The World Is Not Enough (1999)
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A bit weak, not as good as Goldeneye or TMD.
The World Is Not Enough has a terrible reputation, and while it's not great, it WAS a lot better than I anticipated. The main problem is Denise Richards as the least believable rocket scientist in the history of science and/or movies (she could play one of the girls in a live action Danger Girl movie though). She comes in around the middle and stinks up the place, usually with blatantly obvious exposition. But I'd come to understand post-Goldeneye Brosnan was entirely too jokey, like the later Roger Moore era; that's not really the case. Everyone's on overdrive vis-à-vis death puns, sure, but Brosnan himself can be dead serious when his Bond is angry, and he's angry a LOT. Sophie Marceau is effective as an always disrobing femme fatale, though the henchmen du jour, whom I've heard called Bullethead (though not to his face) isn't particularly memorable. The action set pieces are fine, but aren't particularly memorable either (the boat sequence was fun though). But they're not terrible or silly either, is what I'm getting at. What struck me most is how much of this movie Skyfall poached! An expanded role for M, a new Q (glad to see John Cleese come aboard, but Desmond Llewelyn's low-key departure is almost too sad), an explosion at MI-6, the Bond family motto, etc.
Denise Richards weighs the film down in the obvious ways, and the whole outing feels clunky with pacing being all over the place. Sophie Marceau, however, lights up the screen with enough power to make the entire movie memorable. The perfect combination of seductive, exotic, and
evil that personally makes her one of the best bond girls I've ever seen. It's worth a watch just for her alone.
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This movie ranks #367 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
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