[VIDEO REVIEWS]Evil Villains, Sexy Women Still a ThrillLess than a month after being released in Korean movie theaters, "Grey Owl" has already been released on video, and it hit shelves last Friday. The movie, starring Pierce Brosnan, was, to say the least, a flop. Hopefully, this was just a small blemish on Brosnan's acting career, which has been primarily successful for two portrayals: Remington Steele and Bond, James Bond. Here we pay tribute to Brosnan's Bond flicks.
Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring Brosnan, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Judi Dench, Gottfried John and Desmond Llewelyn.
Brosnan's 007 is a shade more politically correct than the James Bonds of yesteryear. He plays the part with new sensitivity, but he still has more than a touch of Bond's trademark playboy ways.
No Bond movie would be complete without one, or several, trampy Bond girls. Janssen stars as Xenia Onatopp, a Russian supervillain with thighs of steel. She uses her legs on several occasions to try and kill Bond. There's also Natalya Siminova (Scorupco), a Russian computer programmer whose entire team has been wiped out. The bad guys make off with Goldeneye, a satellite weapons system that destroys electronic devices such as bank security systems.
Bond and Natalya join forces to trace the theft. The cast also includes Llewelyn as the lovable Q and Dench as M, Bond's first woman superior.
TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997) "Never Die" in Korean
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. Starring Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh.
Bond goes after a ruthless media baron who has hatched a diabolic plan to provoke a war between China and Britain. Elliot Carver (Pryce) destroys a British war ship in Chinese waters, sparking tensions between the two countries and creating a sensational lead story for his news networks.
Bond teams up with a Chinese agent, Colonel Wai Lin (Yeoh) to thwart Elliot's plans. Along the way, he discovers a lost love, Paris Carver (Hatcher), who is now Elliot's wife.
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999) "Unlimited" in Korean
Directed by Michael Apted. Starring Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards and Dench.
After 19 movies, the Bond formula is still intact. Romance and danger mingle once again as Brosnan tackles Renard (Carlyle), a villain with a bullet lodged in his head.
Renard kills Sir Robert King, an oil tycoon who is an old friend of M's (Dench). Bond's new assignment is to protect King's daughter, Elektra (Marceau). Bond teams up with Dr. Christmas Jones (Richards), a remarkably voluptuous nuclear physicist. Bond uncovers yet another diabolic plot by Renard to rule the world.
The movie has plenty of high-tech gadgets, cool cars, sexy women and casino scenes, but the excitement doesn't last. Midway, the Bond formula becomes perhaps too routine.
The film also marks the final appearance of Llewelyn as Q. Llewelyn died in a car accident in 1999.
by Joe Yong-hee