Tomorrow Never Dies: Tomorrow Never Lies

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"What the hell is he doing?" "His job, he's going after the bombs."
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Original Release Date:
1997
Original Running Time:
119
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
107
Time Cut:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
James Bond, in Brosnan's second adventure, is as much a boy with toys as he is a dinosaur from the Cold War. We meet media mogul Carver who will push countries to war if it sells more newspapers. After Bond secures nuclear missiles in the outstanding opening sequence, he finds a GPS encoder and an ex-girlfriend. The trail leads him to Asia where he teams up with Chinese spy Wai Lin. Together they must find a stealth vessel and stop the UK from declaring war on China.

This fanedit restores K.D. Lang's song to the opening credits (Sheryl Crow now plays over the closing credits). The edit is faster paced, with fewer lame jokes, less wooden acting, and fewer machine guns.
Intention:
I should love this Bond movie: a media tycoon who manipulates the truth for the sake of publicity and ratings, and a western nuclear-powered nation is jittery about China's naval actions in the South China Sea. It's remarkable that the movie was made in 1997, because these issues have become ever more credible and worrying since then.
But I never warmed to the theatrical cut: it's littered with tedious jokes, indiscriminate Die-Hard style machine-gun fire, wooden chemistry between Bond and Paris, a boring henchman who compares unfavorably to Red Grant, and a villain who's flashes of brilliance are ruined by moments of Austin-Powers level caricature.
After a long time, I finally realized the approach to make this movie enjoyable: no major plots cuts, just lots of small cuts and trims.
Additional Notes:
1080p MKV English 5.1 Surround English subtitles
Special Thanks:
Thank you LastSurvivor for your unflinching constructive criticism! Thanks to Omaru1982 and everyone else who gave feedback and motivation.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Swap opening and closing songs (KD Lang opens per David Arnold's original intention).
- Cut / replace two cutaway shots of the enemy pilot's face (bad acting).
- Trim drill inside Devonshire ship: remove turning.
- Replace cutaway shot of Stamper close-up shooting sailors.
- Cut Stamper "I haven't seen video but told excellent".
- Cut Bond's "practising a foreign tongue.'
- Cut Moneypenny's "You always were a cunning linguist, James" and Moneypenny and M's "don't ask, don't tell."
- In car: cut Moneypenny's "queen and country, James", and M's "pump her for information".
- Trim Ericsson phone product placement (Q explaining which end to use).
- Arriving at the party: cut car talking + Bond response.
- At party: trim Bond - Paris - Carver, cut 'write a novel' and 'adrift at sea'.
- Cut Carver - Paris: 'I barely know him'. 'Barely?'
- Trims in bedroom Bond - Paris. Cut most of Bond speaking, making him a bit more of a cold bastard and less (insincere?) caring.
- Shift Gupta's CCTV before Carver speech, cut 3rd playback 'gun under pillow'. Now Carver knows bearlier, making his interaction with his wife more sinister.
- Trim vodka product placement.
- Show Carver while his wife is with Bond, to emphasize he knows what's going on.
- Trim post-sex dialog. Again: Bond is focused on the job, not emotional over an old flame. (also: reduce wooden acting).
- Trim most of the chase at newspaper.
- Mute car "please select security level'.
- Trim Dr Kaufman (pull back from Austin Powers levels of caricature).
- Car chase: cut wire-cutter, mute 'unsafe driving', 'congrats on safe journey'.
- Small trim to American Navy GPS expert (wooden acting).
- Various small trims to make Carver less over the top. Including cutting the Shakra torture toys: Carver is a power-obsessed megalomaniac, but we're never given a reason why he would get turned on by torture. Just to make him look crazy dangerous? This isn't Austin Powers!
- In the Vietnamese helicopter: cut Bond's "edifice complex" joke.
- Trim the motor-bike chase. For pacing and to remove a bad effect shot of the crashing helicopter.
- Trim the Chinese version of Q's workshop. Less slapstick.
- In the final gunfight, 30+ trims for pacing and to reduce our heroes blasting machine guns. This is Bond, not Die Hard.
- Multiple small trims for pacing.
- Added FE logo and English subtitles.
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(Updated: June 12, 2021)
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Tomorrow Never Dies is a flawed but underrated Bond movie. I liked quite a lot of it in the original version, but there's definitely some elements that always bugged me during viewings. Lapis Molari did a pretty great job of cutting out a lot of cheesy and unnecessary dialogue, tightening up TND and making Bond a bit more ruthless. I'm not a fan of the KD Lang song, however, as I think the Sheryl Crow theme is very classic Bond. But other than that the edit improves on the original in most every way.

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For my personal taste this is not the version I would prefer. I like Terry Hatcher (She is MY favourite Lois Lane) and I liked her character and story line with Bond in this so the changes to that did not apeal to me. Also Dr Kaufman was my favourite scene and character so I did not like to see his oddness toned down. No fault in the editing just a personal preference.

The editing to the action sequences was excelent and I was not able to tell whre the cuts were. The final battle aboard the stealth boat was much improve as I felt the original dragged on too long.

Editing was mostly very good except for one or two moments of editing such as when Bond first talks to Paris seemed awkward. I could tell something was cut. And for Audio in the same scene a line of dialogue did not match her lip movement.

This is a strong edit if you are lookin for a faster paced version.

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Improving a great film is not easy, but definitely possible, as is evident in this edit.
I loved Pierce Brosnan as Bond, and remember TND as one of the best Bond films. However, upon rewatching it a few months ago I noticed how several jokes didn't age well. Thankfully, Lapis molari's edit trimmed those out, as well as other bits that did not really bother me, but their removal actually improves the film (e.g., wooden acting).
The technical aspects are near perfect. I noticed one slightly jarring trim at 51:22 due to the removal of one of Dr. Kaufman's lines, but other than that the trims, shifts and replacements are seamless. Great job!
Highly recommended edit.

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Great job!

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I loved Lapis' previous edit for The World is Not Enough, the Bond movie that suceeded this entry, so when I learned he was tackling this film I was thrilled. With Last Survivors own edit of Die Another Day from years ago, we are finally on the way to a Pierce Brosneissance (yup that sounded too forced, remind me not to say that again!)

First things first KD Lang's end song Survivor being moved to the start, I think I just feel a little weird because I'm used to Crow's song. But at the same time, Survivor works because it uses a lot of the segments of music that are using during the rest of the movie, At the same time TND is really suited to the end credits.

The film itself moves along at a brisk pace, it feels pretty much like exposition, action, exposition, action, little spinklings of humour in between, Lapis wanted to cut down on the carictures and though it still feels at times that the the villains are chewing the scenery, it's no longer as gratuitous as it was previously.

I thought I noticed a split second of a scene where the shot looked a little out of place, and I wish I had timestamped because I've tried to find it quickly flicking through and not been able to locate it since. That said, compare to some bond edits this is less severe cut of an enjoyable movie, the trims do help improve the film though so I reccomend it for those looking for a faster paced bond movie.

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