Pure action, pure Bond! The movie moves along at a very good
pace, full of action, then giving the viewers a chance to breathe.
It was a welcome change from recent Bond movies, which featured almost
The chase scenes were great, from the opening boat chase (now
that's a boat I'd love to have), to the ski chase, and a bunch of others.
The Bond women were beautiful (though I can't figure out why Christmas
Jones would be wearing that sexy outfit under her radiation suit) and sexy,
and there was even a twist that put Electra into a position where we were
unsure whether she was innocent or not. The other thing that makes
a Bond movie is the gadgets. They were not so numerous, but what
we were shown were great. But that poor BMW! Sawed in half!
The opening scene was good, if not as exhausting as I thought
it was going to be. But it gave us some action before the opening
credits. All the Swiss bank jokes were wonderful. But the money
ends up being lethal. Electra's father dies in an explosion.
That leads directly to the boat chase, where Bond even ends up taking the
boat for a cruise along a roadway for a while (chased by police!), and
through a couple of restaurants. Good thing it is powered by rockets!
Bond is assigned to protect Electra, who has inherited her father's
oil pipeline. It is more action as he defeats ski paratroopers on
the slopes. I can't figure out why they would attack Electra, though,
based on what we see later.
Bond seduces Electra (quite nice), then impersonates several
Russians (I don't know how he gets away with that, looking so British)
to gain access to a nuclear weapon, which is about to be stolen by the
man who kidnapped Electra years ago.
Part of the Plutonium is put into a bomb in the pipeline, and
Bond and nuclear physicist Christmas Jones go to diffuse it near Istanbul,
in Turkey. They discover that some of the plutonium is missing.
An amusing and very action-oriented scene in a caviar factory
ensues, in which we learn the location of a nuclear sub that is about to
have a meltdown. Over many dead bodies, they infiltrate the sub,
and force it to crash on the sea floor. The plutonium is retrieved,
but the hydrogen released into the sub explodes. They make it to
the surface just in time, though, and Bond gets to enjoy "Christmas in
Bond gets three girls in this one, he gets to dodge bullets,
and threaten people is a very suave manner. It was a lot of fun.
The plot was actually fairly complex. Every little thing fit into
the next, with possible repercussions everywhere. "M" gets captured,
surely the first time that's happened. "Q" is about to retire, to
be possible replaced by "R" (John Cleese, who is very funny).
In all, a good way to spend a couple of hours.