Für diesen Bond erdachte man sich zum Entstehungszeitpunkt wohl eines der aktuellsten Feindbilder einer Bond-Mission generell. In einer Zeit, in der Medienmogule wie Ted Turner oder Rupert Murdoch Megakonzerne besaßen, die jegliche Art von Medien in sich vereinten und die Gefahr diese zu missbrauchen, durchaus im Bereiche des Möglichen lag, war Elliott Carver als ein solcher Medienbaron als Bond-Gegner ideal. Als Vorbild von Carver dürfte William Randolph Hearst hergehalten haben, dem man nachsagt, er wäre am spanischen Bürgerkrieg 1936 nicht ganz unschuldig gewesen, um mehr Zeitungen zu verkaufen. Man sagt ihm den Spruch: Sie liefern den Krieg, ich die Berichterstattung" nach.
Der vorliegende Roman ist für jeden, der den Film kennt, sehr interessant, weil man erst hier merkt, dass die Story eigentlich zwei paralel laufende Fäden hat und viel deutlicher wird, warum sich Bond und Wai Lin überhaupt begegnen. Allerdings wird die Story durch diese zwei Fäden auch etwas überladen, da Wai Lin eigentlich eine eigene Mission im Roman und auch ihre eigenen technischen Raffinessen in einem Ferrari hat, was sie zu einem weiblichen Pondon von Bond werden lässt. Sie kreuzt Bonds Weg, wie man hier sieht, auch eher zufällig.
Etwas seltsam ist, die Tatsache, dass das Ziel dieser Story das Gleiche ist, wie in Raymond Bensons Debüt als Bond-Autor Countdown" der ebenfalls in Asien spielt und in dem auch Krieg zwischen China und England provoziert werden soll. Allerdings anders als hier im Roman, der zudem ein anderes Ziel für Carvers Angriff bereit hält, als der Film!!! Wäre die ursprüngliche Filmidee umgesetzt worden, wäre es auch hier um die Übergabe Hongkongs an China gegangen. Hat Benson etwa für seinen Debut-Roman die Idee übernommen, als diese für den Film verworfen wurde, weil man einen zu hohen Zeitdurck bezüglich des Kinostartermins gehabt hätte??? Darüber kann man wohl streiten.
Fazit: Interessantes Feindbild für Bond, dem leider eine leicht überfrachtete Story etwas den Spaß nimmt.
am 25. März 1999
"Well, for one thing, James Bond fans will buy anything. Their only quandary will be whether to buy "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Raymond Benson, before or after seeing the picture. They would, with some justice, contend that once the Bond movies were under way even Ian Fleming began to shape his tales with a view to a screenplay, and therefore that novelization is the same deal turned back to front. I'm not convinced. Fleming was Mr Big, whereas Mr Benson's talents are strictly small potatoes. What is more, the novelization of "Tomorrow Never Dies" has a xxxxx case of movie hangover; the action sequences, especially, are dulled by a faint blur of stage directions. "With the aid of this device, he was able to anticipate turns and obstacles before he could actually see them": how's that for a high-octane car chase? And when I read a sentence such as "He swung, but Bond blocked the blow with a Kake-te manoeuvre" all I can think of is Pierce Brosnan looking serious in a gym. Only someone whose senses have been drilled into submission by too many hours in a movie theatre would dream of writing, "The first sedan exploded spectacularly," or, better still, "Her figure was smashing." That one makes me laugh every time I read it[.]"
am 6. Juli 1999
It is rare that a movie/novel tie-in matches the movie's quality. Action scenes don't usually translate well and obvious plot holes and inconsistencies become more apparent than ever. Raymond Benson's Tomorrow Never Dies adaptation is an exception. Using the framework scripted by Bruce Feirstein, Benson pulls off an in-depth, intriguing, action-packed novel that actually surpasses the movie it is based on. One of my main problems with the movie was the total lack of character development for the main characters. Stamper, Elliot Carver, Paris Carver, and Wai Lin all had little to no background which made them seem fake and uninteresting. With Benson's version, they all have detailed histories and are far more intriguing people to read about than they were to watch on the screen. Wai Lin, for instance, had an entire chapter devoted to her in the beginning. It detailed her involvement with the Chinese People's External Security Force, her training, her skills, and many other facets of her life that made her a real person. Her relationship with Bond is also much more realistic. From their first meeting at Carver's party, there is sexual tension between the two. Later in the novel, there is a mixture of mutual admiration and trust. Inevitably this leads to lust, but even that is done tastefully. Benson also fleshed out one of the biggest questions left in my mind after seeing Tomorrow Never Dies: just who was General Chang and what was his purpose. In the movie he was seen for about five seconds and talked about briefly. In the novel we learn that he was a high-ranking official who, before he defected, stole a large amount of stealth material. This is what Wai Lin was investigating when she went to Carver's party and met Bond. It was later revealed that he was working for Carver, not with. All these facts would have made the movie far more interesting. Another issue I had was in regards to Stamper. He came across as an inhuman freak that enjoyed pain. With no more background this seemed ridiculous; however, the novel reveals that his pain and pleasure sensors were actually reversed. As a boy, he was hired to kill Carver's real father whom he did with a sick pleasure. Ten years later he becomes Elliot's henchman and almost his child. Again, with more development, the character of Stamper works. By using the screenplay merely as an outline, Benson is able to create a novel that seems like it was never a movie. The plot is exactly the same as the movie, but much of the dialogue has been changed, as have the action scenes. The BMW car and motorcycle chases are still in there, but their content has been changed. Benson also took quite a few creative licenses and added fight sequences while cutting others; for example, Bond dukes it out with Stamper on top of the speeding Sea Dolphin II. Finally, the novel cuts out much of the in-poor-taste innuendoes that filled the movie. What results is a witty, well-paced novel with far sharper dialogue than its cinematic counterpart. Very well done! Power to the Bond fans!!!!!!!!
am 10. August 1998
A disappointing novelization. It doesn't do justice to the film's witty and thrilling screenplay. The prose lacks vividness: take, for example, the dramatic scene where Bond discovers the dead Paris Carver in his hotel room. We're simply told that Bond is "overwhelmed with shock, grief, and anger." No authentic drama is created.
The novel also spends too much time explaining the obvious: "The world's business and all news reporting depend upon communication satellites, for without them modern civilization would be crippled." As if we didn't know that! Indeed, such passages insult the reader's intelligence. To make matters worse, the novel doesn't work as a thriller because it lacks suspense. There are no dynamics in the action narratives; instead, we encounter boring, clunky sentences, as shown in the BMW car chase scene: "The first sedan exploded spectaculary, and the second plowed into its rear with a resounding screech."
Like his 00! 7 inauguration, the dismal "Zero Minus Ten," Benson takes pleasure in displaying his Bondian knowledge to readers. In the love scene between Bond and the Danish linguist, we find references to Fleming's Bond (his school days in Eton) and Sean Connery's Bond in "You Only Live Twice" (the business about Bond studying Oriental Languages at Cambridge). Unfortunately, the principle readers of this book (Bond fans) are already familiar with this information. We therefore encounter nothing new about the Bond character. Hence, the novel has really nothing to say.
To forget this nonsense, I had to leaf through Master Fleming's "Casino Royale" and "From Russia With Love," two of the best James Bond novels.
am 29. Mai 1999
Raymond Benson really makes the story and characters of "Tomorrow Never Dies" his own in this adaptation of the script. He adds tons of background information on the rather thin characters from the movie, including a wonderful chapter introducing Wai Lin, the Michelle Yeoh character. (It makes you wish EON would let him write a novel just about her!) Compare this book to "Goldeneye," a novelization written by John Gardner. Gardner just went through the motions, didn't inject any style or substance into the script, did your basic awful movie adaptation. Benson, on the other hand, goes above and beyond and makes a wonderful book out of the script. In my opinion, very few novelizations are worth reading. This one is an exception. It adds to and embellishes on the movie. Read it!
am 7. Januar 2000
This novel is based on the screenplay of he film, so the plot isn't going to stray to far from the movie (if you saw it). However, the novel contains one or two or more scenes in which the film didn't include. Such as: Wai Lin's mission briefing in China, Elliot Carver's history, etc. The book was good enough to read even after seeing the movie because it provided enough extras not in the film. They would tell you what each character was thinking, and would also elaborate more on Elliot Carver's past, Paris/Bond relationship, among other things not in the film. It is no going to be any kind of vocabulary quest, so it's a easy read, but if you like Bond, you'll probably like this book (even if you didn't like the film, as i didn't).
am 25. Juli 2000
Yes I know everybody else has said the same thing but I'll say it again. The thing that makes this book work is the character development. Personally my favorite person in the movie was Stamper because he was sick and twisted and funny to watch. Well in the book he is even more sick and twisted, for example, instead of just giving the tape of the gunned down men from the devonshire to Elliot he actually gives a naration of it, and at one point he says "look at that one, he tried to get away,oop got 'em" Me and my friend joke about that all the time. well enough about Stamper. The book is a great addition to James Bond series, and an easy read for a plane ride or something. Definitly get this one!
am 18. Februar 1999
I honestly believe it took Raymond Benson no longer than about 2 or 3 days to write this excuse for a novelization. Sure, novelizations are typically a waste of time, with the treatment done so simply and with no style, no extra drama, and little action, but this is the pits. Benson is not even a good enough writer for a screenplay novelization. He has zero style and zero feel for character. It's like he's describing the action as simply as he can and making it so distant that even as simple as the book is it becomes taxing to get through. Raymond Benson is the wrong choice for the new Bond writer and it's a damn shame. Watch Tomorrow Never Dies again. Don't even bother with this.
am 29. Januar 1999
Tommarow never dies is another continuing part of the good jolly old chap James Bond. Bond is at it again with one of the biggest task of his life. The year is 1996 and it brings a prosperous year for Bond. Bond's assignment is to try to find where the missing piece of the American boat radar satellite. A man who owns the world's largest media group, and has it. China and Great Britian are going to go to war soon, because of a misterious boat boming. Wai lin is another secret agent for china and will help out. Tommrow Never Dies is Benson's second book. If you like action, fights,to sex then this is the book for you. I give it five stars because you can"t put it down.
am 17. August 1998
Oh, the decadent state of the James Bond books! This "novelization" seems to be written by a ten year old. Poorly written with no suspense, no thrills. A boring Bond.
The thrilling actions of the film just don't translate effectively through Raymond Benson's boring narrative. There's also dumb humour that didn't appear in the film. Also, the description of love scenes is essentially kitsch. Yes, Benson tries to flesh out some characters, but the characterisations fall flat. The villain Carver, for example, is just another angry son who is bent on revenge--an age-old cliche.
Save your brain power and stay away from this so-called novel.