The World Is Not Enough (1999) Poster


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  • When British oil tycoon Sir Robert King (David Calder) is murdered with a fertilizer bomb, M (Judi Dench) sends 007 agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) to Baku, Russia to protect King's daughter/heiress Elektra (Sophie Marceau), who is attempting to build an 800 mile pipeline through Turkey and whom M believes might be the next target of international terrorist Victor "Renard" Zokas (Robert Carlyle), who kidnapped Elektra five years ago. Helped by nuclear research scientist Dr Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) and by ex-KGB agent Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane), they discover that there is more threat to the situation than just some pipeline sabotage. Edit

  • The movie is based on a story and script co-written by screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein. The title is taken from "Orbis non sufficit ", the English translation of the Latin phrase seen on the Bond family's coat-of-arms in the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) (1969). The screenplay was subsequently novelized by American author Raymond Benson. The World is Not Enough is the 19th Bond film in the EON series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Edit

  • The World is Not Enough is performed by the Madison, Wisconsin-based rock group Garbage. Edit

  • In the precredits scenario, Bond is in a Swiss bank in Bilbao, Spain where he is attempting to recover money stolen from Sir Robert King. Even moreso, he is looking for the name of the assassin who killed the MI6 agent who discovered that Sir Robert was buying stolen reports, the latest one from the Russian Atomic Energy Department purportedly identifying the terrorists who attacked a new oil pipeline that King is building. After making a daring escape but without the name of the assassin, Bond returns the money to MI6 headquarters in London only to see King, the money, and the MI6 bankvault blown up. After attending King's funeral in Scotland, Bond is sent to Baku, Azerbaijan to shadow Elektra and to locate Renard.. When he finds the dead body of Russian scientist Mikail Arkon in the car trunk of Elektra's chief of security, Bond kills the security chief and takes Arkon's place on a flight to a Russian ICBM base in Kazakhstan. There, he meets Christmas Jones, and the two of them barely escape with their lives when Renard succeeds in stealing a bomb and blowing up the entire ICBM base. Bond and Christmas return to Azerbaijan, but Bond now suspects that Elektra may be working with Renard. When Elektra and Renard rendez-vous in Istanbul, Turkey, Bond and Christmas follow them there in order to stop them from using the bomb to blow up Istanbul. Edit

  • A fertilizer bomb is an explosive made out of common fertilizer. In this case, the money was dipped in urea, a source of nitrogen in fertilizers. In one of the notes, the anti-counterfeiting strip was replaced with magnesium which acted as a detonator. King's lapel pin was switched for a copy which contained a radio transmitter to trigger the blast. Bond was alerted to the fertilizer bomb when he picked up some ice cubes for his drink after touching the money. The water on his hands started a chemical reaction with the urea, which Bond recognized as telltale of a fertilizer bomb. M is convinced that only someone close to King could have switched his lapel pin for the rigged copy. Note that an attempt to make a bomb as this movie describes could produce a fire with toxic fumes, but not an explosion—any fertilizer bomb involving urea has it mixed with other substances which are never mentioned in the film. Edit

  • Azerbaijan is located in the western shore of the Caspian Sea in the Caucasus region on the border between Europe and Asia. Kazakhstan, on the northeastern shore of the Caspian is in Asia. A map of the Caspian Sea and surrounding countries can be viewed here. Edit

  • Stockholm Syndrome is the name given to a psychological response where a captive victim comes to love his or her captor(s). The term was coined in the 1970s when four employees of a bank in Stockholm, Sweden, were held hostage for six days by two ex-convicts. Upon their release, the hostages showed abnormal emotional attachment to their captors, even to the point of refusing to testify against them in court. Two of the female hostages, in fact, became engaged to their captors. The behavior is considered a common survival strategy for victims of abuse. It has been observed in battered spouses, abused children, prisoners of war, and concentration camp survivors. Bond suspects that Elektra may have acquired the syndrome during the time she was held captive by Renard. Edit

  • To avoid her getting "the bends" as she rose to the surface, potentially fatal gas bubbles forming in the blood when going from a high pressure environment to a low one. By breathing out as she rises she would avoid that. Edit

  • Including The World is Not Enough, Brosnan made four movies in which he played James Bond: GoldenEye (1995) (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002) (2002). Edit



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  • 80 people die in total. Edit

  • They wished to create a nuclear meltdown (but not an explosion which would only create radioactive fallout for a reasonably short time) that would contaminate the area around the Istanbul straits for years, meaning that it could no longer be used by oil tankers. This would mean that any customers for oil from the region would be forced to use Elektra's pipeline instead making her incredible profits. Edit

  • Renard begins to submerge the submarine carrying the nuclear warhead, so Bond leaps in the water after it and climbs on board. He first frees Christmas. Then, while holding off Renard's men, he attempts to make the submarine surface so that it will be detected on navy radar but instead makes it dive deeper, causing the sub to hit bottom. As the submarine begins to flood with water, Bond and Christmas work their way toward the hatch, until Christmas notices that Renard has locked himself in the reactor room and is attempting to load the plutonium rod, which will set off an explosion that will destroy Istanbul. To get to the reactor room, Bond exits through one escape hatch and then re-enters the sub through the escape hatch in the reactor room. Once inside, he opens the door for Christmas to gain entrance to the reactor room and, together, they try to stop Renard from inserting the plutonium rod. Just as it looks like Renard is going to win, Bond reconnects a blown pressure hose, causing the reactor to backfire and eject the plutonium rod, which impales Renard through the chest. The reactor floods with water, and Bond and Christmas escape by ejecting themselves out through a torpedo tube. As they swim to the surface, the submarine safely blows up underwater. Back at MI6 headquarters in Scotland, M (who has returned safely from Azerbaijan) asks if there's been any word from Bond, who is still in Istanbul sharing champagne with Christmas. R (John Cleese), Q (Desmond Llewelyn)'s understudy, manages to pick up Bond with his thermal imaging card. When the MI6 staff realizes what Bond and Christmas are really doing, R discretely flicks off the image. Edit

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