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World Is Not Enough

A movie directed by Michael Apted

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The World is not Enough was just enough...

  • Feb 20, 2000
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Pros: Action, action, action, Brosnan & Marceau

Cons: Denise Richards!

I am a die hard James Bond fan, have been ever since I went to go see Live and Let Die with my brothers way back when (was it the mid 70’s?). The action, the exotic locales, the action, the woman, the action, the somewhat believable plot lines, the action; what’s not to like?

I think Pierce Brosnan is the best actor to slip on the Bond façade yet. I remember thinking to myself while watching him in Nobel House—the television adaptation of the James Clavell classic—that he would make an outstanding James Bond! Certainly he has a far more convincing screen presence than the Bond of the day, Timothy Dalton.

So this past Sunday (with wife reluctantly in tow), I finally freed up some time to go see The World is Not Enough. At the time the movie was released two thing stuck in my mind; 1. What a strange title for a Bond movie, I wonder what it means, and; 2. Denise Richards as a Bond girl, what were they thinking?! Large breasts and pouty lips is what they were thinking, because certainly they did not seriously think she had the maturity or the seasoning (acting or otherwise), to be a Bond girl. And did “they” seriously think we would buy her as a nuclear physicist? Come on now I do have some intelligence despite the fact I watch Bond movies and read SciFi!

That said, I enjoyed the action sequences as always, which is one of the reasons I go see Bond James Bond. The action in this movie did not disappoint and the boat chase down the river Thames was vintage Bond. As usual the plot could have used a little work, but it was not totally implausible. Nothing is implausible where humans and money are involved. Pierce Brosnan was once again totally believable as Bond the seemingly un-killable, unstoppable super agent of MI-6.

Sophie Marceau was the showstopper in this film and I wonder why we have not seen her in anything of note since Braveheart. Her beauty is almost flawless and character totally convincing. Not wanting to give anything away, but at the end of the movie is when she really shines; the look she gives Bond would stop a blind man in his tracks, so intense, beautiful and alluring are her eyes. There was a chemistry between Brosnan and Marceau that was almost palpable.

The same could not be said of Brosnan and Richards. I almost got the feeling he was merely tolerating her presence on the set, and he himself wondered what she was doing there. When their lips finally meet, he may as well have been kissing a side of beef for all the sparks that didn’t fly. Denise Richards is at her best when she is playing a sexy vixen as she did in Wild Things, and at her worst when she is trying to convince us she has real intelligence, or could possible be anything more than she is: eye candy! Witness Starship Troopers, was she really all that convincing as a pilot?

All-n-all the movie was worth the time and money expended to go see it. But in the future I hope more thought will be put into casting and plot development. But now that the cold war is over, what enemy is there left to fight? Oh I think we can come up with something now cant we…?


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review by . April 24, 2008
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Pros: This one doesn't quite make the grade.     Cons: Nudity, violence, language and overall rating not good.     The Bottom Line: I would only recommend to a Bond enthusiast, definitely not for the younger generation.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. If you are like me, you probably will enjoy any Bond film when it comes on the market. Just like all the other films I have enjoyed this one immensely. …
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Complete with ski chases, casino hijinks, high-tech gadgetry, and sultry women, the 19th installment in the James Bond franchise features the increasingly at-ease Pierce Brosnan in his third appearance as 007, in a race to save the world's oil supply. Sophie Marceau (BRAVEHEART) stars as Elektra King, the daughter of a murdered oil tycoon, while Robert Carlyle (THE FULL MONTY) plays one of the most unusual Bond villains ever: Renard, who is unable to feel pain because of a bullet lodged in his brain. Director Michael Apted, known for such films as COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, was brought in to make the story more dramatic and facilitate the addition of more complex female characters. One of the fruits of Apted's involvement is that M (Judi Dench) gets to move from behind her desk, while curvy Denise Richards (WILD THINGS) gets to show off more than her figure. Dangerous stunt work, exhilarating action sequences, and a rousing theme song from alternative rock band Garbage make this a worthy addition to the 007 ...
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Cast: Colin Salmon
Director: Michael Apted
Release Date: 1999
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (March 24, 2009)
Runtime: 2hr 7min
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