When 007 witnesses the purchase of a military GPS encoder by a known “techno-terrorist” while on assignment spying on a Russian arms bazaar, a missile attack is launched by the Royal Navy. However, before the missile strikes, it becomes apparent to James Bond that two Soviet nuclear devices are mounted on an aircraft and, with the missiles out of range, it is too late to abort the attack.
Bond is therefore forced to hijack the aircraft in order to get it out of range of the blast but thereby letting the GPS device fall into the hands of media mogal Elliot Carver who plans on provoking a war between the UK and China to install a new Chinese government that would give him exclusive broadcasting rights for his satellite broadcasting empire.
In Carver’s first attack a Royal Naval vessel is tricked into venturing into Vietnamese waters using the GPS encoder where it is sunk by Carver’s stealth ship. Carvers men then shoot down a Chinese jet sent to investigate, and murder the ships survivors using Chinese weapons.
Carver’s news channel immediately reports the incident as an attack by the Chinese on a British vessel and with a possible Royal Navy retaliation on the cards 007 has 48 hours to uncover the truth.
What we say
The pre-titles sequence does a fairly good job, although overlong. However, the main problem with the film is that it is difficult to follow and the villain’s motivation is just not plausible. One for a rainy day… a very rainy day.
UK Premiere: 9th December 1997 at the Odeon Leicester Square
UK: 12th December 1997
US: 16th December 1997
|Producer||Barbara Broccoli & Michael G Wilson|
|Editing||Michel Arcand & Dominique Fortin|
|Production design||Allan Cameron|
|Pierce Brosnan||James Bond|
|Jonathan Pryce||Elliot Carver|
|Michelle Yeoh||Wai Lin|
|Teri Hatcher||Paris Carver|
|Ricky Jay||Henry Gupta|
|Joe Don Baker||Jack Wade|
|Vincent Schiavelli||Dr. Kaufman|
|Samantha Bond||Miss Moneypenny|
|Colin Salmon||Chief of Staff Charles Robinson|
|Geoffrey Palmer||Admiral Roebuck|
|Julian Fellowes||Minister of Defence|
|Cecilie Thomsen||Professor Inga Bergstrom|
|Nina Young||Tamara Steel|
|Daphne Deckers||PR Lady|
|Colin Stinton||Dr. Dave Greenwalt|
|Al Matthews||Master Sergeant 3|
|Mark Spalding||Stealth Boat Captain|
|Bruce Alexander||Captain – HMS Chester|
|Anthony Green||Firing Officer – HMS Chester|
|Christopher Bowen||Cmdr. Richard Day – HMS Devonshire|
|Andrew Hawkins||Lt. Cmdr. Peter Hume – HMS Devonshire|
|Lieutenant Commander – HMS Devonshire|
|Julian Rhind-Tutt||Yeoman – HMS Devonshire|
|Gerard Butler||Leading Seaman – HMS Devonshire|
|Adam Barker||Sonar Operator – HMS Devonshire|
|Michael Byrne||Admiral Kelly – HMS Bedford|
|Pip Torrens||Captain – HMS Bedford|
|Hugh Bonneville||Air Warfare Officer – HMS Bedford|
|Jason Watkins||Principal Warfare Officer – HMS Bedford|
|Eoin McCarthy||Yeoman – HMS Bedford|
|Brendan Coyle||Leading Seaman – HMS Bedford|
|David Ashton||First Sea Lord|
|William Scott-Masson||Staff Officer #1|
|Laura Brattan||Staff Officer #2|
|Nadia Cameron-Blakey||Beth Davidson|
|Liza Ross||Mary Golson|
|Hugo Napier||Jeff Hobbs|
|Rolf Saxon||Philip Jones|
|Vincent Wang||MiG Pilot|
|Philip Kwok||General Chang|
- Vodka martini
- Smirnoff Red vodka
BMW 750IL Saloon (1997)
- “You always were a cunning linguist, James.”
- “With all due respect, M, I think you don’t have the balls for this job.”
“Perhaps. But the advantage is, I don’t have to think with them all the time.”
- “I used to look in the papers every day for your obituary.”
“Sorry to disappoint.”
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