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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
I have to say not the best in Pierce Brosnan's run as 007, but still a must have for any collector. The story was weak and the acting wasn't the greatest.Published 1 month ago by bourne077
Comment ne pas aimer ces films, une série qui évolue avec le temps, la technologie, le contexte politique.Published 6 months ago by Simeth Jaques
I Loved this Movie, A Great James Bond.
Full of Action for Everybody!
Cheers, Troy :)
A 10" Plus
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
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 morePublished 22 months ago by RitualJman
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 on Feb. 9 2013 by Emma
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 morePublished on July 12 2004 by Matan Ben Ishay
The Amazon reviewer noted that JB was becoming formulaic...well, in a sense, every movie is formulaic: Mysteries, science fiction, light romances, even drama. Read morePublished on May 30 2004 by Avid Reader