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Bond 19: The World in Not Enough (1999)

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When the daughter of an oil tycoon escapes from her kidnappers, and the tycoon himself in terminated in the MI6 building, James Bond is set to unravel a complex plot, involving oil pipelines in Azerbaijan and atomic bombs in Turkey. He is required to protect the tycoon’s daughter whose motives may be suspect and is allied with a female atomic scientist  and a Russian mafia boss who he had met before.


A whole load of Bond type set pieces, starting with a 14 minute speed boat chase on the Thames, a skiing event involving paragliding snowmobiles and a race through an oil pipeline in a personnel transporter. Also various confrontations with the villain, and some events in the Caspian oilfields including a helicopter with massive circular saws cutting everything in two, then finally scenes in a Russian submarine. There is a lot of gunfire and plenty of romance as usual but no actual nudity, some drinking but no drug taking.

A View Roger Ebert and I liked this, other critics not quite so sure. Denise Richards, the atomic scientist got a Razzie for “Worst Supporting Actress”, but I thought she was fine, and I think Pierce Brosnan is an excellent James Bond. That and the fact that the plot almost held together makes this one of the better Bonds. Worth your time if you have liked any of them, even though the explosions get a bit wearing in the end.
Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story The Bond franchise, using at least two of Ian Fleming’s characters, and apparently a news item about the Azerbaijan oil business.
Director Michael Apted
Writers/Script Neal Purvis, Robert Wade (story Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstain)
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese, Samantha Bond, Michael Kitchen, Patrick Malahide, Omid Djalili
Additional Info It is estimated that MGM earned $100 million from product placement in the film.

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