Once again, Luke of Oracle of Film is here to give us his opinion on another ond film. Let’s see what he thought about The World is Not Enough (1999)
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
“What’s the point in living if you can’t feel alive?”
Number of Times Seen: 4
Brief Synopsis: A terrorist, impervious to pain, threatens the daughter of a deceased billionaire and her oil pipeline. Bond, as a favour to the daughter from M, is sent to protect her.
My Take On It: The World Is Not Enough continues the trend of having endless amounts of fun, but we do start seeing a more three-dimensional side to James Bond.
This is mainly due to the relationship between James and, one of my favourite Bond girls, Elektra King. The romance card is very well played here and like Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies, we actually believe that Bond cares for these women, even if that same trend of ‘disposable’ is present throughout. While Brosnan’s movies also suggest that to make the male/female leads more equal requires having a girl who can kick ass (Wai Lin, Jynx, Frost), I think it is closer to this relationship. As long as we believe that the romance is real, I can leave a film happy that these characters were much more believable than their stock figure suggests. The character arc of this relationship is the driving force of the film and because of that, no matter how much time is spent on the action, there is something much more three-dimensional about the whole affair.
The best description of the quality of this film I can give is just how I felt in comparison with the rest of the movies. With every film in the franchise, I have had to partially summon up the desire to watch them. Even the Connerys felt dated. However, as soon as we hit Licence to Kill, I needed no additional motivation. As soon as the idea of watching The World Is Not Enough (or any of the remaining Bond movies – stretching all the way to Skyfall), popped into my head, it was a done deal. There was no way I was not going to watch this movie. I love Robert Carlyle’s unusual yet solid bad guy. I love the action sequences from the ski chase all the way to the punch-up in an upturned submarine. Another truly amazing Bond.
Bottom Line: Finally we see some more emotion from Brosnan, yet this never compromises on the action.