On This Day — James Bond “The World Is Not Enough” Premiere in Los Angeles (November 8 1999)

“There’s no point living, if you can’t feel alive.”

Elektra King

 “Now, pay attention 007. I’ve always tried to teach you two things. First, never let them see you bleed.  (And the second?) Always have an escape plan.”

Q

Dr. Christmas Jones: The world’s greatest terrorist running around with six kilos of weapons-grade plutonium can’t be good. I gotta get it back, or someone’s gonna have my ass.

James Bond: First things first.

The World Is Not Enough is a 1999 British spy film, the nineteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Its world premiere was 8 November 1999 at the Fox Bruin Theater, Los Angeles, USA. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Reception was mixed. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert said the film was a “splendid comic thriller, exciting and graceful, endlessly inventive”, and gave it three-and-a-half stars out of four.

On the other hand, Eleanor Ringel Gillespie of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution disliked the film, calling it “dated and confused”.

Rotten Tomatoes gave The World Is Not Enough a 51% rating, the lowest of the Brosnan films, and Metacritic gave the film a score of 59 out of 100.

Negative criticism was focused on the execution of the plot, and the action scenes were considered excessive.

Entertainment Weekly picked it as the worst Bond film of all time, saying it had a plot “so convoluted even Pierce Brosnan has admitted to being mystified”.

Norman Wilner of MSN chose it as the third worst film, above A View to a Kill and Licence to Kill, while IGN chose it as the fifth worst.

Denise Richards was criticised as not being credible in the role of a nuclear scientist. She was ranked as one of the worst Bond girls of all time by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.

Richards stated that she liked the role because it was “brainy”, “athletic”, and had “depth of character, in contrast to Bond girls from previous decades”.

Richards stated that a lot of viewers “made fun of” the character’s attire but that “These Bond girls are so outrageous and if I did really look like a scientist, the Bond fans would have been disappointed.”

Writer Ben Bussey stated in a Yahoo! Movies article that “it’s clear that Eon were never aiming especially high with this character” since the company “reportedly” auditioned Geri Halliwell and Tiffani Thiessen for the role.

The World Is Not Enough (1999) — Official Trailer

REFERENCES

Ian Fleming: The Man Behind the Most Famous Spy — CIA Website (May 28 2018)

James Bond on film – 007’s best and worst movies ranked!  — Guardian

The World Is Not Enough — Quotes

The World Is Not Enough — Wikipedia

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On This Day — James Bond “The World Is Not Enough” Premiere in Los Angeles (November 8 1999)

 

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