The 19th Bond adventure opens with a high-octane jetboat chase along London’s River Thames leading to a fight on the Millennium Dome. From then on the pace never lets up.
While Pierce Brosnan returns as the suave secret agent, James Bond, director Michael Apted moves away from the cartoon acting style of previous Bond outings and coaxes subtle performances from his cast, especially Robert Carlyle as Bond’s international terrorist adversary, Renard (pictured), who is intent on global domination and has a nerve-paralysing bullet wedged in his brain.
Bond also has to fend off a small army of evildoers as he protects Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), the daughter of a slain oil baron.
Dame Judi Dench reprises her role as his boss, M, Robbie Coltrane returns as a now-legit Russian smuggler, Denise Richards adds to the glamour as tank top-wearing nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (yes, really) and a buffoonish John Cleese debuts as aged gadget-master Q’s assistant, R.
The World Is Not Enough was the most commercially successful film in the history of the Bond franchise, grossing $125 million in North America alone, despite opening on the same day as the much more heavily publicised Titanic. Even the title song by Garbage is a homage to the glory days of the franchise.
Dr Christmas Jones
Sir Robert King
Dr Molly Warmflash
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