THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

Umm, Sweetie, are you upset with me over something?(1999)
With Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards, Robert Carlyle, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese, Colin Salmon, Samantha Bond
Directed by Michael Apted
Reviewed by JL and JB

     Once the Cold War ended, British Intelligence apparently needed to create its own foes to keep busy.  That's the enemies-are-within premise of THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, Pierce Brosnan's third film as James Bond.  It's the least remarkable of the Brosnan films, in that it's neither as well-plotted as GOLDENEYE nor as much fun as TOMORROW NEVER DIES, but at least it doesn't descend to the excruciatingly silly level of DIE ANOTHER DAY.  Sophie Marceau is one of the better Bond girls of later years, an effective spider-woman double-agent type, but Denise Richards as scantily clad nuclear scientist Dr. Christmas Jones is right out of the Britt Ekland-Tanya Roberts Institute of Advanced Bimbo Studies.  The best aspects of the film are some decent action sequences and a meatier-than-usual role for Judi Dench as "M."  3 - JL


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     THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH is the grandest of all the Brosnan-Bonds. There is very little that is superfluous in the way of chases, gadgets, etc., and everything revolves around the plot and the characters.  It recalls ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, not just because of the ski chase but because Bond is not Superman in this one, but rather a man who could fall in love and get hurt.  

     Sophie Marceau is wonderful, but how do you solve a problem like Denise Richards?  There is no denying that she's extremely easy on the eyes, but I thought we were finished with this kind of character when Roger Moore retired from the series. Michelle Yeoh showed that Bond girls could be beautiful and bring something beyond their looks to a Bond film.  But Denise Richard, gorgeous although she may be, is all eye candy and no brain food.

     Richard Carlyle makes for an okay villain, not more, not less.  Call me a sentimental old fluff, but I've been spoiled by Dr. No, Goldfinger and Blofeld - I need my villains to be supervillains, not just rogue bad guys or international terrorists.  But at least Carlyle's villain is bald with a scar and a bullet lodged in his head, so he gets points for style. 4 - JB 

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Desmond Llewelyn    Desmond Llewelyn holds the record for most appearances in the James Bond franchise with seventeen - ten more than Roger Moore, who had the longest run as Bond.  The character of Major Boothroyd was played by Peter Burton in the first Bond film Dr. No.  It wasn't until the next film, From Russia With Love, that Llewelyn would assume the role of Boothroyd, now known as "Q", the man who supplies 007 with all those wonderful and often silly gadgets. From then on, until his death in 1999, Llewelyn reprised the character in nearly every film up to The World is Not Enough, missing only Roger Moore's first Bond film Live and Let Die.

    Over time, Llewelyn showed off a beautiful comic flare which made his scenes with Bond - as played by anybody - highlights of each film.  Although many of his scenes took place in Q Branch, where the weapons and gadgets are created, the scripts sometimes had his character doing field work, as in You Only Live Twice and The Living Daylights.  In Octopussy, Q actually takes part in a mission with Bond, knocking out some bad guys with the basket of his hot air balloon.  These appearances could be outlandish, but it seemed that Llewelyn's take on Q was just too much fun to have the character be locked up in his office all the time.

    In The World is Not Enough, he hands off the Quartermaster duties to "R", played by John Cleese, who then took over the role of Q - a designation, not a name - in the final Pierce Brosnan Bond film Die Another Day.  The character did not appear in the first two Daniel Craig-era films, and was played by the young Ben Wishaw in Skyfall, while in the non-official Never Say Never Again, he is portrayed by Alex McCowen.

    The 85-year-old Llewelyn died in a car accident in December of 1999.