Pierce Brosnan would go on to admit that while he looks back very fondly on GoldenEye, he isn't so wild about the following films in his run. He singled out Tomorrow Never Dies in particular, saying that he felt while filming that it "wasn't up to speed" with its predecessor, and that he had a hard time promoting the film because he didn't care for it and didn't enjoy filming it as much.
Teri Hatcher later expressed her dissatisfaction with the part of Paris Carver, saying it was "an artificial kind of character to be playing that you don't get any special satisfaction from it". In the film itself it's clear she doesn't want to be there. She's claimed that she only took on the role to fulfill her then-husband's wish of being married to a Bond girl.
Hostility on the Set: Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher feuded briefly during filming due to her arriving late onto the set one day. The matter was quickly resolved though and Brosnan apologised to Hatcher after realising she was pregnant and was late for that reason.
In Memoriam: Dedicated to longtime producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
Reality Subtext: In the novelization, Jack Wade asks Bond about Natalya Simonova, to which Bond replies that she's now married to a hockey player. Izabella Scorupco really did marry a pro hockey player, Mariusz Czerkawski, in 1996.
Serendipity Writes the Plot: The original title was Tomorrow Never Lies, the proposed Tag Line of Carver's newspaper Tomorrow. A misspelled fax lead to the one the filmmakers eventually used.
Technology Marches On: Notice when Carver lists off all the assets of his media empire, TV, news, radio, books, magazines, the Internet isn't mentioned at all.
Troubled Production: According to an interview with Michael G. Wilson, the film was given a release date with no pre-production work completed (and intended to coincide with the release of the company's public stock offering), and things went downhill from there. The script wasn't ready to shoot on the first day of filming, actors supposedly weren't speaking with each other, verbal sparring between director Roger Spottiswoode and writer Bruce Feirstein persisted and the entire production (from the first day of shooting to its release) took a scant six months. One British newspaper summed it up saying, "All the happiness and teamwork which is the hallmark of Bond has disappeared completely," and Pierce Brosnan said that making this film was like pulling teeth.
Unintentional Period Piece: Strongly averted, aside from the focus on the newly-rising digital media and the continued use of VHS tapes.
Played straight, albeit in a very minor way, with the setting. TND was one of a number of movies that came out in 97/98 that focused on China and/or Hong Kong as part of the plot in light of their reunification (See next entry). note YMMV, though, as the only reason that would be significant is if you understood that context.
The writers originally wanted to base a story off of Hong Kong's turnover from British to Chinese control. But since the event happened (1 July 1997) too soon for them to finish the movie, and it happened without a hitch, they decided not to trivialise it or appear irrelevant. This plot was instead the basis for the Raymond Benson James Bond novel Zero Minus Ten.
There were three songs wrote up for the main theme. Two of them made it into the film as the main and credits music, respectively; the third, also titled "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Danish band Swan Lee, was later used for Hitman: Blood Money. It's the song which plays during the game's credits, and also sung (badly) by the Ax-Crazy female assassin in the "Heaven and Hell" level. Pulp also wrote a proposed theme (which had the film's original title, "Tomorrow Never Lies"), later issued as a b-side. Saint Etienne also wrote a version.
Rare was offered the chance to make a Tomorrow Never Dies video game after their hugely successful GoldenEye (1997), but turned it down in favor of doing their own thing (the TND game that was released was called one of the "most spectacular failures of gaming" by G4 in 2003).
The film was originally to be titled Tomorrow Never Lies, which makes more sense than the final title, what with the plot involving Carver creating the next day's headlines in advance before causing those events to happen. However, it was changed due to a typo, oddly enough.
Ricky Jay is a famous magician who is able to throw playing cards with enough force to embed them in anything from a watermelon to a wall. Scenes deleted would have incorporated this into his character Henry Gupta.
Monica Bellucci was nearly cast as Paris Carver, but the role was then given to Teri Hatcher. Considering that a lot people disliked Hatcher's acting in this movie, it was probably in the producers' best interest to keep their original choice. Bellucci would have to wait 18 years before she would have the chance to play a Bond Girl.
The Paris Carver role was supposedly intended to be an actual previous Bond Girl, maybe even Natalya, but this was nixed at the realization that it might upset audiences to see a former Bond Girl that they had liked get killed off.
Anthony Hopkins was cast as Elliot Carver and joined the production, but walked after three days because it was so chaotic and there was no completed shooting script; due to the pressure on Eon Productions to finish the film on time, new pages of the screenplay were being delivered every morning. He opted to star in The Mask of Zorro instead.
In the original drafts of the script Stamper was to have suffered a brain injury that caused pleasure to be registered as pain (and vice versa). The idea was dropped, but a version of it made it into the next film The World Is Not Enough, where Renard is unable to feel pain.