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The World Is Not Enough (8-Nov-1999)

Director: Michael Apted

Writers: Bruce Feirstein; Neal Purvis; Robert Wade

Music by: David Arnold

Producers: Michael G. Wilson; Barbara Broccoli

Keywords: Action/Adventure, James Bond, Loose Nukes

Daughter of an assassinated oil tycoon requires Bond's protection as an evil mastermind unable to sense pain attempts to use drastic means to manipulate the world's oil supply. Pierce Brosnan's best Bond film by far. The pre-credit teaser itself is one of the most exciting and longest such scenes in Bond history. At time of release, it quickly became the highest-grossing Bond film to that point. Last with Desmond Llewelyn as Q, his role since 1963.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Samantha Bond
27-Nov-1961   Miss Moneypenny
Pierce Brosnan
16-May-1951   Remington Steele, James Bond
Robert Carlyle
14-Apr-1961   The Full Monty
John Cleese
27-Oct-1939   Monty Python
Robbie Coltrane
30-Mar-1950   Hagrid in the Harry Potter films
Judi Dench
9-Dec-1934   Mrs. Brown
Electronic Musician
28-Dec-1965   King of Jungle
Michael Kitchen
31-Oct-1948   Foyle's War
Desmond Llewelyn
12-Sep-1914 19-Dec-1999 "Q" in James Bond films
Patrick Malahide
24-Mar-1945   Alleyn Mysteries
Sophie Marceau
17-Nov-1966   The World Is Not Enough
Denise Richards
17-Feb-1971   Starship Troopers
Colin Salmon
6-Dec-1962   Resident Evil
Ulrich Thomsen
6-Dec-1963   Adams Apples


Pierce Brosnan   ...   James Bond
Sophie Marceau   ...   Elektra
Robert Carlyle   ...   Renard
Denise Richards   ...   Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane   ...   Valentin Zukovsky
Desmond Llewelyn   ...   Q
Maria Grazia Cucinotta   ...   Cigar Girl
Samantha Bond   ...   Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen   ...   Tanner
Colin Salmon   ...   Robinson
Serena Scott Thomas   ...   Dr. Molly Warmflash
Ulrich Thomsen   ...   Davidov
Goldie   ...   Bull
John Seru   ...   Gabor
Claude-Oliver Rudolph   ...   Col. Akakievich
Judi Dench   ...   M
John Cleese   ...   R
David Calder   ...   Sir Robert King
Patrick Malahide   ...   Lachaise
Omid Djalili   ...   Foreman
Jeff Nuttall   ...   Dr. Arkov
Diran Meghreblian   ...   Coptic Priest
John Albasiny   ...   Helicopter Pilot
Patrick Romer   ...   Pilot
Jimmy Roussounis   ...   Pipeline Technician
Justus Von Dohnanyi   ...   Capt. Nikoli
Hassani Shapi   ...   Doctor
Carl McCrystal   ...   Trukhin
Martyn Lewis   ...   Newscaster
Kouroush Asad   ...   Russian Radio Operator
Daisy Beaumont   ...   Nina
Nina Muschallik   ...   Verushka
Daz Crawford   ...   Casino Thug
Peter Mehtab   ...   Casino Dealer


Review by Walter Frith (posted on 9-Jun-2007)

There are 20 James Bond movies counting 'The World Is Not Enough'. Sean Connery certainly has been the best Bond. In fact, not a single disagreement has come up when I discuss this with other people. Connery's combination of rugged timing, the smooth delivery of his lines and his ability to woo women make him the ultimate lover AND fighter. As the 20th century closes out shortly, here's how the Bond franchise breaks down and the actors who have played him. Sean Connery 'Dr. No' (1962) 'From Russia With Love' (1963) 'Goldfinger' (1964) 'Thunderball' (1965 You Only Live Twice' (1967) 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971) 'Never Say Never Again' (1983) George Lazenby 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969) Roger Moore 'Live and Let Die' (1973) 'The Man With the Golden Gun' (1974) 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) 'Moonraker' (1979) 'For Your Eyes Only' (1981) 'Octopussy' (1983) 'A View to a Kill' (1985) Timothy Dalton 'The Living Daylights' (1987) 'Licence to Kill' (1989) Pierce Brosnan 'GoldenEye' (1995) 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997) 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999) You can even say there are 21 Bond films if you count 1967's 'Casino Royale'. 'The World Is Not Enough' is vintage James Bond. It resembles the old days when Bond movies had great sub plots and a diverse number of characters, including the variety of beautiful women who have been central to the plot. Since the Bond films have resembled romance novels, comic books, car ads, travel brochures and liquor spots, you would think that enough is enough. But the films are addictive. They are alluring to the most avid movie fan and while some have failed in recent memory, such as the badly edited and music style video presentation of 'Tomorrow Never Dies', it is always fun to see how bad or good the next one will be. Terrorism and revenge are the ingredients in 'The World Is Not Enough'. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) becomes involved with a beautiful socialite named Elektra King (Sophie Marceau in a surprisingly good performance) who wants to build a large pipeline across Asia and needs protection from having it destroyed by her rivals. Bond also locks horns with a terrorist named Renard (Robert Carlyle, the skinny stripper with the son in 'The Full Monty') who has a bullet lodged in his brain which is slowly killing him. But for now, he has lost a couple of his senses, including the sense of touch which makes him seemingly invincible since he can't feel pain. There is also a nuclear scientist named Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) who is the film's most annoying character and couldn't possibly survive physically in the real world but manages to hold her own with Bond in the movies. Elektra was kidnapped by Renard many years ago and has a past with him. She was sort of brain washed and mentally drawn to him by the whole ordeal and her loyalty may or not be to him as Bond finds out throughout the course of the film. A lot of intriguing thrillers have a complicated plot not easy to follow and this James Bond installment has many cleverly interwoven plots and sub plots with stories all on a collision course with one another. It's the best Bond film I've seen since 1983's 'Octopussy' which was the best one featuring Roger Moore. Other characters who return are

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