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* ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/PierceBrosnan's idea for Paris to be an ex-flame of Bond's.
* 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."
* CaliforniaDoubling: London doubled for Hamburg, while Thailand doubled for Vietnam.
* CastingGag: Creator/JudiDench (M) and Geoffrey Palmer (Admiral Roebuck) worked together in ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy''.
* TheCastShowOff: Creator/MichelleYeoh does her own fight scenes.
* CreatorBacklash: Creator/PierceBrosnan would go on to admit that while he looks back very fondly on ''Film/{{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.
** Creator/TeriHatcher 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".
* DyeingForYourArt: Götz Otto dyed his hair blond to play Stamper.
* EnforcedMethodActing:
** The director told Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/MichelleYeoh separately that they were going to be the one driving the bike in the Saigon ChaseScene. HilarityEnsues.
** Earlier in the film, Bond's car crashes through a dealership. Members of the public nearby were not told this was happening, so their shock is real.
* FakeNationality: The German Dr. Kaufman is played by Vincent Schiavelli, an American actor of Italian origins.
* InMemoriam: Dedicated to longtime producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli.
* RaceLift: Henry Gupta was originally written as a young man from India.
* RealitySubtext: In the novelization, Jack Wade asks Bond about [[Film/{{Goldeneye}} Natalya]], to which Bond replies that she's now married to a hockey player. Izabella Scorupco really did marry pro hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski in 1996.
* 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.
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: The original title was ''Tomorrow Never Lies'', the proposed TagLine of Carver's newspaper ''Tomorrow''. A mis-spelled fax lead to the one the filmmakers eventually used.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Notice when Carver lists off all the assets of his media empire: TV, news, radio, magazines. The Internet isn't mentioned at all.
* * TroubledProduction: 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.
** Creator/PierceBrosnan said that making this film was like pulling teeth.
* 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** 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 ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen.''
** 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 "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue08taBvZTU Tomorrow Never Dies]]" by Danish band Swan Lee, was later used for ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney''. It's the song which plays during the game's credits, and also sung (badly) by the AxCrazy female assassin in the "Heaven and Hell" level. Music/{{Pulp}} also wrote a proposed theme (which had the film's original title, "Tomorrow Never Lies"), later issued as a b-side. Music/SaintEtienne also wrote a version.
** Creator/{{Rare}} was offered the chance to make a ''Tomorrow Never Dies'' video game after their hugely successful ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', but turned it down in favor of [[VideoGame/PerfectDark 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.
** Creator/MonicaBellucci 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 [[Film/{{Spectre}} 18 years]] before she would have the chance play a Bond Girl.
** Creator/AnthonyHopkins was cast as Elliott 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 Film/TheMaskOfZorro 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 Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough, where Renard is unable to feel pain.
** The original script had a reappearance from Valentin Zukovsky from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}''. He would appear in the next film ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
** Music/PernilleRosendahl, Music/Pulp, Music/SaintEtienne and Music/MarcAlmond submitted songs to be used for the film.
* WorkingTitle: The film was originally called Tomorrow Never Lies. It was changed because of a typo.

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