Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies

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Synopsis

While James Bond spies on a terrorist arms bazaar, he identifies “techno terrorist” Henry Gupta, who is buying a stolen American GPS encoder. As Bond hijacks a Russian plane carrying nuclear torpedoes, Gupta escapes with the encoder during the confusion. Gupta is working for media baron Elliot Carver, who plans to provoke war between China and the United Kingdom, Gupta uses the encoder to send the British frigate HMS Devonshire off-course into Chinese waters, where Carver’s stealth ship, commanded by Stamper, sinks the frigate with a sea drill and steals one of its missiles. Bond has 48 hours to investigate the sinking before the British and Chinese go to war. Bond investigates Carver in Hamburg, seduces Carver’s wife, Paris, and steals the GPS encoder. Carver orders assassin, Dr Kaufman to kill Paris and Bond. Paris dies, but Bond kills Kaufman and escapes. Bond travels to the South China Sea and discovers that one of the missiles is missing from the wreck of the HMS Devonshire. Wai Lin, a Chinese agent on the same case, and Bond are captured by Stamper and taken to Carver’s headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, but they escape and team up. They board Carver’s stealth ship to prevent him firing the stolen British missile at Beijing. In the final confrontation, Bond detonates an explosive exposing the ship on radar to the Royal Navy, and kills Carver with the sea drill.

Cast

Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Joe Don Baker, Götz Otto, Ricky Jay, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond, Geoffrey Palmer, Colin Salmon, Vincent Schiavelli, Cecilie Thomsen

Producers

Michael G. Wilson
Barbara Broccoli

Director

Roger Spottiswoode

Release Date

12 December 1997 (UK)
19 December 1997 (USA)

World Premiere

9 December 1997, Odeon Leicester Square, London

Locations

Bangkok, Thailand; Hamburg, Germany; the Pyrenees, France; Baja Studios, Mexico; Sugarloaf Airfield, Florida, USA; London, Stoke Poges Golf Club, Eon Studios at Frogmore, Hertforshire and Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, Oxford, Stansted Airport, UK

Music

“Tomorrow Never Dies” – written and performed by Sheryl Crow, produced by Mitchell Froom

Vehicles

BMW 750iL; BMW R1200C motorcycle; Stealth ship; Aston Martin DB5; Carver’s henchmen MercedesS-class (W126), Range Rovers (P38a series II) and helicopter

Gadgets/Weapons/Technology

  • Walther PPK 7.65mm
  • Ericsson phone (includes a 20,000 volt stun gun, a fingerprint scanner and an electronic lock pick hidden in the antenna. When opened a colour LCD screen can be used with the touchpad to remotely drive Bond’s BMW 750iL)
  • Walther P99 9mm
  • Heckler & Koch 9mm P7 pistol
  • Heckler & Koch MP543 submachine guns
  • Ninja throwing stars
  • Snake bracelet/piton
  • Lock pic disguised as earrings
  • Dragon statue flame thrower
  • Chinese fan which when unfolded fires wire restraints across a room
  • Rickshaw which can fire a projectile
  • GPS encoder
  • Chakra torture kit
  • Dunhill cigarette lighter grenade
  • Limpet mines
  • Omega Seamaster 300M Diver – modified by Chinese People’s External Security Force
  • Radar-guided Gatling gun
  • Sea vac drill

Trivia

Michelle Yeoh performed most of her own stunts

The film was dedicated to the memory of Cubby Broccoli, who passed away the year before release

The opening sequence was originally intended for The Living Daylights

Much of the snow in the opening sequence was fake, as the warm weather was melting the existing snow

The location in the Pyrenees doubling for the Khyber Pass had a runway that was too steep and narrow for high speed jets to land – so the production team dismantled the jets – took them up to the location and rebuilt them

The first of four Bond films to be scored by David Arnold who was recommended to the producers by John Barry

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