MI6 agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) meets a Swiss banker to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a British oil tycoon and friend of M (Judi Dench). Bond tells the banker that King was buying a report stolen from an MI6 agent who was killed for it, and wants to know who killed him. The banker threatens Bond, but Bond overpowers him. The banker is killed by his assistant before he can reveal the assassin’s name. Bond escapes with the money. Back in London, Sir Robert is killed by the booby-trapped money inside MI6. Bond gives chase to the assassin – the assistant again – on a boat on the Thames to the Millennium Dome, where the assassin attempts to escape via hot air balloon. Bond offers her protection, but she refuses. She detonates the balloon, killing herself. Bond traces the recovered money to Renard (Robert Carlyle), a KGB agent-turned-terrorist. Following an earlier attempt on his life by MI6, Renard was left with a bullet in his brain which is gradually destroying his senses, making him immune to pain. M assigns Bond to protect King’s daughter, Elektra (Sophie Marceau); Renard previously abducted and held her for ransom, and MI6 believes that he is targeting her a second time. Bond flies to Azerbaijan, where Elektra is overseeing the construction of an oil pipeline. During a tour of the pipeline’s proposed route in the mountains, Bond and Elektra are attacked by a hit squad in armed, paraglider-equipped snowmobiles. Afterwards Bond visits Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane) at a casino to acquire information about Elektra’s attackers; he discovers that Elektra’s head of security, Davidov, is secretly in league with Renard. Bond kills Davidov and boards a plane bound for a Russian ICBM base in Kazakhstan. There, Bond, posing as a Russian nuclear scientist, meets American nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) and enters the silo. Inside, Renard removes the GPS locator card and weapons-grade plutonium from a bomb. Before Bond can kill him, Jones blows his cover. Renard steals the bomb and flees, leaving everyone to die in the booby-trapped missile silo. Bond and Jones escape the exploding silo with the locator card. Back in Azerbaijan, Bond discloses to M that Elektra may not be as innocent as she seems, and hands her the locator card as proof of the theft: an alarm sounds, revealing that the stolen bomb from Kazakhstan is attached to an inspection rig heading towards the oil terminal. Bond and Jones enter the pipeline to deactivate the bomb, and Jones discovers that half of the plutonium is missing. They both jump clear of the rig and a large section of the pipe is destroyed. Bond and Jones are presumed killed. Back at the command centre, Elektra reveals that she killed her father as revenge for using her as bait for Renard. She abducts M, whom she resents for advising her father not to pay the ransom money. With M missing Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying parts of Europe…

“The World is not Enough” was Brosnan´s third Bond movie and this time around we get a slightly better Bond movie compared to “Tomorrow Never Dies”. The plot is a no brainer more or less, we´ve seen it before within the Bond universe, but with the new structure of having a Bond girl being the bad guy and as well meeting her maker via Bond. However, yet again we get a scattered bad guy set up, this time we have both Elektra and Renard and neither are that intriguing. I did enjoy the first hour of the film, almost giving me that old sort of old Bond vibe with a great boat chase on the Thames and as well a nice ski chase involving paraglider-equipped snowmobiles. Then everything becomes slightly out of focus and Brosnan ends up not fitting the tuxedo yet again (by now I can unfortunately confess to myself that I simply just don´t like Brosnan as Bond all that much). A lot of the action sequences in the latter part of the movie feels so random and not that exciting, almost like the script ran dry and they had to fill it up with something. Robert Carlyle is almost a shadow of his normal greatness, Sophie Marceau is not evil enough in my book and the lovely Denise Richards just don´t fit in at all as the scientist Christmas Jones. Richards was criticised as not being credible in the role. She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008, which is a bit harsh, but unfortunately she doesn´t work in the role. Eleanor Ringel Gillespie of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution disliked the film, calling it “dated and confused”. Negative criticism was focused on the execution of the plot, and the action scenes were considered excessive. Entertainment Weekly picked it as the worst Bond film of all time, saying it had a plot “so convoluted even Pierce Brosnan has admitted to being mystified”. Norman Wilner of MSN chose it as the third worst film, above A View to a Kill and Licence to Kill, while IGN chose it as the fifth worst. I have one more Brosnan Bond movie left to re-see, and then I can archive his Bond. (3 out of 5)

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