played straight in the case of Carver's mooks.
* BrickJoke: Bond's BondOneLiner about "backseat drivers..." (see above). Later, he literally becomes one.
* CardCarryingVillain: Carver. 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 [[BillClinton the President]]. 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.
** To sum it up:
--> '''Elliot Carver''': There's no news...like ''Bad'' news.
* CastingGag / IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: M and Admiral Roebuck [[AsTimeGoesBy have known each other for quite some time]].
* ChainedHeat: Bond and Wai Lin.
* ChaseScene: In a ''multi-story car park, from the back seat''. Stretching for ideas to do something different? Perhaps. Quite awesome? Yes.
* ChekhovsGun: The remote control for Bond's car, hidden in a mobile phone that also comes equipped with a hidden taser.
* ConcealingCanvas
* CoolBoat: The stealth ship.
* CoolCar: Includes a remote-control in Bond's cell phone. Granted, BMW is no Aston Martin, but ''damn''.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Media Magnate]]: Elliot Carver.
* TheCracker: Henry Gupta.
* CreatorCameo: Producer Michael G. Wilson is seen as Mr. Wallace in Carver's videoconference.
* DeadStarWalking: While Creator/TeriHatcher was featured in the advertising campaign as much as (if not more than) Creator/MichelleYeoh, her character is the requisite secondary Bond Girl who dies halfway through, as per tradition.
** Total scene count for Paris in a two-hour film: three.
* DeathBySex: Paris Carver.
* DeathDealer: Henry Gupta (but only in deleted scenes)
* 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).
* DisposableWoman: Paris Carver.
* DistaffCounterpart: Wai Lin is basically a female, Chinese Bond, right down to the flirting, dry wit, and holding a military rank. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize that this is exactly why her relationship with Bond is so shallow.
* TheDragon: Mr. Stamper.
* DragonTheirFeet
* DressHitsFloor: Paris Carver.
* DoubleEntendre: Pretty much the whole Hamburg satellite launch party scene. Here's some of the best dialogue:
-->'''Elliot Carver:''' I'm thinking about getting Wei Lin behind a news desk...
-->'''Paris Carver:'''' I'm sure she won't resist...Much.
-->'''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...
** It's so over-the-top Bond pretty much ''has'' to be doing it on purpose.
* 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 the [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice first]] [[Film/TheLivingDaylights time]].
* 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.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: Carver's mechanism to wage WarForFunAndProfit.
* FleetingDemographicRule: 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.
* [[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.
* 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 for the snark) 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.
* 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!]]
* 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.
* InMemoriam: Dedicated to longtime producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
* IncrediblyLongNote: k.d. lang's [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome epic finish]] during the closing credits.
* {{Irony}}: When Bond discovers Paris Carver dead 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.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: Carver's own words sum it up best:
--> There's no news...like bad news.
* 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 villain 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.
* MalevolentMugshot: Carver loves his banners. Bond gets in a good dig at his expense for it.
* MilkmanConspiracy: The Carver 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.)
* MythologyGag: 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 Pinyin-based or Wubi (four-digits that stand for a character) input methods)[[/note]]
* NewEraSpeech: Elliot Carver gives one to Bond.
* NewOldFlame
* 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.
* 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.]]
-->"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:
-->Let the mayhem begin.
** As Bond is about to kill Dr. Kaufman, after he killed [[spoiler:Paris Carver]]:
-->'''Kaufman:''' Wait! I'm just a professional doing a job!
-->'''Bond:''' Me too.
-->(''Bond shoots Kaufman'')
* ProfessionalKiller: Both Kaufman and Bond claim to be such--see above.
* PsychoForHire: Mr. Stamper.
* PlayingBothSides:[[spoiler: Carver, playing Great Britain and China against each other.]]
* RuleOfCool: A good explanation for why Bond lights a goon's cigarette (or possible joint) and '''then''' punches him.
* ShirtlessScene / SexySoakedShirt: Yes, ''at the same time''. Bond and Wai Lin under a shower. Equal opportunity fanservice.
* 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]]?
** After Bond and Wai Lin are captured ([[JamesBondage first time for Lin, second for James]]), Carver shows them all the newspaper headlines mentioning the impending conflict. The last one reads, [[TheEmpireStrikesBack The Empire WILL Strike Back!]]
--> '''Carver:''' I rather like the last one. It isn't even mine.
** "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" was the actual headline on an April 1982 issue of Newsweek during the FalklandsWar.
** A crazed man is going around sinking other ships with an unusual piece of technology. [[TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo would be proud... and jealous of that diamond-tipped drill thing]].
* ShowerScene: Bond and Wai Lin end up under an ourdoor shower during their ChainedHeat sequence.
* SinkTheLifeBoats: Carver orders the surviving sailors from the HMS ''Devonshire'' machine-gunned. This is so their deaths can be blamed on the Chinese, and the fact that any survivors would contradict his story.
* StockingFiller: Paris Carver.
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler:Paris.]] Not literally, but left in the bedroom for Bond to find.
* SuperMultiPurposeRoom
* TakeTheWheel: Bond and Wai Lin, further complicated by the fact that they are on a motorcycle and handcuffed together.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Amusingly, snippets on the score not of the SherylCrow theme, but by the k. d. lang one on the end credits (since score composer David Arnold co-wrote that).
* "[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Then It Seems You Have Outlived Your Contract]]": [[spoiler: Gupta.]]
* 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 "a hobby" of his.)
* TrophyWife: Paris Carver.
* UnderwaterKiss: To give air.
* UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes: Bond during his short "test drive" of the remote controlled BMW. Doubly BadAss because he'd never driven it before.
** Q is standing right next to Bond, and ''doesn't even flinch''. Just goes to show how much faith he has in 007.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The mentions of Britain's return of Hong Kong to China and the focus on a diplomatic crisis between the two nations dates this to 1997, but in some cases, this is actually averted. Concerns of over China's growing power and the way journalistic warmongering can manipulate public opinion with potentially catastrophic consequences is pretty relevant now, as well as back then.
* VaporWear: Paris Carver.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Carver's primary plan, by way of {{False Flag Operation}}s.
* WeaponizedCar: Bond's BMW [=750iL=].
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: [[BigBad Carver]] does this in front of Wai Lin, making lots of karate moves and yelling "Ha!" all the while.
-->'''Carver''': *scoffs* Pathetic.
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Bond is breaking into Carter's office, when Wai Lin breaks in at the same time, setting off the alarm. As Bond is shot at by SMG-toting mooks, he looks up and sees Lin climbing a wall while cheerfully waving at Bond as he draws off the men who'd normally be chasing after her.
* WorkingTheSameCase
* YoureInsane: Bond to Carver. Carver shrugs it off.
--> '''Carver''': 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.
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