The World Is Not Enough

1999, Action, 2h 5m

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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. Read critic reviews

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Bond (Pierce Brosnan) must race to defuse an international power struggle with the world's oil supply hanging in the balance. Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), is the daughter of a murdered oil tycoon whom Bond is assigned to protect. The villain is Renard (Robert Carlyle), who has a bullet lodged in his brain rendering him unable to feel pain. Also featuring nuclear weapons expert Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).

Cast & Crew

Sophie Marceau
Elektra King
Robert Carlyle
Victor 'Renard' Zokas
Denise Richards
Dr. Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane
Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Julietta, the Cigar Girl
Samantha Bond
Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen
Chief of Staff Bill Tanner
Colin Salmon
Intelligence Officer Charles Robinson
David Calder
Sir Robert King
Serena Scott Thomas
Dr. Molly Warmflash
Ulrich Thomsen
Chief of Security Sasha Davidov
Claude-Oliver Rudolph
Colonel Akakievich
Neal Purvis
Screenwriter
Robert Wade
Screenwriter
Bruce Feirstein
Screenwriter
Nigel Goldsack
Associate Producer
Anthony Waye
Line Producer
David Arnold
Original Music
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer
Jim Clark
Film Editing
Peter Lamont
Production Design
Mark Harris
Art Director
Fred Hole
Art Director
Neil Lamont
Art Director
Simon Lamont
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  • Feb 01, 2022
    Despite a stellar opening chase sequence and a pretty fun tube run, most of the action in this Bond film is not up to snuff with the others. What makes up for it though is, for one, that killer song; but in the movie itself it's that the plot is actually pretty solid. It's a little more intricate than the previous Bond films of Brosnan's tenure, though still that distinct flavor of campy. It also has a twist that, even if you see it coming a mile away, is a great plot development and makes the film a lot more fun from that point on. It's not Bronsan's best, but it's a solid ride.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2016
    Even with a title purloined from Bond classic On Her Majesty's Secret Service, such phrasing ultimately proves to be the most interesting thing about this often silly and miscast rote spy romp. The World is Not Enough in name refers to the Bond family's motto, bringing up thoughts of restlessness and a desire for intrigue and passion. The World is Not Enough in total, however, summons none of this save for making the audience restless. Sloppy all around, the franchise seems content to let the latest Bind adventure simply operate on cruise control, an easy-to-follow cake recipe starring a charismatic lead and explosions. For a series boasting Gold Standards such as From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, the aforementioned title bearer, and The Spy Who Loved Me, it's not enough for chapter nineteen to rest on the sum parts' laurels with a plot creakily by-the-book. The film needs to offer up some aspects that filmgoers have never seen before and, save for Judi Dench's M getting captured and bringing in John Cleese as Q, not enough happens to qualify. In this PG-13-rated spy thriller, James Bond (Brosnan) uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress (Marceau) from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist (Robert Carlyle) who can't feel pain. Even the actors seem to put their feet up in this tiring exercise. Brosnan's gives the worst performance of his run and Carlyle, though menacing and funny in Trainspottiing, is just one-half of that equation here: laughable. Even with a film featuring a lot of one-note acting, one particular character and performance pretty much sums up how sloppily this film got executed: Denise Richards gets plays a nuclear physicist, Dr. Christmas Jones. Unless you count the whiplash that results from laughing at such casting, the entertaining action scenes can't redeem this fair to middling adventure unlike its predecessor, Tomorrow Never Dies. Bottom line: Christmas Blues
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2015
    I feel spoiled that I was able to get into Bond at a time when Daniel Craig was at the helm. I feel bad for people who grew up with the Brosnan films, which are turning out to be weak to say the least. It's not all Brosnan's fault, it's the writing, directing, and overall lack of great story telling. The World is Not Enough is yet another example of a lackluster and disappointing Bond installment. In the ongoing list of nuclear based villains, this film contains perhaps the strangest. A terrorist with a link to MI6, can't feel pain because a bullet is logged in between his membranes delaying all types of pain and feeling. What? I know Bond villains can have their fair share of strange qualities, but to have a guy with a bullet in his head that can't feel pain was way too far fetched. But even looking past the villain, there's not much substance to the story or other characters either. The action is definitely fun, but way more over the top than it needs to be. I think that's been one of the major issues that the Brosnan films have suffered from, they have relied too heavily on the action sequences to entertain the audience. Even the stunning Denise Richards and Sophie Marceau can't save this film. There's nothing to their characters. The plot is similar to that of 2012's Skyfall where Judie Dench's M is one of the main characters and the target of the lead villain. But this film tries to tackle a global nuclear angle that Skyfall didn't have while doing the story ten times as good. It's another solid cable watch but without substance, it's not worth sitting down and watching the film. It's worth noting that this was Desond Llewelyn's last film before his death in 1999. He's been one of the few bright spots in the bad Bond films and he always brings something more to the great ones. It's sad to see that his last film wasn't the best one, but his performance as Q in 17 of the Bond films will never be forgotten. +Llewelyn's emotional exit +Action is fun -Weak writing -Over the top characters 5.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    The World Is Not Enough is a typical Brosnan Bond movie, Full of action and not allot more, The plot is the same old story with another predictable outcome, Not greatly acted, They did cut down on the silly one liners abit which I liked, I thought Robert Carlyle was ok but very underused and should of been so much more fierce, A nice boat chase and a few more notable action scenes and stunts that make it worth watching but that's all we can take away from this movie I'm afraid.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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