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The World is Not Enough

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

Bond takes position as bodyguard of British oil tycoon's daughter after a deadly mishap at MI6.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Positive role models
1 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Positive messages
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3 out of 5

So-so Bond entry is racy but also fun.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The World Is Not Enough is the 19th official James Bond movie, and the third with Pierce Brosnan. It contains the usual amount of shooting, chasing, explosions, and killing. One minor character commits suicide, and Bond is tortured in a sadistic chair that chokes its occupant. Bond seduces three women during the course of the movie. No nudity is shown, though we see kissing, bras and panties, and some skin. One of Bond's partners has a second partner of her own. There is some blatant sexual innuendo. Bond drinks in a few scenes, including a whiskey and a vodka martini. Language is mild, with "ass" and "hell" used. Bond uses a VISA card to open a door and drives a BMW; these are paid product placements. It's largely considered one of the weaker Bond movies, but it still has a lot of silly energy, and Bond fans young and old will definitely want to see it.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How intense is it? How many characters have to die so that Bond can save the world? Are there any consequences?
  • How are the women in this movie treated? Why are they attracted to Bond? Would any of them be interesting in a movie of their own?
  • Bond is definitely a good guy, but his methods and behavior are questionable. Is he a role model? Does he seem "cool"? Is he someone to emulate? Why or why not?
  • How much alcohol does Bond drink in this movie? Does he make drinking look cool? In real life, would it get in the way of doing spy work?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's like watching a basketball team take 100 shots -- dunks, hooks, lay-ups, jumpers, three-pointers -- and score 10 points.

- Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: The movie is better than you've heard, although that's not saying a lot.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fresh: ...ultimately comes off as a superior James Bond adventure...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Contrary to reviews and popular belief, The World is Not Enough is actually one of the better Bond movies in the series and on par with Goldeneye (largely considered the best of Brosnan's era). It's certainly better than anything Roger Moore was ever involved with. After a strong start and a disappointing follow-up, Brosnan brings back the potential he showed in Goldeneye and delivers the best Bond since Connery. He does not quite match Connery, but he is very close. Timothy Dalton was probably the coldest Bond, while Connery was the best at matching the wit and humor with the deadliness of a person with a license to kill, but Brosnan is a perfect balance between the too. He is colder than Connery and funnier than Dalton. The villains in this one don't match the series best, but they are effective enough and better than the ones in Tomorrow Never Dies. Sophie Marceau is one of the best Bond girls and even has a few tricks up her sleeve. Denise Richards has been ridiculed since her appearance in this movie, which garnered the Razzie, and although she is far from good as the Russian scientist, she is not terrible either. Robbie Coltran returns from Goldeneye as Zukosky in another enjoyable performance and even gets more to do this time around. This film would be Desmond Llewelyn's final performance as Q, which is really sad because he has just been wonderful and it won't be the same without him, but John Cleese as his new sidekick in training is rather hilarious. Judi Dench also returns as M, but this time around her fiery spirit is sidelined for a major part in the plot that shouldn't be spoiled. The plot itself is hard to follow at times, but is a rather enjoyable one thanks to some nice twists. There's so much well done action that the story almost never slows down and the pacing is just fantastic. This is the most entertaining Bond film in a very long time (probably since Connery). Brosnan's era has been ridiculed for being too high tech and relying on gadgets, but I haven't seen that up to this point. There's certainly a ton of gadgets, but they are so enjoyable and well implemented that it's a joy to watch. This is Bond after all and suspending disbelief is a must. The World is Not Enough works well within the formula of a Bond movie, but once again a Brosnan Bond film outshines most of its predecessors.

- jlewis07, Thursday, March 7, 2013

4 stars

A spectacular display of stunts and adrenaline that's makes for a very satisfying formula. It`s very entertaining and has a surprising emotional tone to it and its characters. One hell of a thrilling and explosive action movie. One of the more compelling and better Bond films. A full-on fun thrill-machine. Brosnan is brilliant and tremendous as usual. Robert Carlyle is explosive. A fast, furious and very energetic flick.

- allan913, Monday, October 29, 2012

3 stars

One of the few Bond films I've seen. It was ok.

- FilmFanatik, Sunday, December 20, 2009