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In 35 years, the formula of the James Bond movie has hardly varied. Every one of the 18 films in the series opens with the image of Bond as seen through the barrel of a gun; then there`s a show-stopping pre-credit action sequence, then an intricately designed main title sequence (accompanied by the title song) and then the film proper begins. Despite such a rigid formula, the films have kept pace with the times - they`re still British to the bootstraps, which in itself is refreshing in this era of Hollywood domination, but they use all the formidable technical resources of modern cinema. In Tomorrow Never Dies, the villain is a media magnate, enjoyably played by Jonathan Pryce, who wants to start a war between China and the West to further his own aims. Bond is going to stop him... Here are all the elements fans of 007 enjoy. Three or four big action sequences - Bond narrowly avoiding missiles, guiding a remote control car in a chase in a multi-storey car park, speeding through the streets of Saigon with intrepid heroine Michelle Yeoh (she works for Chinese intelligence). The double entendres are cheekier than ever, and Pierce Brosnan, though he could never replace Sean Connery, is the best of the second-string Bonds. For most of its length, the new Bond is irresistibly enjoyable.