Looks like Pierce Brosnan’s Bond is heading out with a whimper…or maybe with a bunch of gratuitous explosions.
I had hoped that the last of Brosnan’s Bonds would be better than The World is Not Enough, but, unfortunately, it was anything but. In fact, it was considerably worse…one of the worst in the franchise.
It is an utter mess from the start right through to the fantasy ending.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is on a mission in North Korea, and gets captured. After being tortured for months, England arranged a trade for the terrorist Zao (Rick Yune) because they believed that Bond had been broken and had given vital information to the Koreans. This led to Bond being stripped of his position and held in custody. Bond escaped and headed after Zao to find out who betrayed him.
Bond followed Zao to Cuba where he met Jinx (Halle Berry) and hijinks ensued.
Meanwhile, millionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) has been having a media spree for mysterious plans that draw the attention of Bond. Undercover MI6 agent Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) was working for Graves, trying to discover what was going on.
The plot was ridiculous and messy. The characters were all one-note. The motivation for most of them were shaky at best. It was over-the-top in all the bad ways. It hasn’t been this silly since Moonraker.
There are many plot points that are basically the same as The World is Not Enough. There are actually just a few differences between the two films. Bond, once again, sleeps with the bad girl who will betray him later.
And in fact, there is not a whole heck of a lot of things that Bond does well here. Most of the first half of the film is Bond screwing up or being downright incompetent.
Though Pierce Brosnan was a decent Bond, the films he was in, for me, was 3 out of 4 poor. I think that has to place him at the bottom of the list of Bonds for me.