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Directed by Michael Apted (1999, MGM)
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Moreau, Denise Richards, Judi Dench, and Robert Carlyle

James Bond tries to save the oil pipeline of a wealthy family, while being chased by Russian conspirators.

View Count: Twice



2+ stars+

November 10th, 2002 on TV

    Still fun, but I found it to be more of a standard action film than the last time. I still like the gadgets, but so many moments were made simply for a Bond movie, and would never work anywhere else. Would Bond's fondling of his doctor be considered sexual harassment? Or is this "every guy's" dream, that nobody would even think of rejecting Bond?  


3 stars

February 25th, 2000 in the Theatre

    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 non-stop gunfire.

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 Turkey".

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.


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