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  • 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, so this is an example of Tropes Are Tools.
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    • 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.
  • Author's Saving Throw: The novelization of the movie reveals that in You Only Live Twice, Bond lied about studying Oriental languages when Moneypenny tossed him the book about Instant Japanese, explaining why in this movie he has no idea how to read the Chinese keyboard in Wai Lin's hideout.
  • Awesome Music:
    • KD Lang is made of WIN. Listen here.
    • 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!
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    • 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 Richard Stamper. Already a wealthy man, Carver is willing to cause millions of deaths just to satisfy his greed.
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  • Contested Sequel: It's seen as a step down from GoldenEye but it does have its defenders with some feeling that it was better than GoldenEye. That being said, it's viewed more positively than The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: 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 "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.
    • Carver is a media mogul who wants to start a war for the sake of a ratings grab. While they probably didn't go as far commit false-flag operations, many mainstream media outlets would prove crucial in stoking public opinion in favor of invading Iraq during The War on Terror, and are trying to do the same with Venezuela in The New '10s.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Elliot Carver. Everything about the guy, aside from Jonathan Pryce's slight frame, is larger than life, from his bombastic speeches to his booming voice and he comes equipped with one of the most audacious plans in Bond history. He's clearly revelling in being an evil genius to the point that he's practically playing the part.
  • 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.
    • "Grow up, 007!"
  • 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.
  • 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, 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...
    • Vincent Schiavelli, who's Dr. Kaufmann immediately proved popular with viewers despite having only a single scene, in which he states he is a brilliant assassin who clearly takes great pleasure in his line of work.
  • Values Resonance: Despite the fact that this movie doesn't mention the Internet at all, this film paints a surprisingly accurate picture of mass media scaremongering tactics 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 networks like Fox News Channel, MSNBC, TV political pundits, increasingly polarized news judgments, and electronic warfare make Carver's line hit home harder than ever. In addition to that, the major reason why the villain launches his whole scheme is because China refused to allow him access into their markets, similar to how many Western companies are either banned or must submit to heavy Chinese regulation to be able to operate within China today.
  • 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. And on top of that, when two of Carver's henchmen ask Bond to come with them, Bond doesn't seem prepared in the least for the possibility that they might be taking him somewhere quiet to beat him up. He does proceed to mop the floor with them, but they still get the drop on him a little too easily.
    • Bond notes that Carver had already put the murder of the murdered sailors across the headlines before the British or Vietnamese authorities had even verified their deaths, which only serves to make Carver look even more suspicious after it was determined his satellite network had tapped into the GPS system.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many people had this reaction to Teri Hatcher's casting.


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