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The World Is Not Enough (Special Edition)

Pierce Brosnan , Sophie Marceau , Michael Apted    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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In his 19th screen outing, Ian Fleming's superspy is once again caught in the crosshairs of a self-created dilemma: as the longest-running feature-film franchise, James Bond is an annuity his producers want to protect, yet the series' consciously formulaic approach frustrates any real element of surprise beyond the rote application of plot twists or jump cuts to shake up the audience. This time out, credit 007's caretakers for making some visible attempts to invest their principal characters with darker motives--and blame them for squandering The World Is Not Enough's initial promise by the final reel.

By now, Bond pictures are as elegantly formal as a Bach chorale, and this one opens on an unusually powerful note. A stunning pre-title sequence reaches beyond mere pyrotechnics to introduce key plot elements as the action leaps from Bilbao to London. Bond 5.0, Pierce Brosnan, undercuts his usually suave persona with a darker, more brutal edge largely absent since Sean Connery departed. Equally tantalizing are our initial glimpses of Bond's nemesis du jour, Renard (Robert Carlyle), and imminent love interest, Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), both atypically complex characters cast with seemingly shrewd choices, and directed by the capable Michael Apted. The story's focus on post-Soviet geopolitics likewise starts off on a savvy note, before being overtaken by increasingly Byzantine plot twists, hidden motives, and reversals of loyalty superheated by relentless (if intermittently perfunctory) action sequences.

Indeed, the procession of perils plays like a greatest hits medley, save for a nifty sequence involving airborne buzz saws that's as enjoyable as it is preposterous. Bond's grimmer demeanor, while preferable to the smirk that eventually swallowed Roger Moore whole, proves wearying, unrelieved by any true wit. The underlying psychoses that propel Renard and Elektra eventually unravel into unconvincing melodrama, while Bond is supplied with a secondary love object, Denise Richards, who's even more improbable as a nuclear physicist. Ultimately, this World is not enough despite its better intentions. --Sam Sutherland

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I never miss" June 22 2004
Format:DVD
This is the best film to date in the series, hands-down. It may not have the classic charm of Goldfinger, but a couple of viewings (something most people aren't willing to credit a Bond film with) reveal a film which is incredibly substantial, in an unprecedented - and unnecesary - way. It could get by on the charm of the locations, one-liners etc., but it still tries to put together a credible and interesting plot, and it succeeds.
The most obvious credit to the writers is Carlyle's brooding, existentialist villain, which reminded me of The Misfit in O'Connor's 'A Good Man is Hard to Find.' Carlyle, in surprising contrast to his turn as the psychotic Begbie in Trainspotting, plays the role with just enough subtley and understatement, making the character's evil much more believable than the cackling megalomania of earlier specimens. What I also like about the screenplay, though, and what isn't immediatley apparent, is that it casts some doubt on the role of Bond in the world. In other movies, he seems to have an absolute moral imperative, able to gun down scores of people without any consequence, simply because his enemies are abosolutley evil. In this film, though, among the ruins of the USSR (a theme already explored in Goldeneye), there's more gray than black and white, and the circumstances don't allow him to get off so blamelessly; ultimately he has to do something which he might might regret. It's far from making him human - if that were to happen, it would undermine the whole promise of the series - but it's an interesting take.
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By Konrei
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THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (known to Bond fans as TWINE) may be Pierce Brosnan's finest outing as Bond to date. A more complex and nuanced story than most recent Bond films, TWINE recaptures a good part of the exotica and international intrigue of the Bond series as first conceived.
The precredits sequence sets up the story nicely: Sir Robert King, oil magnate and friend of "M" (Judi Dench) is killed by booby trapped money delivered to him by Bond. All roads lead to Rome, the roads being clues, and Rome in this case being represented by Electra King (Sophie Marceau), Sir Robert's beautiful daughter, who was the victim of a recent kidnap plot hatched by the mysterious Renard, a terrorist rendered unable to experience pain by a bullet lodged in his skull. "M" dispatches Bond to protect Electra, who has taken over her father's petroleum empire in central Asia.
From the moment he arrives in Azerbaijan, Bond is a hunted man. Although first enamored of Electra, Bond soon realizes that there is something amiss.
In TWINE, Brosnan resurrects the dark Bond of FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE. His dual nemeses, Electra and Renard, are ably played by Marceau and Robert Carlyle, who both bring some surprising depth to their characters. Electra is particularly sympathetic, being both the brainwashed victim and willing accomplice of Renard. She is by turns sexual and ingenuous, vulnerable and implacable. Marceau is breathtakingly beautiful.
Carlyle's Renard, trapped in a body that can't feel, exudes both pathos and hatred as he plots the destruction of the democracies.
Dench's "M" plays a central role in the film, far larger than any "M" before her. The film is notable for being the last appearance as Desmond Llwellyn as "Q".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stirred but not shaken - quite apt May 30 2004
Format:DVD
The Amazon reviewer noted that JB was becoming formulaic...well, in a sense, every movie is formulaic: Mysteries, science fiction, light romances, even drama. What was good about this were the terrific special effects, the complex, modern plot (The USSR is no more) and the music. Bad things: Alas, romance. The lead could not compete with earlier Bond women and being neither a femme fatale or a blushing virgin we are caught in the middle. Brosnan was good in this role, a more serious JB that brought much-needed weight and content to the part.
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For me, this was one of those films where first impressions weren't exactly the best ones as when this film was released there was a great deal of hype about it and I certainly remember being excited about it but the reality of it at the theater didn't ring true. My opinion of its theatrical release had even been so poor as to not even purchase the DVD when it was released. A recently rekindled interest in the Bond films brought me to the decision to give this film one more chance which also leads one to the market place sellers as the DVD is no longer in production unless you wish to buy one of the entire boxed sets to get this film.
Upon viewing "The World is Not Enough" the second time I would definitely have to say that I was overly critical of its theatrical release. Taken as a whole, this third Bond film with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond is a pretty good film. The basic premise is a bit weaker than the other three Bond films starring Brosnan but of course, the films producers overcome that with some spectacular action sequences and scenery.
Performance wise, Pierce Brosnan does Bond extraordinarily well in this, his third appearance. At this point in time, who else could play Bond, probably nobody as he's made the part entirely his and we, the fans, are the better for it. One of the greatest treats in this Bond film, as with all Bond films is some new Bond babes and as even more special treat this film stars the extraordinarily beautiful French actress Sophie Marceau who may be best known by American audiences for her role in "Braveheart." Her performance for this film is pretty much perfect to the role, which is "over the top," as she takes her character from one end of the extreme to the other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bond Film. :)
I Loved this Movie, A Great James Bond.

Full of Action for Everybody!

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Cheers, Troy :)

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Published 10 months ago by Troy Laporte
3.0 out of 5 stars The names Bond, Jame Bond
This 007 movie is OK the story is OK so it is a OK movie but it should entertain you.

For $7 bucks it is worth getting. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The epic reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
This is one of the best Bond movies yet, let alone my favorite actor playing james bond.I stopped watching the movies after Perice Brosnan left the series. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RitualJman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent James Bond movie. I'm a fan of Pierce Brosnan so I think he made a great James Bond. Great cast with Robert Carlyle, and the actor from the Cracker series.
Published 14 months ago by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Bond is the best of this time......Dry,humorous,and elegant,
Mr.Bond is ranking itself as the highest of his quality,and is back once more,but this time dry as a glass of martini,and elegant as far as he could ever get,making his job as... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by Matan Ben Ishay
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't you say hello like a normal person?
The 19th James Bond movie. The character of James Bond had been re-introduced in good classic style with the prior releases of GOLDENEYE and TOMORROW NEVER DIES. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Michael J. Chrush
4.0 out of 5 stars Brosnon - good Richards - Bad
I think Brosnon is one of the best Bond's ever. He is what I envision when I think of what Bond should look like. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by John B. Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST BONDS !
This is one of my favorite Bond films, my only complaint has to do with the fact the pre-credit sequence is so very good, nothing in the rest of the movie comes close to matching... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst in a storied series
There have been a lot of ups and downs in the storied Bond series, which is to be expected with so many different installments being made. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Adam F. Sandy
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