Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher, Michelle Yeoh. Written by Bruce Feirstein. Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo, violence, profanity.

Secret agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) returns to theatres to battle maniacal media group CEO Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce). Carver ensures big ratings for his newly-launched news network by secretly causing the international clashes his organization reports on. Bond, working with a Chinese secret agent named Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), tracks Carver to a stealth boat and proceeds to wreck his plans for domination of the world’s information trade.

"Tomorrow Never Dies" is little more than a string of Bond clichés pasted together to form a plot. First there’s the villain, played in an uncomfortably over- the-top style by Jonathan Pryce, who doesn’t mind letting 007 in on his diabolical scheme. He and his henchmen pass up several opportunities to dispatch the resourceful secret agent and predictably end up paying the price for their oversight. With a media mogul as Bond’s nemesis, the film was rife with opportunities for satire. Amazingly, all the filmmakers can come up with is a swipe at software giant Microsoft.

"Tomorrow Never Dies" is inferior to its predecessor, "Goldeneye", in nearly every way. Although it is full of action and gadgets, even die hard Bond fans will have difficulty warming up to this, the 18th film in the series.

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