The World Is Not Enough

1999

The World Is Not Enough

Critics 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.

52%

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Total Count: 139

49%

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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 (Robert Carlyle), a villain who was shot in the head with an unusual result: he cannot feel physical pain, an apparent failing that proves to be a considerable asset. Denise Richards appears as Dr. Christmas Jones, an expert on nuclear weapons, alongside Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Judi Dench as M, Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny, and John Cleese as R. Alternative rock band Garbage performs the theme song. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Pierce Brosnan
as James Bond
Denise Richards
as Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane
as Valentin Zukovsky
Samantha Bond
as Moneypenny
Colin Salmon
as Robinson
Goldie
as Bull
David Calder
as Sir Robert King
Serena Scott
as Dr. Molly Warmflash
Serena Scott Thomas
as Dr. Holly Warmflash
John Seru
as Gabor
Claude-Oliver Rudolph
as Colonel Akakievich
Omid Djalili
as Foreman
Jeff Nuttall
as Dr. Arkov
Diran Meghreblian
as Coptic Priest
John Albasiny
as Helicopter Pilot
Jimmy Roussounis
as Pipeline Technician
Justus von Dohnányi
as Captain Nikoli
Martyn Lewis
as Newscaster
Kourosh Asad
as Russian Radio Operator
Daz Crawford
as Casion Thug
Peter Mehtab
as Casino Dealer
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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (72) | Rotten (67)

  • What do the James Bond series, the Chicago Cubs, and Master P's No Limit empire have in common? All owe their considerable commercial success more to loyalty, marketing, and tradition than to quality.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • And what of the actresses who have taken the one-way ticket to career palookaville as the Bond girls? Well, here is the real gem: Sophie Marceau, as glamorous oil heiress Elektra King, is terrific.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • So long as the Brits are sweeping obsolete institutions like the House of Lords into the dustpan of history, may we recommend the broom for James Bond?

    Nov 2, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Worst of all is a ride through the pipeline in some kind of vague contrivance that looks like the pneumatic tubes from old-time newsrooms when they sent remakes down to composing in the last few minutes before deadline.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Most of all, though, I wondered how much longer people will pay to see a walking, running, driving, diving, punning, smirking, swimming, skiing, shooting, parachuting corpse.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The action sequences are decent; they just aren't as clever as before.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The World Is Not Enough

  • 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
  • May 28, 2013
    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

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