Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 12 December 1997 (UK), 19 December 1997 (US)|
Running time: 120 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Classification: 12 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Presented by: Albert R Broccoli's EON Productions|
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Produced by: Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Written by: Bruce Feirstein
Production designer: Allan Cameron
Director of photography: Robert Elswit
Second unit director: Vic Armstrong
Editors: Dominique Fortin and Michel Arcand
Special effects supervisor: Chris Corbould
Stunt co-ordinator: Vic Armstrong
Main title designed by: Daniel Kleinman
Music by: David Arnold|
Orchestrated and conducted by: Nicholas Dodd
Main theme: "Tomorrow Never Dies"
End theme: "Surrender"
Additional: "Backseat Driver"
Additional: "It Had To Be You"
The soundtrack album also features a revised version of the James Bond Theme, arranged
and performed by Moby, although this is not used in the film. It was also released
as a single in the UK.
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan|
Elliot Carver: Jonathan Pryce
Colonel Wai Lin: Michelle Yeoh
Paris Carver: Teri Hatcher
Henry Gupta: Ricky Jay
Stamper: Gotz Otto
Jack Wade: Joe Don Baker
Dr Kaufman: Vincent Schiavelli
M: Judi Dench
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
Moneypenny: Samantha Bond
Charles Robinson: Colin Salmon
Admiral Roebuck: Geoffrey Palmer
Minister of Defence: Julian Fellowes
General Burakin: Terence Rigby
Professor Inga Bergstrom: Cecilie Thomsen
Tamara Steel: Nina Young
Dr Dave Greenwalt: Colin Stinton
Master Sergeant 3: Al Matthews
Stealth Boat Captain (Scott): Mark Spalding
First Sea Lord: David Ashton
The same footage as GoldenEye is used. However, the arrangement
of the Bond theme is more traditional than the one heard in that film. The opening
is reminiscent of the Marvin Hamlisch's version from The Spy Who Loved Me
in that it does not feature the more usual " DA-DA, DUH, DA-DA, DUH" notes.
Using the title: The title is not used anywhere in the film. However, "Tomorrow" is the name of the newspaper that is owned by Carver. It has been reported that the film was originally known as Tomorrow Never Lies - a more obvious reference - but a typing error brought about a change to the last word.
The novel approach: The film features no Fleming material. It was novelised by Raymond Benson, who worked from an early version of the script and so features substantial extra material including background to Carver and scenes in which Wai Lin conducts her investigations before we meet her in the actual film.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
Judi Dench and Samantha Bond both return as M and Moneypenny, following their introductions
in GoldenEye. Bond's relationship with M appears to have softened since the
earlier film. Desmond Llewellyn makes his 16th appearance as Q.
It was also intended that Bill Tanner would also return from GoldenEye, although
actor Michael Kitchen proved to be unavailable so his part was given over to
Charles Robinson, played by Colin Salmon. Robinson is not named on screen; his surname
is given in the credits, with his forename in publicity material for the film. This
also states that Robinson is M's Chief of Staff, but this was not confirmed on screen
and indeed was later contradicted by the return of Tanner in The World Is Not Enough.
Raymond Benson's novelisation of the movie reflects the early version
of the script that it was based on by retaining Tanner.
Locations: A terrorist bazaar on the Russian border (according to an on-screen caption); various locations in around the South China Sea (the Devonshire is sunk in Chinese territorial waters, 11 miles from the coast, but this is contradicted later in the film when Bond apparently does his HALO jump into Vietnamese territory); Oxford and London, UK; Hamburg, Germany; Saigon, Vietnam.
The villain: Elliot Carver is a world-wide media baron, the owner of the Carver Media
Group Network (CMGN). His holdings include the "Tomorrow" newspaper (which publishes across
Europe with French and German lanuage editions called "Demain" and "Morgen")
and a television news network, as well as a software division (which deliberately releases
bug-ridden software to force its users to upgrade). Carver's media centre is based in Hamburg,
with an Eastern headquarters in Saigon. At the start of the film, CMGN is celebrating
the launch of its final satellite, providing worldwide coverage, although the Chinese
have refused broadcast rights.
The girl: Colonel Wai Lin of the Chinese People's External Security Force (the Chinese equivalent of MI6). We find out absolutely nothing about her apart from the fact that she is a skilled agent (particularly adept at martial arts) who grew up in a rough neighbourhood. She is investigating General Chang following the disappearance of some stealth material from one of his bases. She followed a lead to Carver in Hamburg where she attends his party under the cover of an employee of the New China News Agency.
Bond's conquests: Three - Professor Inga Bergstrom, Paris Carver and Wai Lin.
Gadgets: A cigarette lighter that doubles as a grenade. A mobile phone containing
a fingerprint scanner, lock pick and a 20,000 volt security system (activated by
entering "Recall-3-Send" on the keypad). As in GoldenEye Q supplies Bond
with a BMW, although here it is an executive saloon in the shape of a 750iL. As well
as being fully bullet proof, the car features a comprehensive security system (giving
electric shocks to any unauthorised users attempting to open the door),
a vocal warning system and a fingerprint
activated safe. It can deploy tear gas and drop spiked tyre shredders from the rear bumper
and has a wire cutter that extends from the bonnet plus re-inflating tyres. Q also
mentions that it has machine guns and GPS tracking, but these devices aren't featured on screen.
However, the most novel feature of the car is that it can be remotely controlled
from Bond's mobile phone. The registration of the BMW is BMT-214-4, which is very close
to that of Bond's Aston Martin in GoldenEye
(which was BMT 214A). The car meets its end when Bond guides it from the roof
of a multi-story car park into a hire car shop.
Recurring characters: Joe Don Baker makes a brief appearance as Jack Wade, the CIA agent that he played in GoldenEye.
Continuity: Bond is still driving an Aston Martin DB5 as his personal car,
as he did in GoldenEye.
Cameos: Producer Michael G Wilson makes his customary cameo appearance. He plays Tom Wallace, the vice president of CMGN in charge of special projects, seen in a video conference with Carver. He's the one instructed to blackmail the US President with a video tape of his encounters with a cheerleader.
Cuts: The final version of the film lost the end of the Hamburg car chase; after the BMW crashes into the Avis office Bond was originally seen remarking that "the keys are in the car". The shot was seen in some early teasers and a documentary about the making of the movie. Further cuts were made to the film in the UK in the shape of two shots where Wai Lin was seen to use a throwing star, due to the British Censor's sensitivity over martial arts weapons. There were also apparently cuts to a scene where Bond stamps on a man's face. The British video release then suffered further editing through a reduction in the impact sound in the some of the fight scenes, particularly where Wai Lin takes on General Chang's men in the bike shop, and a similar reduction to the sound of Carver's death scream.
I didn't catch the name?: Bond introduces himself to Carver at the Hamburg party.
Vodka Martinis: Paris orders Bond a "Vodka martini, shaken not stirred" at the Hamburg party. He later drinks neat Vodka when alone in his hotel room. Martini even gets a mention in the lyrics of the theme tune.
Gambling: None on Bond's part, although Carver does imply that he once beat Sir Angus Black, the British beef baron, at cards, leading to him running Mad Cow Disease stories (although he was later paid by the French to keep them running).
Bond bits: Bond is learning to speak Danish. He also speaks some German but
is confused by the symbols on a Chines computer keyboard (see Continuity).
Other trivia: The main action of the movie takes place over a period of 48 hours.
There is due to be an election in Moscow the following week.
The film is dedicated in loving memory of Albert R "Cubby" Broccoli, since it was the first
since his death. This marks the only time that his nickname has been used in a credit.
Broccoli had previously "presented" every previous film and his name was retained through
the introduction of a new opening credit proclaimining "Albert R Broccoli's EON Productions
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