"The World Is Not Enough," the 19th installment in the James Bond series, manages to stay fresh, exciting and entertaining enough to make it one of the best entries in the franchise's 37 year history offering a stronger than usual storyline and a twist.
Admittedly TWINE is a predictable by the numbers Bond flick. 1. The villain(s) threatens the world during the pretitle sequence which sets up the film's plot. 2. Then there's the love scene. 3. A few chases underlined with product placements sprinkled throughout the film. 4. The final confrontation with the villain in his lair. 5. The big love scene.
But that's the shtick. Predictability is what's fun about a Bond film. You expect to see the scene in Q's workshop where Bond disses Q's gadgets. And you expect the villain to explain at length his plans for taking over the world to Bond, thus giving Bond a chance to escape and save the day.
However, TWINE holds several surprises to keep the most harden Bond fan guessing. First Q (Desmond Llewelyn) announces his retirement as MI6's wizard-gadget man. Secondly, Brosnan's Bond is a much darker character than Connery's or Moore's Bond. Brosnan has dumped the cartoon violence which was established in the earlier films. Bronsan kills in cold blood. And he portrays a more human Bonds than the previous interpretations. Bronsan's Bond gets seriously injured while chasing a female assassin responsible for bombing MI6 headquarters and murdering M's oil baron friend, Sir Robert King.
As a result, Bond is placed on the inactive list because of a torn left shoulder ligament. However, he manages to convince (or rather seduces) his doctor to declare him fit for duty. So M (Dame Judi Dench) sends Bond to protect Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), the late Sir Robert King's daughter, from a high-tech terrorist named Renard (Robert Carlyle), an ex-KGB agent whom M believes organized the MI6 bombing. Renard plans to murder Elektra King and destroy the King family European oil pipeline in attempt to throw the world's oil supply into chaos.
Colin Salmon reprises his role as Robinson, M's assistant. John Seru (Gabor), a perfect Bond villain, makes his feature film debut as Elektra King's deadlocked 253 pound personal bodyguard. Despite Denise Richards being totally miscast as "bimbo" Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist, the formula still works for the 21st century.