Martial-art phenomenon Michelle Yeoh spices up the movie as the female spy and almost steals it from Brosnan in his own 007 movie. I also liked Vincent Schiavelli in a short brief funny scene as an assassin. Sadly, the script itself is on autopilot as our hero runs from one action sequences to another and the entire production feels like it doesn't really want to do something too risky with the characters or story.
The highlight is Michelle Yeoh, the definite lowlight is Jonathan Pryce - a brilliant actor giving a truly execrable performance (albeit no worse than the quality of the lines he's given). Somewhere in between is Brosnan delivering a solid performance with moments of impressive seriousness. The action sequences are good but overall the film lacks any of the nuance that characterised Goldeneye.
Despite Jonathan Pryce's terrible turn as a possibly the most piss-poor villain in the whole series, there are enough really good action scenes here to keep it watchable. Michelle Yeoh slots into the series very nicely as well, but a complete waste of Teri Hatcher.
Everything that was good about Goldeneye is pretty much abandoned in this one, much like what happened after Dalton’s first outing in the role. The plot is ridiculous, the villain annoyingly awful, and all the action lacking any punch, not to mention the return of extremely over the top and unsubtle innuendo. Brosnan is also very bland, but there’s still solace in thinking at least he’s not another Moore.
Brosnan's second turn as Bond was an inspired effort pitting him against a media tycoon bent on making the headlines in advance while partnered with a Chinese agent played by Michelle Yeoh. While Pryce may have lacked in the villain department the effects and stunt work keep the viewer entertained. Yeoh would have been a good spin off character as she dominates near every scene she is in.
Bond’s transformation into all out action hero is complete as bullets pepper throughout this fast paced indulgent plot. Despite the energy, homages to early Bond are there in the form of a megalomaniac villain, media tycoon Carver, a frighteningly relevant inclusion in light of Murdoch’s recent phone hacking scandal. Chronologically speaking this is the best Bond film for some time – a blast.
For the most part a medley of elements from past Bond films (The Spy Who Loved Me comes to mind), Tomorrow Never Dies sees Pierce Brosnan at the top of his game. It's a non-stop action spectacle with traces of Fleming -- especially during an exchange between Bond and Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher) -- that is just shy of being at an all time high.