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Review Of Film The World Is Not Enough

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Review of Film The World is Not Enough

The greatest spy the world has ever known returns for yet another
adventure. Once again the British secret service has to save the world
from certain chaos and destruction and only one man is good enough for
the job, that man is 'Bond…James Bond'. We all know the format, but we
love it. The title is 'The World is Not Enough', and is the final Bond
film of the twentieth century, finishing the millennium with the usual
mix of guns, girls and gadgets.

The film utilises exotic locations around the world and yet manages to
make London look good. The Dome at the time of filming was innovative
and hadn't yet been reduced to a joke by the general public. The sets
created at Pinewood studios look realistic and threatening and fit in
well with the real locations. Green screen scenes have been added to
allow extremely daring stunts and inaccessible locations to be
featured in the film.

The plot is fairly simple and starts with the death of Sir Robert
King, the owner of an oil empire. His daughter Electra King inherits
the family business. The villain Renard shows great interest in
Electra and her inheritance. James Bond is sent to protect her from a
possible attempt on her life. It soon becomes apparent to Bond that
Electra and Renard are partners and they had planned the death of her
father.

They plan to detonate a nuclear bomb inside the reactor of a submarine
near to the city of Istanbul. This will stop the shipment of oil to
other countries and so Electras' company will be the only source of
oil as she ships it overland by pipeline. Her company will be able to
charge exorbitant prices. In a subplot she will also be able to have
her revenge on M (played

by Dame Judy Dench, famed for her roles in the films Iris, Mrs Brown
and Chocolat), the head of Bonds' section.

The film fits into the usual Bond criteria. It has explosions, guns,
gadgets, girls (foreign girls of course), chases and cars. There are
many close escapes; the best being when Bond escapes from the nuclear
facility in Azabaizan. He is propelled out of the secret tunnels
followed by a huge fireball.

The stunts and special effects are staggering. How did they get Bond
to fall from an exploding balloon on to the Dome and bounce down as if
was a perfectly normal activity? How did they blow up an entire
mountain? At the climatic ending Bond escapes from the villains lair
with a girl, whilst blowing the whole place up! The stunt people and
special effects people must have seemingly magical powers. No other
film character or secret agent can outclass Bond!

Director Michael Apted has created a film that proceeds at a good pace
with a strong, straightforward story line, and yet also includes
interesting and sometimes stunning locations. It is his first
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