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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BOB WADE
“The World Is Not Enough.” Rated: PG-13. I give it a 4 on a scale of 5.





Explosions. Automatic weapons fire. Beautiful women. Exotic locations. Exhilarating chases. Put them all together and you have the latest James Bond movie to hit the video shelves.



“The World Is Not Enough” is the same old 007 formula spy vs. spy movie, the third of the series starring Pierce Brosnan as the world’s most famous British agent gallivanting around the globe saving humanity.



For those who enjoy such movies, “The World” will not disappoint. Brosnan may be the best of the Bonds-which have included George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton. He certainly has the style and the swagger.



Dame Judi Dench has taken over the role of Bond’s hard-as-nails boss M for the past few movies, and this is the final film for Desmond Llewelyn as Q, the cute and quirky supplier of gadgets. Llewelyn died in an auto accident during the filming. Ironically, John Cleese of “Monty Python” fame had already been introduced as Q’s understudy.



I happen to be a fan of the James Bond genre. But, as I get older, the plots seem to run together, and the probability of a normal man being able to pull off the stunts attributed to Bond appear less and less likely.



In “The World,” Bond drives a personal watercraft through the center of town, holds his breath underwater for several minutes, survives a long drop from a hot-air balloon onto the top of a domed building and rides a cleaning vehicle through an oil pipeline. He comes out essentially unscathed, although he supposedly badly damages his collarbone early in the film.



Perhaps that’s the ultimate appeal of 007. He is a survivor, and he does things the rest of us mortals can’t. He always gets the babes, though he never gets AIDS or any other negative consequences. His latest conquests include the heroine turned villainess Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) and Christmas Jones (Robbie Coltrane), whom he relies on to supplement his rudimentary knowledge of nuclear devices.



The films have become a more risqu? as they enter the new century, showing a little more skin in the love scenes and making the sexual references more obvious, pushing the PG-13 envelope in spots. But that’s the way James Bond lives life-always on the edge.



The film’s length is just over two hours, though it really doesn’t have that much story to tell. Even for fans of the 007 series, 125 minutes of macho eye candy in “The World Is Not Enough” may in fact be a bit too much.





Bob Wade is a local video enthusiast. The videos he reviews come courtesy of Radio Shack/Quick Flick, 110 N. Main, Hillsboro.

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