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Directed by Michael Apted, The World is Not Enough was written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Bruce Feirstein for release by MGM. The film was produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who expertly carry on the family tradition founded by the late Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who began the enormously successful James Bond series in 1962 with "Dr. No."

"The James Bond films are action-adventures that are dependent on the villain, the caper and the situations, which inevitably take you to exotic different locations around the world," says producer Michael G. Wilson. "The World is Not Enough is an exhilarating roller coaster ride in which those elements are blended wonderfully.

"For The World is Not Enough we wanted a director with the ability to tell the narrative of the piece and also be able to work with the actors as they develop their relationships with each other," Wilson continues. "It's a very dramatic story. Michael Apted is such a director."

With a reputation for successfully directing women (Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in the Mist, Jodie Foster in Nell and Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter) and his roots in documentary filmmaking (the British 7 Up series), Michael Apted may seem like an unusual choice to direct a James Bond film.

"I have to admit that I was surprised when I was offered the job, as Bond had been very much the province of action directors," Apted recalls. "I thought it was a joke when I first got the call, and I was thrilled when it wasn't.

"Every film is a worry," Apted continues. "but with so much expectation riding on a new James Bond film there was so much more to worry about. I didn't want to repeat what others had done; I wanted to deliver the goods while at the same time making it a little bit different. There was a lot of anxiety attached to that."

"The Bond movies are pure fantasy, larger than life," observes Desmond Llewelyn. who has played Q since From Russia With Love in 1963. "We are cheered by the advent of a new 007 adventure. Writer Ian Fleming, who wrote the books the movies are based on, once explained to me what constitutes a good Bond thriller: 'To any adventure give the advantages of expensive living. Give Bond the right clothes, the right background, the right girl and set the story in the most glamorous and beautiful of places, describing everything in minute detail while moving the plot along so fast that nobody notices the idiosyncrasies in it."'

A key element in the extraordinary success of the Bond series was the casting of Pierce Brosnan as Agent 007, first in 1995 in GoldenEye and again in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies.

"Pierce Brosnan is a great actor, who has the charisma of Bond and the ability to carry out the physical demands of the role," says producer Michael G. Wilson. "He has the look of Bond, and the polish to make his Bond special. And he also has a certain vulnerability that he plays without appearing weak."

"Pierce brings sensitivity and more humanity to the role," agrees director Michael Apted. "He creates a more complex character that fits the times."

As the start date for The World is Not Enough approached, the filmmakers assembled a creative team — both in front of and behind the camera — to bring this ambitious story to the screen. A number of familiar faces from the Bond repertory company return to their recurring roles.

Dame Judi Dench, an Academy Award winner for Shakespeare in Love and a Tony Award winner this past season in the Broadway production of "Amy's View," plays M for the third time.

"Casting a woman as Bond's superior gives the role more dimension and a kind of sexual tension," notes Pierce Brosnan. "Judi is a woman

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