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The World is Not Enough

In this 19th movie for Bond, you need to walk in expecting three things.  Item one is a good plot.  Item two is good acting.  Item three is beautiful women.  With this pretense, you will not be disappointed.

Pierce Brosnan is James Bond!  Forget Timothy what's his name and Roger Moore.  Like Sean Connery, Brosnan brings a sophistication and power to the screen.  We have Q back as portrayed by Desmond Llewelyn in his traditional cranky manor and M, 007's boss, by Judi Dench.

The female leads of Denise Richards as Christmas Jones and Sophie Marceau as Elektra King add the expected female physique to follow in the film.  I was impressed by Marceau not only in her acting ability but also her ability to do the demanding physical play required by her part.  Denise Richards seen in Starship Troopers and Drop Dead Gorgeous was less than exciting and seemed out of her league.

The villains of Renard played by Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) and Valentin Zukovsky played by Robbie Coltrane provide some great power to the screen as well as to the plot.  You may remember the villain Zukovsky from Golden Eye, but this roll has a new twist.

As for special effects - it is a Bond film!  There are explosions, chases, gun battles and bedroom scenes.  It is nice to see that Bond has kept the PG-13 rating and maintained the ability to seduce you as well as the female leads without resorting to nudity and profanity.  The sharp camera angles and exotic settings only add to the sensuality.

The story line is not your typical Bond.  We have villains but you may find yourself needing a score card to keep up with the twists and to figure out who really is the bad guy or gal in this one.  We also see a more vulnerable Bond here - I'm not quite sure if I like it yet - though it was fun to watch.  We also have a new Moneypenny played by Samantha Bond and she is exceptional.  A brief appearance by John Cleese as Q's assistant and adds another question, will Cleese be the New Q?

Cutting to the chase, if you like Bond films, you'll like this one.  If you don t like Bond films, in all likelihood, you'll still enjoy a very watchable movie.  Lets hope for more for Bond in the future as the character changes and matures it should be interesting to see the interpretation of this classic character develop.

 
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