Tomorrow Never Dies: Tomorrow Never Lies

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Tomorrow Never Dies was a movie I always had a soft spot for. Brosnan was my Bond growing up and while he jumped off the starting line running in Goldeneye like he was playing Bond for years. TND was a stellar entry if not flawed entry.
Watching the making of and reading articles this movie had a rather troubling production, so much so it is a miracle the movie was good.
Still there are parts that always bugged me. One was Teri Hatcher as Paris originally she was going to be Natalya Simonova from Goldeneye but the actress who played her had other commitments, and I wish they dropped her character altogether, Teri is wooden and always felt disposable. Fortunately Lapis thought so too a lot of dialogue removed and it makes more sense here her being an old flame and bond remains focused without as much forced tension between them. I will say the added in dialogue at their first meeting is really noticeable like an old Japanese film dubbed in English. It only lasts a few seconds and I see why it was changed just a heads up.

The second was the tone, this movie feels like it wants to be a Moore Bond film 'fun' I think was the goal nothing wrong with that but parts of this movie get tedious or silly, the more outlandish spy gear is gone as much as I love that phone and BMW (favorite bond gadget) the mini saw in the BMW emblem is so outlandish I roll my eyes at it every time and the Chinese Q scene was never good slapstick. They fixed the giant drill so it no longer turns, and they removed the unnecessary torture tools Carver is power obsessed but not a sadist. who enjoys hurting others. Speaking of which Carver is more sinister here I never minded Jonathon Pryce being hammy but its nice to see him not go full Austin Powers and be more subtle.

Finally the action scenes and forced humor are fixed and do wonders for the pacing, there is a lot of action in this outing maybe too much the movie has so much action in the second half that you get kind of bored, from chase on a motorbike by helicopter, to fight in Chinese hideout, to Bond going full Rambo in the third act. Lapis however trimmed them far more than I expected 30+ trims for the final gunfight alone according to him and I believe it and wish to acknowledge the effort. Finally I liked the new opening remix of the song better than Sheryl Crow though it was good of Lapis to include her version in the end credits. This is a fantastic edit of Tomorrow Never Dies or Lies as the edit is called. It was a very enjoyable watch and accomplished the feat of replacing the original the highest praise you can give a fan edit well done Lapis.

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I really enjoyed this edit. The K D Lang song over the opening credits is brilliant, a huge improvement. All the other cuts work well and result in a better pacing over all.

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Tomorrow Never Lies is what the original should be. Lean, great pace, not forced humour, it's all there!
Congratulations on another great edit to Lapis Molari (with the added bonus of having english subtitles, much appreciated)

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(Updated: July 21, 2022)
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So, here's the thing:

I am not a big fan of Pierce Brosnan's James Bond films. He, himself, was a solid Bond (a sort-of expansion and mature take on Roger Moore"s Bond), but his films, to me, were downright terrible; they just didn't FEEL like spy-espionage films. Say what you will on the Roger Moore films, but at least they FELT like spy-espionage films. So, why check out this fanedit? Because despite what I said on the Pierce Brosnan films, GOLDENEYE is the only exception and, quite frankly, is my second favorite James Bond film; and TOMORROW NEVER DIES is the sort-of bridge between the awesomeness of GOLDENEYE and the shittiness of the rest of the Brosnan films. Maybe, just maybe, this fanedit can diminish the shittiness of the film while maybe simultaneously elevating the awesome elements within.

Does it succeed at that? Unfortunately, not really.

As a fanedit, this is excellent. The corniness is cut down a bit, the fat is trimmed thus improving the pacing of the film, and the overall quality of the film is improved purely on it's efficient delivery of the story and action. If you loved the original version of this film, this fanedit improves upon it, plain and simple. But for someone like myself who didn't really enjoy the original film, this edit didn't really change that opinion. But please understand that that should not reflect on the faneditor, faneditors must work with what they have. In that sense. this edit is excellent and highly recommended. But if you hated the original version of this film, just move on.

Let me close on quite possibly the single best thing of this edit: switching the song, "Tomorrow Never Dies" with "Surrender;" this was an absolute MUST. "Surrender," to me, is the ULTIMATE James Bond song. To move it to the end credits was an absolute SIN! Thank you SO MUCH for changing that, lapis molari!

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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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