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YMMV: Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Ass Pull: 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.
  • Complete Monster: Elliot Carver, a 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 brutal torture of Bond and Wai Lin by his dragon, Torture Technician 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 World War III; 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 ego.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: k.d. lang is made of WIN. Listen here.
    • Like Tina Turner's, um, turn in Golden Eye, Sheryl Crow's theme for the film is also a nice throwback to the big, sweeping Bond themes of yesteryear.
    • After the score of Golden Eye 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance: 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.
  • 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.
  • Ham and Cheese: Jonathan Pryce clearly had the time of his life as scenery-chewing Big Bad Elliot Carver.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Carver basically wants to be the general leading the allies against the communists. Some ten years later, Johnathan Pryce is the general leading the allies against the communists.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Eliot Carver.
  • Memetic Mutation: Kaufman's line "I can shoot you from Shuttgart und still create ze proper effect!" complete with faux accent has gotten some mileage.
  • 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 Golden Eye." 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 we certainly got it.
  • Special Effects Failure: 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.
  • 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...
  • Values Resonance: 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 hammy when first released, but the rise of 24-hour news, TV political pundits, and electronic warfare makes it harder than ever.

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