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Tomorrow Never Dies   ( BMW 7 Series E38 )  1997

Tomorrow Never Dies   ( BMW 7 Series E38 )  1997

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Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) is the eighteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, with the screenplay written by Bruce Feirstein, the film follows Bond as he attempts to stop a power-mad media mogul from engineering world events to initiate World War III.

Theme Tune

Sheryl Crow – Tomorrow Never Dies

Darling I’m killed
I’m in a puddle on the floor
Waiting for you to return
Oh what a thrill
Fascinations galore
How you tease, how you leave me to burn
 
It’s so deadly my dear
The power of having you near
Until that day
Until the world falls away
Until you say there’ll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes
Tomorrow never dies
 
Darlin’ you’ve won
It’s no fun
Martinis, girls, and guns
It’s murder on our love affair
But you bet your life
Every night
While you’re chasing the morning light
You’re not the only spy out there

Cast

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond
Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver
Michelle Yeoh as Wai Lin
Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver
Ricky Jay as Henry Gupta
Götz Otto as Stamper
Joe Don Baker as Wade
Vincent Schiavelli as Dr. Kaufman
Judi Dench as M
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Samantha Bond as Moneypenny
Colin Salmon as Robinson
Geoffrey Palmer as Admiral Roebuck
Julian Fellowes as Minister of Defence
Terence Rigby as General Bukharin
Cecilie Thomsen as Professor Inga Bergstrom

Quote

Elliot Carver: Mr. Jones, are we ready to release our new software?
Jones: Yes, sir. As requested, it’s full of bugs, which means people will be forced to upgrade for years.
Elliot Carver: Outstanding.

Elliot Carver: The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

Q: It’s the insurance damage waiver for your beautiful new car. Now, will you need collision coverage?
James Bond: Yes.
Q: Fire?
James Bond: Probably.
Q: Property destruction?
James Bond: Definitely.
Q: Personal Injury?
James Bond: I hope not, but accidents do happen.
Q: They frequently do with you.
James Bond: Well, that takes care of the normal wear-and-tear. Is there any other protection I need?
Q: Only from me 007, unless you bring that car back in pristine order.

Trivia

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

Tomorrow Never Dies performed well at the box office and earned a Golden Globe nomination despite mixed reviews. While its performance at the domestic box office surpassed that of its predecessor, GoldenEye, it was the only Pierce Brosnan Bond film not to open at number one at the box office, as it opened the same day as Titanic, but instead at number two.

The BMW 7 Series is a line of full-size luxury vehicles produced by the German automaker BMW. Introduced in 1977, it is BMW’s flagship car and is only available as a sedan or extended-length limousine. The 7 Series traditionally introduces technologies and exterior design themes before they trickle down to smaller sedans in BMW’s lineup.

The car chase sequence with the 750i took three weeks to film, with Brent Cross car park being used to simulate Hamburg – although the final leap was filmed on location.A stunt involving setting fire to three vehicles produced more smoke than anticipated, causing a member of the public to call the fire brigade. The upwards camera angle filming the HALO jump created the illusion of having the stuntman opening its parachute close to the water.

The BMW 750i that Bond uses in this film is the first Q-Branch car in the series that has four doors.

Trivia

When they had to re-shoot the car park scene it was too expensive to go back to Germany so it was done at Brent Cross shopping centre in London. Posters around the stores told shoppers that the explosions were nothing to worry about. It took ten days to shoot this car park scene and seventeen BMWs were used.

The film made particularly heavy use of gadgetry because some fans thought there was too little of it in GoldenEye (1995).

A love scene between 007 and Paris Carver was dropped from the film, as Teri Hatcher was pregnant at the time, whilst the film was in production.

This is the first movie in film history to have its entire budget be covered in product placement campaigns. Various companies each chipped in enough in endorsements to allow for the film’s $100 million budget

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

Quote

“Gentlemen and ladies, hold the presses. This just in: by curious quirk of fate, we have the perfect story with which to launch our satellite news network tonight. It seems a small crisis is brewing in the South China Seas. I want full newspaper coverage, I want magazine stories, I want books, I want films, I want TV, I want radio, I want us on the air 24 hours a day! This is OUR moment! And a billion people around this planet will watch it, hear it, and read about it from the Carver Media Group. There’s no news….. like bad news.”

Quote

James Bond: You were pretty good with that hook.
Wai-Lin: Thanks. It comes from growing up in a rough neighborhood. You were pretty good on the bike.
James Bond: Thank you. It comes from not growing up at all.

Info

Production
companies
Eon Productions
United Artists
Distributed by MGM Distribution Co. (United States)
United International Pictures (International)
Release date

9 December 1997 (London, premiere)

12 December 1997 (United Kingdom)

19 December 1997 (United States)

Running time
119 minutes
Countries United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $110 million
Box office $333 million

Trivia

This movie made particularly heavy use of gadgetry, because some fans thought there was too little of it in GoldenEye (1995).

OPENING SCENE

Here we find Bond scoping out a terrorist arms bazaar on the Russian border as part of a joint Anglo-Russian mission, and doing such a good job that the gathered military men on the other side of his satellite uplink decide to lob a cruise missile into the camp to wipe them all out. Unfortunately, these kinds of remote strikes tend to have their downsides — like when one of the planes for sale happens to be carrying “enough plutonium to make Chernobyl look like picnic,” as the Russian military observer puts it, and your “abort missile” button no longer seems to be working.

With four minutes till total annihilation, Bond takes matters into his own hands, pausing briefly to punch out a terrorist guard who asks him for a light (“A filthy habit,” Bond mutters — Oh, James, how you’ve changed) before the carnage begins.

JAMES BOND ( Pierce Brosnan )

OPENING CREDITS

The titles are nicely introduced when the exhaust of Bond’s captured jet smashes the screen, leading into a technological world of ones, zeros, and streams of data. X-ray elements of machinery and women are heavily featured, included the famous silhouettes of female forms. However this time a number of these women are interestingly contained within the bullets of a gun, waking up, ready for action. As the digital narrative unfolds, more female forms emerge from printed circuit boards that start to strut around.

Darling I’m killed
I’m in a puddle on the floor
Waiting for you to return
Oh what a thrill
Fascinations galore
How you tease, how you leave me to burn

BOND VILLAINS

BOND GIRLS

007 GADGETS

STUNTS

The BMW R 1200 C motorcycle plays a big part in an action packed chase scene in Tomorrow Never Dies. The BMW was stolen by Bond, and used in the chase sequence through the streets of Saigon, Vietnam, ridden by both James Bond and Wai Lin, a Chinese secret agent. In a breathtaking move, Bond jumps the bike from one rooftop onto another and over the whirling blades of a pursuing helicopter.

One of the BMW motorcycles used in the movie was on display in The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, UK, as a part of a special exhibition on Bond Vehicles and Props.

QUIZ 1

A HALO Jump is Featured in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. What was the Height reached by Felix Baumgartner  when he set the world record , Jumping from Space ? 

A. 120,000 feet
B. 127,000 feet
C. 157,000 feet
D. 206,000 feet

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B. 127,000 feet

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QUIZ 2

15 BMW Cruiser R 1200 C bikes were used in the making of the film, How many of the 15 were destroyed ?

A. 8 Bikes
B. 10 Bikes
C. 12 Bikes
D. 15 Bikes

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C. 12 Bikes

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QUIZ 1

A HALO Jump was Featured in the movie Tomorrow Never Dies. What was the Height reached by Felix Baumgartner  when he set the world record , Jumping from Space ? 

A. 120,000 feet
B. 127,000 feet
C. 157,000 feet
D. 206,000 feet


Felix Baumgartner is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil, and BASE jumper. He is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon from the stratosphere on 14 October 2012 and landing in New Mexico, United States as part of the Red Bull Stratos project.

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QUIZ 2

15 BMW Cruiser R 1200 C bikes were used in the making of the film, How many of the 15 were destroyed ?

A. 8 Bikes
B. 10 Bikes
C. 12 Bikes
D. 15 Bikes

Apparently fifteen R 1200 C bikes were used, 12 of which were destroyed in the making of the film. A stunt man drove the BMW Cruiser R 1200 C at 60 mph to successfully make the 44-foot leap across the roof of the two buildings. Around the same time the movie was released, the BMW 750iL and R1200 could be purchased in a special promotional deal.

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