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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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Michael Apted

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Neal Purvis (story), Robert Wade (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... James Bond
Sophie Marceau ... Elektra King
Robert Carlyle ... Renard
Denise Richards ... Dr. Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane ... Valentin Zukovsky
Judi Dench ... M
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
John Cleese ... R
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Cigar Girl
Samantha Bond ... Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen ... Bill Tanner
Colin Salmon ... Charles Robinson
Goldie Goldie ... Bullion
David Calder ... Sir Robert King
Serena Scott Thomas ... Dr. Molly Warmflash
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Storyline

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

19 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bond 19 See more »

Filming Locations:

Kazakhstan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$126,943,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$361,832,400, 4 March 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired after their work in Plunkett & Macleane (1999), which also starred Robert Carlyle. See more »

Goofs

When Valentin takes Bond and Christmas into the FSB's headquarters in Istanbul, he explains "This used to be the KGB's headquarters in Istanbul. Now we call it the FSB: Federal Security Bureau. Different name, same friendly service," or something to that effect. However, the important part that Valentin flubs is that "FSB" is the *Russian* acronym transliterated into the Roman alphabet. What it really stands for is Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti. If he'd said the name correctly in English, he would've said "Federal Security Service," the FSB's official English name and that appears on all of its translated literature. Had a character unfamiliar with the FSB (Mr. Bullion, Electra, Bond, Christmas, and possibly even Renard) made this same flub, it would've been understandable. However, Valentin knows the FSB so well that he can apparently just waltz into a foreign headquarters building with whoever he wants. If he knows them that well, he's flat out not going to make so simple a mistake. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

Press screenings ran at ca. 160 minutes. For general release the film was later cut down to 128 minutes. See more »

Connections

Follows Diamonds Are Forever (1971) See more »

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The World is not Enough
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Don Black
Performed by Garbage
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"I thought Christmas only comes once a year."
4 November 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The film opens with a formidable assassin who had recently posed as a banker's secretary… She had given Bond a cigar, before killing her boss in the Swiss banker's office in Bilbao, Spain…

Now, when a bomb blew a hole in MI6's London headquarters, the super spy sped off in the Q boat, ignoring Q's plaintive cry, "Stop" Stop! It isn't finished!" It was Q's fishing boat for his retirement… There's a splendid boat chase along the River Thames between 007 and the stunning Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the "Cigar Girl" – who worked as a barmaid at the village inn in "Il Postino." Bond was eager to capture her for questioning…

When a bomb planted in a briefcase of money killing British oil tycoon Robert King, M was determined to bring the perpetrators to justice… The prime suspect was Renard who had once kidnapped King's daughter, Elektra… M (Judi Dench) believed Elektra was next on Renard's list and 007 was assigned to act as her "shadow" while she supervised the building of an oil pipeline in Azerbaijan… Yet despite his powerful urge to protect her, there was something about this beautiful, cunning, willful woman that aroused his suspicions…

Bond flew to Azerbaijan, where King Industries was building an oil pipeline… Elektra gave 007 a 'cold' reception, taking him up into the snowy peaks to the pass where the two ends of the pipeline would soon meet... It was then that unsocial 'visitors' struck…

Sophie Marceau plays the magnate's daughter Elecktra who had once escaped Renard's clutches all by herself… Her favorite motto: "There's no point in living if you can't feel alive."

Robert Carlyle plays Renard, the former KGB hit-man who had set up his own organization and demanded fanatical loyalty… He was a murderer, a terrorist, and a kidnapper… His only goal was chaos… Subordinated who failed him killed themselves rather than face his wrath… After Robert King came to see M, she sent 009 to kill Renard… 009 caught up with him and put a bullet in his head…The bullet was now killing off all his senses and was impervious to pain… Renard was determined to pull off one last coup against the West… But his motivations were motivated by blind hatred, or blind love?

Goldie plays Bull, Zukovsky's shifty, gold-toothed bodyguard… He was a menace to his boss and an important Renard spy…

Denise Richards plays Christmas Jones, the sexy atomic scientist overseeing the dismantling of the Kazakhstan nuclear test site… Dr. Jones became an invaluable ally of 007's following Renard's theft of a nuclear bomb…

For "The World Is Not Enough," Q equipped Bond with the faster car 007 had ever been entrusted with: the MBW Z8, armed with a radar-guided missile system...

Robbie Coltrane returns as the duplicitous Russian black marketeer Valentin Zukovsky whose ebony walking gun stick seemed a typically showy affection - but it had its uses...

A final sad note: "The World Is Not Enough," marked the final appearance of the beloved Desmond Llewelyn, who acted from 1964 to 1995, except for "Live and Let Die." A perfect foil to 007's lighthearted nature… Q has been one of the series' most enduring character...


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