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 the first 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).
In 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).
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 unidentified 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.
ArmaLite AR-180 Carbine (heavily modified)
In the opening scene, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) wields a heavily modified ArmaLite AR-180 Carbine as his primary weapon. The AR-180 Carbine was an incredibly rare variant of the ArmaLite AR-180 rifle, the semi-auto version of the AR-18 assault rifle. Though there are many (poorly documented) variations of the AR-180 Carbine, each featuring their own assortment of components, all AR-180 Carbines feature shortened barrels, and most feature a handguard-mounted foregrip and a short, straight charging handle.
According to ajb007.co.uk user and James Bond memorabilia collector ppw3o6r, this custom AR-180 was modified to become a folding assault rifle, functioning similarily to compact folding SMGs like the Hotchkiss "Type Universal"; in the movie's fiction, the AR-180 Carbine has been modified with a short hollow pistol grip that can be folded forwards, a top-folding stock with a custom rear sight accomodating it, and a spring-loaded stripped-down barrel/handguard section, able to be pushed into the gun and held by a slot on the stock plate when the stock is folded.
In actuality, there were three rifles that were used in the film's production to represent this weapon:
- A non-firing custom-built "Gadget Rifle" featuring the aformentioned moving parts used for folding scenes;
- A non-firing rubber stunt rifle, modeled with a 5-round short magazine;
- The original, fully functional donor rifle used in firing scenes; based on online sources, it was a British AR-180 manufactured by Sterling, with serial number SS273 (the second "S" is an indication that the original rifle was a Carbine AR-180, as the first "S" stood for "Semi-auto", while the second "S" stood for "Shorty"). In the film, it has been modified with the top folding stock, custom rear sight, and handguard + barrel configuration of the "Gadget Rifle" to match its appearance.
Despite being designed to be a folding rifle, the scenes showing the "Gadget Rifle" unfolding were completely cut from the final movie, leaving only the scenes with the stunt rifle and the practical rifle, and no explanation on the gun's unusual appearance. In the original cut, Bond would've been shown taking the folded rifle out of his jacket and unfolding it to full-size, unlocking the grip, stock, and barrel. In the final film, Bond enters combat with the rifle already unfolded; allegedly, this was because it was felt that the spring-loaded barrel was too far fetched even for a Bond film.
The folding rifle was designed to be used with an ultra-short 5-round magazine, as anything longer prevented the grip from fully folding. In the final movie, Bond is only seen using long 30-round magazines for the gun, and the 5-round magazine is only seen in a brief shot featuring the rubber stunt rifle; the filmmakers chose to use the 30-round magazine because the 5-round magazine emptied way too quickly, and was unsuitable for the firing scenes.
The rubber stunt version of the gun was put on auction at Propstore.
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 airmen 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's 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;
(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.
The PKM is one of the heavy weapons displayed at the arms bazaar in Russia in the film's opening.
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 modelled after 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.