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Now this was more like a proper movie, after GE and TND failed to do much
for me and since most other films this year have failed to live up to the
hype IMO (star wars1, sixth sense and the abysmal blair witch junk), TWINE
is a shining sparkle not only in terms of James Bond films, but also films
This is definetly the best film I've seen this year at the cinema and I think the last time a performance moved me so much as Sophie Marceau's wonderful portrayal of Elektra King was with Titanic. Let's hope this is a good portent for future James Bond films in the new century.
Pierce Brosnan is FANTASTIC as James Bond and this is now more his character than Sean Connery's, but it will be such a shame if he gives up playing the character after one more film. Nice to see M with such a good part, and although by no means awful, the only weaker elements were Denise Roberts and Robert Carlyle, but neither was THAT bad, just sidelined to the shadows by the performances of Brosnan, Dench and obviously Marceau.
Definetly in my Top.3 James Bond films, maybe even No.1 or No.2.
Go and watch the film now if you haven't !!!
Overall, I thought that this movie was excellent. I am a die-hard James
Bond fan (I own all the videos) and have most of the soundtracks. It is
definitely one of the more well-rounded James Bond films, with a nice
balance between action, drama, and plot. I saw it three times in one
but I think it takes that many viewings in order to fully understand the
I think that the acting (with exception of Denise Richards) was superb all around, although I could never grasp how a villain like Renard could come across as so frightening that he could drive one of his henchman to suicide (You'll know what I mean when you see the film). He seemed very diminutive and sometimes I even sympathized with him when he couldn't feel any pain.
Even so, I enjoyed Robert Carlyle's performance, as well as Sophie Marceau's. There was talk about Sharon Stone playing the role of Elektra, but I don't think that Sharon Stone could have played the part any better. I wouldn't have been able to generate sympathy had she played the part. Sophie Marceau played a tortured Bond Girl with conviction. Now that's what we need, some good Bond girl characterization!! She's the best bond girl since Octopussy.
Denise Richards was good to look at, but many of my friends couldn't help but giggle every time she said a word on screen. As a nuclear physicist she sounded very Teeny-Bopperish.
Pierce Brosnan? What can I say? The credits are wrong. They show "Pierce Brosnan AS Ian Fleming's James Bond 007". The "as" should be an "is". Pierce Brosnan IS James Bond 007!!
By the way, did anyone notice in the opening credits scene that John Cleese was NOT credited. Now that is an injustice considering that he is the most popular star, save Pierce Brosnan and Desmond Llewelyn, in the entire movie!!!!! He needed more screen time. I think he was perfectly cast considering he had very little to work with.
Go see this one more than once. It's worth it each time!!
It's good to know that you can always rely on the Bond films to pick you up
when you're feeling down. Everything you would expect from a Bond film is
here, from the standard exotic locations and excellent cast, through a
marvellous plot. The pre-titles sequence alone has enough in it to make
other action films hang their heads in shame - someone has finally found a
reason for the existence of the Millennium Dome.
Once again the producers of the Bond series have left the competition miles behind, and full marks must go to Pierce Brosnan for shaking off the ghost of Connery once and for all.
Bond is back in action finally! After the lacklustre TND' and the truly awful GoldenEye' Pierce Brosnan has at last put his own stamp on the character, as opposed to looking like a cut-price Roger Moore attempting to impersonate a cut-price Sean Connery. Director Michael Apted has rightly eschewed the flash-bang-bonk style of Martin Campbell and the I can't think of anything, so let's have a fight here' approach of Roger Spottiswoode. What emerges is a more thoughtful Bond pic, in the style of the greatest entries in the series, such as From Russia ', OHMSS', For Your Eyes Only', Living Daylights' and Licence to Kill'. What TWINE' has in common with these is fully-rounded characters and a plot that makes basic sense. In GoldenEye', Sean Bean had the scarred face, so had to be the villain, while in TND' potentially interesting characters such as Paris Carver and Dr Kaufman were killed off almost as soon as they'd appeared. Not here. Sophie Marceau is the most fully developed Bond woman since Diana Rigg and, while Denise Richards's character isn't developed in the same thoughful way, she has a vulnerability reminiscent of some of the better Bond heroines (Tania in From Russia '). Brosnan has matured, put on weight and has developed some of Timothy Dalton's burnt-out assassin approach to the role. Once or twice there are death-defying' leaps more reminiscent of the Bond is indestructible' approach that ruins the Connery films for me, but 2nd unit director Vic Armstrong (a series veteran in a variety of roles and fight arranger extraordinary) ensures his action sequences are in keeping with the humanity of this new Bond. If Brosnan has still not quite captured the humanity and fears of the Fleming Bond, he's probably come as close as modern audiences will allow the screen Bond to go. This is a pity as Fleming's Bond is so much more interesting than the screen version (Dalton, Lazenby and some parts of Moore's characterisation aside). As M, Judi Dench has a larger than average role and is very convincing, while the supporting players (Colin Samson, Michael Kitchen, Samantha Bond and John Cleese) are all up to par. It will be particularly interesting to see how the Bond, Tanner, Robinson, R relationships may develop in future. For the villains, they are mostly an expendable lot, and they are expended violently and often. Cutting down the Rambo-style shootouts that wrecked TND' would have been a good idea given the character-driven approach, but never mind, maybe next time. As villain in chief, Robert Carlyle is excellent (even if his accent isn't consistent throughout the film) and the final confrontation between him and Bond is worthy of anything in Fleming's canon. Meanwhile, Robbie Coltrane gives an excellent reprise of his GoldenEye' role, Zurkovsky. With a little creative effort on somebody's part, Coltrane could become the new Sydney Greenstreet. Let's hope Apted decides to do the next Bond instead of 49 Up', for he has made the most interesting contribution to the series since John Glen left the series a decade ago.
I am a Bond fanatic. I own all the movies and have seen them multiple times each. Although this does not make me a true "expert" I do know a good deal about Bond and I have to say that this was one of the best Bond films in years. I personally disliked the past two (having fear that Bond's days were numbered) but have since recanted that view. This movie by far makes up for any past problems. It had amazing action, phenomenal plot twists, great characters, and (as any Bond film should) wonderful women. I highly recommend it for any Bond connoisseur.
I went into this movie not knowing what to expect. I'm not as familiar with
the previous Brosnan Bonds as I am some of the rest, however this blew me
away. The flow of the movie and dividing between action and slower scenes
Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Sophie Marceau and the lovely Denise Richards all put in great performances. A perfectly blended movie with action, comedy, romance and intrigue. Worth seeing twice. Surprisingly great title song by Garbage, as well.
This is probably the most "bond-ish" James Bond movie yet to come. The sarcasm in the movie, and the sex scenes of course, were very very good. The gadgets Bond uses are some of the best if seen yet. I hope you all enjoy it too. >
Vow, I don't know where to start. I always thinks that Casino Royale
was the best Bond ever, but I was in mistake. This movie is absolutely
awesome. Pierce Brosnan is one of the best Bonds and Sophie Marceau is
a perfect nemesis, and the best Bond girl in the series. I think she is
the second best Bond nemesis behind Javier Bardem. The plot is the only
weak point but you didn't care about it because you concentrate to the
action sequences, music and the characters. It's humor is surprisingly
good because of R(John Cleese) and Q(Desmond Llewelyn).
I am not a big fan of Bond but I like watching these movies. This is definitely the best Bond ever.
The World is Not Enough presents some difficulty for someone attempting to prove the proposition that the series has had its day. You can see the dilemma. How can this entry be so much more enjoyable than the last while simultaneously being as derivative of other instalments? What separates TWINE as we're all loath to call it, from its predecessor is that it stands on the other side of that fine line that segregates total self-parody from a fresh reworking of old material. The shift in tone may be slight and the film itself only a notch more concerned with the mechanism of a story and slightly meatier drama but it's enough to make it watchable and entertaining as opposed to cringe worthy. Credit for this should probably go to Michael Apted whose injects the whole enterprise with a bit of gravitas and character. There's not THAT much to chew here in that respect but it makes a critical difference. If the film is more assured and less pantomime than before then it still has problems in the script department. This is still a story culled from the series back catalogue. Renard, the villain of the week is largely wasted after an intriguing introduction that promises much then falls back onto familiar ground. Pervis and Wade could have run with the idea of a villain who can't feel pain and is close to death and so arguably more dangerous but revert to type and employ it as a mere gimmick. You also have to wonder whether it was necessary for Renard to look SO much like Blofeld from You Only Live Twice and if this is symptomatic of a general failure of imagination that plagues the film somewhat. One scene that should be singled out is Q's farewell which highlights what the Bond producers need to get away from, particularly in light of this movie's follow up. It makes the mistake of the basic confusion between two things - audience expectation and the established world of the characters. An uninitiated audience may imagine that Bond and Q have a relationship akin to teacher and student/Father and Son but anyone watching the movies regularly rather than casually over the years knows this to be cine-bowel content. Q is a civil servant who, and I hope your paying attention, does NOT make gadgets himself, he presents them to field operatives and is part of a wider division that R and D's equipment. This is made clear throughout the series and viewers should note the difference in tone between Q's scenes before the 1989 hiatus and afterwards in which the character as constructed in the audience imagination supplanted the character as written up to that point. Its a bit of post-modern reinvention typical of Pervis and Wade. Q bows out talking about the tenets of wisdom he's passed on to Bond and the gadgets he's particularly proud of. Lovely for the fans but utter nonsense. If TWINE has problems its in reconciling this fan boy fluff with the stories more serious pretencions. Its sometimes an uneasy alliance that doesn't allow the material to gel. That said, overall TWINE is entertaining stuff - a great opening sequence, good title (always important), some nice visual flourishes and a real groaner of a closing line that makes you laugh like you did at the end of Roger Moore's outings. A confusing entry then, as it pulls back from the precipice of being total fluff without really filling you with confidence that the series is recovering. There was a feeling here that if Brosan's Bonds kept moving in the direction of more considered plotting, better characterisation and less recycling that the next one may be really rather good. Unfortunately team Bond did the opposite and made TWINE the exception rather than the rule of Brosnan's period in the role. The most well rounded of his era.
Maybe I'm just getting older, but it seems like each Bond flick is getting
worse than the last one. I think they just add up the total tonnage of the
explosives that they use, and if it's more than the last film they figure
they've got a winner and go with it. The plot lines are so thin that it is
ridiculous and the characters are so super-human that there is no tension
that harm could come to them. I went with a group of 5 and not one person
would rate this movie above '2'; one 30-something woman said she had a hard
time staying awake except for the explosions.
The new female 'M' (I think she has been in the last 2 movies) is about as convincing in the role as my grandmother would be. When the bad guys threatened to kill her I cheered hoping we might get a stronger actress.
I sure would like to see a Bond flick that was actually a 'spy' movie rather than just a gadget/explosion exposition. How about some real suspense instead of invincible success?
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