January 16, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Tomorrow Never Dies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
119 minutes
performer
Pierce Brosnan, Judi Dench, Teri Hatcher, Desmond Llewelyn, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh
director
Roger Spottiswoode
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Bruce Feirstein
genre
ActionAdventure
We gave it a C+

It begins promisingly, with Pierce Brosnan biting into the role of James Bond in a way he never quite managed in GoldenEye. This time, the villain is a fascist media mogul (Jonathan Pryce) who wants to rule the global techno-information empire. The film creates some dramatic urgency by having him married to a former Bond flame (Teri Hatcher). And then? Then the cocktail gets stirred into oblivion. The action scenes in a Bond thriller are now about as exciting as an over-the-hill New Orleans stripper still twirling her tassels for applause. Bond is just a glorified stuntman now; he’s lost his license to thrill.

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