The World Is Not Enough is the nineteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. When it comes to Bond films, there’s really only one question: Does it entertain for the entire running length? For The World Is Not Enough, as for the previous two endeavors with Brosnan, the answer is “yes.”
The World Is Not Enough contains the usual array of eye-popping action sequences. The first, preceding the opening credits, features a boat chase capped off by a hot air balloon ride that ends with a bang. Later, there’s a high-tension ski chase that has Bond attacked from both land and sky (it seems that nearly every Bond movie gives the hero a chance to play in the snow). Then there’s a race through an oil pipeline (something that hasn’t been done before), some action in a submarine (another Bond staple), and a nicely-executed piece where Bond is the target of two helicopters armed with multiple, oversized buzzsaws. In terms of genuine suspense, The World Is Not Enough is a cut below Tomorrow Never Dies – but only a tiny cut. Speaking about Bond we certainly should mention his car.
The BMW Z8 driven by Bond in the film was the final part of a three-movie product placement deal with BMW (which began with the Z3 in GoldenEye and continued with the 750iL in Tomorrow Never Dies) but, due to filming preceding release of the Z8 by a few months, several working mock-ups and models were manufactured for filming purposes. The only difference is that he has changed Aston Martin passion for a BMW vehicles. The BMW Z8 didn’t see much action in the movie, and met it’s demise at the blades of one of the helicopters. The Z8 was introduced at MI6 headquarters, drove through the oil fields, and saw combat action on the docks outside of caviar factory beside the Caspian Sea outside of Baku. As the Z8 is being sawed in half, Bond remarks: “Q’s not going to like this!”. The Z8 was equipped with BMW Accessories like two retractable, side-mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Launchers hidden behind the forward side fender cooling vents, remote control capability, and, amazingly, “six beverage cup holders”. The Beamer is loaded with all the usual Q refinements including titanium plating and armor, an infra-red tracking system amd a high-sensitivity listening.
About 5700 Z8s were built, with about half of them exported to the USA.
0-60Mph (0-96Km/h): 4.2 seconds
Chassis and Body Construction: Aluminum alloy space frame chassis and body panels
Engine: 5.0 Liter 32-Valve 400Bhp V8
Top Speed: 168Mph (271Km/h)