Now with one single day remaining in our “20 Days of 007″ promotion, we continue with The World Is Not Enough. This was the very last Bond film to feature Desmond Llewlyn, who played the technical guru Q in a total of 17 official James Bond flicks. He is in the process of training his replacement this time around, as played by Monty Python veteran John Cleese to much comic affect.
The World Is Not Enough sees Pierce Brosnan back co-starring with Full Monty and Trainspotting actor Robert Carlyle, who plays Victor “Renard” Zokas. The Bond girls on show this time around are the lovely Denise Richards (Charlie Sheen’s wife) who plays Dr. Christmas Jones and the delightfully beautiful Sophie Marceau lends her acting talents to the seductive and mysterious Elektra King.
When British oil tycoon Sir Robert King is blown up by a briefcase of money at MI6 headquarters, 007 is sent to protect Elektra King, his daughter and the heir to his fortune. However, life is never simple for an MI6 agent within minutes of the process getting under way a terrorist with an unusual characteristic (a bullet lodged in his brain, rendering him immune to all forms of pain) launches a scheme to seize control of the global oil supply.
In true Bond fashion this leaves 007 very little time to once again save the world from international catastrophe and prevent World War III. The concept is getting old but complaining about the story in a Bond film is akin to asking McDonalds to cook your Big Mac medium rare.
Despite the initial plot and the opening sequence with the boat chase on the Thames, I still felt that Brosnan hadn’t delivered anywhere near the same standard that Goldeneye was. The Christmas Jones character did begin to get on my nerves after a little while too, but Robert Carlyle’s portrayal of villain Sir Robert King was excellent and more than made up for it.
One redeeming feature of The World Is Not Enough is that this was the second 007 film to feature a successful video game counterpart, and despite not living up to the expectations created by the masterpiece that was Goldeneye, the game that was eventually released for the Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation went on to achieve huge critical acclaim and sold in excess of 1.2 million copies worldwide at the time of writing. Of course, seeing Sophie Marceau on the big screen is nothing to be sniffed at either; nor Denise Richards for that matter.