The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

Michael Apted (1999)

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Our Score
In a welcome return to the gritty glamour of such early outings as From Russia with Love, this 19th James Bond adventure effortlessly juggles a hard-hitting story with all the expected "super spy" embellishments and keeps everything in diamond-cut focus for maximum suspense and thrills. Plaudits should go to director Michael Apted for the stirring, not shaky, blend of casino, ski slopes and submarine components contained within a topical plot about the power struggle for global domination of pipelines from oil-rich Azerbaijan. Pierce Brosnan is clearly comfortable as 007, both in the dramatic sequences and during the spectacular stunts. (The opening speedboat chase along the River Thames gets things moving in turbo drive.) Matching him every step of the way are Sophie Marceau, the best Bond girl in ages, and Robert Carlyle, who is perfect as a vicious villain. Even Judi Dench's "M" gets out into the Middle East battlefield to show her gadget ingenuity. Though everything comes gift-wrapped in production glitz, there are many touching moments to temper the adrenaline-pumping action. Accompanied by a theme song from Garbage that sounds like Shirley Bassey revisited, the world's greatest secret agent entered the new millennium in fine blockbuster form.


James Bond is assigned to protect the heiress of an oil dynasty after her father is killed in a bombing at MI6 headquarters. The attack is the work of an infamous terrorist who is unable to feel pain after surviving a gunshot to his head, and who now intends to destroy the world's supply of oil. Spy adventure, starring Pierce Brosnan, Robert Carlyle, Sophie Marceau and Robbie Coltrane.

Cast & Crew

James Bond Pierce Brosnan
Elektra Sophie Marceau
Renard Robert Carlyle
Christmas Jones Denise Richards
Valentin Zukovsky Robbie Coltrane
"M" Judi Dench
"Q" Desmond Llewelyn
"R" John Cleese
Cigar Girl Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Miss Moneypenny Samantha Bond (2)
Tanner Michael Kitchen
Robinson Colin Salmon
Bull / Bullion Goldie
Dr Molly Warmflash Serena Scott Thomas
Davidov Ulrich Thomsen
Mr Lachaise Patrick Malahide
Sir Robert King David Calder
Director Michael Apted
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Nov 1999