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The World Is Not Enough (1999)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 121
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 59

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.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 12

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.



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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

May 16, 2000

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All Critics (122) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (59) | DVD (23)

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

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
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This keeps one reasonably amused, titillated, and brain-dead for a little over two hours.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Sees 007 undone by villainous scripting and misguided casting and acting in a couple of key secondary roles.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Apted ensures it all passes by efficiently enough. And his extraordinarily well staged opening salvo is one of the most impressive Bond sequences yet.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Familiar and competent, the last Bond film of the millennium adheres to the formula and mostly succeeds in meeting the ritualistic demands of the series.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.

April 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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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.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Although it sprinkles in a fair amount of character-centred plot, it doesn't really go that far beyond the call of duty. Still, with plenty of the usual Bondage, you can't go far wrong.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One of the worst James Bond movies ever.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Austin Powers seems to have made the Broccolis gun shy about letting Bond have too much fun, lest "World" be mentally lumped alongside an aggressively bawdy parody. Sterile, sluggish and halfheartedly suspenseful, it's the second-worst 007 film ever.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Jiggled, not stirred.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Though in story The World Is Not Enough is not one of the best Bonds, pound for pound it delivers as much thrilling action as any of them. [Blu-ray]

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The theme song is performed by Garbage, as the band's name perhaps tells you all you want to know about this thriller.

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The latest James Bond flick falls as flat as Tomorrow Never Dies, with decent action sequences and bad soap opera acting.

January 7, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film tries very hard, and sometimes the effort pays off, but overall this is a compromised effort that recalls LICENCE TO KILL in the wrong way: it wants to be different but lapses back into the same old, obligatory set pieces.

November 12, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

...ultimately comes off as a superior James Bond adventure...

October 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Brosnan and Carlyle breeze through an upper mid-league Bond that doesn't attempt to fix what isn't broken.

October 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

a good flick

February 12, 2008

Easily the most boring of the Brosnan adventures.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Pierce Brosnan has finally settled into the role of James Bond.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

I liked it better than GoldenEye, but not as much as Tomorrow Never Dies.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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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!
June 7, 2013

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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.
March 7, 2013

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.
December 21, 2012
Chris Weber

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A spectacular display of stunts and adrenaline that's makes for a very satisfying formula. It`s very entertaining and has a surprising emotional tone to it and its characters. One hell of a thrilling and explosive action movie. One of the more compelling and better Bond films. A full-on fun thrill-machine. Brosnan is brilliant and tremendous as usual. Robert Carlyle is explosive. A fast, furious and very energetic flick.
October 29, 2012

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    1. Valentin Zukovsky: Can't you just say 'hello' like a normal person?
    – Submitted by Joakim A (10 months ago)
    1. Q: I've always tried to teach you two Things. First, never let them see you bleed.
    2. James Bond: And the second?
    3. Q: Always have an escape plan.
    – Submitted by Joakim A (10 months ago)
    1. Elektra King: I could have given you the world.
    2. James Bond: The world is not enough.
    3. Elektra King: Foolish sentiment!
    4. James Bond: Family motto.
    – Submitted by Jack P (23 months ago)
    1. Renard: Welcome to my nuclear family.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (23 months ago)
    1. James Bond: So it's a shadow operation?
    2. M: Just remember that shadows stay in front or behind...never on top.
    – Submitted by Eric J (2 years ago)
    1. Elektra King: There's no point in living if you can't feel alive.
    – Submitted by Andrew M (2 years ago)
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