The World Is Not Enough
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Release Date: Novmeber 19, 1999

Director: Michael Apted
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Pierce Brosnan
Sophie Marceau
Robert Carlyle
Denise Richards
Robbie Coltrane
Judi Dench
Desmond Llewelyn
John Cleese
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Samantha Bond
Michael Kitchen
Colin Salmon
David Calder
James Bond
Elektra King
Victor 'Renard' Zokas
Dr. Christmas Jones
Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Julietta the Cigar Girl
Miss Moneypenny
Bill Tanner
Charles Robinson
Sir Robert King
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Pierce Brosnan returns as Secret Agent 007 for his third mission which takes him to Spain, England, Azerbaijan, Istanbul to protect an oil heiress from the same man who kidnapped/tortured her years earlier.

The Timothy Dalton movies (The Living Daylights; Licence to Kill) incorporated the pre-credit sequence into the plot-line of the movie. The Pierce Brosnan films (GoldenEye; Tomorrow Never Dies) turned these sequences into elements of the main plot. "The World Is Not Enough" roars to life from the "Gun Barrel" opening shot. Bond is sent on a mission to Bilbao, Spain to retrieve a large sum of money used to purchase an MI6 report. But Bond is more interested in who killed the MI6 agent who bought it. Mayhem results in the longest pre-credit sequence in Bond history. Audience members probably forgot about the title sequence until the music started. Bond makes his escape from a Swiss bank, with the money, back to MI6 headquarters in London only to have the money explode causing the death of Sir Robert King. An excellent boat chase/balloon sequence on the river Thames and above the Millennium Dome follows.

MI6 suspects that King's daughter, Electra (Sophie Marceau) may be in danger and dispatches Bond to protect her. Bond follows his hunches throughout only to discover that his moves have been planned/manipulated by terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle). Bond had better think/act quickly before the oil fields of the Middle East are jeopardized.

Denise Richards (Dr. Christmas Jones) will not fool any one into thinking she is a nuclear physicist. The sound track is excellent. Gadgets and action abound. Most importantly, this is not a standard, stylized Bond story. This is one of the few Bond adventures that makes the audience think to try to solve the puzzle. This may prove too difficult for some who are expecting the same old Bond. To blatantly steal a quote, "Like fine whiskey, Bond gets better with age!"

Pierce Brosnan is very good as James Bond, here portraying a more vulnerable secret agent. My problem with Brosnan, that I noticed from "The Thomas Crown Affair", is that he really doesn't have a screen presence that dwarfs all the other characters. Maybe this is intended to show that he has to go the extra mile to succeed in his missions.