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After the assassination of an oil tycoon in the bowels of the British Foreign Office James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) feels partly responsible and gives death-defying chase to one of the perpetrators in a pre-credit sequence that is one of the most thrilling on screen in recent memory. Post credits Bond finds himself in Azerbaijan, protecting the tycoon`s daughter, Electra (Sophie Marceau) who`s determined to forge ahead with her father`s plans to build an alternative pipeline across the Caucasus. She was once the victim of a kidnapper, Renard (Robert Carlyle) and it`s thought that he somehow was responsible for her father`s death... Well Bond is back to babedom as his old martini-sipping, smooth-talking self - leaving the more austere Timothy Dalton version way behind. Some of the action sequences in The World is Not Enough are just splendid, the opening one I mentioned, but as well there`s the snow sequence and the finale. Sophie Marceau makes an interesting Bond babe as does Denise Richards as an unbelievably young nuclear scientist. And Robert Carlyle`s villain has some poignant depth - rather surprisingly. Director Michael Apted, better known for films like Gorillas in the Mist, Nell and the & Up documentaries, does a really intelligent job with this film. It`s exciting, it`s funny, it`s too long, but hey, isn`t everything these days and it has some really corny sexist puns, but I enjoyed it more than I have other Bond films of recent years. David`s comments:A sexier than usual, tougher than usual Bond, with some great sequences - the pre-credit boat chase down the Thames being only one. An interesting cast, with Sophie Marceau impressive as the alluringly enigmatic oil magnate - a pity more wan`t made of her before Bond goes off after Denise Richards, a pretty but unlikely oil expert in her shorts and t-shirt. Good to see Judi Dench`s is given a bit more to do (there could have been even more), and fun to find John Cleese in this company. It runs out of puff (and narrative coherence) a bit in the middle, but it`s all eminently watchable - the formula still works after 37 years !