The World Is Not Enough

No, not a foolish sentiment, but Bond’s family motto!

The World Is Not Enough (1999) has James Bond tasked with protecting an oil heiress, leading him to uncover a plot by a Bosnian terrorist (with a bullet permanently lodged in his brain!) who plans to disrupt oil supply with a nuclear sub meltdown in Istanbul.

Plenty of adrenalin pumping chases and stunts in this one including a boat chase on the Thames from MI6 headquarters to the Millennium Dome where Bond smashes Q’s retirement fishing boat! Sadly this is the last appearance of Desmond Llewelyn as Q who died in a car accident just one month after the release of the film. His replacement, portrayed by John Cleese, has a fitting introduction in the film,

(after Q introduces his successor…)
Bond: “If you’re Q, does that make him R?”
R: “Ah yes, the legendary 007 wit, or at least half of it.”

The stand out gadget this time would have to be a pair of x-ray specs allowing 007 to check for concealed weapons… and lingerie! 😉

While on that subject, Denise Richards plays Dr. Christmas Jones – a nuclear scientist that ends up helping Bond – and as you’d expect there are a few good lines that crop up,

Bond: “I need to know who’s in charge here. ”
Dr. Christmas Jones: “That would be me, Dr. Christmas Jones and I don’t want to hear any jokes.”
Bond: “I don’t know any doctor jokes.”

Bond: (in bed with Jones) “I was wrong about you. ”
Dr. Christmas Jones: “Yeah, how so? ”
Bond: “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.” 😀

In terms of the Brosnan films, I’d have to rate this entry number two – behind Goldeneye but better than Tomorrow Never Dies. Yet again Brosnan delivers a solid performance and the film certainly conforms to the classic Bond formula. Another in the saga that’s well worth a look.

Links: IMDB (6.3/10) and Wikipedia.

Two Bond films to go. Twelve days left in ’07… Bring ’em on!


About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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