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Brosnan returns in the 19th James Bond adventure in which 007 is sent to protect Elektra King (Marceau), the daughter of a murdered oil tycoon who was also an old friend of M's (Dench). The threat appears to come from terrorist Renard (Carlyle), who has a bullet in the brain courtesy of MI6 that has made him impervious to pain. Renard's playing the nuclear explosion card, which leads to this episode's Bond girl, nuclear weapons expert (!) Dr. Christmas Jones (Richards), who has minimal impact but looks fetching and (of course) falls for the dashing spy's charms. The numerous action sequences overwhelm the characters and Bond has little to pit himself against since the villains are so low-key. There is a welcome darker edge to both Bond's character and the plot that the franchise should build on, rather than trying to top its death-defying stunts each time.

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Available on Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
James Bond, Black Gold, Rescue Missions, Terrorism, Meltdown, Wonder Women, Top Grossing Films of 1999, Istanbul, not Constantinople, Female Spies
Screenplay
Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein
Cast
Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards, Robert Carlyle, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Desmond Llewelyn, Robbie Coltrane, Samantha Bond, Michael Kitchen, Colin Salmon, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, David Calder, Serena Scott Thomas, Ulrich Thomsen, Goldie
Cinematography
Adrian Biddle
Director
Michael Apted
Music
David Arnold
Producer
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Eon Productions, MGM

Awards

Golden Raspberries 1999: Worst Support. Actress (Richards).

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Vad Allen

WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS – WE RECOMMEND TO WATCH MOVIE FIRST! VERDICT: The least impressive Bond movie with Brosnan. Action scenes are great and gadgets aplenty, but the story is overloaded with pseudo-dramatic subplots: hate-love, love-hate, love-madness... Trying too hard to develop complex characters they took the movie out of style and cut it into separate pieces. And Bond loved only his wife Tracy di Vincenzo, anyway! COLL STUFF: - Movie title – Bond’s family motto: nice touch - Pre-title boat-chase: not new but well done - Big balloon explosion: something unusual - Amazing titles: probably the best in a series - All girls are hot - Villain of 21 century: not a monster but a sexy woman - Henchman who does not feel pain: something new - Hologram in MI-6 HQ briefing: really good CG - Great gadgets, from “X-ray” glasses to anti-avalanche suit - Ski and “para-hawk” chase: good stunts - “R” (“Q” replacement J. Cleese): perfectly in style and adds humor - Submarine vertical drop: nicely shot - Chase in the pipeline: CG, but well done - Medieval neck-breaking execution chair: something unexpected - Helicopter-saw: impressive killing “tool” - Man in a black caviar pool: wasting million $’s in one frame - Nice views: London rivers, Alpine skiing, Scottish seashore, Istanbul NOT COOL: - Bond always in tie and designer shoes: begins to seem out-of-period - Cute lady-scientist working almost in bikini in a hostile Muslim country: yeah, right! - Ms. Richards is sexy, but she doesn’t cut it as a PhD mankind saver - Again, what’s wrong with Brosnan’s BMWs (like in GE and TND)? Bond’s Z8 just starts, shoots one rocket, stops in 20 ft. and gets cut in half! - Kidnapping “M” is SO not believable! It does not add suspense – only confusion.