Tomorrow Never Dies was the first of three Bond films to be adapted into books by then-current Bond novelist, Raymond Benson. Benson's version of Bruce Feirstein's screenplay is suitably expanded, and includes some nods to past Bond films, including the suggestion that Bond was lying when he said he had taken a course in Oriental languages in the movie You Only Live Twice.
The book is styled more after Fleming's novels as opposed to the film with detailed backstories given to characters such as Elliot Carver, Stamper and Paris Carver, missing from the film, which gave the characters more depth. Wai Lin's activities in China tracking General Chang before she travels to Hamburg (omitted from the film) are also included.
Differences to the Film
- Carver suffers from Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ disorder) due to stress and takes regular painkillers as a result.
- General Chang's fate is revealed, stating he was found by the police in Beijing, hiding inside a cubicle in a women's restroom.