3 1/2 StarsBond purists often cite Goldeneye as the definitive Pierce Bronsan led outing. While I admire that film from a technical standpoint, and for colorfully reinstating 007 back into the forefront of public awareness, Tomorrow Never Dies is superior in almost every aspect. Bigger, grander and loaded with some of the most exhilarating action set-pieces in the modern bond era. This high-energy affair is well-crafted by veteran action ace Roger Spottiswoode. The series has never been about the creative hand behind the scenes, the routine formula is trotted out time and again and audiences essentially understand what they should expect from a James Bond picture. On those very simple terms Tomorrow ranks amongst the greatest entires in the entire series.
These films have always hinged on the level of villain presented to us. Just think back to some of your favorite Bond films and I am sure the likes of Jaws, Odd-Job, Blofield, etc. are bound to appear. This installment features Elliot Carver, a crazed media mogul bent on instigating a war between China and Britain, to create a press frenzy, which would drive up the sales of his magazines, newspapers, and the ratings of his news programs. So once again MI-6 calls in agent 007, played with flair by second-timer Bronsan, to infiltrate the Carver Media Group and spoil their plans or a global war. Bond must rekindle a lost romance with Paris Carver, a former lover now married to the Rupert Murdoch-esque, Elliot Carver.
All which is done in a quick fashion to make way for three of the most technically astounding action set-pieces. Starting with a car chase, controlled by a Bond in the back seat, dodging henchmen as he navigates the car from a remote video device. Also of equal entertainment is a cleverly designed sequence that ends with Bond on a motorcycle squaring off against a looming helicopter. I won’t give away all the pleasures that this gargantuan thrill machine possesses, but I will assure potential viewers that the energy, humor, and craftsmanship are well above any other Bond films in the Bronsan period.
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher