James Bond has always held a very special place in my heart. I was around 12 years old when Daniel Craig‘s ‘Casino Royale’ released, and I loved the film so much that soon enough I almost binge-watched all the Bond movies that came before it. When you’re that young and impressionable, nothing is cooler than watching a breathtakingly handsome man wearing the best suits possible, seducing women, sipping his shaken martinis, and wielding his Walther PPK like an extension of his own persona. You just wanted to be Bond when you watched his films, and it was not any different with me. Of course, soon enough I knew that no other actor who plays the role fits into it as perfectly as Pierce Brosnan. It seems like the man was born to play James Bond. He had the flair, the charisma, the good looks, and the screen presence to gel into the character.
Brosnan’s second film as Bond was 1997’s ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, the first James Bond film made after the death of Albert R. Broccoli. The story centers around Bond trying to stop a major global crisis from kicking off after a media mogul creates massive tensions between England and China just to boost his own sales. ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ is one of the most ambitious James Bond films ever made. It has some of the best action scenes in the series, with one particular chase sequence standing out as the best in the franchise’s history. If you love this film and are looking for flicks that are similar in tone and style, then we’ve got you covered. Here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Dr. No (1962)
This is where it all started. ‘Dr. No’ is the first time the world met and immediately fell in love with 007. The moment when Sean Connery lit up his cigarette in the casino announcing he is “Bond. James Bond”, a new chapter in popular culture began. The story of Dr. No is about Bond trying to prevent the eponymous villain from sabotaging one of America’s space programs, for which he travels to Jamaica where Dr. No owns an island of his own. The film started off the now-iconic gun barrel sequence which has become synonymous with Bond flicks, and it also established the Bond theme music which remains in use to this very day. Sean Connery and Ursula Andress would also create the prototype of what James Bond and a Bond girl respectively are, and what they represent in modern culture. ‘Dr. No’ is more than a film; it is a seminal moment in film history, a moment that needs to be celebrated often.
7. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
‘The World Is Not Enough’ is the third James Bond film to star Pierce Brosnan. Notably, this was the first Bond film made away from the United Artists’ label, the original owners of the franchise. The film centers around Bond trying to protect the daughter of an oil tycoon murdered by a dangerous terrorist called Renard. Bond tries his best to protect the girl in his custody, only to learn that Renard’s influence stretches much farther than what he had initially anticipated. The film finds its way to this list because it shows a clear departure from the previous Bond films of high-octane action to a somewhat more serious tone. However, the comedy elements that we expect from a Bond film are all present here in abundance. A mention must also be made of the performance by Robert Carlyle as Renard. He truly stands out as one of the best Bond villains ever.