James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is back. An oil tycoon is murdered in MI6, and Bond is sent to protect his daughter. Renard (Robert Carlyle), who has a bullet lodged in his brain from a previous Agent, is secretly planning the destruction of a pipeline. Bond gains a hand from research scientist Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards), who witnesses the action which happens when Bond meets up with Renard, but Bond becomes suspicious about Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), especially when Bond’s boss, M (Dame Judi Dench) goes missing. Bond must work quickly to prevent Renard from destroying Europe.
User Reviews: The last James Bond film of the 20th century began in spectacular fashion. Now, a lot of the Bond movies have great openings, so that’s nothing new, but this one outdid itself. This 15-minute opening may be the best ever with an amazing boat race and opening credits. It gets my vote, anyway.
After that, frankly, it slowly goes downhill. (That’s the problem with too good a start!).
In the end, it’s okay but hardly a memorable Bond picture. It has the usual assortment of heroes and villains, wild and improbable action scenes, tons of sexual innuendos, sharp DVD picture and great 5.1surround sound. New actors to this series included Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards and Robbie Coltrane. None of them are big drawing cards who are going entice people to see the movie.
I didn’t find any of the characters particularly memorable, unfortunately, so I can’t rate the film higher than a "7," but that opening was a "10."