This Bond is not enough. The action feels flat, perhaps because Brosnan is the anti-action Bond. Too manicured & metrosexual to be taken seriously. Typically Bond plots need to be taken with a pinch of salt, in this case more like 4 Martinis to cheer you up. There is no edge to this version of the British classic, one that struggles to reinvent itself & perhaps relies too deeply on the charisma of its dull lead man.
Brosnan's third effort as Bond has him comfortable in the role in this fairly standard entry. Sophie Marceau classes up this chapter with a strong turn and Robert Carlyle good in his villainous role but Denise Richards may be the most ridiculous Bond girl yet. Stunt work strong as always as are physical special effects.
A confused effort; seesawing between Moore era puns & cold "Dalton-esque" action. It also suffers from a cheap '90s look; the exotic locations too often suggested by a lone establishing shot & the cinematography only occasionally rising above bland commercialism. Even so this is a movie that gets Bond right; showing the different facets of the character, from the detective, to the charmer, to the cold-blooded killer.
Much like the previous instalment, this is largely forgettable, soulless action. I can barely even remember what this was about, writing this a week or two after seeing it. Ridiculous and packed to the full with poor action sequences and over the top innuendo, taking away from any sort of believability. And I know that these aren’t meant to be believable, but I should be able to care on some level, right?
This is the first Bond I really fell in love with as a kid so nostalgia is definitely coloring my opinion but I think this is the second best Brosnan film after (obviously) Goldeneye. Denise Richards IS pretty terrible but Sophie Marceau is pretty spectacular and Electra and Renard are two of the more interesting of the series villains post 1985.
After one of the worst bond themes, and a ludicrous, though enjoyable, pre-credits sequence we get a re-hashing of old bond films for the first 45 minutes or so. However the last hour and a bit is truly fantastic. Brosnan might be my least favourite bond in terms of looks and acting style, but his character in this one is great. Also, the two villains are brilliantly done.
The shoehorned formula elements are somewhat painful here -- but so are the characters (in a very good way). Sophie Marceau's wounded and vengeful Electra King brings out Bond's sensitive and cynical sides in a way that really lets Pierce shine -- her tortured sexuality mirrors his own. Robert Carlyle's menacing, apathetic Renard, meanwhile, is possibly my favorite villain in the series. Well done Apted.
Though a bit more ludicrous than its precursor, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough ups the ante with a series of terrific action scenes that include a high-octane boat chase this side of Live and Let Die and an explosive caviar factory raid. Sadly, the performances don't quite measure up.