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3.0 out of 5 stars The World is not Enough, 2007 Bond remastered Edition - Bond up against his greatest foes: directors and scriptwriters, 10 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Bond Remastered - The World Is Not Enough (1-disc) [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
After the fun and entertaining `Goldeneye' and `Tomorrow Never Dies', this film sees Pierce Brosnan appearing for the third time as James Bond in the nineteenth big screen outing for the superspy. Sadly, this was to be Desmond Llewellyn's last appearance as Q.

After a wealthy industrialist is assassinated in MI6's headquarters, Bond is assigned to protect his daughter from the same fate. What follows in a tale of deceit and deception involving oil pipelines, psychopathic terrorists, nuclear submarines and caviar.

This, for me, was a bit of a drop in form for the classic Bond series. Brosnan is very good in the role and does his best with the material given to him to make Bond as believable and interesting a character as possible. But he is really up against it with the poor quality of the script and the bad direction. The plot makes little sense, and the script too full of bad jokes. The appearance of John Cleese as Q's replacement is silly and a particular low point. My biggest problem is the villain. Robert Carlyle, a great actor and one who could really make a classic sinister villain is wasted as the cartoonish super villain - impervious to pain and super strong - that we are presented with. It is just so over the top that the character loses any credibility, and hence there is no thrill of danger when Bond comes up against him.

That is not to say there are no good points - the action sequences, though a little silly when compared to previous films, are well directed and the big stunts impress. There is a top quality cast, including Carlyle, Judi Dench and Sophie Marceau giving it their all, and largely due to their talents it manages to entertain for about half the time.

An OK film. Not Bond's best, but not his worst. Three stars.
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