Take a Drink: for Gadget use
Take a Drink: for every reference of nuclear mumbo-jumbo by Christmas Jones
Do a Shot: for puns and/or double entendres (double it for bad ones)
Do a Shot: whenever visibly Bond tempts a girl (double it when he gets her into bed)
By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Four Beers) –
Superspy James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) returns, this time spurred on by the death of wealthy industrialist Sir Robert King, whose murder took place inside the headquarters of British Intelligence agency MI6. The man responsible for the attack is Renard (Robbie Coltrane), a terrorist who cannot feel pain. Renard has set out against King’s daughter Elektra (Sophie Marceau), who has continued her father’s oil pipeline work in Azerbaijan. As Bond investigates, he uncovers that not everyone is who they say they are, and a plot involving nuclear weapons soon threatens the future of the industrialized world.
There is much to admire in TWINE, first of all; the extended opening prologue is a spectacular amount of fun, mixing high suspense and action with a great deal of the campy Bond moments that exemplify the series. Director Michael Apted brings the action scenes to the forefront in this film, with numerous practical stunts, all well shot.
For his part, Pierce Brosnan continues to carry the Bond character strongly, evoking strength, sensitivity, charm, and above all “coolness” with equal measure. The supporting cast, which includes Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Robert Carlyle, and Sophie Marceau, is solid (with a single exception that I’ll talk about later).
The avalanche-proofed jacket is just one of many Bond gadgets which get reverse-engineered into the story. There is absolutely no motivation for MI6 giving this jacket to Bond, other than knowing in advance that he would decide to go on a romantic mountain skiing excursion which has no bearing on the plot. The best kinds of Bond gadgets are the ones that seem like something useful for more than just one very specific and unlikely purpose.
In the late 1990s, Denise Richards seemed the perfect choice to play Bond Girl “Christmas Jones”… that is until audiences saw her performance. Richards has never been particularly skillful, and while acting chops have never historically been “required” to play a Bond Girl, the display put on by this film was simply disastrous. Why was she chosen remains a mystery…
The ultimate goal of the terrorist Renard to cause a meltdown in a Nuclear Submarine to irradiate Istanbul is the perfect kind of scheme that a Bond Villain is supposed to attempt. However, this is undercut by a third act reveal that the motivation for the whole thing is petty revenge.
Some solid James Bond action is weakened by a disappointingly limp finish, and in Denise Richards- the worst Bond Girl of all time.