After British oil tycoon Sir Robert King (David Calder) is killed in a bombing at the MI6 headquarters James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is sent to bodyguard Kings daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau). MI6 believes that Renard (Robert Carlyle), a KGB agent-turned-terrorist, who previously kidnapped Elektra for ransom money to fuel his terrorist means. Renard was shot in the head by a MI6 agent but the bullet failed to kill him instead it made him stronger, killing off his senses as it slowly travels though his brain. After an attempt is made on Elektras life Bonds investigations lead him to the theft of nucular material from a warhead and to uncovering a larger plot, one to take down her family’s oil pipeline which was to serve as Europe’s oil reserves. Teaming up with American nuclear physicist Christmas Jones(Denise Richards) Bond must stop Renard before he unleashes a nuclear explosion that will devastate the world.
The title comes from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and eludes to Bonds Family motto which is a nice nod back towards Ian Fleming. The caharaters are what drive the story in this movie. Q (Desmond Llewelyn) was to play his final scenes in this movie which was released before his tragic death. This exit from the series leaves a haunting feeling every time you watch it. Q was one of my favourite characters in all of the Bonds, I always looked forward to the gadget masters scenes. The relationship between him and Bond has all the feelings of a father that Bond never had and Q really has saved his life countless times. Its sad to see him go. M (Judi Dench) gets to play a much greater role in this movie, in many ways is more implicated in the plot with her role being central to her relationship to Elektra King and her family. Sophie Marceau’s bad girl Elektra King brings the exact mix of exotic beauty and predatory danger that the Bond girls of old had. Her character is a complex one. She is undoubtedly one of the most stunning women to ever play a bond girl, and for as hard as she has made herself there are softer elements there that would make it easy to fall in love with her. Denise Richards in the role of a nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones was an oddity. I think shes amazing looking but seemed to young to be playing that role and the least said about the name the better. Still she’s hot, super hot and the attitude plays n well with the theme that Bond has taken since GoldenEye where the girl has a little more spunk to her. Robert Carlyle I cannot tell you what a stroke of genius it was to have him cast as Renard. The way he can play the bad guy with a look or a glance and eben just his presence on screen, its unnerving. He can stare at you with those dead eyes and you wouldn’t know what he was thinking or what insane way he was going to kill you. It was so great to see Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltrane)former KGB operator, turned Russian gangster and arms dealer, turned Casino owner and caviar producer, his character just makes me happy. The relationship between him and Bond has somewhat developed and it was a nice tie in to the last couple of Bonds. The theme song for The World Is Not Enough is “The World Is Not Enough” was written by David Arnold and Don Black with Garbage performing. I love this Song, the lyrics and the feel of it much as Tomorrow Never Dies.
Why did I choose this movie? The oil-pipeline plot seemingly torn straight from the headlines of the time however there are some elements that just scream Bond Autopilot. I how the depth continues in this movie with small things happening to give such a broader scale behind it all. The fact that there is throwaway comments and situations that don’t serve the plot but strengthen the bigger world. There is a more complex back story the the plot than its givin credit for ad I think it’s a shame that the critics didn’t realise this. The action serves the story and the bullets are flying from the pre credit sequence which is one of my favourites so far to the final showdown with one of the most vicious villains ever. There is a good balance between character, plot, story and action and it’s a damn good movie…James Bond will return in Die Another Day