The World Is Not Enough (1999)



Critic Consensus: Plagued by mediocre writing, uneven acting, and a fairly by-the-numbers plot, The World Is Not Enough is partially saved by some entertaining and truly Bond-worthy action sequences.

Movie Info

James Bond, the world's greatest secret agent, is sent once more into the breach in the name of Queen, Country, and a dry martini. In the 19th Bond adventure, 007 (Pierce Brosnan) must resolve a potentially deadly power struggle between two unstable nations, with control of the world's oil supply as the ultimate prize. Bond is assigned as bodyguard to Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), the daughter of a petroleum magnate who was brutally murdered, and is trying to foil the fiendish plot of Renard … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence, some sexuality and innuendo)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein, Dana Stevens
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 16, 2000
United Artists - Official Site


as James Bond

as Elektra

as Christmas Jones

as Valentin Zukovsky

as Moneypenny

as Robinson

as Bull

as Sir Robert King

as Dr. Molly Warmflash

as Dr. Holly Warmflash

as Gabor

as Colonel Akakievich

as Lachaise

as Foreman

as Dr. Arkov

as Coptic Priest

as Helicopter Pilot

as Pipeline Technician

as Captain Nikoli

as Newscaster

as Russian Radio Operat...

as Casion Thug

as Casino Dealer
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Critic Reviews for The World Is Not Enough

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (29)

The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Top Critic

This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sees 007 undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Apted ensures it all passes by efficiently enough. And his extraordinarily well staged opening salvo is one of the most impressive Bond sequences yet.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Common Sense Media

There's plenty of action and typical Bond elements to be found throughout, but the execution felt a bit generic to me. It also doesn't help that Denise Richards drags the movie down every time she appears on-screen.

Full Review… | November 4, 2012
Film Geek Central

Audience Reviews for The World Is Not Enough

Amazingly, they made a Bond film that's ruined by the talentless Bond Girl. Denise Richards may be pretty to look at, but she's gotta learn to keep her mouth shut if she wants to remain attractive. Stick to pin-up work, Toots!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Contrary to reviews and popular belief, The World is Not Enough is actually one of the better Bond movies in the series and on par with Goldeneye (largely considered the best of Brosnan's era). It's certainly better than anything Roger Moore was ever involved with. After a strong start and a disappointing follow-up, Brosnan brings back the potential he showed in Goldeneye and delivers the best Bond since Connery. He does not quite match Connery, but he is very close. Timothy Dalton was probably the coldest Bond, while Connery was the best at matching the wit and humor with the deadliness of a person with a license to kill, but Brosnan is a perfect balance between the too. He is colder than Connery and funnier than Dalton. The villains in this one don't match the series best, but they are effective enough and better than the ones in Tomorrow Never Dies. Sophie Marceau is one of the best Bond girls and even has a few tricks up her sleeve. Denise Richards has been ridiculed since her appearance in this movie, which garnered the Razzie, and although she is far from good as the Russian scientist, she is not terrible either. Robbie Coltran returns from Goldeneye as Zukosky in another enjoyable performance and even gets more to do this time around. This film would be Desmond Llewelyn's final performance as Q, which is really sad because he has just been wonderful and it won't be the same without him, but John Cleese as his new sidekick in training is rather hilarious. Judi Dench also returns as M, but this time around her fiery spirit is sidelined for a major part in the plot that shouldn't be spoiled. The plot itself is hard to follow at times, but is a rather enjoyable one thanks to some nice twists. There's so much well done action that the story almost never slows down and the pacing is just fantastic. This is the most entertaining Bond film in a very long time (probably since Connery). Brosnan's era has been ridiculed for being too high tech and relying on gadgets, but I haven't seen that up to this point. There's certainly a ton of gadgets, but they are so enjoyable and well implemented that it's a joy to watch. This is Bond after all and suspending disbelief is a must. The World is Not Enough works well within the formula of a Bond movie, but once again a Brosnan Bond film outshines most of its predecessors.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

Not bad, but could have been better. This time around we get a terrible Denise Richards as a terrible Bond Girl, and she's also horribly unbelievable as a nuclear weapons expert, and Robert Carlyle as an awesome villain who is impervious to pain. In a lot of ways, he's almost too good for the rest of this movie.

This is a somewhat lacking entry, but I do dig how the plot revolves around the world's oil supply as being vital to a power struggle between two nations. It's just too bad that the script is rather shoddy and that the film comes off as rather blah overall.

I'm giving it some credit, because it is slick, there's some good action set pieces, and there's a nice ensemble cast, and it definitely is watchable, despite its shortcomings, like being bloated, and the aforementioned Richards.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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