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  • Summary: Bond (Pierce Brosnan), feeling responsible for the death of a British oil tycoon friend, takes the position as bodyguard to the daughter (Sophie Marceau) of the slain man, while trying to catch his killer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 88
    A splendid comic thriller, exciting and graceful, endlessly inventive.
  2. A thoroughly satisfying, completely entertaining film that's also, rather surprisingly, an emotionally full experience.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 6, 2015
    75
    There's nothing special, shocking, or precedent-setting about the film, but it functions on a level that 007 fans will appreciate - as eye and ear candy for those who prefer action to exposition and character development.
  4. In his third and most comfortable effort to model the Bond mantle, Pierce Brosnan bears noticeably more resemblance to a real human being.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Boyar
    Nov 6, 2015
    60
    The latest 007 extravaganza has enough plot developments, double-entendres, emotional underpinnings and, of course, Bond girls, action scenes and explosions to furnish at least a couple of Bondfests, with plenty left over for an episode of Nash Bridges.
  6. If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
  7. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    19
    If you're desperate for a James Bond fix, skip the movie and blow your 007 bucks on a copy of the soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. MattM.
    Jul 27, 2001
    10
    A fantastic addition to the James Bond series - easily one of the best ones every made. It's quick, clever, graceful, and ingenious. A fantastic addition to the James Bond series - easily one of the best ones every made. It's quick, clever, graceful, and ingenious. Pierce Brosnan makes a perfect Bond once again. Sophie Marceau takes a terrific turn as Elektra, the oil heiress that Bond must protect. Robert Carlyle expertly plays the villain Renard. Denise Richards is not entirely believable as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones, but she does her best with the material she is given. Great action sequences help bring the film to excellence. Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    9
    Pierce Brosnan does a great job at bringing the emotional side of Bond to this picture and the story is inventive and interesting, even if itPierce Brosnan does a great job at bringing the emotional side of Bond to this picture and the story is inventive and interesting, even if it is at times way over the top, but that is what I want in a movie. The villains in the film are interesting and the acting is great in this film (except for one Denise Richards, who is sometimes okay, but she has her bad moments). The action is awesome in this film and the music is perfect. I really enjoyed this film and the fact that they brought the more emotional side of Bond out. Expand
  3. Jan 5, 2016
    7
    WHAT I LIKED: Brosnan's plot-heavy Bond, this adventure succeeds where others fail - in building a memorable plot and characters to bring theWHAT I LIKED: Brosnan's plot-heavy Bond, this adventure succeeds where others fail - in building a memorable plot and characters to bring the film to life.
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It still lacks overall polish, or a good script to show off the plot - and it is a tad far-fetched even for Bond!
    VERDICT: A memorable effort from Brosnan that you wont mind watching again.
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  4. TomL
    Jun 27, 2008
    6
    Average acting, good beginning, bad ending, average storyline, average action, average locations, average characters, pretty average in all.
  5. Nov 20, 2012
    6
    Not a bad movie to be exact, but some boring scenes tend to make me sleep and the plot sometimes do not even follow to the deepen ends of thisNot a bad movie to be exact, but some boring scenes tend to make me sleep and the plot sometimes do not even follow to the deepen ends of this partially flawed and confusing scenario. Expand
  6. May 23, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers. The nineteenth James Bond film, third for Pierce Brosnan as 007, and the only one directed my Michael Apted.

    When Bond unknowingly retrieves a bomb hidden in a suitcase full of money, and returns it to its wealthy owner Sir Robert King, a construction billionaire whose company is building an eight-hundred-mile-long oil pipeline in Azerbaijan, and is a life long friend of "M"'s (Dame Judi Dench), at MI6 headquarters in London, the bomb explodes and kills King and blows a hole in the side of the building. After figuring out that the terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle) is behind the bombing, Bond is sent to protect King's beautiful daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau), who had been kidnapped by Renard several years earlier and held for ransom, but at "M"'s urging he never received the ransom money, and Elektra claims to have escaped on her own. 007 then finds out that Elektra suffers from Stockholm Syndrome, and is in love with Renard, and has plotted with him to kill her own father, and kidnap and kill "M". Then they will steal a nuclear device and plant it on a Russian sub and blow it up destroying three competing Russian oil pipelines, to which Elektra's family pipeline would profit exponentially. So 007 must chase after Elektra and Renard, to stop their plan and rescue "M", with the help of nuclear specialist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards).

    This is the worst of four Brosnan 007 films. Not that it is his fault, he is great as usual, but what a waste of a potentially great bad guy in Renard. He really isn't in that much of the film, and Elektra comes out actually being the top villain. And let's face it, Denise Richards as a nuclear specialist is a joke, because she is a horrible actress and probably can't even spell the word "nuclear" (she's only good to look at). Dame Judi Dench is wonderful as usual, plus we see Desmond Llewelyn's departure as "Q", and the introduction of his successor John Cleese as the "New Q". A scene that is very ironic, since Desmond Llewelyn died not long after the release of the film. We also see the return of Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane) from "GoldenEye". And one last note, Sophie Marceau is one of the most beautiful women to ever be in a James Bond film.
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  7. Apr 24, 2014
    5
    The World is not enough is an average Bond flick with usual action and bland plot line, but nothing more to offer. The movie seems tired, andThe World is not enough is an average Bond flick with usual action and bland plot line, but nothing more to offer. The movie seems tired, and it shows in everything in it. Expand

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