(out of 5)
James Bond returns for the first time in six years and with a whole new image. This time our slightly mad hero has to stop an even madder Russian terrorist from using a satellite device that will shut down half the world’s electricity and allow him to wreak all kinds of havoc on vulnerable nations. Teamed up with a beautiful Russian systems programmer (Izabella Scorupco, one of the best Bond girls ever), Bond goes from England to a post-Perestroika Russia to beautiful Puerto Rico in an effort to put an end to this dastardly villainous plan. The identity of the real bad guy is meant to be a bit of a surprise, but if you’re paying enough attention you’ll know who it is from early on. For the female element, Famke Janssen makes a hilariously evil Bond girl if ever there was one. It’s not as slick to look at as the wonderful Tomorrow Never Dies would be two years later, but it features a better screenplay. Look for a cameo by Minnie Driver as a terrible nightclub singer.
Directed by Martin Campbell
Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Music by Eric Serra
Production Design by Peter Lamont
Costume Design by Lindy Hemming
Film Editing by Terry Rawlings