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The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot when he protects an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain.



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Sir Robert King


James Bond is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6 and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard, who has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous agent, is secretly planning the destruction of a pipeline. Bond gains a hand from a research scientist, Dr. Christmas Jones who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King, especially when Bond's boss, M goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe. Written by simon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


As the countdown begins for the new millennium there is still one number you can always count on. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexuality and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bond 19  »

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Box Office


$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,519,007, 21 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,832,400, 4 March 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Vehicles featured include: Q's unfinished fishing boat, the black one-seater jet-craft aquatic Bentz Boats custom-built Q-boat; a silver metallic four hundred horsepower gadget-laden BMW Z8 convertible roadster; the King helicopter, a Eurocopter AS-355F1 Ecureuil Twin Star (or Twin Squirrel) helicopter with five-bladed buzzsaw, as well as Aerospatiale HH-65A Dauphin, Eurocopter AS-365N Dauphin and Eurocopter EC-135 helicopters; the Cigar Girl's hot air balloon; the Cigar Girl's Sunseeker Superhawk 34 yacht speedboat, and Renard's Sunseeker Manhattan 50 Flybridge yacht; Valentin Zukvosky's white Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow; a Lada Niva 4WD ute; an Army utility vehicle; a Russian nuclear submarine; a satellite image of the famous silver birch Aston Martin DB5 (its other shots were cut); a turboprop-powered STOL medium transport Casa C-212-200 Aviocar airplane, and four Parahawk parachute propelled hybrid snowmobiles. See more »


A remote head camera crane is visible during the opening boat chase (as the lead speedboat destroys the pier on left-hand bank, the wide shot reveals crane in the top left corner). See more »


[first lines]
Lachaise: So good of you to come see me, Mr. Bond, particularly on such short notice.
James Bond: If you can't trust a Swiss banker, what's the world come to?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits don't begin until approximately 15 minutes into the movie -- the longest delay in the series to date. See more »


Referenced in CHIKARA the World Is Not Enough (2014) See more »


The World is not Enough
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Garbage
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Trying to fit 20 movies into one...
6 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

This was supposed to be the all time greatest Bond Movie. It would be faster, higher, deeper etc. And it all ends up being both uninspired and badly put together. There are a lot of neat references to previous Bond-movies (Universal Exports ring a bell?) and I have to give them one star for that. I also give the movie one star for excellent casting, and the last star goes to the actors who did a pretty good job. But this movies' real problem lies in the fact that it has no story. It's the weakest script ever in a Bond movie, and they have tried to put too much into it. Instead of making a movie, they've tried to create one long action-sequence. Guess what: IT DOESN'T WORK!!!

You never get one overall feel in this movie. It's all small bits of fun, and they haven't even tried to make it fit together. This movie is more a showreel of all the previous Bond movies, than a movie in itself. If you want to see it (and you do, if you love Bond) enjoy John Cleese, Robert Carlyle, Pierce Brosnan and Denise Richards' wet t-shirt. Also enjoy all the references to the other Bond flicks... But don't go see it if you want to see a real movie. Watch Dr. No one more time. Or Tomorrow Never Dies, for that matter. Please do it better next time! We can wait another year if that's what it takes to edit the movie! Just don't release another unfinished movie. It's ruining Bond.

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