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(1999) (Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau) (PG-13)

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Action/Adventure: Feeling partially responsible for an oil magnate's death, British secret agent James Bond vows to protect his adult daughter who may be the next target of a villain who feels no pain and wants to steal a nuclear warhead for his own evil plans.
After returning several million dollars to an oil tycoon, British secret agent James Bond (PIERCE BROSNAN) is surprised to learn that his efforts only served as him being a courier for international terrorist, Renard (ROBERT CARLYLE), to kill the tycoon with a planted bomb.

It seems that several years ago Renard had kidnaped the tycoon's daughter, Elektra (SOPHIE MARCEAU), and was upset that the oil magnate and Bond's superior, M (JUDI DENCH), tried to free her in a botched rescue attempt. Nonetheless, the young woman escaped and upon her father's recent demise, has now inherited the family oil business. With her attempts at completing a competitive cross- country pipeline across Western Asia, M worries that many people, especially Renard, may want her dead.

Thus, she assigns Bond to shadow her, which he does along with saving and then eventually bedding her. Yet Bond isn't satisfied just to play her bodyguard, and thus sets out to figure out who's after her. His investigation leads him back to a former shady acquaintance, Valentin Zukovsky (ROBBIE COLTRANE), as well as introduce him to Christmas Jones (DENISE RICHARDS), a young and shapely nuclear physicist.

As Bond learns that Renard -- who can feel no pain due to a bullet lodged in his brain -- plans to steal a nuclear warhead to eliminate some oil competition, he begins to question Elektra's motives while trying to stop the villain and his efforts.

If they're into James Bond films or are fans of anyone in the cast, it's a good bet they will.
For intense sequences of action violence, some sexuality and innuendo.
  • PIERCE BROSNAN plays James Bond, a suave British agent who fights and kills many villains when not bedding several beautiful women.
  • DENISE RICHARDS plays one of those women, a top-level nuclear physicist who ends up in bed with Bond.
  • SOPHIE MARCEAU plays another such woman, the heir to an oil business who wishes to further expand her control with it, thus casting some doubt about her real motives. She also ends up in bed with Bond.
  • ROBERT CARLYLE plays the head villain, a man who feels no pain due to a bullet in his brain, kills many people, and wishes to steal a nuclear warhead.
  • JUDI DENCH plays Bond's steely but regal supervisor, M.


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    Here's a quick look at the content found in this PG-13 rated action/adventure flick. As with most recent James Bond films, this one contains the requisite action and fight sequences where Bond battles various characters, with many people being shot, beaten and/or killed in the process along with plenty of things being blown up. Some of those scenes may be somewhat suspenseful to some viewers.

    Bond beds the two central female characters and we see some brief glimpses of partial nudity along with a thermal image of him on top of one of them. Plenty of double entendres and sexual innuendo are also present (as in any Bond film) as is the opening title sequence where plenty of nude, but silhouetted women are seen.

    Beyond all of that and the villains' requisite bad attitudes, there's some mild drinking and smoking, very brief profanity, and some mildly bloody people as a result of all of the violence. Since many teens will probably want to see this film, we suggest that you take a closer look at the detailed content listings should you still be concerned about its appropriateness for them, yourself, or anyone else in your home.

  • M and Elektra's father have drinks and she offers a drink to Bond who accepts.
  • People have drinks at a casino and Bond orders his trademark martini.
  • Bond and Valentin drink shots of liquor.
  • Renard has a drink.
  • Bond and Christmas have champagne.
  • We see a 3-D holographic image of Renard's head, complete with a bullet hole in it and its course into his brain.
  • We briefly see a small, bloody bullet hole in a man's clothing.
  • Renard has a bloody cut on his forehead.
  • Some people who are shot in a gun battle are a bit bloody.
  • Renard's knuckles are bloody and Elektra pulls a shard of material out of a cut after he punches his hand through some furniture.
  • Valentin's head is a bit bloody after he's injured in an explosion.
  • We see that part of Elektra's earlobe is missing from her past kidnaping ordeal.
  • A man has some blood on his head from where Bond was using it to bang on a submarine hatch.
  • Obviously the villains have both for killing many people, stealing nuclear matter and plotting to monopolize the oil pipeline business.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" may also be suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Riding along at high speed through a small pipeline tunnel, Bond and Christmas try to disarm a nuclear warhead before it explodes.
  • Bond and Christmas try to stop Renard and his thugs as the submarine they're on heads straight down through the water and then begins flooding (in a several minute sequence).
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Knives/Various Explosives: Used to threaten, wound or kill people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Some kids many want to imitate Bond's adventurous stunts and/or the double entendres he states (listed under "Sex/Nudity").
  • None.
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful music (much of it action-oriented) plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 1 ass, 1 damn, 1 hell, and 2 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • When a shapely woman (who shows cleavage) asks Bond if he wants to check her (financial) figures, Bond replies that he's sure they're perfectly round enough.
  • After Bond gives Ms. Moneypenny a cigar, she suggestively says that she knows just where to put it, but then throws it away (causing him to say it's the story of their relationship, "Close, but no cigar").
  • The film's opening musical title number features the standard silhouetted images of various nude women cavorting on the screen, including some who seem to be covered in oil that runs down their bodies (thus we see their figures, but no details).
  • As Bond's comely doctor examines him, he sensuously embraces her, stating "Let's just skirt the issue" as he removes her skirt (we see her in her high cut underwear) and then her shirt (we see her in her small bra). They kiss and the scene ends there. Later, however, she comments on his "stamina."
  • After M assigns Bond to "shadow" Elektra, she reminds him that a shadow is always in front or behind, but never "on top" of its subject.
  • Donning a pair of see-through glasses, Bond can see what's under people's clothing at a casino. While he spots men with guns, he pays more attention to the women whose underwear, bras and other assorted lingerie can be seen through their clothes (and we see most of one woman's bare butt who's wearing a thong-like bottom).
  • Elektra shows cleavage in a dress she wears.
  • We see Bond and Elektra in bed together under the sheets. We see her bare back as well as a glimpse of part of her bare breast as she rolls over (all suggesting that they had or are going to have sex).
  • Talking about Elektra to Bond, Renard asks, "How does it feel to know I broke her in for you?" after stating that he had her when she was more innocent. Earlier, Elektra comments that she used her body in an attempt to escape from her captors.
  • After Christmas states that she has to get back or "somebody's going to have my ass," Bond replies, "First things first."
  • We see Renard caressing Elektra's body as she lies nude on her side with only a sheet covering the middle part of her body (thus we see all of her bare thigh and hip). She then gets up with only the sheet covering her breasts.
  • Talking about Elektra, Valentin tells Bond, "I thought you were giving her the business."
  • Having strapped Bond in a chair of torture, Elektra straddles his lap and comments on what happens to a man when he's strangled (a reference presumably to having an erection).
  • We see Christmas in a wet T-shirt.
  • Bond tells Christmas, "I always wanted to have Christmas in Turkey" (the country). She then asks, "Isn't it time you unwrapped your present." M and others then see a thermal image (from above) of Bond on top of Christmas (with some brief movement including him between her spread legs) with M stating that the image is "getting redder" (as related to the body heat it senses). We then see a real view of Bond on top of Christmas (from the side and they're under the sheets). Bond then states, "I thought Christmas only comes once a year."
  • Miscellaneous characters smoke in several scenes, while Bond accepts a cigar in the opening scene and then offers it to Ms. Moneypenny (who throws it away).
  • Elektra's father is killed in an explosion, but she doesn't show much sadness/grief over this.
  • The mystique of James Bond and his adventurous and amorous ways.
  • Bond uses a remote control to fire his gun at one person, hits others and then shoots another after some bad guys have taken over. Bond then holds his gun on another man trying to get information on him. An unseen assailant then throws a knife into the back of that person's neck, killing them. Another person then holds his gun on Bond, but he's then shot and killed from someone outside. Bond then breaks a window and jumps out, eventually pulling the man he tied his rope to up against the wall under the window. Guards then kick down a locked door.
  • A massive explosion kills Elektra's father (killing or injuring others as well) and blows up part of a building.
  • A sniper shoots at Bond with a machine gun from her boat. Bond then chases her in another boat, with hers crashing through some docking. She then shoots at him with her machine gun and then with what looks like a grenade launcher (with one of the shots hitting another boat, causing it to explode). Another boat explodes (along with some docking) when it's run over, while Bond's boat smashes through the front and rear of a restaurant. Bond then fires torpedoes at her boat causing it to explode just as she gets out.
  • A woman shoots at Bond who's hanging below her hot air balloon by a rope. She then shoots the tanks on the hot air balloon, causing it to explode and him to fall onto and then nearly roll off a massive, tent- like top of a building (during which he dislocates his collarbone).
  • Men riding parahawks (flying airboat/snowmobiles hanging from parachutes) open fire on Bond with machine guns and grenades while he skis down a mountainside. After more instances of them firing at Bond, one of them crashes and his parahawk explodes. Another crashes and explodes, and two then run into each other and explode.
  • Bond grabs and hits a thug who's not being cooperative and then stabs a knife through his tie into a bar top, partially choking him.
  • Renard, who can feel no pain, picks up a red-hot rock and puts it another man's hand, making him hold it. Another person is then shot and killed.
  • Bond kicks a man in the face and then shoots him dead.
  • Bond holds his gun on Renard, and later hits him on the forehead with the gun, drawing some blood. After others hold their guns on Bond, he gives up and Renard violently squeezes Bond's bad shoulder. Renard and his cronies that shoot at others with machine guns (hitting and wounding or killing them), while Bond then fires back and hits some of them (wounding or killing them).
  • A bomb explodes and sends a fireball racing after Bond down a tunnel.
  • Renard shoots more people and we later hear that he and his men have killed ten more people.
  • Elektra slaps Bond (after we see that he's knocked out her bodyguard).
  • Several people are killed in a shoot out.
  • M slaps Elektra.
  • A bomb blows up part of the pipeline.
  • We see Renard punch his hand through a piece of furniture.
  • Bond holds his gun on Valentin.
  • Some large, vertically hanging rotary blades (initially used to trim trees while suspended from a hovering helicopter) come ripping through a building as the operators try to get Bond and others. The villains also shoot machine guns at Bond who fires back at them. One then fires a missile that blows up part of a dock. Bond then fires a missile that blows up one helicopter, but the other then saws his BMW in half with its hanging rotary blades that then chase Bond down a dock runway. Another gun battle breaks out with Bond shooting more people dead. The remaining helicopter explodes and its rotary blades nearly hit Valentin.
  • A bomb goes off and injures or kills various people.
  • We see that Renard and his cronies have killed some people on a submarine.
  • Having strapped Bond in a chair of torture, Elektra repeatedly turns a crank that slowly strangles him and will reportedly break his neck with a few more turns.
  • More people are shot and wounded/killed in a gun battle.
  • Another person is shot and mortally wounded.
  • Bond grabs Elektra and then shoots another man dead.
  • Bond shoots a villain dead.
  • Bond kicks a man in the face while entering a submarine and we hear and then see that he was using a man's head to bang on a door.
  • More fighting (punching, kicking, shooting) then occurs on a submarine between Bond and the villains, especially between Bond and Renard (who also hits Christmas).
  • A rod blasts out and impales a man, killing him.

  • Reviewed November 16, 1999 / Posted November 19, 1999

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