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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually complex, very exciting old-style Bond
This is one of my favourite Bond movies for a variety of reasons:
Bond is at perhaps his most revealing and complex in a long time, Brosnan playing him with a depth and nuance not usually seen. We get him pressing his luck with his affectionate but highly respectful relationship with Judi Dench's brilliant 'M'. We also get him showing vulnerability (and injury). And...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray is not enough!!!
'The World Is Not Enough' is arguably the best of the Brosnan era movies. Whereas 'Goldeneye' took an age to get going with limited action, and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' was a full on action assault, this film was a more balanced movie with plenty of action, lots of drama, good performances and complex storyline with a half decent twist.
By now Brosnan was in cruise...
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Stotty


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5.0 out of 5 stars An unusually complex, very exciting old-style Bond, 3 Sep 2010
This is one of my favourite Bond movies for a variety of reasons:
Bond is at perhaps his most revealing and complex in a long time, Brosnan playing him with a depth and nuance not usually seen. We get him pressing his luck with his affectionate but highly respectful relationship with Judi Dench's brilliant 'M'. We also get him showing vulnerability (and injury). And in the same film, in one astounding scene that's over in seconds, he somehow manages to convey loss, regret, devotion to country, and a real sense of Ian Fleming's 'assassin' all at the same time. A man who WILL kill for country. Not since Roger Moore's car-meets foot-meets cliff scene in 'For Your Eyes Only' has such surprising ruthlessness to meet his goal reared its head in a Bond movie, and it's hugely the better for it.
Judi Dench is given much to do in this adventure, which is welcome as her portrayal has a steely dignity and occasional softness that makes her highly watchable.
On the supporting character front, the film marks the swan song of Desmond Lewellyn's wonderful 'Q', and his exit is all the more poignant for a) being dignified, and interesting rather than emotional, and b) knowing that he passed away shortly afterwards.
John Cleese is humorous as his proposed replacement, but feels like little more than a well played buffoon role.
The film opens with a very lengthy pre-credit sequence, which is perhaps one of the best in the Bond series. As Bond brutally relieves corrupt Swiss bankers of their ill-gotten gains, the plot unexpectedly twists, and he eventually ends up in a spectacular speedboat chase on the Thames, which thunderously ends only to meet 'Garbage's nicely handled and memorable opening theme song.
The main villain in the film is played nicely by Robert Carlyle, as a lethal and fanatical anarchist of mysterious aims. His unique selling point? A bullet is lodged in his brain, the result of a botched assassination attempt, which has paradoxically rendered him unable to feel pain and made him even more cold-blooded and lethal - and it soon seems like he's after Sophie Marceau's Elektra King.
As a family friend and possible target, 'M' wants her protected. Marceau is gorgeously glamorous, and captivating viewing, her character granted a little more depth than usual - as indeed is almost everybody in the film. That is except for Denise Richards' ludicrous 'nuclear scientist' who spends most of the film in tight shorts and busty tops. Looking great but playing it as it's written, she seems to get the gag that she's the chesty girl who we're not really supposed to believe is a brainbox, and so she helps Brosnan milk the occasional comedy lines for all they're worth.
Carlyle is surprisingly deep and emotional as the conflicted and dangerous killer, and the set pieces are terrific. There are snowmobile-paraglider chases, ski-chases, a fantastic high-tension action piece in a nuclear bunker, the list goes on and on. But the best thing is the plot - taut, emotionally driven, and played to the hilt by better actors than would usually be lavished on an action film.
The setting, tension and drama of the finale are all perfectly handled as well.
An incredible package, made even more special by somehow perfectly snaring that old-fashioned feeling of daring, high danger and adventure that all the best old Bond films used to have. A true great in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Successful twist on the formula of Bond, 14 Feb 2008
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TWINE is definitely a step up from its predecessor - more plot, more character, more realistic. Scriptwriters Purvis and Wade have brought a much needed dose of fresh thinking to the series, while never taking away from the elements we expect. Indeed, the requisite elements - chases (boat on Thames, on skis, in BMW, etc), Bond girls (two - Denise Richards and Sophie Marceau), Bond music (David Arnold really settling into the position as master of Bond music with a great score) and so on, all are well up to par. Plus a few new notes... Bond is injured for almost the entire movie, and `M' gets out into the field (and proves her mettle) - all great new twists on the formula. Indeed the villain himself comes across less like a two dimensional villain and almost more of a tragic figure in the end.
If there is a minor flaw to this one, it is the direction - workmanlike at best, the director seems to have found himself at the helm of something unstoppable, and hasn't tried to make much in the way of course corrections. Good thing too, as things take a decent route to the end. There are a few wrong turns - Denise Richards is saddled with some of the most exposition heavy dialogue ever, and the finale to what has been a pretty good story is a little bit dud - not least because about ¾ of the dialogue is exposition and not drama. However it's so much fun to be in the company of Brosnan hitting his stride as Bond (- with character touches!) and everyone else clearly enjoying themselves, it's easy to overlook the staginess of a couple of scenes, and forgive the cheesiness of John Cleese's introduction as `Q's successor - made all the more embarrassing by how touching Desmond Llewellyn's departure as `Q' is.
All in all, one of Brosnan's more inventive and enjoyable outings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film making, 9 Dec 2006
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Like a number of people, I was dissapointed with the outcome of Die Another Day - too many gadgets, a plot to sophisticated, and a general lack of charatcer, as it just seemed like 'another action film'. I think its good though to be able to look back on Brosnans fantastic performances in his previous films, and The World Is Not Enough (aka TWINE) comes top of the pile along with the very original Goldeneye.

I think the reason the film is so enjoyable is because its such a good piece of film-making - a fantastic soundtrack that combines more modern sounds in gun shoot outs, with the classic orchestral Bond theme tunes. Theirs the stunning line up of actors, from Robert Carlyle who was pefectly cast, to the gorgeous Sophie Marceau, who proves that beauty on the outside can be decieving to whats inside..

This was also Q's final film, which was sad in many ways. Firstly, I think the way they took him out of the film was very mellow, as you'll see when he descends on a platform. But the new role of John Cleese was a good choice, as he has a combination of wit and a sense of 'know how' thats needed. Unlike other Bonds too, this film is laiden with gadgets, and actually relies heavily on the shooting of action sequences and the story unfolding. In the cars case, this is just aswell maybe.. A BMW? Again? However, the only scene we see it being driven is down a sandy road for just under 10 seconds, and then later on it gets cut in half. Q wouldnt be impressed!

This is definately Bonds best installment with Brosnan, in terms of directing/the making, as it is very original, and does without alot of techno-babble. Its a great film, and I reccomend it to anyone looking for a film that develops with a great pace, and has plenty of action and 'Bond moments'. 9/10 - the extra star would have come from an English car, and a nicer way to see Q leave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brosnans Best Bond Film, 9 Aug 2014
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The World Is Not Enough (1 Disc Ultimate Edition).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 12
Running Time: 127 minutes.

Cast.
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, 007.
Denise Richards as Christmas Jones
Robert Carlyle as Renard
Sophie Marceau as Elektra King
Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky
Judi Dench as M
Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
John Cleese as R
Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
Serena Scott Thomas as Dr. Molly Warmflash
John Seru as Gabor
Ulrich Thomsen as Sasha Davidov
Goldie as Bullion
Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Giulietta da Vinci, aka "Cigar Girl"
David Calder as Sir Robert King

Box Office.
Budget: $135 million
Box office: $361,832,400

Trivia.
1)Desmond Llewelyn (famous for playing 'Q') died in an auto accident soon after the movie opened. Llewellyn said just before his death that he was planning to appear in the next Bond film, This movie's video release was dedicated to Llewelyn.
2)Zukovsky saves Bond's life with a bullet from his modified walking cane, In GoldenEye (1995) it was revealed that Zukovsky walked with a cane because 007 shot him in the leg during the Cold War, This means that if Bond hadn't shot him, Zukovsky would never have been able to save him.
3)The boat chase took 7 weeks to shoot, as the Thames' 9-MPH boat speed limit had to be factored in, The filming of the boat chase sequence was broadcast live over the Internet via webcam set up at specific points over the River Thames, The scene was not originally intended to be part of the opening sequence, until test audiences said that the jump-from-the-window opener was anticlimactic. As such, it was brought forward & was slightly shortened. As it is now, this 14-to-15-minute opener is still the longest pre-credits sequence ever in a James Bond movie.
4)In the warehouse that Zukovsky has turned into an operations room, the girlie pictures seen on the walls are actually of former Bond girls.
5)The Q boat can achieve 80mph on the water. During the making of the film, it was discovered only by accident that its 350 horsepower engines could literally force the bow of the boat under water, The move was written into the film.
6)The film's title, "The World is Not Enough" is the translation of the Latin motto, "Orbis non sufficit", given to George Lazenby's Bond when he researches his own coat of arms in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
7)Serena Scott Thomas did her love scene with Bond herself, turning down the offer of letting a body double do it for her.
8)The first time that "James Bond Will Return" appears at the front of the end credits, not the end.
9)The Scottish Castle used as MI6's secret headquarters is the same castle used in Highlander (1986).
10)This movie & Sleepy Hollow (1999) are the only 2 films in U.S. history to open on the same day & each gross $30 million in their opening weekend.
11)The 5-blade buzz-saw seen in the film was originally intended to be in the earlier James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995).
12)The first Bond film to be shot in Pinewood Studios since The Living Daylights (1987).
13)The tying of the tie underwater by James Bond was an idea conceived by Pierce Brosnan.
14)In the Scottish Headquarters castle, a portrait of Bernard Lee (the original M) hangs behind the current M's desk.
15)Until the release of Die Another Day (2002), this was the highest grossing Bond film of all time.
16)The film's title song "The World is Not Enough" sung by Garbage did not chart in the USA whilst in the UK it peaked at the No. #11 spot on the UK Charts.

Whats The Story.
When oil tycoon Sir Robert King is assassinated in a bombing at M:I-6 headquarters, after recovering $3 million British pounds from a Swiss Bank in Bilbao, Spain., British secret agent James Bond 007 is injured in the line of duty trying to pursue the assassin who killed herself by blowing herself up in a hot air-balloon.

Fearing Sir Robert's beautiful daughter & heiress Elektra King's life is in danger, M assigns 007 to protect her as the mysterious Elektra has inherited her father's legacy & has taken over the business who is constructing a new oil pipeline.

Bond learns a evil terrorist known as Renard, who has a bullet in his head cutting off his senses so he can't smell, touch and feel no pain, was responsible for the assassination of Sir Robert. With help of nuclear scientist Dr. Christmas Jones & former enemy, Ex KGB agent Valentin Zukovsky now 007's ally, Bond sets out to foil Renard's plan as he plots to wipe out Europe with a nuclear bomb.

Timelord Thoughts.
The World Is Not Enough is the 19th James Bond film which is one of my favourite Bond films which I seen 5 times at the cinema & delivers excellent action sequences, stunning locations & a good supporting cast that's when all mixed together delivers a cracking Bond thriller.

Pierce Brosnan gives his best performance as James Bond 007 in this movie & delivers a cool, calm 007 who follows his gut instincts that something untoward is going on with the threats to Electra Kings life following her father's murder as 007 faces imminent danger at ever turn, Brosnan is charming, charismatic & yet shows 007 to be slightly vulnerable delivers a fully rounded performance.

Robert Carlyle is sinister & psychopathic as Renard who looks the typical Bond villain with the scar but Carlyle adds a certain viciousness to the part making him a cold campassionless character & a great villainous advisory for 007.

Sophie Marceau is a very beautiful woman & plays the part of the mysterious Electra King superbly well changing the characters personality from vulnerable to viciousness in the blink of a moment & her characters twist is a clever one & performed brilliantly by Marceau.

Denise Richards however is,the films weak link & doesn't fare quite as well as she lacks believability that she is a Nuclear Physicist, although Richards is a stunningly beautiful woman she doesn't do a lot in this movie & feels a slightly tagged on character.

Robbie Coltrane however is excellent as Valentin Zukovsky who scene steals every scenes his characters appears in & gets a lot more involved in this story far more than his fleeting cameo appearance in Goldeneye.

Judi Dench as 'M' actually has a connection to the King family & lets her heart rule her head dropping her guard which nearly costs her life as M is captured & needs Bond to come to her aid & rescue her.

Michael Apted direction is excellent & slickly shot while stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong delivers some truly outstanding action sequences the standouts being the boat chase across the Thames & the helicopter saw chase sequence at Zukovskys factory which are tightly filmed & brilliantly executed.

David Arnold's score is fast & frentic that captures the essence of the late John Barry musical cues but Arnold adds his own stamp on his musical arrangement updating the Bond theme while keeping true to it's original sound.

Overall, The World Is Not Enough delivers a action packed fast paced 007 adventure that features a crackingly good script, good performances by the majority of the cast & some stunning action sequences that gives Pierce Brosnan his best outing as James Bond 007 to date & is a very entertaining Bond film.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bond back on good form, 3 Nov 2008
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After the disappointment of Tomorrow Never Days, it perhaps shouldn't have been too surprising that, as per the usual EON pattern of alternating good and bad Bond films, The World is Not Enough turned out rather well. It helps that it has a stronger plot this time round as well as some attempt at an element of mystery - along with For Your Eyes Only this is the only Bond where the identity of the real villain is withheld for the first half of the movie. It's also more character-based than usual, with some interesting dialogue that takes on a different dimension once you know who's on the side of the angels and who isn't. The Maguffin is an oil-based variation on Goldfinger's big scheme, but the execution is very different and rather more grounded. Brosnan has the best character writing of his tenure but isn't always up to it: the moments of ruthlessness convince but he's one of those actors who can't stand still and just be and always has to do something, making him seem somewhat ADDS in some scenes and leads to a couple of strange bits of gurning. Yet it can still lay claim to being his best performance in the role, and the presence of Sophie Marceau and Robert Carlyle helps raise the acting bar enough so that even Denise Richards' hot pant wearing nuclear scientist - in-joke casting at its finest - isn't quite as bad as she's been painted.

There's a slightly schizoid feel to Michael Apted's direction at times seeming a tad uncertain and stylistically very different from Vic Armstrong's action scenes. It's certainly not difficult to tell who shot what, and not just because Armstrong seems better at hiding the significant height difference between Brosnan and Carlyle. While still variable (the opening boat chase has a few too many sight gags and the helicopter/chainsaw sequence doesn't work as well as it should), the action scenes are much better handled this time round and much better integrated into the story. Despite some awful wisecracks, this feels less like an attempt to hang plenty of setpieces on a flimsy plot and more like the action is being dictated by the story. Definitely one of the better modern Bond outings.

There's not much new in the two-disc Ultimate Edition to justify an upgrade though. While the extras from the previous release have been carried over, there's only a Hong Kong press conference and a few deleted and alternate scenes. Of these - including Renard's very unimpressive original entrance, more tomfoolery in Q's lab and a line about madmen in hollowed out volcanoes filled with large breasted women threatening the world with nuclear war ("It only takes one") among them - only a visually striking scene in the abandoned oilfields seems good enough to have kept.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bond back on good form, 8 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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After the disappointment of Tomorrow Never Days, it perhaps shouldn't have been too surprising that, as per the usual EON pattern of alternating good and bad Bond films, The World is Not Enough turned out rather well. It helps that it has a stronger plot this time round as well as some attempt at an element of mystery - along with For Your Eyes Only this is the only Bond where the identity of the real villain is withheld for the first half of the movie. It's also more character-based than usual, with some interesting dialogue that takes on a different dimension once you know who's on the side of the angels and who isn't. The Maguffin is an oil-based variation on Goldfinger's big scheme, but the execution is very different and rather more grounded. Brosnan has the best character writing of his tenure but isn't always up to it: the moments of ruthlessness convince but he's one of those actors who can't stand still and just be and always has to do something, making him seem somewhat ADDS in some scenes and leads to a couple of strange bits of gurning. Yet it can still lay claim to being his best performance in the role, and the presence of Sophie Marceau and Robert Carlyle helps raise the acting bar enough so that even Denise Richards' hot pant wearing nuclear scientist - in-joke casting at its finest - isn't quite as bad as she's been painted.

There's a slightly schizoid feel to Michael Apted's direction at times seeming a tad uncertain and stylistically very different from Vic Armstrong's action scenes. It's certainly not difficult to tell who shot what, and not just because Armstrong seems better at hiding the significant height difference between Brosnan and Carlyle. While still variable (the opening boat chase has a few too many sight gags and the helicopter/chainsaw sequence doesn't work as well as it should), the action scenes are much better handled this time round and much better integrated into the story. Despite some awful wisecracks, this feels less like an attempt to hang plenty of setpieces on a flimsy plot and more like the action is being dictated by the story. Definitely one of the better modern Bond outings.

There's not much new in the two-disc Ultimate Edition to justify an upgrade though. While the extras from the previous release have been carried over, there's only a Hong Kong press conference and a few deleted and alternate scenes. Of these - including Renard's very unimpressive original entrance, more tomfoolery in Q's lab and a line about madmen in hollowed out volcanoes filled with large breasted women threatening the world with nuclear war ("It only takes one") among them - only a visually striking scene in the abandoned oilfields seems good enough to have kept.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray is not enough!!!, 31 Jan 2010
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'The World Is Not Enough' is arguably the best of the Brosnan era movies. Whereas 'Goldeneye' took an age to get going with limited action, and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' was a full on action assault, this film was a more balanced movie with plenty of action, lots of drama, good performances and complex storyline with a half decent twist.
By now Brosnan was in cruise control as Bond, having made the role his own, some critics going as far to say that he was the best. His performance here is beautifully understated as Bond struggles to keep his emotions and professionalism separate. The performances from the female cast are also a revelation as Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards and Judi Dench get much more material to play with and see plenty of action.
The movie moves along at a smooth pace and the action is evenly spread. The photography is also excellent. The whole picture oozes class.
Unfortunately the Blu Ray transfer doesn't do the film any justice at all. The ski chase sequence looks good, but that's about it. I expected the pre titles sequence to blow me away, but it's no better than the DVD in my opinion, which is a travesty. It's hard to explain, when you consider the DVD transfer of the first three Bond films, especially 'Golfinger' which looks and sounds fantastic. That a newer film like this looks and sounds so inferior is a real mystery.
I would seriously advise anyone thinking of 'upgrading' 'The World Is Not Enough' to Blu Ray to save their money and stick with the original DVD. I seriously think that some people are trying to con movie lovers and Blu Ray owners by giving us 'placebo effect' discs, that actually haven't been upgraded at all.
What a damn shame.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The performances and action sequences are enough, 31 Oct 2008
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James Bond (Brosnan) is sent on a mission to protect the daughter of recently deceased Robert King and is soon finding clues to who was behind his murder.

After two impressive enthusiastic performances as Bond in Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan added more drama to the character in this tense if slightly over-informed thriller.

Brosnan again cements the character to the ground with some delicious acting worthy of praise with cheeky puns and great onscreen relationships. The adding of the drama was a necessity to the character to create a more human feeling over that superhero cover he previously conveyed. The dramatic reflection on the plot is executed well by Brosnan and has only been bettered by Craig's recent reprisal of the British agent.

The actor is given great support by an exceptional performance by Sophie Marceau (Braveheart) as Electra King. Marceau is able to create a vulnerable character and create a sense of mystery about her, a sad sense of sophistication. She is easily the best Bond girl of the Brosnan era and is right up there with the best characters in the series.

Denise Richards (Starship Troopers) is disappointing in her role as Christmas Jones, a rather ordinary and plain character who seems just to be along for the ride. Unlike King's mysterious elegance, Jones just feels like an ordinary person caught up in an adventure and is there to just to make up numbers.

Two of Britain's finest actors are onscreen together after their famous partnership in hit TV series Cracker. Robbie Coltrane and Robert Carlyle are easily the most interesting actors to watch. Coltrane's Zukovsky adds humour to the plot where Carlyle creates the best Bond villain of the Brosnan era with a cold hearted character in Renard, a man with a bullet in his head. Carlyle adds that extra something to the narrative with a strong and dominant protagonist and is one of the main reasons to watch.

The opening to the 19th Bond is a very exciting affair with Bond chasing a villain in a speedboat with the then newly constructed Millennium Dome in the background. Fast and action packed with gadgets, this opening sequence will please audiences of any age who will simply smile when we see the straightening of the tie moment.

The plot balances the action well alongside the events of Elektra's pipeline business. The political agenda alongside the heavy use of character history is distracting and will have you scratching your head trying to recall the past but like other Bond films you don't need to know who is who and what is what as the action and intensity give the overall picture.

8/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bluray is not enough, 9 Dec 2009
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Of the 9 "old Bond movie" Blurays released so far this is the weakest. The step up from the DVD isn't good enough. There just aren't enough WOW moments that I expect from a Bluray picture. Which is rather strange as this is the newest of the "old Bond" Blurays released so far.

As with the other Bond re-released Blurays the extras are as per the 2-DVD issues from a couple of years back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brosnan in his best Bond, 6 Jan 2003
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"Who is the best James Bond?" is a question often discussed by film fans. Invariably, for purists, the answer is Sean Connery. I shared this view until I watched The World is Not Enough. Now I am divided between Connery and Brosnan. In TWINE, Brosnan switches effortlessly between action hero, determined spy, and almost sensitive nice guy. Although not as hard as Connery's Bond, Brosnan gives the premier actor a run for his money.
TWINE has a typically thin plot involving the destruction of oil-lines that feed the West. There are the usual ingredients one would expect from Bond: a criminal mastermind (Robert Carlyle), beautiful girls (Sophie Marceau, Denise Richards), comedy cameos (Goldie, Robbie Coltrane), a few twists along the way involving themes of loyalty and revenge, and some wonderful stunt sequences. These are very good, especially the pre-credits river chase and the motorcycle leap over a helicopter. Although there are times when you think you've seen it before-the ski chase for example-on the whole these scenes are new and interesting.
Regarding the acting, Brosnan seems very comfortable in his role, which is more than can be said for some of the supporting cast. While Sophie Marceau and Judi Dench have rounded roles and play them to perfection, others fare less well. Robbie Coltrane returns from Goldeneye, ridiculous accent intact, and Denise Richards is simply eye candy as the improbable nuclear scientist. She appears uncomfortable if she has to do anything other than smile. One might argue that this is all a Bond girl is for; nevertheless, she's out of place. Robert Carlyle hams it up as the villain, Renard. We're supposed to find him threatening, dark and unpredictable, but instead he is wooden and dull. I find my mother's cooking more of a threat.
The film flows reasonably well, and is fairly fast paced. However, in some scenes the editing leaves a lot to be desired: chase sequences should have appeared more threatening, and the sequence when Robbie Coltrane releases Bond from his shackles is paced very strangely-it's neither tense nor thrilling. My main gripe is with the final sequence, because (without giving too much away) it negates Bond's previous emotional involvement with Sophie Marceau's character. On the whole it's a fun, entertaining Bond film, with Brosnan on top form, and is even better than the current comic cinema release "Die Another Day". Even the pickiest of Bond fans should find something to enjoy here.
The Special Edition DVD is packed with extras. There are two commentaries to choose from: The first is from director Michael Apted and is very informative, although not very entertaining, while the second is a 'medley' presented by Vic Armstrong, Peter Lamont and composer David Arnold.
There are also three documentaries: 'The Making Of TWINE', 'Bond Cocktail' and 'Bond down the River'. The 'Making Of' is OK, but it duplicates some material from the other features, and is presented by a very annoying woman. Bond Cocktail comprises very brief interviews from key actors and production staff, interspersed with clips from TWINE and previous Bond films. The best documentary is 'Bond down the River' which shows how the pre-credits river sequence was conceived, shot and produced. This really brought back memories, as I was working in London at the time and had watched them filming some of the sequence at the MI6 building.
There's also 'Secrets of 007'. Upon selection from the menu, you're presented with a sub menu where you can select about 10 'how do they do that' vignettes. These are short clips that mix storyboards with footage, pre-production shots and the final sequence so that you see how it's all put together. There's no voice-over on these clips which is actually a good thing-it's not needed. The only gripe I have here is that after watching each one, you're returned to option one of the menu-it should really auto-forward.
There is also a short video showing a montage of clips of Desmond Llewellyn (Q) at work in many of the Bond films. This pays tribute to Desmond as he died shortly after the film was released. I had met him at a book signing the week before he died, and although there is no commentary on the video, I found it very poignant. Additionally, there's the disposable video for the single by Garbage.
The sound quality on the film is top-notch, and the visual quality of the film is also excellent. However, the extras don't fare so well and to a greater or lesser degree, they all display compression artefacts. This is especially noticeable on fast shots and fades.
My final score: 4 stars. This might have made five if it wasn't for the less than stellar visual quality of the extras and some wooden performances in the main film.
Note: Layer switch: Start of chapter 10, the ski chase
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