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With: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Gtz Otto, Joe Don Baker, Vincent Schiavelli, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond, Colin Salmon, Geoffrey Palmer, Julian Fellowes, Terence Rigby
Written by: Bruce Feirstein, based on characters created by Ian Fleming
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, sexuality and innuendo
Running Time: 119
Date: 12/12/1997

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

3 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Pierce Brosnan's second appearance as James Bond didn't have very many supporters when it opened -- the same day as Titanic -- but I was one of them. I found the movie's bad guy, Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) a sinister media baron hoping to take over the world using his media empire, quite clever and eerily prophetic. I was also a big fan of the casting of Hong Kong martial arts expert Michelle Yeoh as a Bond girl (even if her skills were not put to maximum use), as well as gorgeous Teri Hatcher (from TV's "Lois and Clark") as the slightly less savory Bond girl.

Director Roger Spottiswoode was never a great talent, but he keeps things on track here and pulls the entire thing together in just under 2 hours. Sheryl Crow provides the title song (not one of the more memorable ones). Longtime Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli had died in 1996 and this film was dedicated to him.

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