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Tomorrow Never Dies
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1997 Release
2000 Release
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd

Songs Performed by:
Sheryl Crow
k.d. lang

Previous Themes by:
Monty Norman
John Barry
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A&M Records
(November 25th, 1997)

Chapter III Records
(January 11th, 2000)
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Both albums were regular U.S. releases, readily available at the time of their street dates. Both, however, have fallen out of print. A score album from the video game of the same name (composed by Tommy Tallarico) was released by Chapter III Records simultaneously to their 2000 release of the expanded film score.
The song "Tomorrow Never Dies" was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek easily the best score of the Pierce Brosnan era of the franchise, with a superior mix of jazzy 1960's style and hard-nosed, techno-thrilling instrumentation.

Avoid it... on all the commercial albums if you want a fair and comprehensive presentation of music from the film.
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WRITTEN 11/25/97, REVISED 3/3/08
Tomorrow Never Dies: (David Arnold) If one thing is certain about Pierce Brosnan's tenure as British agent James Bond, it's the superiority of Tomorrow Never Dies. Everything clicked in this, the second of his films as 007. His performance reached back to the confidence of Sean Connery, the love interest came packaged as Michelle Yeoh (who is more Bond's equal than just another conquest), a previous flame's death provokes a malice in Bond loyal to the books' original intent, the villain is charmingly enthusiastic and has a cool new stealth weapon as a toy, and David Arnold's score combined the best of the John Barry years with the younger composer's techno-saavy sensibilities. While Goldeneye had revived the series by becoming the first $100 million grossing Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies was far better packaged and drew greater interest from hardcore fans of the franchise's classics. With John Barry now out of the picture (despite his seeming renewed interest in scoring another Bond film during the Brosnan years), Arnold was a perfect successor. His love of the franchise and knack for imitating the expansive style of Barry in his early scores, not to mention his British heritage, made him the logical choice. And fans weren't disappointed. The score than Arnold assembled for Tomorrow Never Dies is a sophisticated and intelligent tribute to the classic Barry scores while pushing the envelope with synthetic rhythms and drum pads to aide the traditional orchestra in joining Bond in a rapidly evolving technological age. The trademark action style that Arnold established in Stargate and Independence Day is combined with a distinct return to the flamboyant style of the jazzy Bond scores of the 1960's, and with the presence of the synthetic elements native to Arnold's roots in the rock genre, every variety of Arnold fan had something to look forward. Arnold would become the franchise's regular voice, allowing the subsequent films to really define his career (with very few notable scores for non-Bond films mixed in between). He would continue pushing the synthetic side of his music for the franchise until a somewhat dissatisfying score for Die Another Day would pull Arnold back to the combo style of Tomorrow Never Dies in the outstanding Casino Royale.

Arnold was obviously keenly aware that the Bond frachise's scores had their own unique formula while Barry was in charge, and that formula would continue here. The franchise theme by Monty Norman is quoted liberally in Tomorrow Never Dies, with its incorporation ranging from full-blown three-minute tributes to clever counterpoint against the new themes for the film. Arnold's full expressions of the Norman theme are extremely astute in an instrumental sense. Even the opening fifteen seconds of the score offers brass and cymbal accents true to Barry's introductions. The muted trumpets, solo flute, and electric guitar performances in "Company Car" provide the most true and entertaining modern performance of the Norman concept available. This three-minute cue establishes a standard by which fans and students of the franchise can worship and study. Acoustically, the recording is flawless. Aside from the statements of Norman's theme throughout the score, Arnold wrote one of the franchise's best title songs and integrated its theme extremely well throughout the entire score. With all the wailing brass flair of Goldfinger, his title theme is both seductively alluring and strikingly defiant, an easily memorable aspect of the film. In the opening action sequence before the credits ("White Knight"), Arnold introduces the theme with nobility at the 7:10 mark (in between ample development of Norman's theme). This theme punctuates many of the action sequences and is given an Eastern personality in "Kowloon Bay" before a last monumental statement for strings and bold brass counterpoint at the resolution of the film. A theme for Teri Hatcher's role as the villain's wife and former Bond lover is provided twice in Tomorrow Never Dies. As they reunite, Arnold allows the Barry-like idea to flourish with the full ensemble (once again in layered strings under brass counterpoint) before a solo woodwind echos accompany her demise. A deliberate, pounding motif for the villain Elliot Carver and his stealth ship is sparsely utilized throughout the score (its fullest appearance is at 3:55 into "The Sinking of the Devonshire"), though it receives some intriguing, less obvious exploration in "Underwater Discovery." If the score for Tomorrow Never Dies has a weakness, it's in the largely understated musical representation for Carver, as well as other "badguy" elements such as in "Doctor Kaufman."

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Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:12
• 1. Tomorrow Never Dies - performed by Sheryl Crow (4:51)
• 2. White Knight (8:30)
• 3. The Sinking of the Devonshire (7:07)
• 4. Company Car (3:08)
• 5. Station Break (3:30)
• 6. Paris and Bond (1:55)
• 7. The Last Goodbye (1:34)
• 8. Hamburg Beak In (2:52)
• 9. Hamburg Break Out (1:26)
• 10. Doctor Kaufmann (2:26)
• 11. *-3-Send (1:17)
• 12. Underwater Discovery (3:37)
• 13. Backseat Driver - performed by David Arnold/The Propellerheads (4:37)
• 14. Surrender (Tomorrow Never Dies) - performed by k.d. lang (3:57)
• 15. James Bond Theme - performed by Moby (3:12)
2000 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:44

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All of the albums' inserts contain extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film. On the 1997 album, original quotes by Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery appear in the song by Moby. Connery's quote comes from Goldfinger.

Lyrics to "Tomorrow Never Dies" Lyrics to "Surrender"

Darling, I'm killed,
I'm in a puddle on the floor,
Waiting for you to return
Oh, what a thrill,
Fascinations galore,
How you tease
How you leave me to burn.
It's so deadly, my dear,
The power of having you near
Until that day
Until the world blows away
Until you say there'll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes
Tomorrow never dies

Darling, you've won,
It's no fun,
Martinis, girls and guns
It's murder on our love affair
But you bet your life, every night
While you're chasing the morning light
You're not the only spy out there.
It's so deadly, my dear,
The power of wanting you near
Until that day
Until the world blows away
Until you say there'll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes
Tomorrow never dies

Until that day
Until the world blows away
Until you say there'll be no more goodbyes
I see it in your eyes

Until that day...

Your life is a story
I've already written
The news is that I'm in control
Now I have the power
To make you surrender
Not only your mind, but your soul
Tomorrow never dies, surrender
Tomorrow will arrive on time
I'll tease and tantalise with every line
Till you are mine
Tomorrow never dies

Whatever you're after
Trust me, I'll deliver
You'll relish the world that I create
Tomorrow never dies, surrender
Tomorrow will arrive on time
I'll tease and tantalise with every line
Till you are mine
Tomorrow never dies

The truth is now what I say
I've taken care of yesterday
Tomorrow never dies, surrender
Tomorrow will arrive on time
I'll tease and tantalise with every line
Till you are mine
Tomorrow never dies
Tomorrow never dies
Tomorrow never dies...
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