The World is Not Enough (1999) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Thriller
MGM || PG13 - 128 minutes - $34.99 || March 24, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-04

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The Film

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Special Features

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Director: Michael Apted
Writer(s): Ian Fleming (characters); Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (story), Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein (screenplay)
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, John Cleese

Theatrical Release Date: November 19, 1999

Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A;ternate Angles
  • Music Video
  • Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese

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The Pierce Brosnan era of Bond, James Bond had its hits (I’m still partial to GoldenEye) and misses (Die Another Day) and while I never was too fond of The World is Not Enough, it is still a damned good action flick, entertaining from the opening boat chase sequence to the submarine finale. Hell, I even liked the title song by Garbage, but I like that group, so again, I’m partial towards them...

In Bond’s 19th outing, 007 (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned by M (Judi Dench showing why producers’ held her over for the Bond reboot) to protect oil heiress Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) after her father was killed in an explosion after retrieving money at MI6. The man with a plan this go around is Renard (Robert Carlyle), a classic Bond villain who was a target of assassination by MI6’s 009 – which is why you always send 007... ALWAYS – and now has a scheme to steal uranium and target a major city to disrupt the West’s oil pipeline.

During the course of his investigation, Bond meets the all-too beautiful nuclear scientist Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) and together they must discover Renard’s plans and put a stop to it before it’s too late!

The World is Not Enough isn’t the greatest James Bond movie but as I said, it is entertaining. In the Bond franchise, more than anything, it was the final performance of Desmond Llewelyn as he was killed in a car accident only a month after the film’s release (December 1999). What’s, I guess, fitting is his last shot finds his “Q” character slowly descending out of frame taking a character that no one else will come close to touching. Obviously because of his age, producers’ were in preparation to pass the baton to John Cleese who would only serve, well enough actually, for one more movie...

In any case, the movie has that classic Bond feel with the gadgets, over-the-top action sequences and sly humor that Pierce Brosnan brought so well to the role. And while I did like Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (Quantum of Solace is another story, figuratively and literally), Brosnan remains my favorite since he is the James Bond I grew up with.

This isn’t to say he’s the best as no one else can match Sean Connery but through the course of Brosnan’s four appearances as the suave British spy – yes even the outlandish Die Another Day –, he filled the role perfectly. I know many felt he was too scrawny to play the part, so to each their own; Brosnan set himself apart from the others making an impact on a prestigious franchise.


As far as I can tell, all features have been ported over from the “Ultimate Edition” DVD.

First on the docket are two audio commentaries, one with Director Michael Apted and the other with Production Designer Peter Lamont, Composer David Arnold and Second Unit Director Vic Armstrong.

Bond Cocktail (22:50) – No, it’s not a featurette on James Bond’s favorite drinks, but the formula that has made the franchise so successful going on 19 (at the time) films. It covers everything from the gadgets, girls, villains and wardrobe.

Alternate Angle/Expanded Angle Scene: The Thames Boat Chase – This is an interesting feature if only to see how much camera work they did to film the chase sequence.

Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes (12:35) – There are 7 scenes with an introductions by director Apted. Like with most deleted scenes, you rarely see any that could’ve been placed back in and this is no exception.

James Bond Down River (25:03) is a ‘making-of’ featurette originally released in 1999. Actually, for an “older” featurette, it’s not too bad and for its time, probably one of the better ones to be released on DVD...

The Making of The World is Not Enough (15:05) – Hosted by Leanza Cornett (who?), we take a tour behind-the-scenes of the film in a featurette that looks like it originally aired on television (the word “ass” was replaced by “butt”). You just get a basic blueprint on how the movie was made and a rundown of the cast and plot.

007 Mission Control
- 007
- Women
- Allies
- Villains
- Mission Combat Manual
- Q Branch
- Exotic Locations

-- Each are split into categories and just show clips from the movie. For instance, under “007”, you can watch the gun barrel or title sequences. Nothing amazing about this.

The Secrets of 007: Alternate Video Options (22:38)
- Opening Jump
- Boat Chase
- Main Title
- Hologram
- Ski Scene
- X-Ray Vision
- Nuclear Factory
- Caviar Factory
- Submarine

-- These are just some combination of storyboard, concept art, behind-the-scenes shots and final film sequences for certain scenes. You can watch them individually or with a “Play All” option.

Hong Kong Press Conference (9:46) – Pierce Brosnan answers questions about the upcoming The World is Not Enough in Hong Kong. What was interesting was hearing Brosnan talk about how skeptical people were of the new Bond that stepped onto the scene in 1994.

Tribute to Desmond Llewelyn (3:22) is a touching look back at Llewelyn’s career in 17 Bond films with clips over the years including his final scene that is all too fitting.

Creating an Icon: Making the Teaser Trailer (4:26) goes behind how the teaser was made from some basic filming to putting all the elements together.

Music Video (4:02) – I don’t care what you say; I actually like this theme and the band Garbage and its lead singer. The music video is pretty much on par with most recent videos for the Bond movies.

And finally there is the theatrical trailer (2:09) and an Image Database.


The movie is presented in widescreen (2.35 aspect ratio) on a 50GB single layered Blu-ray disc and AVC codec. The video presentation actually looked very nice with some bright colors and black levels that looked good. There were no noticeable imperfections and the picture and images looked sharp.

I must admit that I was a tad disappointed with the audio portion. Although the movie is now 10 years old many moments, early on especially, didn’t seem to have much depth mainly during the action scenes. The opening explosion at MI6 had little oomph behind it, although it did seem to pick up as the movie went on, especially during the finale. Once again, MGM gives this Bond Blu-ray release a DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track with Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish and French.


The World is Not Enough is a fine Bond film and of the four Brosnan is in the middle, certainly better than Die Another Day and on par with Tomorrow Never Dies. The film has amazing action scenes and the wit and charm that we know and love from our favorite British spy.

The Blu-ray is pretty much average in terms of picture and audio and there everything is just a straight up copy of the “Ultimate Edition” 2006 DVD release. Of course, I didn’t expect much else so it’s not a big surprise.