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, so this is an example of Tropes Are Tools.
The remote-controlled detonator activated by the Chinese copy of a Q-watch ranks up there with Live and Let Die's buzzsaw, being alluded to incredibly briefly by the flashing lights on the watch and Bond messing around with some sort of chip on a glass jar.
Like Tina Turner's, um, turn in 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 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.
Complete Monster: Elliot Carver is a media mogul and head of the Carver Media Group Network. The actions of himself and his group range from releasing software with bugs in order to require constant updates, releasing stories about mad cow disease involving a British beef baron who lost money to Carver in poker and keeping those stories running after getting paid by the French, blackmailing the President to sign a bill only to release the tape anyway, and causing "floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris and a plane crash in California". His latest and most heinous project involves sinking a ship and killing the survivors, sinking a Chinese jet, and attempting to use a stolen British missile to destroy Beijing, leading to World War III; all of this is so he can gain exclusive broadcast rights in China. When James Bond investigates this, he murders his wife when she gets too close to Bond and orders the brutal torture of Bond and Wai Lin by his dragon, Richard Stamper. Already a wealthy man, Carver is willing to cause millions of deaths just to satisfy his Greed.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Wai Lin was received as one of the best Bond Girls. Dr. Kauffman is also loved by the fanbase because of his pitch-perfect "classic Large Ham Bond henchman" persona, being both genuinely threatening and genuinely funny. Many were sad he had only one scene.
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.
Bond is incredibly, even uncharacteristically, protective of Wai Lin despite having every opportunity to ditch her. It's because he's still hurting from failing to save Paris. It goes back to what Alec Trevelyan said in GoldenEye: "Do you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect?" Bond even promises Wai Lin twice that they will survive the mission together.
Harsher in Hindsight: In Carver's introduction scene, one of his reporters announces "floods in Pakistan, riots in Paris, and a plane crash in California." 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 2,000 people. Then in July 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco.
When it was first released, Carver was compared mostly with businessman Rupert Murdoch (Word of God said he was inspired by Robert Maxwell), but a passing mention that his company also sells software full of bugs (to force people to upgrade it for years) also got comparisons to Bill Gates. But now, judging from his rimless glasses and all-black outfits, he can be compared with Steve Jobs, who'd returned to Apple the same year the film came out.
Love to Hate: Carver is completely and utterly despicable, but he's also a complete and utter blast to watch. Dr. Kaufman as well, who is universally considered one of the best parts of the film, with many lamenting that he only had one scene.
Moral Event Horizon: Carver and his henchman Stamper cross it almost immediately when Carver orders Stamper to mercilessly gun down several defenseless and unarmed sailors who had just barely survived the sinking of their ship. As we find out soon after, Carver seems to have made his entire career off of crossing this line just for a story.
One-Scene Wonder: Vincent Schiavelli gets only one scene as Dr. Kaufman but his wonderfully hammy performance and comically exaggerated German accent makes it one of the highlights of the movie.
So Okay, It's Average: It generally has a reputation of being "that mediocre/okayish Bond movie after GoldenEye." It still has its defenders, though, one reason many rise to its defense is the car—after the Bait and Switch of the unused gadgets in GoldenEye, fans were owed an epic car chase, and they certainly got it.
The Uncanny Valley 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.
The Problem with Licensed Games: Unlike GoldenEye 007, the game that came out two years after Tomorrow Never Dies didn't break out of this, being a clunky third-person shooter with bad, awkward controls.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: 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 Death Dealer. Alas...
What an Idiot: Even though he's a secret agent, Bond wastes no time questioning Carver on the nature of his network activities when trying to probe him for information upon their first meeting. As soon as the talk of ships comes up, Carver wastes no time in later having the crap beaten out of him for answers.