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The World Is Not Enough

6.42 h 8 min1999X-Ray12
Bond takes position as bodyguard of a British oil tycoon's daughter after a deadly mishap at MI6.
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1914 global ratings

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Scrooge McDuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is not enough
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Probably the most inconspicuous movie of Brosnan's tenure as James Bond, for all of its stupidity, Die Another Day gets talked about much more, while TWINE seems to go under the radar. Released towards the end of the decade/century/millennium the movie doesn't seem to anticipate the new beginning right around the corner and instead recycles ALL of its ideas from previous Bond entries.

This time around Bond is assigned to protect Elektra King, the daughter of a recently-assassinated oil magnate who was previously at the mercy of a failed MI6 operation and left in danger by M, who gambled with her life to no reward. Perhaps if they had used an already established character and brought back an actress from a past movie this might have worked better, but with only two movies under his belt, and a soft reboot, this was not practical for Brosnan.

The pre-credits sequence is the most exciting part of movie, putting its best action up front and filling the remaining running time with lower-key espionage and suspense, which is okay, I suppose. Initially protective of Elektra, Bond becomes suspicious the more he investigates the villains attacking her new oil pipeline, led by Renard (a wasted Robert Carlyle), a terrorist with a bullet in his brain who cannot fail pain or fear. Nothing is done with this, and he's one of the weakest villains of the series.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade clearly had no ideas or inspiration when it came to churning out the screenplay. It feels more like a Bond movie than the generic techno-thriller that was Tomorrow Never Dies, but as I said we've seen all of this before. Speedboat chase, check. Oil pipeline action, double check. Ski chase, quadruple check. Submarine action, check. Disarming nuclear warheads, check.

It does bring back Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky, which is a bonus, but there's few highlights here. It's not a bad film, just lacking any real spark and an awkward movie to close out the millennium on. Apparently it ran at 160 minutes before being cut down to 128 at the last minute, as if it wasn't slow enough, I can't imagine a longer cut being more interesting, the workman-like nature of the screenplay is the movie's biggest failing.

The movie looks pretty damn good in 2.35:1 1080p despite coming from an old master. TWINE was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Adrian Biddle (his only Bond movie) and is the last in the series to be fully shot in anamorphic Panavision before they switched to Super35 and then to digital. The DTS HD-MA sound is also very good, with active surrounds. David Arnold once again provides an exciting score and might be his best of his own tenure. Extras are plentiful.
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LionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brosnan is fantastic as Bond in this fast-paced thiller.
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Peronally I think it's the 3nd best Bond movie and it's great to own it on Prime Video to watch anywhere in the world on your device instantly, HOWEVER, very annoying not to have the extra features & documentaries which are very popular with Bond fans and come as part of all 007 DVD and Blu-Rays.
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DanielReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant film that still stands the test of time!
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One of the best Bond films in my personal opinion. I love all 80’s - 90’s action movies but there’s something about this Bond film that just sticks out and ranks highly on my all time favourites. This film blows any new Bond film out of the water (I still love the new bonds though) and I believe it still beats a lot of new action films being released today. I believe this film will stand the test of time. Bond fan or not if you enjoy 80’s - 90’s (The best films) action movies then this one will certainly be a hit with you.
FrederickReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Storyline OK but....!
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Despite the Brosnan era having some reasonable movie storyline and this is no exception, the films are hampered by one dimensional characters. And this is made worse by 007 seemingly dressed impeccably throught every fight, crawl through the Thames or scuffle. In this one he emerges from a filthy oil pipe and looks like he could attend a wedding, dress wise. All rather disappointing with the exception of David Arnold's score which is excellent.
MartinlawrencecocksedgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just enough compelling to watch
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Dowload to my video library for additional collecting watching time to time. Seen many bonds ,this one usual gadgets,girls guns,villains,good points,what you come to expect in bond films,flick performances,okay cast that blend in with roles,plenty of action adrenalin stuff,-plots,as this time bond seeks to foil a terrorist who's intent on planning destruction
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IwonaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining and good quality
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I bought it for my son and he loves it.
He he’s all James Bond movies.
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YesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Underappreciated - Give it a chance
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A very great, and underappreciated bond flick. Bronson's performance as bond was absolutely wonderful and the story was compelling, honestly I feel that the world is not enough is just as great as Goldeneye, so give it a chance your be surprised.
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M. E. BarkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 April 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
James Bond
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All men secretly see themselves as James Bond. All boys want to be James Bond. Thank goodness for DVD because this one has given me hours of peace since it was delivered on time. My lad just locks himself away in his bed room watching his JB films. Only thing is he emerges rolling around all over the floor and 'stealthing' down the stairs for his tea, shooting everything in site. Watch out Daniel Craig!
Oh yes the film! JB (Pierce Brosnan) beats the baddies, saves the World and gets the girl ... phew! That's an original storyline. Who really cares - it's BOND!
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