Tomorrow Never Dies

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Tomorrow Never Dies is a 1997 film about James Bond's attempt to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. It is the 18th entry in the James Bond film series.

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Written by Bruce Feirstein, based on characters created by Ian Fleming.
The Man. The Number. The License...are all back.


[during a teleconference with all CMGN affiliate bosses]
Elliot Carver: Mr. Wallace, call the President. Tell him if he doesn't sign the bill lowering the cable rates, we will release the video of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room.
Mr. Wallace: Inspired, sir.
Carver: And after he signs the bill, release the tape anyway.
Mr. Wallace: Consider him slimed.

[during an argument at MI6 headquarters]
Admiral Roebuck: With all due respect, M, sometimes I don't think you have the balls for this job!
M: Perhaps not. But the advantage is, I don't have to think with them all the time.

[at the launch of the CMGN satellite network]
Elliot Carver: There's absolutely no truth in this malicious rumour that I started running mad cow disease stories simply because Sir Angus Black, the great British beef baron, lost £10,000 to me in a game of poker and refused to pay up. Moreover, there's even less truth in the rumour I took a hundred million francs from the French to keep the stories running for another year.
Usherette: Excuse me, Mr. Carver.
Carver: Yes.
Usherette: This is the new banker, Mr?
James Bond: Bond. James Bond.
Carver: Another new banker. I seem to collect them. Tell me, Mr. Bond how's the market reacting to the crisis?
Bond: Well, currencies are off. Your stock is soaring.

[Bond approaches Paris at the launch party]
James Bond: I always wondered how I'd feel if I saw you again. [she turns around, looks at him, and slaps him] Now I know. Was it something I said?
Paris Carver: How about the words "I'll be right back"?

[Carver's men have caught Bond and Wai Lin in Vietnam]
Elliot Carver: You may have seen the general in the hallway just now but perhaps, with all your jetting around, you've not had a chance to peruse today's headlines. [brings up newspaper scans on large screen; one has the caption THE EMPIRE WILL STRIKE BACK] I rather like the last one. It isn't even mine!
James Bond: I never believe what I read in the press anyway.
Carver: Therein lies your problem, Mr. Bond. You see, we're both men of action, but your era and Miss Lin's is passing. Words are the new weapons, satellites the new artillery.
Bond: And you become the new Supreme Allied Commander?
Carver: Exactly! Caesar had his legions, Napoleon had his armies, I have my divisions. TV, news, magazines. And by midnight I'll have reached and influenced more people than anyone in the history of this planet, [points up] save God Himself. And the best He ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount.
Bond: You really are quite insane.
Carver: The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.

Wai-Lin: It's mostly dull routine, of course, but every now and then you get to sail on a beautiful evening like this. And sometimes work with a decadent agent of a corrupt Western power.
James Bond: And they say communists don't know how to have fun.
Wai-Lin: Well, I hate to disappoint you, but I don't even have a "little red book."

Carver: [explaining his plan] What you're about to witness, Miss Lin, is not so much a missile attack, but the launch of a new world order. In precisely five minutes, after your countrymen have attacked the British fleet, I shall retaliate for dear old England by sending this missile in to Beijing, where General Chang has called for an emergency meeting of the Chinese High Command. Unfortunately, General Chang will be 'delayed' in traffic, arriving just after the missile has killed your leaders, and too late to stop the air force from sinking the entire British fleet, but he will be just in time to take over the government, negotiate a truce and emerge as a world leader, with the Nobel Peace Prize.
Wai-Lin: And what do you get?
Carver: Me? Oh, nothing... just exclusive broadcasting rights in China for the next 100 years.
Gupta: [contacting Carver via his walkie-talkie] Ready to rock and ruin.
Carver: [back to Lin] If you'll excuse me, I have something of a deadline to meet.

Elliot Carver: Do you realise how absurd your position is?!
James Bond: No more absurd than starting a war for ratings!
Carver: Great men have always manipulated the media to save the world. Look at William Randolph Hearst, who told his photographers "You provide the pictures, I'll provide the war". I've just taken it one step further.
Bond: [kills a henchman sneaking up on him] Sorry, I tuned out for a moment, Elliot.
Carver: Touché.

[Carver is gloating over a seemingly beaten Bond]
Elliot Carver: You're too late again, Mr. Bond. It's a bad habit. There's nothing you can do; the missile is fully programmed, it can't be stopped. In a matter of minutes, my plan will succeed, and thanks largely to your efforts, the British Navy will destroy the evidence. [Bond surreptiously activates the sea-drill behind them] And I'll be out of here, in a Carver News helicopter covering the event. It's going to be a fantastic show!
James Bond: I may have some breaking news for you, Elliot. [Carver notices the approaching drill; Bond uses the distraction to overpower him] You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot! Give the people what they want! [Bond throws Carver into the drill's path]

[as HMS Bedford searches for Bond and Wai Lin]
Wai Lin: They're looking for us, James.
James Bond: Let's stay under cover.


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