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wild script – Tomorrow Never Dies

It`s worth repeating that a first draft is just that: a first draft. As such, they form the foundation for what other writers, almost without exception, will always revise. A rewrite is only one new writer away, and like every other Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies had it`s share of them. The first writer is like the starting pitcher of a baseball game. The next writer, who does the rewrites, is like “the closer”. What might Tomorrow Never Dies have been had it been strictly translated from script to screen with no revision? Most of it sizzles (like Sidney Winch) with a few places fizzling (like any scene with Paris Harmsway in it).

Summary: A solid first stab at a script. The basic elements of the movie are in the script, but the sequencing is rearranged and the locations are replaced. It`s clear from the outset that media baron Elliot Harmsway has been thoroughly thought out, and as such, retains much of the flair and wit on the screen as in the script, even if the last name is changed. Lead Bond Woman, Sidney Winch, is nowhere to be found in the film. Completely cut out in subsequent rewrites, she is replaced by Chinese Agent Wai Lin. We will discuss Sidney Winch, her banter with Bond, a scene involving her frisking Bond that would`ve brought the theater to it`s knees in laughter, and the merits of her showing up in a future film later in this article. The plot concerned Elliot Harmsway`s desire to level Hong Kong, an element that was excised in later drafts. Paris Harmsway shows up, with fewer lines that her screen counterpart Paris Carver, but both meet the same fate. Paris Carver is actually an improvement over Paris Harmsway, as we will show.

The movie starts off with a precredit sequence much like the script, expect one crucial element is missing: the frozen waterfall sequence.

Fierstein crafts the opening scene by having Bond need to climb an icefall, the only way to stealthily infiltrate the arms bazaar and escape the detection of two radar dishes. The icefall is 600 feet tall, but 400 feet up, the ice begins to melt, and every stab of the pick and blow of the hammer begins to shatter the ice. Bond eventually swings himself like a pendulum until he`s able to swing to the top or near top of the fall, and climb the rest of the way; and just in the nick of time to, as the fall completely shatters, and running water pours out from underneath it.

Bond then skis down the slopes and positions himself to spy upon the arms bazaar. Tanner, not in the film, begins conferring back and forth with Bond. Admiral Roebuck, the blowhard in the film who challenges “M” every step of the way, is in the script as well.

After going through a list of identities at the explosive swap meet, Admiral Roebuck gives authorization to fire a cruise missle. Bond refuses to leave the area though. He`s spied something else: Kim Dae Yung, a North Korean nuclear specialist. Fearing there may be nuclear weapons in the bazaar, “M” orders Admiral Roebuck to abort the missle but he tells her it`s too late, that the missle is out of range. The difference here with the film is that in the film, Admiral Roebuck at least tries to abort the missle.

Bond then sees Yung holding weapons grade Uranium in a red box. Note: In the film, this little red box contains the GPS (Global Position Satellite) Tracking System. This GPS is less of a factor in the script than the major deal it is portrayed as in the movie.

The rest of the teaser sequence follows the film closely. Bond escapes by piloting a MIG. The major differences in the scripted version as opposed to the film are: Bond inverts his MIG so that he is looking down into the cockpit of the enemy (like Top Gun). He then presses the rear ejection button, sending his garrotte wielding enemy slamming into the MIG below. Bond peels away, allowing two heat seeking missles, launched by the other MIG, to slam into the wounded MIG. In the film, Bond flies up underneath the other MIG, ejects the rear copilot, causing that plane to explode. Fierstein`s original conception is actually the better of the two versions.

After the credits, the movie then opens with Stamper and Carver sinking the Devonshire. In the script, this sequence actually doesn`t take place until the beginning of the second-third of the story. Instead, after the precredits sequence, Fierstein takes us right to Oxford, where Bond is taking Chinese/Mandarin lessons from Professor Jenny Wu. This scene plays out almost identically to the film, except there they replaced Jenny Wu with Professor Ingstrom.

Moneypenny tells Bond to get into the office at once, calling him a “cunning linguist”. Professor Wu puts on her bra, panties and graduation-type gown. Wu asks Bond is he`s sure he can`t stay for her lecture, to which he replies: I can`t. But I did enjoy the dress rehearsal.”

Bond then goes to MI6 Headquarters, where NATO Colonel Dominique Everhart is addressing the staff, analyzing for them what the video Bond took in the Khyber Pass all means. Here we learn Stamper`s first name: Richard. He`s also known as Rendera Sikrahm, half Nepalese, half English. It`s obvious at this point that Everhart is putting together the case that the mercenary Stamper, Harmsway and Yung are connected. It`s also revealed, later, that Dominique and Bond once were stranded on a life raft in the Sargasso Sea for two weeks. Bond and Dominique exchange numbers, information both professional and personal, and Bond then leaves to see “M”. He`s escorted by Moneypenny, who in this draft, isn`t vulgur as she was in the film.

“M” is in her office with Minister Johnstone. “M” is prepared to launch an investigation into Elliot Harmsway and the theft of nuclear material from that arms bazaar in Afghanistan, but Johnstone wants to make sure that Harmsway is given every political consideration before it may be absolutely necessary to arrest him. Johnstone reminds “M” and Bond that Elliot Harmsway is a “Sir”, descended from the Earl of Aberdeen, and out of sheer gratitude, Queen Victoria herself named the port “Aberdeen Harbor” in their honor. Harmsway was investigated once in 1988 when he tried to initiate his own negotiations with the Chinese regardomg the takeover of Hong Kong. It`s obvious Hong Kong means something special to Harmsway. But MI6 have been tipped off from an anonymous source that Harmsway is up to no good. They don`t know who the source is, but Bond is to wear a mask and cape provided to MI6 at Carnival in Venice the next day, where he will be contacted by the source.

Johnstone leaves, and here we are given our first look at Malcolm Saunders, Q`s replacement since he retired (apparently Desmond Llewleyn had been bugging the producers and Bruce Fierstein for a while about giving him a dignified exit, and here Fierstein gives it.) Malcolm comes in and equips Bond with several gadgets.

The script then takes us to San Giacomo Square in Venice, Italy whereas in the film Bond manages to get invited to Carver`s party in Hamburg, Germany. In Venice it`s night. It`s carnival. It`s festive, crowded and boisterous. A solitary figure, disguised, approaches Bond and tells him to meet him/her at the church in five minutes. Bond does, only to find that the source is none other than an old flame named Paris.

The dialogue is strained here, some of it due to the fact that Bond is very, very cold and cruel to her; even slapping her at one point. Of course, she comes across as a total dingbat, and it wouldn`t be surprising to have seen a line forming with men wielding clubs, brass knuckles, boxing gloves, etc..just waiting for their turn to strike her. She`s a clinging ninny, but she gives Bond what he needs: info that Harmsway is behind the theft of the material. He wants to know how she knows Harmsway, but seeing some of his goons coming up the alley, she breaks off conversation with Bond. She tells the goons, one of which includes Stamper, that the man she was talking with was some drunk, but Stamper doesn`t belive it, or doesn`t care. He then gives chase in a somewhat rote chase scene that culminates in a Venice Medieval Armor Museum.

The next day Harmsway is holding a new conference aboard his yacht to announce his donation to mankind of The Sea Dolphin II and it`s 6 sea bed drills, otherwise referred to as `the worm`. It`s somewhat odd that Harmsway would make such a public spectacle with the drills, since he later uses them to destroy a British ship. While Harmsway is having a press conference, Bond is coordinating efforts with Signore DiGiacomo, an Italian Intelligence officer. When Bond gives the signal, DiGiacomo will board the yacht, discover the uranium, and arrest Harmsway, who will then be sent back to London.

Because Harmsway is a media baron, Fierstein gets to make good use of the press for fun. During his long speech to the press, Harmsway has this to say: …And so, it`s somewhat fitting that we are here today…To christen this enviromental research boat in Venice-Venizia-the port where Marco Polo sailed forth to explore the world`s great uncharted oceans…(beat) That 2/3 of the earth`s surface where the sharks *are not* working members of the press.

We then realize that Valentine Zukovsky is in Venice as the newly elected President of Ukraine. Together with Harmsway, Zukovsky managed to buy his election.

Bond sneaks on board the yacht, verifies the uranium slugs are there, and goes back topside, only to run into Zukovsky.

Bond: Valentin. What an unpleasant surprise.

Zukovsky: What is it that brings you to Venezia, Mr. Bond? Business…(sly glance to the thugs) Or *somebody else`s business?

Valentine then introduces Bond to Harmsway…

Harmsway: Always nice to meet one of her Majesty`s fellow subjects…(a nod to Valentin) Especially one with such distinguished friends.”

Bond: You might say I`ve always been one of Mr. Valentin`s biggest followers.”

Valentin: `Biggest followers?` He`s practically made a career out of it.`

He laughs. Bond decides to pull Harmsway`s chain.

Bond: It`s a beautiful boat, Sir Elliot. Practically glows in the dark.”

This type of interaction closely mirrors the scene at Carver`s Hamburg party, where Bond rattles Carver`s chains with comments about being “lost at sea”.

Harmsway introduces Paris to James, but then remarks how they have already met. Before Bond can respond, police sirens blare and DiGiacomo storms on board ready to arrest Harmsway.

Paris clings to Bond, telling him that Elliot didn`t want anyone to know they were married. That a third wife would look bad. Then she tells him “Leave me alone! He`s going to kill me!” Inexplicably, she then tells him only 5 seconds later: “You`ve got to protect me!” Well, which is it? Does she want James to leave her alone, or protect her? Paris is just…better off dead, and mercifully Fierstein deep sixes her very shortly.

Apparently Harmsway was expecting Bond, so he had put depleted uranium in the ship so Bond would find it. Harmsway explains to DiGiacomo that the depleted uranium ores were a gift from the Russian goverment. Tools to be used to help fund their aquatic research. DiGiacomo offers his most profound apologies and leaves. Bond smells a rat, suspecting that DiGiacomo was paid off from Harmsway from the beginning in an attempt to humiliate British Intelligence and warn them to keep away. As Harmsway tells Bond: “A piece of advice, Mr. Bond. Don`t screw with a man who buys ink by the ton. (Beat). It`s deadlier than uranium.”

Bond rushes back to his hotel where he has told Paris to wait for him. When he gets there, he can`t find her. He calls out her name and then checks the balcony. When he looks down, he sees her floating face down in the canal. Either Paris is trying to win a world`s record for holding one`s breath, or she`s dead. DiGiacomo bursts in and arrests Bond for Paris` murder. Flashbulbs go off; Bond`s arrest will become front page news. Harmsway has engineered the whole thing.

Everything in the Venice sequences were transferred to Hamburg, Germany which is unfortunate, as Venice is a much more beautiful city. However, it`s been used before in Moonraker. Did Fierstein allude to Moonraker when he had Bond tell his gondolier: “The Danielli. Presto!”?

Even though the overall sequence was transferred to Hamburg for the film, the details become completely different. In the film, Carver is set to launch a satellite network and holds an international party to do it. The Sea Dolphin II is scrapped, only to be replaced/morphed into a stealth boat for the film. Paris and her relationship are handled much better in the film than the first draft, but still, it would`ve been nice for Teri Hatcher to get a few more scenes to help nail the character. Bond is framed for drowning Paris in the script, just as he is in the film, but in the film, he`s able to turn the tables and get out of the situation in a very Flemingesque way. In the script, he has to have MI6 rush in and clear up the matter. There is no Dr. Kaufmann in the script.

The script then takes us to The South China Sea, where the HMS Indomitable (Devonshire in the film) is clearing Hong Kong Harbor with a ton of gold secretly stashed away. The course is set and the ship powers down, only able to receive electrical communications. Microwaves are shut off. Electric shavers unplugged. The ship is maintaining silence as it heads back to London.

We are now at page 42 of 131 pages. The scene is a manor house on the coast of Scotland. It`s the funeral for Paris. This scene was, of course, completely scrapped for the film. But the setting of a funeral in Scotland wound up in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH.

After the funeral, Harmsway gets down to business, calling a meeting to get caught up to date on what`s going on around the world. He`s still got an empire to run. Harmsway refers to the gentlemen in his presence as Number One, Number Two and so on; almost Blofeld-like. After getting reports from Number 1 and 2, Harmsway receives a disturbing report from Number Three. Here, Fierstein makes an ingenious, funny, and not so subtle jab that there may have been more to The Gulf War than a fight for oil: that ratings may have manipulated it from the very start.

NUMBER THREE: I regret to inform you, sir, that Saddam Hussein is still demanding a bonus for his role in the Gulf War.

HARMSWAY: …Haven`t we already paid him for his services?

NUMBER THREE: Yes, sir. But he still feels his people should share in the increased profits of our news division. He has proposed an additional 500 million dollar payment.

HARMSWAY: …And there`s no truth that 10% of that money will go into your Swiss bank account?

Number Three denies the charge vehemently. Harmsway dismisses the meeting, but #3 is frightened to death that Harmsway just does not believe him. He`s relieved when Stamper puts him on a private plane to go home. Stamper even gives him a newspaper to read on the long flight back. #3 tucks the paper under his arm, boards the plane and takes off. When he unfolds the paper, he is stunned and scared to see his full color picture on the cover of Tomorrow (Harmsway`s paper) with the headline screaming ISRAELI AGENT REVEALED. He turns white as a ghost, two Arab gentlemen then sit down beside him, we hear a blood curdling scream and the script then cuts to The Straits of Malacca and The HMS Indomitable.

What follows here is a loose variation on what we see in the film, except here there are no Chinese MIG`s and no stealth boat. The Sea Dolphin II (Harmsway`s luxury yacht) is now in The Straits of Malacca and it sends `the worm` straight for the ship to sink it. The HNN satellite has quietly been sending the Indomitable off course. In the script, GPS technology is an afterthought. In the film, it`s a major plot point.

The worm bores through the sunken ship and eats it`s way through the cache of gold stored onboard. It laters sucks the nuggets up like an anteater, depositing the gold in the hold of the Sea Dolphin II. The script then immediately cuts to MI6, where a furious Minister Johnstone is berating British Intelligence for losing the Indomitable, even though it belonged under the auspices of the Royal Navy. Bond chimes in, and is ordered to go observe what Johnstone hopes will be a successful recovery mission in 36 hours outside of Hong Kong. Herein lies a problem though. The script feels as though it`s two different movies. The first movie was set in the Kyhber Pass and Venice. Now a new movie is beginning. There`s a disjointed feeling here, and wisely, the scene involving the worm destroying a ship is reworked and placed at the beginning of the film.

Bond tries tomake a connection with Harmsway: …Didn`t Elliot Harmsway just move his headquarters to Kuala Lampur?

M: Contrary to what you may believe, 007, the world is not filled with mad-men who can hollow out volcanoes, stock them with big-breasted women, and threaten the world with nuclear annihlation. The case is closed. The Italian authorities ruled the girl a suicide. We had enough trouble keeping your name out of the media. For everyone`s sake-(beat) Your job is to find the gold. Not settle some personal score with Elliot Harmsway.

This effectively, in M`s eyes, ends their investigation into Harmsway. So her next assignment to 007, is, in effect, a new mission which, to her knowledge, has no connection to Harmsway. This is a problem, as it gives the readers, and would`ve given the viewers, the feeling of loose ends not being tied up, nor giving Bond sufficient reason to pursue Harmsway any further.

The script now cuts away to Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, where Harmsway is selling his interest in the Bank of Hong Kong to General Li of The People`s Revolutionary Army (a foreshadowing of General Chang?). Elliot sells the building, goes to the roof to get in his helicopter. The General goes to the rooftop to wave goodbye. The pilot has attached a cable between the skid of the copter and a towering ventilation shaft. When the copter lifts off, it pulls the shaft over, falling onto General Li, killing him. This sequence does not appear in the film, nor General Li.

We now cut to the Strait of Malacca, where Bond and the British Military are looking for sonar traces of the Indomitable. They have to wave away an HNN (Harrmsway News Network) boat trying to cover the story.

Harmsway is now in his Kuala Lampur office, which is inside the Petronas Towers, two towering 1500` structures which are the tallest buildings in the world and were used in ENTRAPMENT (we will discuss that later). In an insightful exchange here, Fierstein shows us the “if it bleeds, it leads” attitude in news media today. Harmsway calls a meeting to order:

HARMSWAY: Morning all my golden retreivers. What kind of havoc shall we create in the world today?

NEWS EDITOR #1: A ferry sank and burned in Pakistan; 457 dead.


NEWS EDITOR #2: American jetliner down in Omaha.


NEWS EDITOR #3: Economic summit ends in Tokyo.

HARMSWAY: *Boring*

NEWS EDITOR #1: Riots broke out at the World Cup Soccer Finals-

HARMSWAY: Dog bites man. (explains) Man bites dog is a news story. Riots at the World Cup soccer finals is a social announcement. Next?

Elliot feigns innocent disbelief when told that HNN is working on a story about a missing British ship carrying gold. Bond returns to the airbase only to find Jack Wade waiting for him; Wade and Bond take a look at a gruesomely disfigured body which appears to be the victim of a shark attack. It`s the body of one of the ship`s survivors, who was then eaten up in the blades of the sea drill/worm. This isn`t spelled out precisely in the script, nor why Bond would be interested in this body as if he were Captain Brody. The thinking here is that Bond can trace the body backwards to the ship by examining the currents at the time the ship sank. But again, it`s never spelled out that this was an Indomitable sailor.

Bond gets in Jack Wade`s boat. They`ve decided to contact the harbor master for charts and graphs showing currents and tides. As Wade is piloting his boat through the harbor, they are nearly run over by a much larger cigarette boat piloted by a beautiful woman who pays them no attention as she keeps boating onward.

WADE: I think I`ve just seen my next future ex-wife.”

It`s not a future ex-wife, but we will meet up with her later.

WADE: By the way, Jimbo – whatever happened to that girl – in Cuba?

BOND: Natalya?

WADE: Yeah, Russian Minister of Transportation.

BOND: She married a hockey player.

(Note, Izzabella Scorupco herself moved to Boston and married a hockey player.)

Bond and Wade talk with the HarborMaster, asking him if anything unusual had happened the night before. A few boats came in late or got lost, but nothing besides that. Bond checks out some graphs and charts and the HarborMaster tells Bond he`s the second person today to check out these materials. Bond looks at the name on the checkout list: Sidney Winch.

Bond arranges to meet with Captain Cheong later that night at the Kuala Lampur Yacht Club. There he gets some more information that could prove vital to where the Indomitable sank. Captain Cheong tells Bond that perhaps he should speak with Sidney Winch. Winch owns a marine salvage company in the area and knows more about the Strait than anyone else. Bond asks where he can find Mr. Winch. Captain Cheong tells him Winch is no man. Bond looks over at the bar and realizes Sidney Winch is a woman, and the same woman that nearly ran him over earlier in the day.

Here is where the script really begins to kick in with some sizzle. The banter and one upsmanship between Sidney and Bond alternates between hysterical and dynamite.

BOND (TO SIDNEY): I wonder if you handle your liquor more carefully than you handle your boat.

Very slowly, Sidney turns to Bond. She looks him up and down as if deciding whether this specimen is worth her time. Her conclusion: a definite – though skeptical maybe. She gives him a sultry smile:

SIDNEY: Sometimes, you just have to plunge into things. Be reckless.

BOND: And I bet you always leave turmoil in your wake.

SIDNEY: (thinking: `not bad`) Have we met?

BOND: This afternoon. Our boats practically kissed in the harbor. (holds out his hand to shake) James Bond.

SIDNEY:Sidney Winch.

Sidney then introduces Bond to this big, hulking man out of the corner of his eye: Taro, Sidney`s chaperone. She`s waiting on her date.

SIDNEY: So, what brings you to Kuala Lumpur Mr. Bond? (beat) Wait, don`t tell me. Unhappy marriage? Running from some poor little girl with two kids and a Chanel pocketbook in London?

BOND: (trying to rattle her) Actually, I`m here on business. You might say it was a…golden opportunity.

SIDNEY: (a chill in her voice) And exactly what business are you in, Mr. Bond?

BOND: Insurance. Lloyds of London.

SIDNEY: (daggers in her voice)The Strait can be a very dangerous place, Mr. Bond. A few words scribbled on a piece of paper in London doesn`t carry a lot of value out here. Including life insurance.

BOND: I`ll keep that in mind.

SIDNEY: (looking off) I see my date is here. (to Taro) And I think Mr. Bond is ready to leave.

BOND:Nice to run into you again.

SIDNEY: Let`s not make it a habit.

Taro then puts his arm on Bond`s shoulder, trying to nudge him out of the club. Bond sees Sidney`s date. It`s Uncle Elliot Harmsway. Seething with rage because of what Elliot did to Paris, he spins Taro around, wraps his tie around his neck, and takes an ice pick from the bar and nails Taro`s tie to it.

Wade comes upon the scene and asks Bond what happens:

BOND: He tied one on.

The next morning Bond and Wade prepare to look for the Indomitable when they climb aboard this sleek search vessel. Out pop`s Q from his retirment and immediately proceeds to arm Bond with plenty of gadgets. Q is surrounded by a bevy of beautiful women…

BOND: I must say, Q, you seem to be doing rather well in your retirement.

Q: Don`t even think about it, 007. They`re my granddaughters!

(Note: Desmond Llewelyn had been wanting an exit scene for a while. Here it was written, but for some reason was not implemented until the next film, The World Is Not Enough.)

Bond and Wade take off and eventually find the Indomitable, on the sea floor, miles from where she gave off her last known location. Bond dives in and examines the wreck, noting that the gold is gone except for one half chewed bar. He puts it in his diving sack and also picks up a broken uranium grinding tooth from the `worm`. On his rise back to the surface, he gets into a tangle with three divers and has to avoid being decapitated by a falling anchor. He`s eventually out muscled and he and Wade are taken to the ship`s Captain, who turns out be Sidney Winch. Here is the highlight of the script, a scene guaranteed to have brought the house down in fits of howling laughter had it been film. We can only hope that not only Miss Winch, but this entire sequence gets placed in another film:

SIDNEY: Just give me one good reason-Mister Bond, from Lloyds of London- why I shouldn`t kill both of you, burn your boat, and use your bodies for shark bait?

WADE: (chirping up)So you two know each other? Small world, ain`t it? What happened? Commitment problems?

SIDNEY: Who is he?

BOND: Sidney Winch, meet-

WADE: Jack Wade. Citibank. Commercial loan division. IF you`re ever lookin` for a sweet refinance on the boat-

SIDNEY: Shut up!

BOND: (to Wade)You have to excuse Miss Winch. She thinks she`s on a `seduce and destroy` mission through life (pauses)…But she won`t kill us.


BOND: No. First, because I don`t think it`s in your nature. And second, because there`s no gold down there.

SIDNEY: So charming. So suave. (beat) Don`t insult me. I`m not one of your `little London girls` who falls for the lies.

WADE: So it *was* commitment.

SIDNEY: Every wharf-rat from here to Hong Kong knows what`s on that boat and i`m claiming it. One third of that gold is mine.

BOND: That`s fine – but- even a little London girl knows that one third of nothing is still nothing.

There`s a flicker of doubt in her eyes. She turns to Taro:

SIDNEY: Was he carrying anything?>

Taro holds up Bond`s diving belt, indicating `nothing`. Angrily:

SIDNEY: Search him.

The men look at Bond, wearing only swim trunks. Nobody moves.

SIDNEY: Do I have to do everything around here?

BOND: I hope so.


BOND: I hope you`ll be gentle.

SIDNEY: Think about mom.

BOND WINCES. She`s goosed him.

BOND:…Unusual technique.

Returning to the wide shot, she opens the sack. SHOWS THE GOLD:

SIDNEY: And what do you call this?

BOND: The family jewels?

A British Naval Cutter breaks up the action, arresting Bond and Wade and forcing Winch`s smaller boat off the area. She protests that the ship is in international waters, abandoned, and as such, she has a legal claim to it. But it`s to no avail, Wade and Bond are transferred to the British Cutter leaving Winch behind, vowing to get even with the men.

Wade and Bond are returned to the mainland. Their “arrest” was a ruse, designed to get them away from Winch. Bond tells Wade he has someone he wants to press for answers in Kuala Lampur.

Bond comes to Harmsway`s recently relocated headquarters, which reside in the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur. Harmsway knows Bond is in town and calls him on his cell phone, requesting a meeting. This scene is reworked and in the film, Carver calls Bond in Hamburg, a call that worries Bond, so he heads back to his hotel.

Bond meets Harmsway and takes a tour of HNN.

HARMSWAY: It`s funny Mr. Bond. Of all the things I own, nothing gives me as much enjoyment as my newspapers. Ironic isn`t it? In the age of TV, I still can`t get the ink out of my veins.

BOND: Yes, a man with ink in his veins and blood on his hands.

HARMSWAY: We print 31 newspapers here; another two hundred and seventy at satellite plants around the world.

BOND: And how many of those newspapers carried Paris Harmsway`s obituary?

HARMSWAY: All of them….Before I became involved with Paris, she was always involved with the most inappropriate men…Playboys. Thrill seekers. Middle aged Peter Pans who only brought out the worst in her.

Harmsway then shows Bond portraits of his ancestors, who built up a fortune smuggling opium in old China. Harmsway then leads Bond into his office, where Sidney is waiting in a chair. Bond and Sidney are surprised to see each other because, up to this point, neither knew the other`s connection to Harmsway.

Elliot goes on to tell Bond that Sidney had this fantastic story about a ship being sunk and it`s gold stolen, but that there was no evidence. Then Sidney protests, telling Elliot that he ran out of the room so quickly earlier that she didn`t have time to show him the evidence. Elliot is stunned that Sidney has proof, and Bond tries to nudge her to shut up, realizing that Carver will kill them both if Sidney reveals how much she knows. She pulls out the gold bar and uranium tooth. Harmsway looks at it and tells them he`ll have his news division look into it. He keeps the evidence and wishes them a good day. Sidney and Bond are escorted to an elevator.

Bond tells Sidney they are in great danger, to which she scoffs. He tells her he`s really British Intelligence and that Elliot is about to kill them.

SIDNEY: Elliot Harmsway is my Uncle!

BOND: Blood or Dutch?

SIDNEY: He was my father`s best friend!

BOND: He`s killed closer.

SIDNEY: You are seriosly deranged.

BOND: Maybe. But why are we going up instead of down?

The elevator stops on the 70th floor. Sidney gets out of the elevator to get away from Bond. She sees Stamper and runs up to him, glad to see him, and tells him that the deranged Mr. Bond is in the elevator. Stamper then spins her around, puts a gun to her skull and marches her back toward the elevator.

Stamper and his men unleash a hail of bullets into the elevator car. When they get closer, they realize Bond is not in the car. He had climbed up into the roof and has now swung down and knocks the gunmen down. Bond grabs Sidney and pulls her through the escape hatch.

The action includes gunfire, explosions, and lots of running before Bond and Sidney eventually find a window washer`s rig on the 72nd floor. It has two leather safety harnesses and runs on a track and cable. Sidney is reluctant to go, but Bond tells her “sometimes you just have to take the plunge.” And off they go, escaping Stampers bullets as the rig begins to plunge.

Around the 60th floor Stamper manages to loosen the rig from the tracks, and it begins to swing like a pendulum on the cables. It has now plunged down to the 55th floor and then stops 20 feet above the skybridge, which is 20 feet below. Sidney almost falls off the rig. The cower in a corner to avoid bullets. In all probability the rig is going to hit the curved ceiling of the skybridge, bounce off, and plummet 750 feet to the ground. As it begins to plunge to it`s deadly rendevous with the skybridge, Bond shoots the glass of the bridge, and it shatters, allowing the rig to come crashing through the ceiling. This whole scene was reworked for the film, and it eventually becomes Wai Lin and Bond escaping a tower in Vietnam by grabbing a banner and taking a freefall. Vic Armstrong, a stunt coordinator on Tomorrow Never Dies, reworked this sequence for Entrapment, a film he and Sean Connery worked together on.

Bond and Sidney eventually make it to safe ground and cut through the press room, where much of this sequence ended up in Hamburg. A fight breaks out and Bond dispatches thugs, including throwing one into a printing press and exclaiming: “He was bad news.”

Bond and Sidney get caught and it looks like there will be no escape for them. But Bond starts the BMW by remote control just as it looked like they were about to be shot dead. Bond and Sidney jump into the back of the car and take off on a chase involving Humvees in the parking garage of the Patronas Towers. This whole sequence is reworked for Hamburg in the film, and Sidney, nor anyone else, rides with Bond in this scene.

Eventually the car hits a garage door that Bond was sure his missles would blast through. They do not. Both Bond and Sidney are knocked unconcious. By all accounts Bond should be killed at this point, but Harmsway changes his mind. This is the weakest part of the script, for Bond and Sidney have gone through plenty of action up to this point and yet end up caught, rendering almost all of the chase pointless. Whatsmore, Harmsway has told Stamper that Bond and Sidney were not to leave the building alive, yet changes his mind in the garage. Stamper puts his life on the line and this is what happens? The plotting and sequencing of this section of the script is suspect. It needs reworking, which eventually happens in the film.

Bond and Sidney are taken to Hong Kong, where Harmsway hopes to pin a nuclear meltdown on Bond. Harmsway and his men overtake a Chinese nuclear reactor in Hong Kong and plan on creating a meltdown with the uranium he bought in Afghanistan.

Harmsway explains his rationale for this to Bond:

HARMSWAY: A hundred and fifty years ago, my ancestors took this island – a barren, lifeless rock – and turned it into the greatest city known to modern civilization. (beat) And now that i`m being forced to give it back, I intend to return it in exactly the same condition: a barren, lifeless rock. (beat) The gold is merely reparations – payment from the spineless British government who wouldn`t listen.

BOND: (to Sidney):I think Uncle Elliot is having his own melt down.

The theft of the gold is jettisoned from the film and for good reason. It`s really just a secondary plotline that comes in late into the script and feels seperate from whatever else is going on.

Sidney is taken with Elliot to his luxury yacht, and Bond is left in a vault to die when the meltdown takes place. Yung is nearby finishing the job when Bond, using his Q gadget, escapes from the vault and fights to the death with Yung, a fight Bond wins. The meltdown never happens and Bond commandeers one of Elliot`s helicopters and heads to the rendevouz point that Elliot established with Yung.

At first, the crew of the Sea Dolphin see the helicopter and assume it`s Yung. But the helicopter comes in too fast, too steep. Bond begins firing on the boat. He then hovers over the bow of the boat and tilts the blades forward, to keep the men at bay. This scene is similar to the scene where Bond and Wai Lin are being mowed down the blades of a helicopter in Vietnam. The scenes are strong enough or similar enough though to automatically assume the scripted scene was reworked for the film.

Elliot opens his bedroom window to find Bond and the helicopter aimed right at him. Eventually the helicopter comes crashing down and the boat begins sinking. Bond kills Stamper and then drowns Harmsway. Sidney has escaped the sinking of the ship by donning scuba gear and surfacing. They get into a life raft, where Sidney and Bond have the obligatory make out session. M tells Moneypenny to issue a press release announcing Harmsway`s death as a suicide.

Overall, the script`s strongest points are it`s villain, action sequences and humor. It`s plot and sequencing needed some work, but overall, it`s an interesting and fascinating script, with passages we hope to see in future films.

wild script – The Strange World of GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies

What do you do while you wait for Bond 20’s premiere or for the next Bond Collectors` Weekend to commence? Why, you examine the many bizarre similarities and space-time continuum opposites between Brosnan`s first two outings as 007. The following list has caused more than one barroom brawl between fans!

Have fun with this list. How is it that talented Bruce Feirstein and one dozen other writers, directors and producers worked with GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, making them dissimilar films, and yet so bizarrely alike? Am I seeing conspiracy where none exists? Am I drinking too much coffee or watching too many TBS days of 007? Is something seriously wrong with me and the Mrs., authors of the following list of useless trivia comparisons? You be the judge!

PS: Read the whole thing (if you dare!) and at bottom you get a special bonus, “proof” that Brosnan will never make a third James Bond film. (That was a good one.) Have fun!


Cast, Crew & Production:

Both films had title songs and end title songs composed by different artists.

Only the title songs appeared as single CDs.

Both films had stars who are singers themselves, Jonathan Pryce and Isabella Scorupco.

Both were over two hours, even after significant editing down; both made over 350 million at the box office and were advertised and had tie-in products for many millions.

George Lazenby and Sean Connery were rumored for villains, and a rival Kevin McClory was rumored for both films–This did not happen!

Both had excellent re-mixes of the Bond theme prepared for them that were never used in the film score.

In GEYE, Bond plays cards for a hobby. Ricky Jay who plays “Gupta” in TND, throws cards for a living.

Both titles end with a “long I” sound.

Both flicks were turned into “The Making of” books that were not as good as their predecessors, The Making of License To Kill or Roger Moore’s account!

Both were published as movie tie-in novels in England by Hodder as their only hard cover versions, both were published by Charter and Boulevard in the UK and US respectively in soft cover–neither were as good as their predecessors, “License to Kill” or the Wood…even Raymond Benson calls his latest Benson Bond Three and not his fourth James Bond novel!

Both movies were produced by Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Wilson makes cameos in both, not as a villain but as someone employed by the bad guys, and both times his working context involves the government of a superpower nation.

Both movies debuted in odd-numbered years.

Both Brosnan and Feirstein were rumored to have a good relationship with Martin Campbell and a crummy one with Roger Spottiswoode.

All four songs were sung by single acts, not bands; the title songs were both done by single female acts; Tina Turner and Sheryl Crow both have ten-letter names composed of a four letter and a six letter word–The title song of GoldenEye is 4:46 on the movie soundtrack and TND’s song is 4:47 long. The soundtracks had 16 and 15 songs respectively–Both title songs use the word “eye” or “eyes” in them.

Taking away common letters from both titles leaves “GRIMLY SORROW TV” or what might happen when these films move to TBS!

Both had posters with Bond in the middle, gun to cheek, a female on either side, a fiery explosion and movie vehicles pictured; both ad campaigns featured prominent circular shapes in their logos and design; the 007 logo blown up in size and the GEYE satellite path.

Bruce Feirstein gets a main script writing credit on both, though technically speaking, he was the first (and last) author to handle both projects!

Fun cast fact: Hollywood Irish Pierce Brosnan’s first big movie was “Goldfinger” starring Sean Connery; Sean Connery’s first big movie was “Darby O’Gill and the Little People”, where he stars as an Irishman.

Both had Walther guns, BMWs and trading cards tied in to their toys.

Both movies polarized fans who tend to either love or hate the film intensely.

Joe Don Baker was a last-minute replacement in both.

Both starred Brosnan, Llewellyn, Dench and Samantha Bond; both were not influenced much by Albert Broccoli; both reflected 90s sensibilities and are the two most discussed, pictured and advertised Bond films on the Internet; both carried new gun barrel sequences and music for their film and displayed the new United Artists logos and music.

Desmond Llewellyn appears as reading off cue cards in both films.

Only a fan would understand both titles; that GEYE was Fleming’s villa and that the working title or TND, Tomorrow Always Comes was the working title of a Gardner novel. One title was one of the best loved titles by fans, the other, one of the most disliked– both movie titles refer to the villain’s chief tool or weapon.

One had one of the best loved title sequences, the other one of the most disliked by the same technician; same thing for the two title songs and the two end title songs, “Surrender” and “The Experience of Loving!”

Both were especially popular in Japan, where TND did better than Titanic in its opening weeks.

Both films had controversial score composers; David Arnold for being a great bond composer who some thought erred with Shaken Not Stirred and with using the Bond theme and Barry riffs too much; Eric Serra for being a poor Bond composer who did not use the Bond theme enough! Both Serra and Arnold join John Barry and Bill Conti in having a last name with just one more letter than in their first name!


Teaser Sequences.

006 hides and observes the villains in one teaser sequence, 007 in TND.

When we first see Bond, he says nothing until he acknowledges the first victim he punches unconscious with one punch to their head–He then cracks a joke afterwards–Both jokes refer to bodily habits; using the bathroom or cigarette smoking.

Bond steals the plane for his escape in both teasers after first riding upon another vehicle to get there–He dumps the pilot out of each plane sometime before escaping into the title song.

Both teasers involve a Russian who General who orders soldiers not to shoot their weapons.

In TND, not knowing his location is about to be blown up, a villain chases Bond’s getaway plane, in GoldenEye, Ourumov knows his location is going to be blown up and halts the chase of Bond and his getaway plane.

Both teasers are in or near Russia in a frozen locale with ice and snow–Both films will end in a warmer climate elsewhere.



Brosnan sliced open a body part while both films were in production and needed to hide that fact for both his finger and lip during filming.

Brosnan visibly pulsates his jaw in GEYE and visibly pulsates his eyelids in TND.

A shaken not stirred vodka martini is ordered by Bond in both movies.

Bond apparently has no money and does not need to eat anything or order a meal in either film.

Bond uses explosives working on timing devices in both films to take out the villain’s headquarters…both explosions do only a partial job of destruction which Bond must afterwards finish!

Valentin Zukovsky was shot in the leg by Bond but that did not stop him. Mr. Stamper is knifed in the leg by Bond–without slowing him down much either.

Bond and friends destroy at least one space satellite in both films.

Bond smokes in neither film.

Bond uses an ejector seat in both movies to save his life.

Bond speaks his “native” French in one film and his “native” German in the other–in both films, Bond speaks in these languages to incidental movie characters who are helping him with his car!

Bond comprehends one other non-English language in each film; Russian in GEYE and Danish in TND.

Bond shuts off Carver’s power source in Germany and the radar station’s power source in Cuba. Both serve as only temporary measures, which serve mostly to anger the villains, more than ever.

Bond gets down to cases and solves both problems in 48 hours once the main plot gets rolling.

Bond only says “Bond, James Bond” one time–He says it each time to a villain or villainess.

Bond comes into physical conflict with more than one person in each film without killing them dead.

Bond meets the villain’s gal in both films and at that time the two of them order something to drink.

Bond is on at least three boats and ships in each film–if we disregard the submerged wreck of the ship Devonshire in TND; the first craft in both films is a privately owned fishing boat or yacht–the next in each film is a small-sized speedy craft–the next is a large boat that is motionless in the water while Bond is aboard!

Bond is stripped to the waist in both films…each time, he is in water and also has a misbegotten seduction take place at that time–further, he is handcuffed in one film by Wai Lin and legcuffed by Xenia Onatopp in the other!

We see Bond using three planes in both movies–the first was stolen for escape; the second is his flight to the mission and the last he moves away from at speed!

Bond uses body parts other than his hands to influence flying vehicles in both films by banging his head into instruments and steering with his knees.

He wears Brioni suits in both and a black, not white, tuxedo jacket in both.

After a dramatic pause, Bond says the one word, “Commander” in both films to a villain or villainess.

In one movie, Bond quips, “How original.” In the other, Bond quips, “Very novel.”

Bond’s female passenger criticizes his driving skills in both films.

Bond clutches a rope or chain like Tarzan in both films; once just after escaping the villain with his heroine; once just after losing the heroine to the villain; once he swings into glass to avoid machine gun fire, the other time he shoots glass with a machine gun after his swing; he also dangles from a bungee to enter a villain’s HQ in one flick and angles from a rope to leave a villain’s HQ in the other!

Bond dodges numerous machine gun bullets in both and uses machine guns himself in both.

In GEYE, a villain looks at Bond’s Omega and wonders if Bond is still using Q’s old and supposedly outdated spy watch; in TND, two years later, Q has learned nothing from Bond’s presumed report of the incident since Wai Lin also criticizes Bond’s Omega and says, “the Chinese have made improvements!”

Brosnan is criticized in both films for not being a physically imposing Bond though he gets into more brutal fights and kills more people using knives and heavier guns than in previous Bond films.

Bond is uncertain of both heroines’ allegiance during their first encounters.

Bond drinks straight liquor from a glass in both films.

In both films, Bond is intimate with a woman who wears a necklace during that movie scene. For Both films and all six women, Bond makes love to each on screen one time only.

Bond bites two women with his teeth in TND. Bond is himself bitten by Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye–Xenia bites Bond’s lip in their fight scene until he bleeds in GEYE–in real life a stunt man bled Bond’s lip during filming a fight scene in TND!

Bond empties and loses or discards a Walther in both films.

Bond uses a machine gun and dodges numerous machine gun bullets in both films.

Bond does not know M has read the report of Trevelyan’s death in GEYE–Bond does not know M knows about his relationship with Paris Carver in TND.



Sean Bean was considered for the role of Bond himself, Jonathan Pryce asked to be considered to sing the title song; Sean Bean’s henchman was the former Colonel Ourumov, Pryce played the former Colonel Juan Peron in Evita!–Both men have light colored hair–Both die in their films while located in Communist countries and both are ultimately killed by their own devices–both are covert devices a one-time underwater radar antenna mast and a one-time underwater grinding submersible.

One villain damages a communist country to cover his tracks–He then plans to hurt England and steal power and money–The other villain hurts England to cover his tracks, so he can steal power and money from a communist country!

Bond says the final words to both villains just before he kills them–Both scream as their death overtakes them.

Both villains are pursued by Bond across two continents.

Bond casts doubt on Elliot Carver’s plot during their last meeting, with his two henchmen present, before their final showdown. Carver prophesies that as his plot succeeds, he will “Reach more people than God.” Bond casts doubt on Alec Trevelyan’s plot during their last meeting, with his two henchmen present, before their final showdown. Travelyan prophesies that as his plot succeeds, he will “Have more money than God.”

Alec Travelyan tells Bond, “God didn’t give me this face. You did, when you set those timers for three minutes.” Elliot Carver tells Bond, “I didn’t write my late wife’s obituary. You did, when you asked her to betray me.”

Both villains arrange Bond’s death using a helicopter without being present themselves, in both instances, the heroine’s life is threatened at the same time by the same helicopter and Bond improvises a rescue, both rescue methods see the helicopter blown to pieces.

Both villains holds the heroine hostage at gun point; disdain their intelligence and abilities, and then taunts Bond that they have his woman now

One villain sought to destroy mass communications and electronic media, the other to foster mass communications and electronic media.

The GoldenEye weapon works on a principle of thermonuclear pulse defeated by the chip stolen back by Bond in A View To A Kill; Tomorrow Never Dies involved the manipulation of space vehicles which Bond had helped defeat in Dr. No!

Both villains had mobile headquarters that were hidden by water on or near islands!

Both movies have villains refer to an American movie, since Zukovsky’s girlfriend sings “Stand By Your Man” from Coal Miner’s Daughter and Carver’s competitor emblazons “The Empire Strikes Back” for a newspaper headline.

Both feature an English villain who leaves his native country to live elsewhere and then seek to wreak havoc on only England and one other, Communist nation. Both villains need to steal a special helicopter from France or special computer equipment from America to achieve their ends, though!

Both villains are seen for one scene only in their moving headquarters of a stealth boat or stealth train; the only other vehicles Carver and Trevelyan are referred to as using are helicopters.

Both Carver and Trevelyan admonish Bond for being too late; Trevelyan to Bond in their first dialogue together, Carver to Bond in their last dialogue together!


Henchmen & Minor Villains:

Both villains had henchmen who were generals, Chang and Ourumov. Both Generals considered themselves the old guard of their nation and sought to take leadership of their country!

Bond was associated directly or indirectly with both villains before the present day of the film; in one, Bond has crossed oaths with the villain’s henchman Ourumov, in the other, he has crossed paths been with his wife, Paris.

By accident, the floor collapses under Natalya and she plunges to where the henchmen are waiting. Henchmen shoot the floor from beneath Bond and Wai Lin’s motorcycle intentionally yet they escape.

Both films focus on a minor villain handling a subplot, Zukovsky and Kauffman, who are played mostly for laughs.

Bond kills the main villain a few moments before the main henchman, Boris and Stamper, die.

As with the main villains, technically speaking, Bond does not kill Boris or Stamper; they are destroyed by the villains’ own weapons–both were stolen weapons; the liquid nitrogen in the stolen GEYE site in Cuba and the stolen missile from the ship?

Both films continue the tradition of the last few films as having at least one blond-hair, Aryan looking villain or henchman.

Henchman, not the main villains, steal special computerized equipment utilizing satellites as essential to the plot; both the henchman who steal computer equipment steal it from a locale in or near Russia that is demolished within minutes of the theft; the terrorist bazaar and Severnaya; both men die with one bullet shot into their forehead while Bond is in the same room!



At first meeting, Bond is unsure of the heroines’ allegiance–thinking Natalya might work for the KGB and Wai Lin might want to work for Carver.

The main villain makes a pass at both heroines.

Both films have a female character, (Paris Carver and Natalya Simonova) aloof to Bond initially and even tries to strike or resist him; they then tell Bond that his job is too dangerous and prohibits their relationship; then they urge him not to go after the bad guy in the morning, then after sleeping with him that night, they both change their mind and help him on his mission the next day!

Both movies have heroines who receive a gun from Bond; he directs them where to go and what do to in the final battle scenes–both comply and both know how to handle their weapons with skill.

Both heroines reside in Communist countries to which Bond encourages their loyalties and helps and protects their people!

Both heroines use personal computers in a way Bond is unable to so they can locate the villain’s location for the final showdown–our brilliant Bond, however, is able to give them both clues so each then can locate the villain’s base location in under sixty seconds!

The last danger is averted in GEYE when Natalya rescues Bond with helicopter from plunging into a satellite that was submerged a few minutes before; the last danger of TND has Bond rescuing Wai Lin from drowning while they are both submerged!

Both movies have Bond and the heroine in “impossible” stunts; neither sliding down a satellite or the helicopter jump into a building roof look like one could survive.


Other Bond Women:

Both films have at least one woman who wears a black dress.

Dutch actresses played in both films.

Bond is intimate with three women in both films–two of these women have dark hair; the third one has light hair, red or blonde–The two brunettes in each film are depicted as more intelligent and more combative.

The “light hair” women are throwaway characters who are less astute; one; probably the most English of the women Bond has been with ever, meets with Bond for the first time outside of England to evaluate his fitness for the Secret Service; Bond uses her and discards her to the frustration of M; the other, one of the most obviously foreign women Bond has been with ever; meets Bond in Oxford, England as a regular dalliance to instruct him and Bond discards her because M is impatiently waiting for him!

In one movie, Bond turns down the main villainess then kills her afterward; in the other movie, Bond accepts the villain’s wife and the villain kills her afterward!



In both GEYE and TND, Bond has a missile fired at one of the planes he flies–One missile downs his vehicle, the other nearly downs his opponent’s vehicle.

Bond uses his Aston Martin in both movies; presumably the same car; neither is depicted as a Q branch vehicle and neither has gadgets greater than a champagne compartment; both are driven at the insistence of a red hair woman; in GEYE Caroline tells Bond he is driving too fast and should slow down before Bond makes love; in the other, Moneypenny tells Bond he needs to hurry up and drive faster to the Ministry of Defense right after Bond has made love.

Bond drives motorcycles in both films–both bikes are stolen vehicles and both bikes are discarded by Bond after their use–one smashes into a wall beneath the a helicopter, one smashes into the bottom of a cliff face.

In one movie, Bond uses the biggest, sturdiest vehicle possible, a tank…in another, Bond uses the tiniest and most vulnerable, half a motorbike.

In one movie, Bond dives out of a plane wearing a parachute, in the other, Bond dives into a plane not wearing a parachute.

In both movies, product placements are spilled and knocked over during a vehicle chase in second third of the film. Both products are made outside the UK which Bond has never traditionally ordered without a strong liquor chaser on the side.



M is criticized for being a female head of the Service by English characters in both movies.

M’s “balls” are referred to in both films despite her lack of them; in GEYE, M states that Bond is “dead wrong” that she doesn’t have balls to decide to send a man to his death; in TND, M states that the lack of them is an advantage to making decisions!

In both films, M shows genuine remorse at the prospect of losing Bond.

M holds a drink in her hand as she assigns Bond both of his missions.

M thought 006 was killed in the teaser of GEYE, though he was not, and believes the same of 007 during the teaser of TND.

M accepts with rectitude that 006 gave his life at the beginning of GEYE; Bond feels terrible about his mistakes in 006’s death and M offers him forgiveness–at the end of TND, M says the villain gave up his life to cover up Bond’s success in the mission!

M sends Bond on both adventures while asking for discretion–in neither movie does she send Bond after consulting the Minister of Defense or the PM.

Both the control rooms M is in have screens that go blank after explosions hit the scene she are viewing.



Q gives Bond one device in both films, a belt or a cell phone, which Bond quips he is familiar with until Q points out the innovations inside.

Q insists in both movies that Bond return his equipment in pristine condition.

Q gives Bond two BMWs, both have missiles on board; one uses all points radar and the other has a radar tracking system; both have all the “usual refinements” plus something Q is “particularly proud of”–both have devices Bond used before, missiles were in Dalton’s Aston Martin and self-inflating tires were used For Special Services.

In GEYE, Q hands Bond his airplane ticket just before Bond gets on the plane from England to his mission–in TND, Q fills out Bond’s car ticket just after he steps off his airplane from England to his mission!


Other Characters:

The “good guys”, miles away from the villain’s headquarters in Tomorrow Never Dies and knowing Bond is inside but unable to see if bond is inside, help Bond destroy the stealth ship. In GoldenEye, the “good guys” are yards away from the villain’s headquarters and are watching Bond in desperate danger, but do nothing to help him!

Jack Wade is a gardener in GEYE and dresses in TND like he was working out in the garden–GoldenEye was written by John Gardner!

Jack Wade does not speed the plot but actually slows the tempo of both films and puts Bond into a situation sub-plot that two scenes after lead to his capture by the villain.

Moneypenny’s repartee is less lighthearted than Lois Maxwell’s in both films and begin and end in both movies on strongly sexual overtones.

Both movies have Russian officials, the Minister of Defense and General Bukharin, who work towards the detriment of the movie villains.

The character listed in the credits as M’s Chief of Staff, is informal and friendly with Bond in both movies, also he is competent, yet in each movie he misses a vital detail visible onscreen in the control room, that Bond is able to spot and further the plot.


Odds & Ends:

Sophisticated fingerprint or voice code locks are used in both movies to hide the computer equipment needing to be stolen; neither is ultimately effective.

Both Judi Dench, “M”, and Geoffrey Palmer, “Admiral Roebuck”, who are at odds in TND, play husband and wife in the British comedy show, “As Time Goes By”.

Our daughter, named Alexandria, was seven months old when she first saw Alec Trevelyan in the theaters. Our son, Benjamin Elliot, was seven months old when Elliot Carver in TND came out on video.

Both movies debuted in Winter.

I saw both films in Gainesville’s Litchfield theater with Kees Boer–Kees owned acquired preview copies from MGM of both movies before they were sold in video stores–I borrowed both copies from him on at least two occasions.

I went broke discussing both GEYE and TND with Steve Kulakoski on the phone long distance–Both our wives got upset when we bought all the merchandise available from the two movies.


Bonus: My Prophecy Fails: You Only Star Twice or why Brosnan can only be in Two Bond Movies!

Pierce Brosnan starred in 2 American TV series; Manions of America and Remington Steele.

Manions was made into a sequel so Brosnan was in it 2 times.

When tapped to play Bond, Remington Steele was renewed under contract and got a 2nd wind with Brosnan in the title role.

Brosnan, of course, was replaced by Timothy Dalton, who made only 2 Bond films.

The Living Daylights had 2 early poster releases, one with a Brosnan-like Bond character and one with Timothy Dalton!

One of Brosnan’s 2 loves and mothers of his children starred in a Bond movie, the other one commented on Bond for Entertainment Tonight.

After Remington Steele ended the 2nd time, when tapped for the Bond role a 2nd time in the 90s, Brosnan could say, “I am lucky to have fallen in love 2 times in my life, and that is enough for any man.”


“James Bond Will (Did!) Return!”

David Arnold

David Arnold rose to worldwide recognition thanks to his rousing score for the box office smash hit “Independence Day”, though he was hardly an overnight success. His first work of note was for the 1993 film “The Young Americans”, which spawned the hit “Play Dead”. His next big break came from the release of “Stargate”, a 1994 box office hit. His collaboration with Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich on their film “Stargate” led to his job scoring their next film “Independence Day”. That film would earn him a 1997 Grammy for “Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or Television”.

In 1998 EastWest Records released “Shaken, Not Stirred: The David Arnold Collection”, a compilation album that featured remakes of some of the most beloved standards in the Bond musical legacy. He also scored the next Devlin/Emmerich production “Godzilla”, as well as the Freddie Prinze flick “Wing Commander”. In 1999 Arnold returned to Bond to score “The World Is Not Enough”. He is expected back for the next James Bond film.

Born: Luton, England

James Bond and The Golden Globes

1970 George Lazenby nominated Most Promising Male Newcomer for On Her Majesty`s Secret Service

1978 The Spy Who Loved Me nominated for Best Original Score
Marvin Hamlisch Nominated for Best Original Song “Nobody Does It Better”.

1985/86 Duran Duran and John Barry nominated for Best Original Song: “A View To A Kill”

1998 Sheryl Crow nominated for Best Song in “Tomorrow Never Dies”

James Bond and MTV… Entertainment Weekly… and more

Blockbuster Awards 1996 Pierce Brosnan nominated for Best Action Hero in “GoldenEye”

MTV Movie Awards 1995/96 Goldeneye nominated for Best Fight Sequence (Steam Room Scene) Nominated for BEST ACTION SEQUENCE : Motorcycle/helicopter chase, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1998) Nominated for BEST FIGHT : Michelle Yeoh/bad guys, “Tomorrow Never Dies”(1998)

Entertainment Weekly Named Goldeneye as the Best Marketed film of 1995, saying the marketing dept. “made Bond seem like new”. Named Tomorrow Never Dies as one of the 5 Best Marketed Films of 1997.

The Razzies 1985/86 Tanya Roberts Nominated Worst Actress for her role as Stacy Sutton in “A View To A Kill” (she may have picked up a Golden Turkey award for the role as well)

Saturn Awards 1997/98 Pierce Brosnan wins Best Actor Award for James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) 1996 Winner for Goldeneye 1998 Winner for Tomorrow Never Dies

BAFTA In 1989 The British Academy of Film and Theater Arts awarded Cubby Broccoli the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Bond series. The award was presented to Cubby by Timothy Dalton.

Tomorrow Never Dies Playstation

In development for Playstation. This game, being developed by Black Ops, is due to be released November 18th,1999. The game will be different from Goldeneye007 in that there will be much more variation in the type of action. Not just guns and explosions in this one. The game is viewed from the third person perspective, with Bond driving, skiing, flying and scuba diving. It`s less a remake of the film than it is a sequel. The plot deviates from the film by allegedly having Carver`s insane brother continuing with Elliot`s plan for world domination of the news market.

MGM Interactive decided that kind of game it wanted Tomorrow Never Dies to be was a game that recreated some of the best moments from all the Bond films. While Goldeneye007 has been universally praised for it`s goal of being more than just a shoot `em up, in essence it still is a “Doom” style game, albeit with more sophistication. Black Ops won`t just be using what it has created in the past for it`s other titles. No, instead, John Botti , CEO and President of Blacks Ops has promised that Tomorrow Never Dies will only incorporate about 30% of the currently existing technology that goes into it`s other games. thus making for one of the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and challenging Playstation games yet.

As previously mentioned, 007 will snow ski, SCUBA dive, fly, and fight enemies on foot like Goldeneye007. But he`ll aslo be able to eavesdrop on the conversations of other characters. The goal of Black Ops and Playstation are several: create a fresh, new 007 game that stands alone and apart from the movie and create a successful video game that will equal the sales of Goldeneye007, which was the hottest “toy” of the Christmas `97 buying season.

James Bond and Wai Lin Are Back!

In development for Playstation. This game, being developed by Black Ops, is due to be released November 16th,1999. The game will be different from Goldeneye007 in that there will be much more variation in the type of action. Not just guns and explosions in this one. The game is viewed from the third person perspective, with Bond driving, skiing, flying and scuba diving. It`s less a remake of the film than it is a sequel. The plot deviates from the film by allegedly having Carver`s insane brother continuing with Elliot`s plan for world domination of the news market.

MGM Interactive decided that kind of game it wanted Tomorrow Never Dies to be was a game that recreated some of the best moments from all the Bond films. While Goldeneye007 has been universally praised for it`s goal of being more than just a shoot `em up, in essence it still is a “Doom” style game, albeit with more sophistication. Black Ops won`t just be using what it has created in the past for it`s other titles. No, instead, John Botti , CEO and President of Blacks Ops has promised that Tomorrow Never Dies will only incorporate about 30% of the currently existing technology that goes into it`s other games. thus making for one of the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and challenging Playstation games yet.

As previously mentioned, 007 will snow ski, SCUBA dive, fly, and fight enemies on foot like Goldeneye007. But he`ll aslo be able to eavesdrop on the conversations of other characters. The goal of Black Ops and Playstation are several: create a fresh, new 007 game that stands alone and apart from the movie and create a successful video game that will equal the sales of Goldeneye007, which was the hottest “toy” of the Christmas `97 buying season.

In addition to playing Bond, gamers can also portray Bond Girl Wai Lin. Published by Electronic Arts, Tomorrow Never Dies is developed for PlayStation and will be available November 16. This title is rated T (for teens ages 13+). ($50)

Tomorrow Never Dies Score: Part Two

There will be a companion CD soundtrack, Tomorrow Never Dies: The Original Score to the Video Game, available later this month from Chapter III Records.

The CD will consist of a total of 17 different Bond-themed “electronica“ tracks, all of which are original Tommy Tallarico scores from the game. Tallarico is a game industry veteran best known for compiling video game soundtracks. The CD will be available for direct purchase via the product web site at www.bondmusic.com, followed by retail outlets starting on January 12, 2000.

The website for Tommy Tallarico is www.tallarico.com. Sonic Mayhem also helped Tallarico score the music to the game. Their website can be found at www.sonicmayhem.com.

Mr. Boer, Meet Mr. Brosnan

…”My name is Boer…James Boer.” I’m Dutch, and my middle name is Jacobus (“James”). I’ve handed Pierce Brosnan the story excerpted here . . . Think my biggest hero is James Bond? It’s the Lord Jesus Christ!

Before you leave this BondFanEvents page thinking I’m a Jesus freak, I encourage you to read a bit longer! Or as Q says, “Now pay attention, 007!” The reason I love Christ above our friend James is that Christ paid for my sin!

The Bible says all of us are sinners, breaking God’s law in actions, words and thoughts. Even 007, though sarcastic, agrees with this in For Your Eyes Only, saying to Q, “Forgive me father, for I have sinned.” Our sin and guilt separate us from God. To go to heaven, however, we must be perfect. We can never go to heaven on our merits.

God loves us, though, and wants us to be with Him in heaven eternally. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take our sin. Christ went to the cross and paid for sin there, taking punishment we deserve. After, He rose from the dead proving He had paid for sin. All He asks us to do in response is to place our trust in what He has done, not trusting our merits to get to heaven but what He did. The Bible says that:

“…God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever trusts in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.”

It’s simple, God loves me, but I have sinned. Jesus paid for my sin and if I trust Him, I am assured of heaven! I know for certain I have eternal life and my sin is forgiven! I have a purpose to live for, to tell others what Christ did for me! “It’s a new world…with new dangers…but you can still depend on one man…Jesus Christ!”

—Kees Boer has been with 007Forever.com’s Bond Weekends since they were a fevered dream of a few crazy folk.

Tomorrow Never Dies (Novelization)

Movie novelizations are notoriously bad, as the action is badly translated from the silver screen to the printed page. Thankfully, Raymond Benson`s adaptation of the 18th Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, is an exception. Far from being a direct copy of what was seen in the cinema, the novel nevertheless remains faithful to Roger Spottiswoode`s film.

Just as a chef perfects a familiar recipe Benson had tweaked the plot of Tomorrow Never Dies to produce an original and compelling read. Without budgetary or time restraints, time is given to character development and background. We learn of Carver`s rise to power and the seeds of his madness, while Wai-Lin`s mission is given some much-needed back-story, which only strengthens the already impressive character.

The central theme of media manipulation is also examined in more detail than was seen on screen, with nice touches such as M leaking misinformation to the British press to ensure her position at MI6 is secure, adding a feeling of realism to the snowballing world crises.

One of the biggest changes is the character of Paris, now a far-more independent character ready to leave her husband at the drop of a hat – or dress – and willing to wear her involvement with 007 on her sleeve. Unfortunately, without the entrapment of a marriage impossible to escape, Paris loses her desperation and sympathy this making her death less of a tragedy.

While Tomorrow Never Dies fails to touch Zero Minus Ten`s crown, the novel stands head and shoulders above the usual tie-in pap and successful captures the excitement of one of the best Bond films in the canon.

The Making of Tomorrow Never Dies

The “Making of” Tomorrow Never Dies books currently chronicling the making of films are notoriously bad. Packed with overlarge pictures, and consisting largely of an extended synopsis of the movie at hand, they usually aren`t worth the paper that they are printed on. Thankfully, Garth Pearce`s The Making of Tomorrow Never Dies is different.

The inevitable plot spoiler is mercifully short and while there are plenty of large pictures the sheer quality of the text balances this out. As with his earlier tome regarding GoldenEye, Pearce is eager to show every aspect of creating a film rather than merely focusing on interviews with the stars. By all accounts, the eighteenth Bond movie has involved more stress and anxiety than any of 007`s earlier adventures. From unbelievably strict deadlines to tensions between writers, the director and the cast, Pearce doesn`t pull any punches, telling the tales warts and all.

The detail is staggering, with in-depth examinations of the background work that has gone into the film`s many stunts and eye-witness accounts of the toils and joys of day to day filming. Once again these are not only limited to the likes of Brosnan, Hatcher or Pryce. The inclusion of a lengthy interview with Juliette Hendon, one of the hundreds of extras in the film, is a testimony to the author`s credibility and completism.

With only a few minor errors which will annoy aficionados of the Bond franchise – such as the suggestion that Teri Hatcher is the only character other than Bond himself to ever deliver the `shaken not stirred` line – The Making of Tomorrow Never Dies truly lives up to the cliché of being an essential part of any fan`s collection. Those who haven`t seen the film will be swept up in the excitement and drama of its origins which will only heighten their anticipation while those who have will be able to dig beneath the surface of the biggest 007 film to date.

Spain, Vietnam and China – bond movie locations

Spain: Was once an original location shoot for Tomorrow Never Dies but was scrapped just prior to filming. The film was behind schedule and this may have been the reason. Spain and the Guggenheim made it back into the next film, The World Is Not Enough.

Vietnam: The producers wanted to actually film the relevant scenes of Tomorrow Never Dies in Vietnam where part of the film is set. Apparently the Communist factions of either China or Vietnam didn`t approve and took away Bond`s permit to film there. Thailand was then used as a substitute. EON will tell you though that they backed out of Vietnam, not the other way around. Why China would crush this production is a mystery, since the script is very complementary of them. Speaking of China…

China: Was one of the original locations for Licence To Kill. Locations had been scouted as early as December of 1987 in preparation for a summer 1988 filming date. What happened to the China angle? The primary reason is that EON wanted to be the first major Western film production to use China as a backdrop. “Empire Of The Sun” beat them to it. And it would`ve been more expensive to film in China as well and EON found a good place to film with Cherubusco Studios in Mexico City.

tomorrow never changes?

The Tomorrow Never Dies novel by Raymond Benson follows the plot lines closely of the final film. Author Benson wrote his book from an early script provided to him by EON. For purposes of rushing the book to coincide with the film’s release, (publishers need the books completed months ahead) authors typically write from first script drafts—even if the film hasn’t wrapped shooting and changes the final result!

Mr. Benson has himself stated that Tomorrow Never Dies and his forthcoming The World Is Not Enough are not among his favorite efforts because they were done at speed to satisfy the fans. First printings of the British hardback of TND, however, are fetching nearly $200 US, due to their selling out from bookstores in a matter of days after its release.

Which juicy tidbits make it to the book that are not on celluloid? Intriguing lines of Bruce Feirstein’s scripted dialogue and character backgrounds, mostly.


Intriguingly, Raymond Benson’s Stamper was genetically engineered to be without nerve endings! In effect, he can “feel no pain,” a skill numerous moviegoers might envy. In the film Stamper’s invulnerability is nearly unexplored—watch when he smiles as Bond’s knife finds a target in his leg. Stamper apparently enjoys snuff video, and possibly pornography also, for his lighter TV watching. In the final film, his crew on Carver’s “Stealth Ship” videotapes the gunning down of Devonshire survivors. This plot element is not played to any effect greater than a quick, greedy glance between Carver and Stamper, who share a taste for sensational video in the novel.


In the novel, MI6 Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner, appears from the beginning, but in the film this longtime ally has been replaced by “Get out of it, James!” Robinson.

After escaping from the Khyber Pass alive, Bond (White Knight) sends a message to the haughty Admiral Roebuck, code named Black King: “…you can tell the Black King that the White Knight would like to shove the whole chessboard right up his bishop!” In the final film, this provocative line has been replaced with the terse: “Ask the Admiral where he’d like these (bombs) delivered.”

The exotic Wai Lin has a background mission that hastens her visit to Elliot Carver’s Hamburg headquarters. She receives orders from a “General Koh” to investigate “General Chang.” The film has pitched Wai Lin’s assignment from her superiors, and a silent General Chang is glimpsed once by Wai Lin and Bond.

Wai Lin and 007 make hanky-panky before boarding the Stealth Ship and again after its destruction. In the film, we are teased with an embrace as the final credits roll.

Both 007 and Wai Lin pose as bankers, while in the film Wai Lin’s television reporter cover earns a few risqué laughs from Carver when he threatens to “get Miss Lin behind a news desk.”

In the book, Paris is “introduced” to James Bond by her hubby, Elliot Carver. She promptly slaps Bond silly and rushes Wai Lin into a powder room to gossip about him! In the film, of course, Bond stalks up behind Paris, alone, and quips “I’ve always wondered how I’d feel if I ever saw you again.” This line comes from their hotel room scene in the novel.

sela ward

In  interviews that the then-41-year-old SISTERS star has done to promote her new ABC show, ONCE AND AGAIN, she revealed that she tried out for the role of Paris Carver in TOMORROW NEVER DIES. While she didn`t name the director, she was obviously talking about Roger Spottiswoode when she said, “The director told me they wanted the Sela Ward of 10 years ago.” In other words, they considered her to be too old. This is interesting. After United Artists cancelled any plans to cast a European actress in the role of Paris, they looked to Sela Ward before they settled on Teri Hatcher, who was younger and certainly more popular among males.

Sela was an established film and television star before trying out for the role of Paris Carver. She won critical acclaim for her portrayal of newsreporter Jessia Savitch in the Lifetime film: ALMOST GOLDEN: THE JESSICA SAVITCH STORY as well as the doomed wife of Harrison Ford in the 1993 blockbuster film THE FUGITIVE. After failing to get the role in TOMORROW NEVER DIES, she starred opposite Mike Myers, Ryan Phillipe and Salma Hayek in 54, the true life account of the infamous 1970`s New York disco that was a mecca for drugs, sex and dance music.

Tomorrow Never Dies: Julia Bremermann

The star of the British drama Space Island One was rumored to be in the running for Elliot Harmsway`s (last name later changed to Carver) wife in Tomorrow Never Dies. A member of Bondklub Deutschland (German Bond Club) spoke with Bremermann`s agency in Hamburg and they confirmed that she had a casting session for TND.

As a result Roger Spottiswoode wanted her to portray Elliot Harmsway`s German wife, a former serious love affair of Bond. But Spottiswoode wasn`t allowed to give her a contract when the producers and MGM/UA said Bremermann would be one German element too much (as they already had Hamburg as a location and Götz Otto as a henchman and BMW as Bond`s car). So she didn`t get the job and Spottiswoode was told to accept Teri Hatcher, which caused a lot of trouble between the director and the producers.

Pulp and Bon jovi

Pulp submitted a song to the producers for consideration for Bond 18 (later officially titled Tomorrow Never Dies). The song, like so many others, was “rejected”. But Pulp, being big Bond fans, were undeterred. They simply retitled the song “Tomorrow Never Lies” (which was incidentally the original title of the film until a typing error) and released it on their latest album.

Jon Bon Jovi was asked to submit a song for Bond 18, either by the producers or by David Arnold. Whether he did or not is unknown.