As far as Bond films go I know I have seen worse, but I know there is better; if you recall this was the only Pierce Bronsan Bond film not in my top 10 Bond films. While there were elements I did not like, I wouldn’t go so far as to say no if you want to watch The World Is Not Enough, I would say sure. A spoiler alert is ahead. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.
Bond starts off in a Swiss bank retrieving money for oil tycoon and friend of M (Judi Dench) Sir Robert King (David Calder) after the original MI6 agent who was supposed to do it was killed. Bond just escapes with the money after the bankers try to kill him without getting the name of the assassin. However the money is booby-trapped and before Bond could warn King the money explodes and King is killed. Bond goes after the assassin, but she kills herself out of fear of the perpetrator behind it and Bond is hurt. Bond traces the money back to a terrorist who has been after MI6 and the King family for a long time: Renard (Robert Carlyle) a man with a bullet in his head preventing him from feeling anything, and who once kidnapped, among other things including cutting off part of her ear, King’s daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau) for ransom and M advised King not to pay it; Elektra managed to escape on her own. M assigns Bond to watch over Elektra as she observes the construction of a pipe line in Azerbaijan, after getting some gear from Q (Desmond Llewellyn in his final role before his fatal car accident) and his assistant Bond dubs R (John Cleese). Bond and Elektra are attacked on ski mountain, which Bond suspects has to do with Renard; he visits his acquaintance Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane) to get more information. He is able to track down Renard, and also meets nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards), but Renard gets away with a bomb and plutonium. However he places some doubt in Bonds mind as to Elektra’s innocence. Bond warns M, who doesn’t seem to believe it, until the bomb shows up in the pipeline. Bond and Jones let the bomb blow up, and Elektra’s true plans are reveled; she is the one in charge after seducing Renard and kidnaps M. She wanted to make her father pay not only for not paying her ransom but from taking her mother’s oil company. She wants to destroy the Russian oil pipeline forcing them to only use the King’s pipeline at a high price. Bond, Jones, M and eventually Zukovsky are not going to let that happen.
Now the acting by many of the people in this movie are not fantastic, Bronsan is not at his best and well my thoughts on Richards will be later, but not everyone is bad. Marceau is pretty good as the first, and so far only, female Bond villain. It was actually kinda of a twist because Carlyle was so good as Renard you actually thought he was the main bad guy. They are the only memorable acting parts in the movie. The writing could have been better in many places, but the action and gadgets more than make up for it. If you are interested in The World Is Not Enough then by all means watch it, if not I wouldn’t put it too high on the watch list.