Tomorrow Never Dies (1997; UK/USA; Colour; 119m) ∗∗∗ d. Roger Spottiswoode; w. Bruce Feirstein; ph. Robert Elswit; m. David Arnold. Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Ricky Jay, Götz Otto, Joe Don Baker, Vincent Schiavelli, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond, Colin Salmon, Geoffrey Palmer, Julian Fellowes. James Bond heads to stop a media mogul’s plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. Destruction and mayhem delivered through explosive action set-pieces take over at the expense of plot and a credible threat. Pryce hams it up as the chief villain and Brosnan already seems to be coasting on his charm as Bond. It’s all professionally packaged, but the heart seems to have gone out of the franchise.