James Bond fights an international terrorist who's trying
to get his revenge on a recently kidnapped oil heiress.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Directed by Michael Apted
Written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards,
Sophie Marceau, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench,
Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese, Samantha Bond
Sequel to 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming
I feel like this Bond film gets overlooked due to the fact that it has one of the worst Bond girls ever in Denise Richards. If you can get past that, The World Is Not Enough is a highly entertaining movie that I would say is one of Brosnan's best outings. It plays off of the capitalist need for oil, as well as deals with Eastern European anarchists. It's also Desmond Llewelyn's final outing as Q, before his tragic death in a car accident in 1999.
This is one of the only films in the franchise to treat 007 like a human being, with Bond falling in love with femme fatale Elektra King (Sophie Marceau). What could have been a tepid subplot actually becomes a heartbreaking turn of events for Bond, as Elektra turns out to be the villain, who is working with her psychotic anarchist lover Renard (Robert Carlyle) to murder Bond's boss M (Judi Dench). I always love seeing Robert Carlyle, who does a great job bringing the character of Renard to life. Denise Richards's character of Dr. Christmas Jones (I know) is absolutely ridiculous and seems to be around simply so Bond can make that final quip at the end of the movie.
Overall, The World Is Not Enough is not a bad film. On the contrary, I would say it's pretty good. The theme song is kind of dumb, but we get the return of Robbie Coltrane as crime boss and caviar enthusiast Valentin Zukovsky. In the end, this film has way more pluses than minuses and is definitely worth a watch for any 007 fan.
While the Brosnan films seemed to decline, this was probably its lowest point. Now, it's still not the worst in the franchise. The film still features some over the top action that is a blast to watch. Brosnan still does a fine job in the role of Bond.
Robert Carlyle was also a fantastic villain, creating an adversary for Bond who is threatening and creepy. Denise Richards is one of the more attractive Bond girls. While this pales in comparison to the previous two, it was still a boat load of fun and a decently good time.