Juck’s Thoughts on Tomorrow Never Dies

Hello, everyone. It’s been a while. Well, let’s dive into it, shall we?

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It is easy to regard Tomorrow Never Dies as Brosnan’s Moonraker for a number of reasons. To start, the sets are gorgeous. The futuristic aesthetic was palpable throughout the film. Visually, Tomorrow Never Dies is stellar, and the same could be said about the score. The music is notably strong in this installment.

Where this film shines, however, is its cast. Brosnan comes across as incredibly likable his second go-around. He seems to have struck a balance between charming, energetic, serious, and humorous. In this film, he doesn’t have a stick up his arse. Instead, he naturally plays Bond as a man rather than as a caricature.

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The villain proves a strong adversary for Bond, a visionary type who rings quite close to Steve Jobs. Seeing him atop a stage only solidifies the similarity in my mind. He is intimidating and eccentric without being over the top with his performance.

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The Bond girl is an interesting character in her own right. She possesses strength and independence, two traits that not many Bond girls have. 

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M is still a badass who is intolerant of crap and disinterested in the fact that she is not universally well-liked. As for Q, the Q scene in this film is brilliant. Brosnan has great chemistry with Desmond Llewelyn. I am convinced that Brosnan’s interactions with Q are the best of the the series. With that, the two characters don’t simply banter. No, Q hooks up Bond with some gnarly gadgets. In fact, I feel that Tomorrow Never Dies provides what is perhaps the best and most comprehensive use of gadgets in a Bond film thus far into the series. Check out this chase scene in which Bond shows off some of his toys.

In terms of the action, Tomorrow Never Dies features intense action sequences that are well shot, wildly entertaining, and, above all, over the top. The movie’s pace is brisk, yet it retains tension throughout, a feat that is not easy to accomplish.

I must note that I noticed a cello being used in a fight scene. I cannot help but wonder if that bit was meant to be a nod to the Living Daylights. In any case, Tomorrow Never Dies was a solid installment in the Bond series. I am glad that Brosnan is more comfortable in the role. Let us see how he fares as time goes on. After all, time seems to be Bond actors’ worst enemy. 

 

~Juck

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