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World is Not Enough, The
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by MP Bartley

"The One With The Chase On The Thames."
4 stars

Face it, there's nowhere new for the Bond series to go. Actually there is, but it's highly doubtful that the producers would change the formula. 'The World Is Not Enough' has absolutely nothing new to it, but at least it regurgitates the formula with some interest and style.

With the Brosnan Bond's all trying to out-do each other with their pre-credit sequence, here comes the longest of them all. A full 12 minutes it incorporates two assassanations and a thumping chase down the river Thames. Again, it's arguable that the pre-credits is better than the rest of the movie. After that we have a forgettable and moody theme tune warbled by Garbage to get through.

The assassanation attempts are focused upon Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), who is heiress to a massive oil empire now that her daddy has been bumped off. M16 believe that the man behind the attempts is the anarchist and terrorist for hire, Renard (Robert Carlyle). MI6 have attempted to kill him before but only resulted in lodging a bullet in his brain, which is slowly killing him as it moves inwards but is also destroying his nerves. Renard can't smell, taste and crucially can't feel any pain. Bond is assigned to protect Elektra and track down Reynard, with the assistance of nuclear scientist, Christmas Jones (Denise Richards). You get the impression that the whole character and casting of that character was the result of someone losing a bet: "I lost? Oh man, do I really have to cast Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist called Christmas Jones?...".

'The World Is Not Enough' is the first attempt that the Brosnan films made at putting some intrigue back into the series. It's not too hard to imagine that the plot, with its twists and revelations (although I'd go back to school if you can't guess who Renard's partner in crime is) could be tailored to Sean Connery. But it also crams in enough action sequences to make Roger Moore wince. And that is the biggest flaw that 'The World Is Not Enough' has. It's trying too hard to throw everything and the kitchen sink in. It can't quite decide wheter it's aiming for a hard-bitten revenge piece or a balls to the wall action flick. The plot lurches from the assassanation attempts to a bomb on the pipelines to a nuclear submarine with little thought for logic or fluidity.

However what it does do well, it does very well. Apted stages the action pieces with confidence and the half-baked plot does have the benefit of keeping you guessing where it's going. More by accident by design, admittedly. As well as the afore-mentioned Thames chase, there's a splendid demolition of a caviar factory and Bond even gets to go ski-ing again. It's also step back from the gadget laden 'Tomorrow Never Dies' with Bond slightly more reliant on his own skills. Although he does have surface-to-air missiles in his car for a scrap with a chainsaw dangling helicopter.

Brosnan is by now fully relaxed in the part, mixing the right parts of gravitas and charm in the part. Yeah, he could charm any woman into bed - but if they crossed him, have no doubt he'd put a bullet between their eyes before they could blink. This is also the best film for Dench's M as she gets more to do than any other M, although Samantha Bond's Moneypenny has completely degenerated into spouting off double-entendre's with all the subtlety of a brick in the teeth.

Carlyle makes an excellent villain and gives a vicious performance to match his characters tics. He's sidelined far too much however in favour of a lame romance between Bond and Elektra. A little less Elektra and a lot more Reynard would go along way here. Marceau is dull here, not being sexy enough or scary enough to convince in the part as the damaged heiress. Carlyle has a lot more conviction to him. And it goes without saying that Richard's convinces on no level whatsoever as a scientist. She'd barely convince as a cocktail waitress.

There's a welcome return for Coltrane's Zukovsky, but a special mention must be made for what was sadly the final appearance of Llewelyn's Q. No matter how bad the Bond film, you were guaranteed a great performance from Llewelyn who always retained dignity amongst the gadgets. His presence will be sorely missed and makes his farewell scene here especially poignant.

Bond films will probably never again hit the five-star heights of some of the old classics, simply because they're too familiar and the producers are too scared to change the formula. A pity, because while 'The World Is Not Enough' is a worthy addition to the Bond series, you know they could be so much more. 'The World Is Not Enough' is probably as good as we'll get now for Bond films, for better or for worse.

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User Comments

10/11/17 Louise Marceau's accent kept slipping.Not one of the better Bond films. 3 stars
9/12/17 morris campbell kind of dull 2 stars
12/04/15 1800suckmydick Extremely boring in spots, like most Brosnan films. Good villainess. 3 stars
9/02/12 roscoe bette rhangoldeneye and tomorrow never dies 5 stars
8/29/09 Jeff Wilder On a par iwth Tomorrow Never Dies. 4 stars
8/06/09 Simon it's par for the course, a cheesy good time 3 stars
3/01/09 T^3 The WINE suffers from severe Bond Villain Syndrome, even Mi6 succumbs to fatal gullibility. 2 stars
2/01/09 PAUL SHORTT THE SCRIPT IS NOT ENOUGH 2 stars
10/05/08 Mark Gibson Okay as it is, I liked the action sequences a lot and Brosnans bond is great in it 4 stars
10/04/08 Lenny Zane Poor Denise Richards! -- so terribly overtrashed for this, so now we never see her anymore. 5 stars
7/29/08 chris f very under average not very good at all 1 stars
7/21/08 the dork knight Pretty crazy. But the co-stars liven things up quite a bit 4 stars
12/14/07 Jason Elektra King & George Bush, James Bond meets Peak Oil! Great movie.Realistic plot. 5 stars
11/23/07 mrsinister Sophie Marceau elevates this movie a few notches. 4 stars
10/11/07 Charles Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist? Need I say more?? ALMOST left the theatre... 2 stars
8/31/07 johnnyfog Best of the Brosnan Bond films. Robbie Coltrane's back, yay! 4 stars
5/27/07 order valium arthritis pain relief 1 stars
4/23/07 David Risser Lots of action, but it wasn't great. 3 stars
2/15/07 johnnyfog The best Brosnan Bond film. I hated Denise Richards though! 4 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Great 007 action/adventure film. 4 stars
2/02/07 laboo IT FUCKING RULES 5 stars
1/25/07 Dirk Pitts hair Bogged down by a boring plot and a dodgy villian 2 stars
1/01/07 ProSneakyD Best bond film of the 90's, intelligent story & 1st class action, no one should miss it. 5 stars
6/10/06 Yorkee Marceau not sexy? - MP you must be kidding. Confusing plot and too slow. 3 stars
5/28/06 inty yeyey best bond ever it rules ya 5 stars
5/09/06 omar its ok 3 stars
4/25/06 CUT AWAY It is a great Bond, if u want plot u got it 4 stars
4/01/06 poo it rules 4 stars
3/12/06 date movie sucks great 4 stars
2/10/06 Mack a great one 4 stars
1/02/06 Anthony Feor The best Bond since the 60's 4 stars
11/20/05 chris satisfactory bond movie but nothing special 3 stars
9/27/05 Indrid Cold Interesting attempt at a female arch-villain, but unsatisfying and forgettable. 3 stars
8/25/05 Eden Only awesome in comparison to Die Another Day 3 stars
5/26/05 tony Chris perry needs a lesson in reviewing. Exellent flick with spectacular plot. good action! 4 stars
4/01/05 Alice Colwell typical 007 movie 5 stars
2/05/05 Tom Benton Those it suffers heavily from poor editing, this is a stylish and very cool 007 film ... 4 stars
1/07/05 keithers.. Too much attention on action not enough on plot, bond has come diehard....boooo 3 stars
12/06/04 some guy yeah it's quite good, your reviewer guy is shit. 4 stars
9/22/04 Al Guy Good for a rental.I forgot about it as soon as I cut it off. 3 stars
7/17/04 Daveman Perhaps the most tiresome, boring film in the series... avoid! 1 stars
5/31/04 Nobody They should make a realistic bond movie where he gets an STD 3 stars
5/07/04 Littlepurch. If not for Goldfinger, this would be the best by far. Seed boat chase MUST be a classsic! 5 stars
12/01/03 tatum Benign Bond, but better than Brosnan's first two 3 stars
11/29/03 john Ms Richards is about as believable as a nuclear scientist as my uncle would be as 007 - 1 stars
11/27/03 R.W. Welch Passable Bond flick has everything but the kitchen sink -- and believability. 3 stars
10/21/03 Littlepurch Gr8 film! Boat chase best bond action scene EVER!!! Story better than other brosnan's too!! 5 stars
8/01/03 Stefan Halka This film had good action in it, but the storyline lagged. 3 stars
7/06/03 Paul S. Classic bits: the entire first 20 min., Elektra, torture chair, x-ray casino scene,Q`s exit 5 stars
12/03/02 Jiz So unmemorable I forgot it in less than a year. I remember it sucked though 1 stars
10/27/02 Matt Neopalitano Too much product placement. 3 stars
9/16/02 CVJ Brosnans best bond movie to date 5 stars
8/16/02 scott great 5 stars
7/20/02 Bastard Child of Mother Teresa Denise sucks! Sophie rules! Bond conquers the world! 5 stars
5/14/02 Stud The world is not enough. 4 stars
3/30/02 Zargo the best brosnan so far 5 stars
3/13/02 Stewy Evans The only goog thing about the film was Q's speed boat 3 stars
3/01/02 Alan Smithee The only thing that Denise Richards brought to the table were her great tits. 2 stars
2/27/02 Shrike Shallow and boring, bring back Connery! 2 stars
2/21/02 Ashley Corpening Superb! Denise Richards much better than all the hype has said 5 stars
2/21/02 Julia Cox Good except Sophie Marceau would be more appealing having a good bowel movement. 4 stars
1/15/02 David A. Bond is good but Brosnan is weak. Roger Moore is the REAL Bond! 4 stars
10/01/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good! but not good as Tommorow never dies, but the plots good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean Carlyle's character couldn't feel pain, but nothing cool was done with him. Very dull flick 2 stars
7/27/01 Henry Ginsberg Over rated 4 stars
7/09/01 TLsmooth How in the fuck do people sit thru this bullshit? Brosnan is shitty. 1 stars
6/08/01 *~Danielle*Ophelia~* (formerly KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi) Denise Richards as a genius?? Uh-huh, and I can chew nails & spit out quarters. 3 stars
4/01/01 fifu neat first half but jumps off a cliff when "christmas" come in what a fucking horrible name 3 stars
3/24/01 Monster W. Kung Very mediocre Bond movie. Even Robert Carlyle seems weak in this. 2 stars
2/16/01 James Lackluster and pointless. 2 stars
11/25/00 Connoisseur Pierce Brosnan is good, but this movie sucks! 1 stars
10/23/00 Gremlin Not as good as Goldeneye but Denise Richards makes up for it......oooh...denise.....oooh... 5 stars
7/06/00 Terrie Smith Good looking women; lots of action but I'm going to miss "Q" 4 stars
6/27/00 Naushad Khanji The Bond premise is stale.Brosnan is terrible and makes the worst Bond 2 stars
6/02/00 danilo worst bond movie ever 1 stars
5/28/00 Cooke Bond is awesome. 5 stars
5/20/00 mahone It made me wonder if the series doen't need to be put to rest with dignity. 2 stars
5/19/00 The Bomb 69 richards annoys but the rest was pretty enjoyable 4 stars
5/02/00 cort major Brosnan is a good bond-but the franchise is going downhill faster and faster-FLUFF- 1 stars
2/28/00 Neil Austin Boys will always be boys and bond will always be bond 5 stars
1/24/00 Cibeus This is the best of the three for this Bond. Saw it twice! 5 stars
1/18/00 k.tomkowski Not bad, but instantly forgettable. 3 stars
1/08/00 John Markham Everyone looked lost and confused. 3 stars
1/04/00 Gotham DK The best Bond film in awhile. As much as I love Richards, she isn't convincing as a Nuke Dr 4 stars
1/01/00 LJ Kong Absolutely the best BOND film 5 stars
12/30/99 Janus Just because its bond its a must see but it was not comparable to tomorrow never dies 4 stars
12/30/99 Richard Miller I think Pierce masterbated before every scene, I hated hated hated hated hated this movie!! 1 stars
12/30/99 K. Lackey Yet another Bond film in which mediocrity prevails as bond blows stuff up & gets the girl. 3 stars
12/21/99 saMas when will he die 3 stars
12/19/99 Mr Showbiz So thick with puns and double-entendres it plays liek a Marx Bros routine. 1 stars
12/16/99 Ezra Xenos The movie claims to be nothing more than it is, a fun two hours, at which it is successful. 4 stars
12/15/99 Jason S. Biggest waste of time(Besides Wild Wild West) of the year, toss a crappy Supernova trailer! 1 stars
12/14/99 Heather Bond fans will see this anyway, good, but not as brilliant as Goldeneye, Tomorrow 4 stars
12/14/99 Ara Margossian one of the best bonds in decades 5 stars
12/13/99 voyant Good Escape movie 4 stars
12/11/99 Tyson Stewart Everything I want in a Bond film! It's great! 4 stars
12/08/99 JonnyAngel "Carlyle chewing the scenery"? What movie were you watching? He didn't chew, he just sucked 3 stars
12/06/99 Ryan Mathers Not bad as Bond films go 3 stars
12/02/99 Doug Paulsen WAY to many one liners. 2 stars
12/01/99 Chris It's a good bond film. They should have done more with the bad guy. 4 stars
11/30/99 Ryan Phillipe got hit by a car and it rules I was in awe of all the talent. If it wasn't for end of days Id say best picture right here 1 stars
11/29/99 Mic What a great last line. The old formula still works reasonably. 3 stars
11/28/99 Chet Patel Worse than GoldenEye, Tommorow Never Dies kicked ass compared to this movie. 2 stars
11/27/99 nootch Even Salma Hayek could've played a more convincing nuclear physicist! 2 stars
11/26/99 Kevin Cho - Movie Junkie Broznan's BEST - Great action, well worth the trouble. One of the bes t- Highly recommend. 5 stars
11/26/99 Matthew Smith brosnan has bond written all over him 5 stars
11/25/99 Rachel B. i thought this was another sweet Bond film. In my opinion Pierce Bronsan is the best guy . 5 stars
11/23/99 Jamie It's exactly what you expect from bond. Hot women cool gadgets and bad humor 4 stars
11/23/99 Lianne I thought it was one of the best Bond Movies in a long time. 5 stars
11/22/99 Jason S. Good action movie....shitty James Bond movie 2 stars
11/22/99 john carpenter excellent, first rate 5 stars
11/22/99 Mr. X A waste of Robert Carlyle 2 stars
11/22/99 Zaw Oo Denise Richards Can't act.. she was funny make me laugh everytime she say something. :-). 3 stars
11/22/99 Mr. K The cold-blooded Bond is back. He sleeps with the good girl and the bad, then offs the bad! 5 stars
11/21/99 majawat more breasts, less talking 2 stars
11/21/99 anon Good acting by most, good action, poor script. Denise Richards was not convincing. 4 stars
11/20/99 SJKelley I grew up reading Ian Fleming. I threw up watching this. Way too many "WHAT?" scenes. 2 stars
11/20/99 Jqirish A solid Bond, but nothing knew 4 stars
11/20/99 C.A.T.M. With Brosnan as Bond, Richards' bouncing chest, and the stunts, you can't lose. Great ! 5 stars
11/19/99 Dax It's the 19th Bond movie. You get exactly what you'd expect. 4 stars
11/18/99 Tay It sucked 1 stars
11/14/99 george Oh give me a break, its Bond! Everyone loves bond! 5 stars
9/30/99 the Grinch First Pierce Brosnan, now DENISE RICHARDS? Brosnan's bimbo enough! They're fucking up 007! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  19-Nov-1999 (PG-13)

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