The submarine in the third act of this movie is a perfect metaphor for The World is Not Enough. It is sinking hard and fast.
The third film of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond was one of the dumbest of the franchise. I have to reflect on the overall list to decide if it is lower on my list than You Only Live Twice and Monraker and Octopussy, but it is certainly now in the argument.
Sadly, after Tomorrow Never Dies, which I liked a lot, the Bond franchise sunk down into the depths of stupid with The World is Not Enough.
An oil tycoon is murdered and Bond is sent to protect his daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau) from a terrorist who had kidnapped her when she was younger. The terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle) had taken a bullet in the head, but it had not killed him yet. It left him incapable of feeling pain. Renard is looking to steal a nuclear bomb for some convoluted reason and Bond is trying to stop him.
This movie hit almost all of the big Bond moments. There was a ski chase! Bond had to try to diffuse a bomb. Bond was believed to be dead. He was in a death trap. All that was missing was sharks!
Oh and the bad guys here make the Stormtroopers look like expert marksmen.
Seriously though, the melodramatic acting going on here was just laughable. Denise Richards is not the first name that comes to mind when I think about nuclear physicists. Robert Carlyle, who brought a lot of life and emotion to the role of Rumpelstiltskin on Once Upon a Time, is just totally ridiculous here. He was anything but menacing considering he was meant to be a horrible terrorist. M (Judi Dench) gets to do more. For example, she is locked in a cell and sits there basically for the third act. Then, the emotional section of the film (she was connected with Elektra) was just tossed aside for the stupid action beats. Why use an actress of Dench’s quality if you are not going to let her act?
This is a total waste. I have one more Pierce Brosnan Bond film to go before we can dive into the Daniel Craig films. Hopefully, this last one is more watchable.