Political tensions are rife through the world’s hotspots these days. Many of the problems world leaders face seem to be nearly unsolvable. Not so in the movies where a highly competent secret agent outfitted with nifty gadgets and a good-looking tuxedo can restore political stability. This weekend, “The November Man,” opens in theatres. This movie stars Pierce Brosnan as a former CIA agent who is called out of retirement to save the world one more time. From 1995 to 2002, Brosnan played the most competent secret agent of all time, James Bond. One film with seemingly intractable conflicts is “Tomorrow Never Dies,” from 1997.
In “Tomorrow Never Dies,” James Bond, aka Agent 007, has to stop the power-hungry media tycoon Elliot Carver (played by Jonathan Pryce) from starting World War III. James, ever the ladies man, once had a relationship with Elliot’s beautiful wife, Paris (played by Teri Hatcher). Of course in all Bond movies, MI6’s strongest agent is assisted by a mix of new and familiar allies. He welcomes the support of the tough but alluring Chinese agent Wai Lin (played by Michelle Yeoh). Also helping him are familiar 007 characters, such as his unflappable boss, M (played by Judi Dench), and Q (played by Desmond Llewelyn), who supplies him with his remarkable gadgets. Among them is a car with various weapons built into it.
Like the other James Bond films, “Tomorrow Never Dies” has very over-the-top action scenes. In this movie, they are quite exciting, especially a chase scene where James and Wai Lin are on a motorcycle as Elliot’s men are trying to bring them down. The movie also has a lot of good fight scenes. Michelle Yeoh is known for her work in martial arts films and it is fun to see her in action here.
Pierce Brosnan, as usual, does good work as 007. He is tough and believable as a ladies man. Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh both make great Bond girls. Jonathan Pryce gives an enjoyably flamboyant performance as the villain.
Although it is not the most realistic movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies” is still a lot of fun.