The World is Not Enough Cast
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond
Sophie Marceau as Elektra King
Robert Carlyle as Renard
Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones
Judi Dench as M
Desmond Llewelyn as Q
Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky
John Cleese as R
Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Cigar Girl
Ulrich Thomsen as Sasha Davidov
Goldie as Bull
Michael Kitchen as Bill Tanner
Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
Serena Scott Thomas as Dr. Molly Warmflash
The World Is Not Enough Cast
The World Is Not Enough cast saw a blend of new and old faces, and also said goodbye to the franchise’s longest running actor, Desmond Llewelyn.
The 19th installment in the James Bond series, The World Is Not Enough, was directed by Michael Apted, and the it boasted a cast that brought a mix of talent, charisma, and excitement to the franchise.
Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal of James Bond showcases his wit, charm, and unrivaled ability to look cool in the tuxedo. Brosnan’s embodiment of 007 was typical of the Irish actor. it was full of action, plenty of machine gun tear ups and a good mix of one liners.
French actress Sophie Marceau shines as Elektra King, the complex and mysterious oil heiress. Marceau’s performance in Firelight caught the eye of producer Barbara Broccoli, and it’s clear why she was chosen over Sharon Stone and Vera Farmiga.
Marceau was the first ever female to be the main Bond villain, and she adds a level of sophistication and sexiness to the film, making Elektra King a memorable villain and Bond girl.
Robert Carlyle delivers a chilling performance as Victor “Renard” Zokas, a formidable adversary for Bond. Although the role was initially offered to Javier Bardem and Jean Reno, Carlyle proves he was the right choice with his portrayal of the high-tech terrorist.
With all due respect, Carlyle doesn’t appear to need to act to play a psycho, but I’m sure (hope) that’s more down to his acting ability than his natural self.
Denise Richards, as Bond girl Dr. Christmas Jones, brings a mix of glamour and athleticism to the role. While some viewers may have criticized her character’s attire, it’s important to remember that Bond girls are meant to be glamorous and larger-than-life.
Tiffani Thiessen’s audition for the role might have been interesting to see, but Richards ultimately does a commendable job, and her post criticism has been too harsh.
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Robbie Coltrane, reprising his role as Valentin Zukovsky, which he was first part in the GoldenEye cast, adds humor and a bit of solemnity to the story. Coltrane always performed, and even if his Russian accent was a bit Scottish, his role as Zukovsky was admirable.
Desmond Llewelyn, in his final performance as Q, offers a sense of nostalgia and a passing of the torch to John Cleese’s R. Llewelyn had starred in 17 earlier Bond films after first appearing in the From Russia with Love cast, parted with some words of wisdom for Bond, creating a bit of a teary moment for many Bond fans.
Judi Dench, as M, always delivered. She plays a bigger part in The World Is Not Enough as she’s kidnapped by Elektra King and the plot is a bit of a personal vendetta against her as it is in her final role in Skyfall (2012).
Maria Grazia Cucinotta, in her role as “Cigar Girl,” is a minor character that makes a huge impact. She’s an undercover assassin and kills her Swiss banker boss and then almost Bond in the high octane boat chase down the River Thames, before she blows herself up.
Samantha Bond’s portrayal of Miss Moneypenny was as minimal but effective as ever. A funny moment in the film is when it’s clear she’s jealous of the news that Bond had bedded MI6 physio, Dr. Molly Warmflash.
Serena Scott Thomas plays Dr. Molly Warmflash. As already mentioned, she becomes a Bond girl after Bond seduces her and promises the world just to get a clear bill of health. It’s a bit of comedy in the film too.
Goldie’s portrayal of Bull (Bullion), Valentin Zukovsky’s bodyguard, offers a visually striking presence with his gold-toothed and gold-haired appearance. John Cleese, in his role as R, Q’s assistant, and eventual successor, offers a comedic slapstick touch to the film.
At the box office, The World Is Not Enough was a massive success, earning $35.5 million during its opening weekend and going on to gross $361.8 million worldwide. It held the title of the highest-grossing James Bond film until Die Another Day surpassed it.
Despite its commercial success and accolades, including Pierce Brosnan’s Empire Award and Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actor, the film did not escape criticism, with Denise Richards cruelly winning a Golden Raspberry for Worst Supporting Actress.
Overall, The World Is Not Enough boasts a strong cast that delivers a thrilling and memorable entry in the Bond series. The film’s box office success and enduring legacy make it an essential watch for fans of the franchise.
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The Rest of the Cast and Crew of The World Is Not Enough
John Seru as Gabor
Claude-Oliver Rudolph as Colonel Akakievich
Patrick Malahide as Lachaise
Gary Powell as Submarine Crewman
Omid Djalili as Foreman
Jeff Nuttall as Dr. Arkov
Diran Meghreblian as Coptic Priest
John Albasiny as Helicopter Pilot
Patrick Romer as Pilot
Jimmy Roussounis as Pipeline Technician
Justus von Dohnányi as Captain Nikoli
Hassani as Shapi Doctor
Carl McCrystal as Trukhin
Martyn Lewis as Newscaster
Kourosh Asad as Russian Radio Operator
Daisy Beaumont as Nina
Nina Muschallik as Verushka
Daz Crawford as Casino Thug
Peter Mehtab as Casino Dealer
Directed by Michael Apted
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein
Story by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
Based on James Bond by Ian Fleming
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Edited by Jim Clark
Music by David Arnold
Production companies: Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Distributed by MGM Distribution Co. (US), United International Pictures (International)
Release dates: 8 November 1999 (LA, premiere), 19 November 1999 (US), 26 November 1999 (UK)
Budget $135 million
Box office $361.8 million