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The World Is Not Enough


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May 15, 2000

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Pierce Brosnan

Robert Carlyle


1999 MGM

Still shot from the movie: The World Is Not Enough.

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Pointing his gun directly at the villain's head, Bond (Pierce Brosnan) calmly says, "I don't like to shoot a man in cold blood." Was that a cue for us to laugh?

James Bond - Official Site Not that I find murder particularly funny, but after having watched Bond mow down an endless litany of extras, it seemed ironic that the only man he cannot kill is the evil Renard (Robert Carlyle). This terrorist is trying to create havoc for the oil industry by turning a nuclear submarine into a bomb and blowing up a pipeline. Renard is also interfering with Bond's love life, this time the beautiful but fiercely independent Elektra (Sophie Marceau).

James Bond - Official Site When I say Brosnan is getting better in his role as Bond, I'm speaking strictly from a performance point of view. This being his third Bond film, he's clearly mastered the ability to shoot without a conscience, seduce without sincerity, and throw out sexual one-liners with the raise of an eyebrow, putting him in the same league as prior Bonds. Unfortunately, though, as I watch half-naked women being used as bait and observe these overdone typecast roles of sexually aggressive females trying to fulfill every man's desire, I wonder why we haven't outgrown this premise.

James Bond - Official Site Probably because we still view Bond as pure escapism -- a harmless entertaining activity where we can dream about being secret agents and sexual dynamos. A world where people don't bleed when they're shot and STD's could be mistaken as a performance fuel additive for your sports car.

Harmless? I watched as Bond chased another villain through scene after scene. Now she's in the bedroom, seductively telling him that he can never kill a woman he's made love to. Bond begins to waffle. Meanwhile, the guy sitting behind me who has been making rude remarks from the opening credits (featuring the usual Bond girls -- this time naked but covered in crude oil) can't take it anymore... "C'mon! Just kill the *!#*$% girl!" he shouts.

It's only Bond.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The World Is Not Enough.

Would you trust a man like Bond if he lived next door? How would we view his behavior in reality? Why do you think people tolerate his chauvinistic attitudes toward women and his violent behavior on the screen?

Canadian Movie Ratings

Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The World Is Not Enough...

Blu-ray Release: 21 October 2008

Various James Bond films have been restored and re-mastered for release to Blu-ray disc. Fans of the franchise can look for Dr. No, Die Another Day, Live and Let Live, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball.

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