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The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.

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Michael Apted

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Neal Purvis (story), Robert Wade (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... James Bond
Sophie Marceau ... Elektra King
Robert Carlyle ... Renard
Denise Richards ... Dr. Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane ... Valentin Zukovsky
Judi Dench ... M
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
John Cleese ... R
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Cigar Girl
Samantha Bond ... Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen ... Bill Tanner
Colin Salmon ... Charles Robinson
Goldie ... Bullion
David Calder ... Sir Robert King
Serena Scott Thomas ... Dr. Molly Warmflash
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Storyline

James Bond is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6 and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard, who has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous agent, is secretly planning the destruction of a pipeline. Bond gains a hand from a research scientist, Dr. Christmas Jones who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King, especially when Bond's boss, M goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe. Written by simon

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Danger. Suspense. Excitement. There must be when he's around. See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

2 December 1999 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bond 19 See more »

Filming Locations:

Kazakhstan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,519,007, 21 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,943,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,832,400, 4 March 2013
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Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jamiroquai turned down the offer to write and sing the song of the film, because lead singer Jay Kay was not interested. See more »

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The protesters at the church are waving Hungarian flags, not Azerbaijani ones. See more »

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[first lines]
Lachaise: So good of you to come see me, Mr. Bond, particularly on such short notice.
James Bond: If you can't trust a Swiss banker, what's the world come to?
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"JAMES BOND WILL RETURN" See more »

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Press screenings ran at ca. 160 minutes. For general release the film was later cut down to 128 minutes. See more »

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The World is not Enough
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Don Black
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Brosnan's Third Bond is His Best
24 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

*** (out of 4)

Pierce Brosnan's third appearance as James Bond is the best to date as he's put in charge of protecting an oil heiress (Sophie Marceau) who is wanted by a terrorist (Robert Carlyle) who feels no pain. Soon Bond realizes that the terrorist is actually after a nuclear weapon for the sake of owning all the oil in the world. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH features a lot of very good stunts that you've come to expect in a Bond picture but I think even better is how serious the material is handled by director Michael Apted. There's no doubt that Bond still has that cool nature but this film takes it a step further and also builds a very entertaining story that doesn't contain any pulp material. Instead of just coolness, the story actually builds up some pretty nice tension as we slowly figure out what's going on with this terrorist and who's actually helping him. I think some of the best moments happen during the finale as Bond finds himself on a sub trying to stop the nuclear attack from happening. I won't spoil anything but there's some real excitement here and some great nail-biting action. Another major plus is that Brosnan is extremely effective as Bond. Yes, he was born to play the part but I think his performance here ranks among the very best of the entire series. I won't spoil everything Marceau does in the film but lets just say she plays everything perfectly and is quite memorable. Carlyle is also good in his part but it's a shame he didn't get more screen time. Denise Richards plays a scientist and while she's not believable in the part, she at least looks good in it. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH features an excellent opening stunt, a terrific one with skis and the before mention climax. This here is certainly entertainment at its finest.


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