The World Is Not Enough (1999)
||18th November 1999 (UK)
||Elektra King, Renard 'The Fox'
||Uncover the terrorist who is threatening the world's
||Dr. Christmas Jones, Elektra King, Dr. Molly Warmflash
||Valentin Zukovsky, M, Moneypenny, Q, Q's Assistant
Bilbao, Spain; London, England; Scotland; Azerbaijan;
Caspian Sea; Istanbul
||Valentin's last action; death of Elektra
James Bond is tasked with protecting Elektra King, heiress
to her father's oil empire, whilst uncovering the terrorist
who has inflicted damage on both MI6 and the pipeline.
But when the villain is discover to be have been under
his nose all along, 007 has to put duty above all else.
Above: British 1st edition Hodder & Stoughton hardback
Official Blurb (American
After oil tycoon Sir Robert King is killed in a bombing at
MI6 Headquarters, his daughter, Elektra, inherits his fortune
- billions of dollars work of oil deposits in the Caspian Sea..
and James Bond, 007, as a bodyguard. Her new wealth attracts
international interest. But she has also attracted the attentions
of her father's killer...
His name is Renard. A bullet lodged in his
brain has rendered him unable to feel physical pain, and he
has but one reason left to live - revenge. There's only one
man who can take the heat between a beautiful heiress, a malicious
sociopath and his final diabolical plan.
- Errand Boy
- Fireworks on the Thames
- Blood and Oil
- Snow Prey
- Pillow Talk and Passion
- Journey at Dawn
- Fire in the Hole
- The Approaching Storm
- Pressure in the Pipeline
- Prisoner of the Past
- The Maiden's Tower
- One Last Screw
- Unholy Alliance
- Countdown to Oblivion
- Fireworks over Istanbul *
* See trivia
American 1st edition Hodder & Stoughton hardback
(USA). The back cover tagline read: "Around the world in
Welcome back, Mr Bond. We’ve been waiting for you . .
. Benson has gone back to Bondian basics in a fast-moving world
of bedrooms, firm breasts, betting and bruises.’ - Independent
‘Spectacular chases, gory killings and a spot of sado-masochism
. . addicts of the genre will love it.’ - The Times
The novelization to The World Is Not Enough was written
by the then-current official James Bond writer, Raymond Benson,
based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.
Benson On Bond
Greed, revenge, world domination through the power of
oil, high-tech terrorism.... Only some of the ingredients
of this latest 007 adventure which begins outside the
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and continues with
a spectacular high-speed boat chase up the Thames and
an avalanche in the Caucasus Mountains before Bond
faces a murderous enemy in Baku and a potential nuclear
explosion in Turkey.
Sir Robert King, a wealthy oil tycoon,
is murdered in an unprecedented bombing at the Secret
Service's London headquarters. M takes the attack personally
and sends James Bond to what was once the USSR to protect
King's heiress, his beautiful and firey daughter Elektra.
For the bombing is the work of 'Renard', the cruel and
cunning terrorist who once kidnapped Elektra King and
held her to ransom.
With nuclear weapons expert Dr Christmas
Jones at his side, Bond travels to the Caspian Sea -
where a former
enemy becomes a formidable ally - before the final dramatic
confrontation in the claustrophobic confines of a nuclear
submarine beneath the surface of the Bosphorus.
The World Is Not Enough takes James Bond to new levels
of danger, intrigue and non-stop action.
Above: Early placeholder artwork
released to book sellers for the US hardback edition. The
preview jacket recycled marketing material from
the previous film "Tomorrow Never Dies".
The final chapter 'Fireworks over Istanbul' (17) was renamed
'Lullaby' in the American edition.
Covers of the UK paperback had a
sticker announcing a contest inside to win a Sony Playstation
video game console and the 'Tomorrow Never Dies' video game.
Actress Samantha Bond, who played Moneypenny
in the Brosnan-era Bond movies, read the abridged audio cassette
book of "The World Is Not Enough" in the UK. Over the in USA,
it was read by John Kenneth.