James Bond 007 film #19
Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Serena Scott | Director: Michael Apted | Producers: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli | Distributor: United Artists
“The World Is Not Enough” is the 19th Bond film. Every fan of 007 has a favorite film in the series. I will keep mine to myself. If you compare this one to those of the past, “The World Is Not Enough” is, in my opinion, the least offensive—the most offensive portion being the digital graphics in the opening credits that leave nothing to the imagination. It’s the part you always try to fast-forward through when the video is released.
“The World Is Not Enough” is the story of Elektra King, the daughter of a rich oil tycoon. Her father is killed during a rescue attempt on her life. Elektra steps in and tries to fulfill her father’s dream of creating a pipeline linking the Soviet Union with Europe. There are many that are trying to stop her, especially Renard, a villain who would love nothing more than to blow up the entire line. Of course, he has other strategic steps in mind toward the usual world domination.
There are the usual chase scenes. Every time you see a Bond film, you wonder what they will think of using next in their chase sequences. We must give credit to the creativity in this department. The cinematography, too, is indeed worthwhile—not too far from watching an IMAX film. The elaborate and unbelievable escape scenes are compelling and exciting. Not as far-fetched as in the previous Bond film.
Is there anything offensive in the film? Come on now—we’re talking James Bond. Innuendo abounds, but the count is lower than in most other films of the series. James does use sex to get a female doctor to approve him for active duty. (He is injured during the opening minutes of the film and cannot take an assignment without the doctor’s approval). There are also some other brief sex scenes, and the traditional scene where James orders his fave alcoholic beverage.
The violence is very intense and sometimes darker than most Bond films. There is not so much bad language, but according to ScreenIt! there is at least 1 use of *ss, 1 d*mn, 1 h*ll, 2 uses of “Oh my God,” and 1 use of “God” as exclamations.
We all have our “love/hate” affairs with Bond films. Christians all wish that the traditional sexual parts would just be left out of this stereotyped spy film. It is mildly there with some partial nudity similar to the scenes in “Entrapment”. I do recommend the film with the above cautions.
Year of Release—1999