The World Is Not Enough

Posing as a banker, James Bond is sent to Bilbao to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a friend of M. Bond escapes with the money after being attacked by the banker, who is killed by an unseen assassin.

When Bond returns to the money to London, Sir Robert is killed when the case containing the money turns out to be booby-trapped. 007 gives chase to the assassin by using the “Q-boat”, in a chase that takes him along the Thames, including scenes filmed at the millennium down.

Bond then tracks down the money to a terrorist named Renard, a former KGB agent, and is assigned by M to protect Sir Robert’s daughter, Elektra. Travelling out to Azerbaijan, where Elektra is overseeing the oil pipeline, and soon finds that they are under attack.

What we say

The best of the Brosnan Bonds. The pre-title sequence starts off well and should have finished in Bilbao as originally planned, and there is a little too much comedy, but the film does include some nods to Ian Fleming.


Original release

US Premiere: 8th November 1999 at Bruin & Fox’s Theatre and Mann’s Village Chinese Theater  in Los Angeles
US: 19 November 1999
UK: 26 November 1999

Principal crew

Director Michael Apted
Screenplay Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein
Producer Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
Music David Arnold
Editing Jim Clark
Production design Peter Lamont
Cinematography Adrian Biddle


Pierce Brosnan James Bond
Sophie Marceau Elektra King
Robert Carlyle Renard
Denise Richards Dr. Christmas Jones
Robbie Coltrane Valentin Zukovsky
Judi Dench M
Desmond Llewelyn Q
John Cleese R
Maria Grazia Cucinotta Cigar Girl
Samantha Bond Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen Bill Tanner
Colin Salmon Charles Robinson
Goldie Bullion
David Calder Sir Robert King
Serena Scott Thomas Dr. Molly Warmflash
Ulrich Thomsen Davidov
John Seru Gabor
Claude-Oliver Rudolph Colonel Akakievich
Patrick Malahide Lachaise
Omid Djalili Foreman
Jeff Nuttall Dr. Arkov
Diran Meghreblian Coptic Priest
John Albasiny Helicopter Pilot
Patrick Romer Pilot
Jimmy Roussounis Pipeline Technician
Justus von Dohnányi Captain Nikoli
Hassani Shapi Doctor
Carl McCrystal Trukhin
Martyn Lewis Newscaster
Kourosh Asad Russian Radio Operator
Daisy Beaumont Nina
Nina Muschallik Verushka
Daz Crawford Casino Thug
Peter Mehtab Casino Dealer


  • Whisky
  • Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred
  • Smirnoff Black Label vodka
  • Bollinger champagne


BMW Z8 Roadster (1999)


  • “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”
  • “Always have an escape plan…”
  • “The insurance company is never going to believe this”
  • “So you’re a British spy; do you have a name?”
    “Bond… James Bond”
  • “Remember: shadows stay in front or behind. Never on top.”

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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