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World Is Not Enough

A movie directed by Michael Apted

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  • Apr 24, 2008
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. The critics have underrated and under appreciated this movie. I do not know how they can rate something as being bad when they are not the ones watching it. Every time I get a chance when there is a week long series on TV, I will still watch them even though I’ve seen them a hundred times. This movie starts out just like all of the other Bond film’s, with action packed explosions, people get shot and stabbed and other clever stunts. There is a bungee jump scene, a spectacular boat chase. Once Bond is back at headquarters at MI6, he is introduced to Robert King (played by David Calder), a close and dear friend of bonds boss M (played by Judi Dench). While he was at headquarters bond handed over some money to King. Not knowing it was booby-trapped with explosives. With in a matter of minutes Bond realizes this, but not soon enough. There is an explosion which rips apart in MI6, killing Robert King. Another chase scene ensues on the Thames River in London. This is where we see another one go Bond’s new toys a jet powered boat.

Bond and his boss figured out that a terrorist named Renard (played by Robert Carlyle) is behind all of their problems. Bonds boss sends him to protect Kings daughter Electra (played by Sophie Marceau). She is located in Soviets Republic, and running, her father’s fortune from there. They find out Renard is planning to go to Turkey were an Russian oil pipeline will be completed, and tried to blow it up. Bond has brief encounters with the Renard. This is when he finds out that Renard has been shot in the head by 009, another MI6 agent, and the bullet is still stuck in his head in his feeling part of the brain, which deadens the sense of pain. Unbeknownst to Bond Electra turns out to be a villainous woman. While he is going through all of this chase scenes, the villains hatch a plan to kidnap bonds boss M. All the while they keep up the illusion that this is supposed to be a believable story. Some of the scenes are hard to believe that they were able to make. Renard has nothing to lose since he cannot feel any pain, and he is doomed to a death. Denise Richards (another of the Bond girls) plays Christmas Jones. I am a little surprised that they had one of the Bond girls act to be playing a nuclear scientist. I am not used to seeing someone trying to act very smart. She was very cute, just like Electra. Plus, do not forget Miss Money Penny (played by Samantha Bond). She is still trying to get with James Bond and have his child so to speak. They will continue to flirt back and forth making that sexual innuendo, complete.

New Toys
By the time this movie came around I was getting used to seeing all kinds of new inventions and the tricks that go with the Bond films. But for some unknown reason they did not put enough of these in this movie. Yes, there are a few, they are always giving him a new car BMW Z8, in addition to all the other bells and whistles on this car it also had a laserguided missile system. Because as we all know, he sends them back in pieces that’s why he gets a new car every time. His watch always does something impressive, and needless to say the highlight of the new toys I would say, would be the boat that he steals from Q (played by Desmond Llewellyn) and chases the villain with. In this part of the movie is where we get to meet R (played by John Cleese). He will make a quick entrance and exit. This just goes to show you that there will be more movies in the near future. They also will introduce a nuclear powered submarine into the works.

You will have to be the judge whether or not, this is suspenseful. If you have seen any of the other Bond films by now, you pretty much know that there is a lot of action, drama, little nudity and excitement all wrapped up in one. They try to come up with different ideas to keep you tied to your seat. Plus, there definitely is a lot of violence. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this film, but that is because I am a Bond enthusiast and I like these kind of movies. My wife does not enjoy these kind of movies, so I can see where she would not like them. You have to watch out because of the sexual innuendos that is running through this movie, because it borders the line from being to provocative.

When rating this they must have forgotten that there is some nudity in here violence, bad language, all of that for some reason they did not take into consideration when they rated it PG-13. This should’ve been rated R. I know one thing that I would not let my son or daughter watched this. The one thing that this movie has going for it is, the fact that it is two hours and eight minutes of action pack scenes.

Overall Conclusion
Just like any other enthusiast, of course, I will watch all of the new and old Bond films, no matter how good or bad they are. I liked the style of Pierce Brosnan, of course he can not compare to Sean Connery or Roger Moore, but you do have to have a new younger James Bond every now and then. As for the Bond girls Electra and Christmas they are just as cute as ever. I am hoping in the new Bond films that they put a better twist on the plot than they did in this one. Basically if you see one. You just about seeing them all and you can pretty much tell the ending, such as who gets the girl? Like we don’t know gets the girl.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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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 …
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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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