21 March 2015

James Bond Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
  • Director:  Roger Spottiswoode
  • Based on the novels  by Ian Fleming
  • Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Judie Dench, Michelle Yeoh, Terry Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Hugh Bonneville ( a glimpse, you have to look fast), Samantha Bond, Desmond Llewellyn
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Pierce Brosnan    The World’s End, The Ghost Writer, Mamma Mia, Seraphim Falls, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks!
    • Jonathan Pryce – Pirates of the Caribbean, The Brothers Grimm, Very Annie Mary, Evita, Glengarry Glen Ross, Brazil, Timon of Athens, Voyage of the Damned
    • Judi Dench – Hotel Marigold, My Week with Marilyn, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jane Eyre, Cranford, Nine, Notes on a Scandal, Mrs Henderson Presents, Ladies in Lavender, The Shipping News, Chocolat, Tea with Mussolini, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs Brown, Hamlet, Henry V, A Handful of Dust, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Room with a View, Macbeth
    • Michelle Yeoh – Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    • Hugh Bonneville – Downton Abbey, Lost in Austen, Bone Kickers, Daniel Deronda, Noting Hill
    • Samantha Bond  Downton Abbey and other series
  • Why? Curious. Hal and I saw several Bond films in a Bond festival in the early 70’s and enjoyed them. Sean Connery is the only Bond we have ever seen.  Friends have said later actors have been good too. And with Judi Dench they can’t be all bad.  So we bought the box...
  • Seen:  March 6, 2015   

After liking the previous Bond more than all the rest I hope this one isn’t going to be a disappointment.
It starts with a bang. Several big ones actually. Bond, to the song by Sheryl Crow, dramatically saves the world from a nuclear disaster about to be caused by military idiocy and bull-headedness.
Again, it’s standard fare with chases and villains and explosions and mountains and exotic nature and cities.  The difference is that everyone is so much classier. The one-liners are produced in a low-key and therefore funnier tone by Brosnan than the earlier Bonds.
Jonathan Pryce is Elizabeth’s father in the Pirates of the Caribbean films as well as Timon of Athens and other people in Shakespeare and he’s not supposed to be a megalomaniac villain. And therefore he’s very good in the role.  He seems so nice. He isn’t.
Nope. Not a disappointment. It’s not a masterpiece, far from it. The shoot-outs and fist fights are too long. But I like it. I like Brosnan.
And old Q is still with us.

3* of 5

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