When last we spoke, it was of Tomorrow Never Dies. I didn't have very many nice things to say about it, and it ended up ranking very near the bottom of the list.
It's important to remember, however, that the movie was a big hit, and that it was well-liked at the time. I've soured on it, but it remains relatively popular with general audiences to this day. There's no getting around it: the movie was a success, and arguably remains one two decades later.
Which mean that the Bond series was sitting in a comfortable position when the next film, The World Is Not Enough, came out. It opened in 1999, which had proven to be a terrific year for movie, with now-classic films such as Fight Club, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, The Iron Giant, The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, The Blair Witch Project, and Toy Story 2 all coming out within the year. Not bad. Not bad at ALL.
You will perhaps be surprised to learn that I enjoyed The World Is Not Enough on a level more or less equal with some of those films. I distinctly remember proclaiming to my Bond-fan friends as we walked out of the theatre that this was the best movie in the series since On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
What was I thinking? Well, let's put it this way: 1999 was not necessarily a year that found me at my finest. I committed what might arguably be referred to as "a shitload of mistakes" during that calendar year.
Claiming that The World Is Not Enough was on equal footing with On Her Majesty's Secret Service might be top of the list. Man; what a lunkhead.
In any case, those days are over now, so The World Is Not Enough fans, beware: I'm about to give the movie the pillocking I ought to have given it in 1999. I may as well confess, though, that I didn't do a particularly thorough job with this one. The fact is, I got to the ninety-minute mark -- about the time Bond and Christmas visit the caviar factory -- and kind of just gave up.
So if this post seems a bit lazier than normal, there's a good reason for that.