Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Desmond Llewelyn
Directed by: Michael Apted
Written By: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Bruce Feirstein
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 5 min
Oh dear, after a stunning opening sequence, this movie just gets worse and worse. It’s let down by some groan inducing dialog, and a few terribly miscast key players. To a lesser degree, Sophie Marceau as the one time kidnap victim turn oil baron. To greater extent, Denise Richards playing a nuclear physicist called Dr. Christmas Jones. Yes, that’s her job title, and yes, that’s the characters name. Two massive red flags that no one on this production bothered question apparently.
A third mistake in my opinion was to cast John Cleese as the replacement for Q. He’s called R by the way. Yes, the script is that lazy! Nothing personal against Cleese, he’s a great comedian and actor, but casting such a huge name for an iconic supporting role just didn’t fit well for me. It was like finding out Basil Fawlty had left the hotel business and joined Q branch! I was however, pleased they handled Desmond Llewelyn’s exit from the series will class.
Fans of the series will likely find some elements of this film enjoyable. This one however, is more flash over substance. The movie is rated PG-13 so the violence never gets too graphic.
That opening action set piece would look great on the big screen, but this film will be serviced just fine in HD at home on your TV.
The opening action sequence is this films only saving grace. As Bond speeds through the heart of London, on and off the river Thames in a little boat clearly ‘borrowed’ from Batman!