The World Is Not Enough

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

Pierce Brosnan's third James Bond film. Bond is sent to investigate a possible assassination plot against a once-kidnapped daughter of a Ruritanian oil baron after he died securing money for her release.

The plot thickens when it's learned she isn't as innocent - and the plot as simple - as was once thought. Often cited as the first (and so far only) Bond film with a female villain, though there's a minor Internet Backdraft over whether or not this is true. Also controversial due to arguments over whether or not Bond actually killed the suspected female villain in cold blood, being one of the few times Bond has actually killed a woman he had courted, and the only time he did so in cold blood.


  • Bond jumping out of a window.
  • The Q we knew and loved leaves.
  • Bond driving a speedboat out of a building.
  • A rather good ski chase.
  • Some bad puns on the name of one of the Bond girls.
  • Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Yeah, uh...Oh-kay...
Tropes used in The World Is Not Enough include:

Bond: Q's not going to like this...

  • The Dragon: Renard is secretly this.
    • Davidov is one for Electra, though he doesn't see much action.
  • Embarrassing First Name: See "Punny Name".
  • Empty Quiver: The theft of plutonium from the decommissioned missile silo in Kazakhstan.
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: Electra's method of executing Bond.
    • Actually, the chair isn't meant to asphyxiate, after a certain number of turns the bolt in the back of the chair breaks the neck. It's old torture equipment.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Zukovsky's final shot, which broke one of the cuffs keeping Bond on the garotte chair.
  • Disability Superpower: Renard's bullet wound is killing off his senses and will actually kill him eventually, but in the meantime it's effectively given him super-human stamina and disproportionate strength for a man his size.
  • Fast Roping: Bond rapels out the banker's window with an elastic cord attached to a mook as a counterweight.
  • Feel No Pain: Renard, due to the bullet inside his head.
  • Friendly Enemy: Bond and Zukovsky. Despite disliking each other at their last meeting in GoldenEye, and still distrustful of each other here, Zukovsky instantly joins forces with Bond when he realizes the extent of Elektra and Renard's depravity, and in fact, dies saving Bond's life.
  • Genre Blind: Garbage. The theme song includes the line "No one ever died from wanting too much." This is precisely how every James Bond film ends.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Do you know what happens when a man gets strangled?" If you do, then you'll know why she sat on Bond's lap.
    • Also Bond giving Moneypenny a cigar in a tube.

R: (after botching a Bond One-Liner and being called on it by Q) I think—
Q: You're not here to think, you're here to do what I tell you!

  • Instrument of Murder: A flamethrower bagpipe tested by Q Branch.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: When Bond infiltrates a nuclear silo held by the bad guys, he poses as a Russian nuclear scientist, complete with thick accent. However, when Christmas comments on his remarkably good English in Russian, he delivers a reasonable reply in Russian that is unaccented enough to pass without comment. Didn't stop her from digging deeper, though.
  • Karma Houdini: When Bond is about to kill Renard and stop the movie's plot right there, Christmas Jones butts in and LITERALLY not only saves Renard, but also gives him and his men enough time to steal the bomb which leads to most of the soldiers stationed there getting killed or, at the very least, shot at. Although one could say that she had no way of knowing this and that in the end she was right (Bond was indeed an impostor), the fact that half of the movie's runtime is basically her fault alone and that nobody, not even Bond, even brings it up is quite jarring, specially after repeated viewings.
  • Laser Sight: A mook in Bilbao is about to shoot James, when the latter spots a red dot on his chest.
    • In the same film, after MI 6 is bombed and James is looking out the hole in the building wall, he sees a laser sight just in time to duck out of the way. The shooter was located on a boat, about 300-400 meters away, with a G36 equipped with a scope. And she missed.
  • Last Breath Bullet: Zukovsky does this, spending his cane-gun's single bullet to enable Bond's escape from a slow-death machine.
  • The Load: Christmas, quite possibly the most useless Bond girl in the entire franchise, with what is possibly the most ridiculous name for a Bond girl in the franchise. (It's not even a dirty pun, it's just "hurr hurr her name's Christmas".) At one point she shouts that she has to do something to a nuclear reactor to save the day (her supposed specialty)... while never stopping in climbing away from said reactor. The line was apparently just put in there to remind us that she theoretically had a purpose for being there other than to have someone for Bond to be in bed with at the end of the movie.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: M is locked in a cell filled with random junk and isn't searched prior to her imprisonment. She isn't armed, but she has the tracking chip from a stolen nuke, which they surely would have found if they had bothered to search her. Combined with a clock left outside the cell and a broom in there with her, she's able to activate the chip and alert Bond.
  • Love Hurts
  • Made of Iron: Bond spends the entire movie (save the cold open) with an injured shoulder. This only ever seems to bother him once, when Renard deliberately attacks it.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Elektra King.
  • Mnogo Nukes: The stolen nukes are Russian and Renard attempts to cause a reactor melt-down on a "Victor III" class submarine. A Nuclear Error / Nuclear Physics Goof ensue.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: Somewhat averted with Bond and Elektra; played very straight with Renard and Elektra.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: subverted
  • Never Heard That One Before: Just look down.
  • Prolonged Prologue: Literally. The Cold Openings are a Bond tradition, but this one is 15 minutes long (though at least it provides a cool boat chase).
  • Punny Name: Dr. Christmas Jones. Siiiigh. Subverted when she tells Bond at their first meeting that she doesn't want him to make any jokes about it, but he mentions that he "doesn't know any doctor jokes".
  • Rape Is Love: Elektra's backstory with Renard.
  • Shoot the Dog: Bond's execution of Elektra King
    • More like Too Dumb to Live. Bond told her, at gunpoint, to call off the sub. She instead gloatingly tells it to dive and tries to warn it about him. This is after she just spent a few minutes taunting him about how he wouldn't kill her. Smug Snake plus Tempting Fate? She deserved to get shot.
  • So Proud of You: Variant. M brags to Elektra that Bond is the best agent they have, but adds to never let him know she said that.
  • Someday This Will Come in Handy: "There's no point in living if you can't feel alive." Hearing Renard say this at gunpoint is the clue Bond needs to realize he and Elektra (who told him the same thing earlier, ipsis litteris) are working together.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: James Bond vs. John Cleese

Bond: If you're Q does this make him R?
R: Ah yes, the legendary 007 wit... or half of it anyway.