* AssPull: Most of the gadgets in Bond's car are never mentioned by Q (Except for the standard issue ones - stinger missiles under the headlights, etc.), but are of course vital to Bond's survival, which is probably why Bond is ''laughing'' when he finds and successfully uses some of the better devices, like auto-inflating tires. He's just as surprised, impressed and giddy as the viewer is.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Elliot Carver]] is a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive media mogul]] and head of the Carver Media Group Network. The actions of he and his group range from the merely unethical (releasing software with bugs in order to require constant updates); to libel (releasing stories about mad cow disease involving a British beef baron who lost money to Carver in poker and accepting bribes from the French to keep those stories running); to blackmailing the President to sign a bill (and releasing the tape of his affair with a cheerleader in a motel anyway); to causing "floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris and a plane crash in California"; to murdering his wife when she gets too close to Bond; to ordering the [[ColdBloodedTorture brutal torture]] of Bond and Wai Lin by his [[TheDragon dragon]], TortureTechnician [[BlondGuysAreEvil Richard (goes by Mr.) Stamper]]. His most heinous acts involve sinking a ship and killing the survivors, sinking a Chinese jet, and attempting to using a stolen British missile to destroy Beijing, leading to WorldWarIII; all of this is so he can gain exclusive broadcast rights in China. Already a wealthy man, Carver is willing to cause millions of deaths just to satisfy his {{greed}} and his gargantuan [[{{Narcissist}} ego.]]
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: k.d. lang is made of WIN. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r40I3TxFM3c Listen here.]]
** Like Tina Turner's, um, turn in ''Film/GoldenEye'', Sheryl Crow's theme for the film is also a nice throwback to the big, sweeping Bond themes of yesteryear.
** After the score of ''Film/GoldenEye'' was soundly criticized for its drastic departure from the usual Bond motifs, new composer David Arnold gave an apology to the fans in the form of making sure no Bond Moment was complete without the classic tunes of the series. In fact, the James Bond theme is heard in four of the first five scenes Bond has!
** The Awesome jazz/techno soundtrack that Carver plays at his Hamburg party certainly qualifies.
** "White Knight", "Station Break" and "Backseat Driver", as well as Moby's James Bond Theme.
* FridgeBrilliance: Dr Kaufman leaves a recording of a pre-taped news report in James Bond's bedroom. It details the murder of Paris Carver, whose body is lying right there on the bed, by an "unidentified man" who appears to have committed suicide - at this point, Bond realizes Kaufman is in the room with him, and the plan is to make it look like Bond killed Paris and committed suicide himself. How does he kill Kaufman? He makes it look like ''Kaufman'' is the unidentified man by making ''his'' death look like the suicide.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Wai Lin was received as one of the best Bond Girls.
* HamAndCheese: Jonathan Pryce clearly had the time of his life as scenery-chewing BigBad Elliot Carver.
* HarsherInHindsight: In Carver's introduction scene, one of his reporters announces "riots in Paris" and "floods in Pakistan". In 2005, hundreds of youths from low-income Parisian suburbs rioted for a month after two kids accidentally electrocuted themselves in a transformer while trying to hide from the police. In July 2010, Pakistan was devastated by one of the worst floods in history, killing nearly 2000 people.
* HilariousInHindsight: Carver basically wants to be the general leading the allies against the communists. Some ten years later, [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3 Johnathan Pryce is the general leading the allies against the communists.]]
* MagnificentBastard: Eliot Carver.
* MemeticMutation: Kaufman's line "I can shoot you from Shuttgart und still create ze proper effect!" complete with faux accent has gotten some mileage.
** [[http://bondfreaksout.ytmnd.com/ "Grow up, 007!"]]
* OneSceneWonder: Vincent Schiavelli gets only one scene as Dr. Kaufman but his wonderfully [[LargeHam hammy]] performance and comically exaggerated German accent makes it one of the highlights of the movie.
* SoOkayItsAverage: It generally has a reputation of being "that mediocre/okayish Bond movie after ''Film/GoldenEye''." It still has its defenders, though.
** One reason many rise to its defense is the car--after the BaitAndSwitch of the unused gadgets in ''Goldeneye'', fans were owed an epic car chase, and we certainly got it.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The UncannyValley circuit board girl in the opening credits. Mid-90s CGI was not quite up to it yet. Also, the bad guys on the helicopter are all sitting perfectly still with their arms down by their sides when the helicopter crashes, making it obvious that the actors have been replaced by dummies.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: Unlike ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}} 007'', the game that came out two years after ''Tomorrow Never Dies'' didn't break out of this.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ricky Jay, the guy who can in real life throw playing cards with the precision necessary to embed them in a watermelon, is not playing a quirky theme henchman but a forgettable technician.
** Deleted scenes showed that he was going to be an actual DeathDealer. Alas...
* ValuesResonance: This film paints a surprisingly accurate picture of mass media scaremongering today. Elliot Carver's line "Words are the new weapons; satellites, the new artillery." seemed plain [[LargeHam hammy]] when first released, but the rise of [[FoxNews 24-hour news]], TV political pundits, and electronic warfare makes it harder than ever.