World Is Not Enough, The (1999): Bond No. 19, Michael Apted Directs Pierce Brosnan

The World Is Not Enough is the 19th film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as MI6 agent James Bond.

Directed by Michael Apted, the original story and screenplay was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Bruce Feirstein.

It was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

The title is taken from the translation of the motto on the fictional Bond family coat of arms, seen first in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The plot revolves around the assassination of billionaire Sir Robert King by the terrorist Renard. Bond’s task is to protect King’s daughter Elektra, who had previously been held for ransom by Renard.

During his assignment, Bond unravels a scheme to increase petroleum prices by triggering nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul.

Filming locations included Spain, France, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the UK, with interiors shot at Pinewood Studios.

Despite mixed reviews, with the plot and Denise Richards’ casting being frequently targeted for criticism, The World Is Not Enough earned $361.8 million worldwide.

It was also the first Eon-produced Bond film to be officially released under the MGM label, instead of United Artists, the original owner and distributor of the franchise.

The tale begins in Bilbao, Bond meets a Swiss banker to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a British oil tycoon and M’s friend. Bond interrogates the banker to attempt to identify the assassin of an MI6 agent, but the banker is killed and Bond is forced to escape with the money.

At the MI6 headquarters in London, the money is revealed to be laced with explosives that kills King. Bond chases the assassin by boat on the Thames to the Millennium Dome, where she tries to escape via hot air balloon. Bond offers her protection, but she refuses and blows up the balloon, which costs her her life.