Tomorrow Never Dies
Tomorrow Never Dies is the 18th entry in the official James Bond film series. Pierce Brosnan makes his second appearance as Agent 007, who is given the mission of recovering a piece of technology that has the potential of sparking tensions between British and Chinese military forces. His investigation leads to the possibility of a conspiracy involving a media mogul intent on creating a war in order to raise the profits to his media empire. The 1997 film was directed by Roger Spottiswoode and the cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Pryce, and Teri Hatcher. This film also marked the debut of Bond's new sidearm, the Walther P99, which would be utilized in the series up until 2006's Casino Royale.
The following weapons were used in the film Tomorrow Never Dies:
For the majority of the film, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) carries the Walther PPK as his long-standing personal sidearm. His PPK is most notably seen in the Tomorrow printing factory shootout and with its equally iconic suppressor attached when Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher) shows up to confront Bond.
Tomorrow Never Dies is well-known as the film in which the Walther P99 replaces the older PPK as Bond's sidearm. In Saigon, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) picks out the P99 from Wai Lin's (Michelle Yeoh) hidden armory. He then uses the gun, with a suppressor attached, through a great deal of the movie's climax aboard the Stealth ship, losing it only when he runs dry during an intense period of gunfire. This is also the gun featured on many posters for the film.
In the opening sequence at the terrorist arms bazaar, Bond knocks out a terrorist pilot who has a Beretta 92FS (although the pistol is a Browning BDA in the next shot).
Due to a continuity error, the pilot's Beretta transforms into a double-action-only Browning BDA when Bond knocks it out of his hand.
One of Gupta's terrorists uses a SIG P210 to commandeer a Jeep when Bond begins shooting up the bazaar.
Heckler & Koch P7
Dr. Kaufman (Vincent Schiavelli) uses a Heckler & Koch P7 pistol to attempt to kill Bond. Kaufman is subsequently executed with it by Bond. It's distinguished as the P7 because it lacks the M8's plastic heat shield above the trigger, and has a flush firing pin bushing.
This is the Chinese version of the Russian Makarov PM used by the the thugs who attack Wai Lin at her safe house. Bond later points it out after he incapacitates a thug with it.
Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) uses a SIG-Sauer P229 when confronting Bond and Henry Gupta (Ricky Jay). Tomorrow Never Dies is one of the earliest films to feature the P229 (which had been introduced only a few years prior and was not nearly as common in cinema as the 9x19mm SIG-Sauer P228, upon which it was based).
Heckler & Koch P9S
Carver's guards in Hamburg are armed with Heckler & Koch P9S pistols.
Carver's guards in Saigon are armed with Browning BDMs as their sidearm.
Royal Military Police sentries at the Ministry of Defence have holstered Browning Hi-Powers.
Several of Carver's men in Germany use this pistols against Bond.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Many of Carver's henchmen, including Stamper (Götz Otto) carry Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine guns. In the final gunfight on Carver's ship, Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) dual-wields a pair of them. In a fantastic piece of accurate firearms technicality with regards to accounting for the round in the chamber, when Wai Lin checks the magazine of her remaining MP5 (the other one already having run empty) there is one single round left in the magazine, after which she proceeds to fire two shots.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
Heckler & Koch MP5K (with PDW folding stock)
Some of Carver's henchmen carry Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW submachine guns. Bond (Pierce Brosnan) takes one from a stealth boat guard he killed (Curtis Rivers), using it along with his P99. Bond notably keeps the same MP5K for nearly the entire time he's on the stealth boat, having acquired it almost immediately and only losing it when ambushed by Carver near the very end of the battle. None of the MP5K-PDWs in this movie are factory MP5K-PDWs, they're just standard MP5Ks fitted with the PDW folding stock, which is actually not the same thing: The factory MP5K-PDW has a Navy trigger group and a threaded barrel to accept suppressors; the ones in the movie all have the SEF trigger group and no threaded barrel, which means the film's armorers just stuck the PDW stocks on regular MP5Ks.
In Vietnam, when Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Wai Lin make their escape from Elliot Carver's penthouse room, Bond procures a Calico M950A from a disabled security guard, using the machine pistol to shoot out a nearby window. The pair then jump, avoiding gunfire from more of Carver's guards, some of whom are armed with M950s.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
One of Carver's men can be seen running through the stealth boat with a Heckler & Koch MP5A2.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
One of Carver's men on the stealth boat can be seen firing what appears to be a Heckler & Koch MP5SD3.
Several FN P90 can be seen in the safehouse.
Sterling Armalite AR-180 (heavily modified)
In the opening scene, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) wields a heavily modified Armalite AR-180 (To be more of a clandestine assault carbine). Although Bond has a habit of losing equipment in the field, he does in fact take this rifle with him when he makes his escape in the jet. The rifle used in the film was given many modifications: the barrel was shortened; the handguards and flash hider removed; and the side-folding stock replaced with a top-folding stock. The factory sights were changed for a custom unit which would allow the stock to lay flat on top of the receiver when folded. The bolt cocking lever was also changed for a shorter custom design as the factory unit caught on Pierce's jacket lining. Only the receiver was left unchanged. The rubber stunt version of this gun is now on sale at Propstore, confirming at last what this weapon is (it has been the subject of much debate here on IMFDb and other gun message boards). The actual donor weapon utilized by the Bond armorers is a UK made Sterling AR180, serial number:SS273. Although not seen on screen, Bond takes the covert weapon out of his jacket and assembles it. This was filmed but it was felt that the spring-loaded barrel was too far fetched, even for James Bond. The folding prop would only work with the small magazine fitted because the custom pistol grip folded over the top of the .223 caliber mag. They cut to the 30-round magazine for the scene where Bond is shooting from the cockpit as the short magazine would have emptied in a few seconds. The cockpit rifle was a factory issue AR180 with the addition of the flip up stock in place of the side folding version.
Norinco Type 56-1
In the opening shootout at the bazaar some of the terrorists are seen shooting at Bond with Norinco Type 56-1 assault rifles with AK-74-style muzzle brakes installed, probably the exact same guns that were used previously in GoldenEye (which had the same armorers as this movie). Several can be seen in Wai Lin's safehouse as well.
Several of Carver's men, including the team leader (Rocky Taylor) use M16A2 rifles in the parking garage scene, modified with Beta-C Magazines and M203 grenade launchers. M16A2s without M203s are used by all of the American soldiers at the air base.
Colt Model 727
In the Atlantic Hotel parking garage, at least one of Carver's goons uses an Colt Model 727 carbine fitted with an M203 grenade launcher to fire at Bond BMW. The M727 seen in the parking garage has an MWC 90-round drum. During the climax of the movie, Stamper (Gotz Otto) locates Wai Lin and holds her at gunpoint with the same M727/M203 combination, though in this scene, the rifle is fitted with a standard 30-round magazine instead of the 90-round drum.
Several AKS-74Us can be seen hung vertically on the right in Wai Lin's safehouse.
Several FAMAS rifles are also visible in Wai Lin's safehouse.
After the HMS Devonshire is sunk in the beginning of the film, the survivors are approached by the Stealth Boat that discreetly tore a hole in it with a remote-controlled sea drill. As they plead for help, Stamper (Götz Otto) emerges with an M60E3 machine gun and fires it on the crowd of survivors, killing all of them.
N.B. Carver tells Stamper to "use the right kind of ammunition" as the machine-gunning is meant to frame the Chinese air force for the murders, simulating fire from a Chinese aircraft on a strafing run. As a frame-up, this is hugely improbable for at least three reasons: (1) no Chinese military weapon uses the 7.62x51mm NATO rounds used by the M60E3, let alone the cannon(s) mounted on the Nanchang Q-5 Fantan aircraft blamed for the sinking (then again there are several other issues with this specific aircraft being present for the frame-up, specifically that the Q-5 cannot carry torpedoes); (2) the strike marks on cartridges fired from a man-portable machine gun would be sharply different from those of any vehicle-mounted cannon; and (3) the only man-portable weapon that could even potentially mimic fire from the Q-5's Norinco Type 23-2K 23mm cannons (a derivative of the Soviet Nudelman-Rikhter NR-23) would be the KS-23 shotgun firing slugs, and even then only if the investigators did not look very hard.
GE M134 Minigun
A hand-held GE M134 Minigun can be seen in Wai Lin's safehouse.
One of the heavy weapons displayed on the arms bazaar in Russia, this PKM can be seen in the beginning.
What appears to be a DShK heavy machine gun can be seen at the arms bazaar.
Gatling Guns (mockup)
What appear to be twin Gatling-style guns are seen mounted on a truck during the opening shootout at the arms bazaar. These appear to mocking rotating barrels built around a blank-firing machine gun, perhaps a Browning M1919.
One of Carver's men in Germany has an Armsel Striker, but he does not use it.
M203 grenade launcher
Several of Carver's henchmen use Colt Model 727 carbines and M16A2 assault rifles fitted with M203 grenade launchers throughout the movie, particularly during the shootout at the Atlantic Hotel parking garage. An M727/M203 combination is used by Stamper (Gotz Otto) in the climax of the movie; he uses the M203 to rapid-fire multiple grenades at Bond.
M79 grenade launcher
One of Carver's men uses an M79 grenade launcher during the parking garage scene.
One of Carver's henchmen (Curtis Rivers) uses what appears to be a rocket launcher that resembles an LAW 80 when trying to stop Bond's BMW in the hotel parking garage.
The opening gunbarrel sequence is reused from GoldenEye.
- The 'Stealth Boat' was made from a SeaCat ferry, but modified to look like the real life Lockheed Sea Shadow stealth boat used by the US Navy. The Lockheed Sea Shadow is much smaller in size and was used as a test platform for Navy trials.