The World Is Not Enough
Review written by: Alex Sandell

You really know you're not gettin' any
when you'd gladly trade places with
Bond, just to have this scantily-clad
lady sit on your lap for a few seconds
before she begins torturing you.

What's the story?

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) has sex with a few girls and saves the world.

So how is it? (Get to the point, already)

The Bond films are a bit like Coca-Cola; as long as they stick with the original formula they're pretty damn tasty.  The World Is Not Enough, like the Brosnan Bonds before it, does not even attempt to sway into "New Coke" territory.  No Timothy Dalton monogamous missteps, here; everything is just as it should be.  Bond has sex with multiple partners.  Bond likes his martinis "shaken, not stirred."   Bond kills without a second thought.  Bond blows up lots of expensive machinery.  Bond flirts with Moneypenny (Samantha Bond - no relation), irritates Q (Desmond Llewelyn) and humiliates M (Judi Dench).  In other words, Bond is just Bond, and that's all he should ever be.  The World Is Not Enough takes the Bond series nowhere, and that's just where it should be headed. 

People love the James Bond movies because they're like getting together with relatives every couple of years and finding out that no one has changed.  Everyone needs something to remain steady in their lives and the Bond series provides that.  It's familiar, it's fun, and after 19 films, it's family.  The World Is Not Enough is simply the newest member; and a welcome addition.

I'm not about to say that TWINE is as good as Bond masterpieces such as Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service; but I will say that it takes its rightful place in the better half of the series, due in large part to the film's non-stop energy and unabashed showiness.  The action sequences are not only determined to outdo those from previous Bond films; they're determined to outdo themselves.  Just when you think an explosion can't get any bigger . . . along comes the next scene.   Impressive stunts, astonishing special effects, and gleefully cheesy double entendres come at you so fast, you can hardly keep up.  This is definitely a movie that needs to be seen more than once, to be fully appreciated.  I actually waited on writing this review, until I was able to see it a second time and take it all in. 

The World Is Not Enough is candy for the eye.  You know that it's no good for you, but it's nearly impossible to resist.  Like the original Coca-Cola; the formula remains pleasing, and will have you wanting more. 

What are you selling us here???

Watching all 19 Bond films back-to-back would take less time than listing all of the product placements in this film.

If it won an Oscar, what would it be?

"Feels Like I've Been Here Before" - The World Is Not Enough

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