Tomorrow Never Dies: Tomorrow Never Lies

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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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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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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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TND was a film that I thought was near perfect which it didn't need a fan edit even though there were some flaw.s There was too much Roger Moore-ish gags that didn't fit well for this film are now thankfully removed. Now unless you recognize the movie score, the sound replacement shouldn't be noticable for an average viewer which is excellent. The film's tone without the gags mitigates as previously like Goldeneye with a few puns here and there. Lapis Molari did an overall great work with this fan edit.

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(Updated: April 26, 2021)
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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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