World is Not Enough: Millennium Edition, The

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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
128
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
105
Time Cut:
23
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
James Bond's 1999 adventure, The World Is Not Enough, is a mixed bag. Interesting ideas and a largely coherent plot, buried under an overdose of 1990's action flick, Roger Moor-ish one-liners, and too much effort to misdirect the audience as to who the main villain is. Brosnan plays Bond much closer to Daniel Craig's roughness than to Roger Moore's suaveness. But he's given so many cheesy Moore lines that this Bond feels tediously immature. This can be improved!
Intention:
I want to be able to watch 007's adventures without grumbling how the director / producers pander to profit with click-bait style shallowness. I can't blame them for wanting profit, I can make a fanedit how I would've wanted to see the story done.
Other Sources:
Robbie Williams' "Millennium", from his CD "The Ego Has Landed"
A three-second Youtube video of sunset over Istanbul harbor.
Special Thanks:
Thank you for ideas and counter-ideas from everyone who contributed to Tubes' TWINE edit 'Pressure Point'. Thanks to Zarius for solid suggestions. Thanks to TM2YC for introducing me to Robbie Williams' "Millennium".
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
1080p MKV
5.1 surround sound
English subtitles
Audio track 1: "Millennium" plays during the end credits
Audio track 2: Arnold's original score plays during the end credits
Cuts and Additions:
The big cuts:
1) No more ski chase with paragliding snow-mobiles. It always bugged me that Elektra supposedly staged this to misdirect suspicion: she'd have died if not for Bond's interventions (including the laughable coat / avalanche protection bubble). Plus other Bond films have better ski chases.
2) No Renard showing off to other villains that he can grab a smouldering rock with his bare hands. It slows down the flow of the story and has no pertinent information.
3) Lots of small trims to Christmas Jones. Remove dumb moments. Make her character more enjoyable.
4) No chainsaw helicopter. Yes, the battle is dramatic. But it's long, less memorable than the Thames boat chase, has low stakes (Bond fights faceless minions, not the main villains) and no consequences for the story. Also, it broke my suspension of disbelief that the helicopter takes only 3 minutes to fuel, lift off, fly from its work site to the Caspian Sea, and attack. This new transition reminds me of my Back To The Future 2 edit where I cut Marty and Doc at the graveyard: I don't see how I can do it better with the available material, but it's not invisible.
5) No more Bond swimming outside the submarine. Added benefit: Bond no longer needs Dr Jones to work the buttons, which enabled me to have Bond go straight for Renard. He's focused on preventing a nuclear disaster, not freeing the girl.
6) No more M watching Bond shoot Elektra. Nor Bond appearing sentimental over Elektra's death.
7) No closing scene at MI6, where M watches Bond have sex on the infra-red screen. That was awkward, juvenile humor. Now we close on the high-note of Bond in black-tie, kissing his girl, with champagne and fireworks. We can imagine the rest.

And lots of small trims. Cutlist:
- Remove Bond's quip about Cigar Girl's body. Instead of inviting him "Would you *like to* check my figures?", she now asks more straightforwardly "Would you check my figures?"
- To rebalance the build-up of the film, the opening song is moved to its originally intended place: after Bilbao, before London. The first visuals had to be replaced because they referenced the Millenium Dome, which we now don't see until later in the movie.
- The squished opening credits (resulting in pillarboxing) are fixed (no more pillarboxing). Now the ball of oil is round again.
- Remove Bond and Moneypenny quip about cigar.
- Cut two short shots from Boat Chase. Left in a 70-frames third one that I wanted to cut (it's visually chaotic) because I can't get a smooth audio transition (police sirens lead seamlessly into music swell, while breaking glass accompanies what's on screen). Sirens and breaking glass I can replace, but I don't have a clean copy of that bit of music.
- Clean up the new transition from Bond falling on Dome to bagpipes at funeral (because the opening song is no longer between them). Double the clean visual part of the bagpipes by adding a reversed copy, and time-stretch the audio from both sides to overlap for the transition.
- Cut M's line "We'll chase them to the farthest ends of the world if needs be." Too much hyperbole.
- Trim Q's lab to make John Cleese less snarky.
- Retain: Cleese demonstrating the Avalanche Protection coat. The avalanche is cut, so this coat becomes an unused gadget. However, it sets up Q's final scene which I refuse to cut. So I have to retain the now unused Coat.
- Small trims to M's conversation with Bond. More matter-of-fact. Cut Moneypenny's jab at the doctor (Moneypenny is erased from the shot, we now see the doctor looking embarassed/ashamed at M's comment, then leaving the room). Cut M's 'shadow is never on top'.
- Trim briefing about Renard, cut Moneypenny's jab at Bond's doctor (used photoshop to remove Moneypenny walking behind the doctor).
- Cut Ski Chase. We cut straight from inspecting the pipeline to Elektra's stately house.
- Trim Bond / Elektra conversation.
- Trim Bond ogling women in the casino with his x-ray glasses.
- Trim Bond / Valentin conversation, because Bond no longer has fabric from the (cut) ski attack.
- Cut Renard / Davidov meeting with hot rocks.
- Cut half of Bond / Elektra conversation after sex.
- Lots of small trims to Christmas Jones and Bond's dialog with her throughout the film. Most annoying bits are gone, including an illogical jealous snipe at Bond having slept with Elektra.
- Small trims to fight inside muclear site.
- Cut Renard shooting bystanders as he exits the nuclear site. Yes, he's a bad guy. We know. I don't need to see mass murder to figure that out, and I don't like how cavalier the film treats it (i.e. no further mention that all those people were killed).
- No buzz-saw helicopter. Instead, Bond pushes Valentin into the pool of caviar (or is it oil?).
- Small trims to Elektra / captive Bond. Less corny.
- Cut M watching Bond shoot Elektra.
- Cut Bond appearing sentimental over Elektra's death.
- Many trims in the submarine. Bond goes straight for Renard. Cut freeing Dr Jones. Trim Bond / Renard fight. Jones only reappears during fight.
- Cut Bond swimming outside the submarine.
- Cut closing scene at MI6 and Bond having sex. Insert 3-second shot of sunset over Istanbul (from youtube) to transition from Bond in water to Bond in tuxedo. No more M watching Bond have sex in infra-red. No more awful "I thought Christmas only comes once a year."
- Robbie Williams "Millenium" plays over the end credits. It fits the era perfectly. Credit added for the song (with generous black space before and after the credit because the movie credits have a slight wobble, which became noticeable when I reduced the empty space). For those of you who don't like the song, the 2nd audio track retains David Arnold's original instrumental score.
- A brief post-credit bonus scene where Bond and M share a drink in her office. Taken from the SD deleted scenes.
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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
128
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
105
Time Cut:
23
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
James Bond's 1999 adventure, The World Is Not Enough, is a mixed bag. Interesting ideas and a largely coherent plot, buried under an overdose of 1990's action flick, Roger Moor-ish one-liners, and too much effort to misdirect the audience as to who the main villain is. Brosnan plays Bond much closer to Daniel Craig's roughness than to Roger Moore's suaveness. But he's given so many cheesy Moore lines that this Bond feels tediously immature. This can be improved!
Intention:
I want to be able to watch 007's adventures without grumbling how the director / producers pander to profit with click-bait style shallowness. I can't blame them for wanting profit, I can make a fanedit how I would've wanted to see the story done.
Other Sources:
Robbie Williams' "Millennium", from his CD "The Ego Has Landed"
A three-second Youtube video of sunset over Istanbul harbor.
Special Thanks:
Thank you for ideas and counter-ideas from everyone who contributed to Tubes' TWINE edit 'Pressure Point'. Thanks to Zarius for solid suggestions. Thanks to TM2YC for introducing me to Robbie Williams' "Millennium".
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
1080p MKV
5.1 surround sound
English subtitles
Audio track 1: "Millennium" plays during the end credits
Audio track 2: Arnold's original score plays during the end credits
Cuts and Additions:
The big cuts:
1) No more ski chase with paragliding snow-mobiles. It always bugged me that Elektra supposedly staged this to misdirect suspicion: she'd have died if not for Bond's interventions (including the laughable coat / avalanche protection bubble). Plus other Bond films have better ski chases.
2) No Renard showing off to other villains that he can grab a smouldering rock with his bare hands. It slows down the flow of the story and has no pertinent information.
3) Lots of small trims to Christmas Jones. Remove dumb moments. Make her character more enjoyable.
4) No chainsaw helicopter. Yes, the battle is dramatic. But it's long, less memorable than the Thames boat chase, has low stakes (Bond fights faceless minions, not the main villains) and no consequences for the story. Also, it broke my suspension of disbelief that the helicopter takes only 3 minutes to fuel, lift off, fly from its work site to the Caspian Sea, and attack. This new transition reminds me of my Back To The Future 2 edit where I cut Marty and Doc at the graveyard: I don't see how I can do it better with the available material, but it's not invisible.
5) No more Bond swimming outside the submarine. Added benefit: Bond no longer needs Dr Jones to work the buttons, which enabled me to have Bond go straight for Renard. He's focused on preventing a nuclear disaster, not freeing the girl.
6) No more M watching Bond shoot Elektra. Nor Bond appearing sentimental over Elektra's death.
7) No closing scene at MI6, where M watches Bond have sex on the infra-red screen. That was awkward, juvenile humor. Now we close on the high-note of Bond in black-tie, kissing his girl, with champagne and fireworks. We can imagine the rest.

And lots of small trims. Cutlist:
- Remove Bond's quip about Cigar Girl's body. Instead of inviting him "Would you *like to* check my figures?", she now asks more straightforwardly "Would you check my figures?"
- To rebalance the build-up of the film, the opening song is moved to its originally intended place: after Bilbao, before London. The first visuals had to be replaced because they referenced the Millenium Dome, which we now don't see until later in the movie.
- The squished opening credits (resulting in pillarboxing) are fixed (no more pillarboxing). Now the ball of oil is round again.
- Remove Bond and Moneypenny quip about cigar.
- Cut two short shots from Boat Chase. Left in a 70-frames third one that I wanted to cut (it's visually chaotic) because I can't get a smooth audio transition (police sirens lead seamlessly into music swell, while breaking glass accompanies what's on screen). Sirens and breaking glass I can replace, but I don't have a clean copy of that bit of music.
- Clean up the new transition from Bond falling on Dome to bagpipes at funeral (because the opening song is no longer between them). Double the clean visual part of the bagpipes by adding a reversed copy, and time-stretch the audio from both sides to overlap for the transition.
- Cut M's line "We'll chase them to the farthest ends of the world if needs be." Too much hyperbole.
- Trim Q's lab to make John Cleese less snarky.
- Retain: Cleese demonstrating the Avalanche Protection coat. The avalanche is cut, so this coat becomes an unused gadget. However, it sets up Q's final scene which I refuse to cut. So I have to retain the now unused Coat.
- Small trims to M's conversation with Bond. More matter-of-fact. Cut Moneypenny's jab at the doctor (Moneypenny is erased from the shot, we now see the doctor looking embarassed/ashamed at M's comment, then leaving the room). Cut M's 'shadow is never on top'.
- Trim briefing about Renard, cut Moneypenny's jab at Bond's doctor (used photoshop to remove Moneypenny walking behind the doctor).
- Cut Ski Chase. We cut straight from inspecting the pipeline to Elektra's stately house.
- Trim Bond / Elektra conversation.
- Trim Bond ogling women in the casino with his x-ray glasses.
- Trim Bond / Valentin conversation, because Bond no longer has fabric from the (cut) ski attack.
- Cut Renard / Davidov meeting with hot rocks.
- Cut half of Bond / Elektra conversation after sex.
- Lots of small trims to Christmas Jones and Bond's dialog with her throughout the film. Most annoying bits are gone, including an illogical jealous snipe at Bond having slept with Elektra.
- Small trims to fight inside muclear site.
- Cut Renard shooting bystanders as he exits the nuclear site. Yes, he's a bad guy. We know. I don't need to see mass murder to figure that out, and I don't like how cavalier the film treats it (i.e. no further mention that all those people were killed).
- No buzz-saw helicopter. Instead, Bond pushes Valentin into the pool of caviar (or is it oil?).
- Small trims to Elektra / captive Bond. Less corny.
- Cut M watching Bond shoot Elektra.
- Cut Bond appearing sentimental over Elektra's death.
- Many trims in the submarine. Bond goes straight for Renard. Cut freeing Dr Jones. Trim Bond / Renard fight. Jones only reappears during fight.
- Cut Bond swimming outside the submarine.
- Cut closing scene at MI6 and Bond having sex. Insert 3-second shot of sunset over Istanbul (from youtube) to transition from Bond in water to Bond in tuxedo. No more M watching Bond have sex in infra-red. No more awful "I thought Christmas only comes once a year."
- Robbie Williams "Millenium" plays over the end credits. It fits the era perfectly. Credit added for the song (with generous black space before and after the credit because the movie credits have a slight wobble, which became noticeable when I reduced the empty space). For those of you who don't like the song, the 2nd audio track retains David Arnold's original instrumental score.
- A brief post-credit bonus scene where Bond and M share a drink in her office. Taken from the SD deleted scenes.
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This is very much a case of making the best of a very bland 007 film. I still wouldn't call it a good Bond movie, but lapis molari has certainly made the World is Not Enough a less painful one. The 3rd act still doesn't work for me, but the 1st and 2nd acts were much more engaging for me than they've ever been in my previous attempts to revisit this film.

Well done!

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Solid fan edit. Felt a tad short. The trims of quips and one-liners definitely made the movie more enjoyable. Most of the other small trims made throughout were good decisions as well. Cutting Denise Richards' screentime was a brilliant move - though sadly nothing can be done about her bad acting in what's left of her scenes. There were some abrupt scene changes which mostly weren't too distracting, but for one - vat of caviar - which was somewhat jarring (I actually rewound it, and had to watch that bit again to make sure it was as abrupt a scene change as I thought I saw.) Audio was solid, and I didn't notice any real issues with sound transitions. Moving the opening credits was a good change. "Millennium" playing over the end credits didn't do it for me, but the original audio was added as a separate track too, so no points taken off for that one.

Great job, man. Keep up the good work.

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Before I asked for this film I didn't read the entirety of the cutlist nor did I follow the progress. I have the film in my collection but I can't remember the last time I took it down from the shelf so I thought my memory would be a litte hazy.

I liked the re-arranging of the boat chase to after the credits, I always felt the pacing was a bit too long for a pre-credit sequence compared to other films in the series, I felt the fade to the credit seemed slightly abrupt but it was the best that could be managed given how the rest of the scene plays out.

That said the post credits from Millennium dome to the Funeral worked particularly well and I enjoyed the rest of the film. I couldn't remember the helicopter sequence too well, But I as others have stated could see a transition had taken from the visual clues in bond's appearance. In my head I knew what had transpired but I chose to ignore it for the sake of storytelling.

That's one thing I particularly like about this edit, the cheesy quips and one liners have gone, so is the worst of Denise Richard's performance and some equally hammy acting from Goldie. Everyone has a role to play and they more or less set about doing it, character motivations are clear. We don't need to see that Renard is impervious to pain (except emotional) because it feels like a retread of Stamper from Tomorrow never Dies.

I disagree with the other review that the jacket has no pay off, it feels like one of the sillier gadgets that would have been seen in the background of another bond or spy movie. So it silencing John Cleese was it's own pay off. :D

I do wish I had read up on the second audio track having the original closing track, I would have swapped it in an instant. I didn't need a friendly reminder that Robbie desperately wanted to play the next bond. But knowing Lapis did put the option there for people means I can't penalize him for it.

It's a fun edit and definitely easier to watch than the theatrical cut. Yes I recommend it.

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I really enjoyed this edit. It's much faster than the cinema cut and cuts out a lot of nonsense. Granted, there were a few obvious edits (e.g the buzzsaw, the jacket set-up with no payoff), but nothing too distracting.

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I quite like The World is Not Enough to begin with, it's probably my favourite of the Brosnan Bonds, but it's certainly far from perfect. It's a film with a great first act, an OK second act and then a flat ending.

I'm glad to report that this fanedit improved things all around - but I especially found the third act worked much better. I don't remember finding the submarine fight at the end particularly entertaining before but in this cut it works well. I suspect it's the old adage: if the third act doesn't work go back to the second act and fix it. By cutting a couple of largely extraneous sequences earlier on, especially the ski chase, the whole thing moves much better and we stay engaged through to the end.

Reducing bad puns, having less focus on Renard not feeling pain - a totally underdeveloped idea within the script which ultimately goes nowhere - and cutting back on Denise Richards' acting (but fortunately not cutting back on her wet t-shirt shots, ahem) - it's an excellent set of choices which have been made to smooth out a film which, IMO, is actually pretty good when the occasional missteps are removed.

Is it a perfect edit? No, I had some minor issues with the audio. You can hear engines approaching when Elektra and Bond are on the mountain. And the last minute isn't great, but I understand why the editor wanted so badly to cut the painfully bad "joke" at the end. It's just that without it the whole thing ends too abruptly. Plus the audio I felt could have been slicker in that last minute.

But overall, I thoroughly recommend this edit. It cements itself for me as the best Brosnan Bond film
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