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The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Neal Purvis (story), Robert Wade (story) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen ... Tanner
Colin Salmon ... Robinson
Goldie ... Bull
David Calder ... Sir Robert King
Serena Scott Thomas ... Dr. Molly Warmflash
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Storyline

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6, and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard (Robert Carlyle), 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 research scientist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards), who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), especially when Bond's boss, M (Dame Judi Dench) goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe. Written by simon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexuality and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell had unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in this movie. Former James Bond Sir Roger Moore and Alan Cumming, who played Boris Klenshenko in GoldenEye (1995), appeared in Spice World (1997), in which Geri Halliwell played herself. See more »

Goofs

When Bond is speaking with M in her office, he sets down his drink a fair distance from the "stolen report". An immediate close-up shows the drink within a couple of inches of the report. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

In the end credits the copyright date 1999, traditionally displayed in roman numerals, is shown as MIM e.g. 1000 + 1000-1. This is wrong, the correct representation is MCMXCIX. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Remade as Still Game: Scones (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The World is not Enough
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Garbage
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A return to form after the routine TND
1 December 1999 | by VindictiSee all my reviews

Top casting and exciting action make this one of the most entertaining Bond films for a while.

Some may disagree, but I think Brosnan has the edge over Connery now. Sophie Marceau is fantastic as Electra, one of the most interesting characters to grace the series for a while. Carlyle, although shortlived, is a very believable and even sympathetic villain and Robbie Coltrane makes a meal of his second appearance as Valentin Zukovsky.

The opening scene of TWINE is probably the best action scene ever in a Bond film and while the ones that follow cannot quite match up to it, they are still top class. Director Michael Apted shows that he has a real talent for dealing with these parts of the movie, and the excellent soundtrack can only improve them.

I went to see this movie on consecutive days and bought the soundtrack (Garbage&David Arnold) the second time, this is the best recommendation that I can possibly give it.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (USA) 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

Gross USA:

$126,943,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,832,400
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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