Here are my thoughts on my favorite of Brosnan’s Bond movies, The World is Not Enough (1999).
Thanks to Luke for his review earlier today!
Number of Times Seen – Around 5 times (Theater in ’99, video, DVD and18 Dec 2014)
Brief Synopsis – Bond is sent on a mission to protect the daughter of an oil magnet when she is targeted by a terrorist who kidnapped her years earlier.
My Take on it – I think that Bond movies with a personal edge to them in the storyline are generally much better than the others.
This movie, not unlike the Craig one’s have a personal / intimate feeling to them that helps raise them above most of the rest.
This was the first time that it was done so well because it dealt with two personal intertwined storylines; Bond and M. both have different personal relationships with Elektra King and they both are affected by this during the course of the movie.
Elektra is an amazing Bond girl who is developed extremely well as the movie moves forward. Sophie Marceau is great in the role.
Robert Carlyle is a pretty good villain, but had he been developed as well as King, he could have reached a higher mark on the Bond villain scale.
I loved how the action scenes were breathtaking and tense raising the quality level to what it should always be in a Bond flick.
Although a very minor character, Robbie Coltrane’s Valentin is great and I’m glad they brought him back especially with his extraordinary cane/gun.
I’m not a huge fan of Denise Richards as a Bond girl here, but I liked the fortunate coincidence that this review came out today being that her character’s name is Dr. Christmas Jones. (This was not planned…seriously) 🙂
This IMHO is by far, Brosnan’s best outing as Bond. It’s too bad the other three didn’t have such complex characters and plotlines.
Bottom Line – Works really well due to the fact that it’s a very personal story not unlike the Craig movies so far. Sophie Marceau is s great Bond girl that is developed so well as the movie progresses. Amazing action scenes. Brosnan’s best outing IMHO. Great seeing Carlyle and the return of Coltrane. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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