TWINE vs the Bond Formula
- Traditional Theme, Logo, Single Shot and Blood: The traditional
James Bond theme is played as the logo (the inside of a gun barrel) bounces
across the screen. The view centers in on Bond walking. Bond then shifts
his pose and shoots into view. Blood drips down the screen.
The World Is Not Enough: It's there. The music is similar to the opening of TND but kind of
- Bond Almost Dies: His life is threatened by hook or crook and pulls
off a fantastic stunt to save himself. This scene introduces key characters
in the movie.
The World Is Not Enough: Bond makes a great escape while risking his life in Spain. Then, in London he risks his life again to stop Cigar Girl. He is injured at the end of the sequence after fifteen minutes of fantastic stunts. igar Girl's boss is introduced who we later learn is Renard.
- Opening Credits: Lots of silhouettes of nubile women prancing around.
The World Is Not Enough: Nude women in the title sequence are begining to fade away. Here,
women seem to materialize from dripping oil followed by oil rigs and other
stuff. Maurice must be spining in his grave.
- Movie Theme Song: This happens during the opening credits. The theme
song scored just for this movie is played. It almost always has the movie
title in its lyrics. Occasionally, it is played in other parts of the movie
considering the mood of the music.
The World Is Not Enough: The theme, by Garbage, is very good. It is reprised in many love
scenes in the movie.
- Briefing of mission: Bond walks into the office of MI6 and flirts
with Moneypenny. Bond walks into M's office. Gets briefed of situation.
The World Is Not Enough: Bond's innuendo's are free flowing with Moneypenny ("I know exactly where to put that"). M briefs Bond in Scotland and all other elements are
present. Also, there is a picture of Benard Lee in M's office.
Toyland: Q gives Bond any special gizmos needed for the assignment.
Lots of prop jokes.
The World Is Not Enough: The bagpipe begins the list. Bond gets the BMW Z8, the ski jacket and the x-ray glasses. Q introduces R and then leaves the scene in a rather sad
After the Bad Guy: Bond goes to the exotic location of where he
tries to contact the enemy. Sometime before next step, he gets a Martini
that is "shaken not stirred".
The World Is Not Enough: Bond goes to meet Elektra in Azerbajin. He gets his martini in
"Bond, James Bond": This can happen anytime during the movie.
He announce his name typically when talking with a lady. Classically
this is how he introduced himself to the Bond girl but there have been
variations in the later movies.
The World Is Not Enough: He introduces himself this way to both Elektra and Christmas.
Casino Gamble: The casino scenes have been rare in the later
movies. They typically happen at the start of the movie for character
introduction. Whenever he gambles, he usually loses during the first
gamble, but makes a comeback in the second bet.
The World Is Not Enough: Bond overlooked Elektra's game with Valentin.
Fight with Bad Guy's Henchman: Here is where the stunt men earn
their pay. Lots of fights where Bond just barely wins. Makes easy transition
into next step.
The World Is Not Enough: Lots of little scuffles and skirmishes with Renard's men
Meet Bond Girl: James comes into the circle of his female companion
for the rest of the movie. The irony of all Bond movies is that Bond
cannot complete the mission without the assistance of this lady!
The World Is Not Enough: Bond can't diffuse the bomb without Christmas.
Company of the Bad Girl: Not common in all of the Bond movies but has
become very popular in the last few movies. This one lady is a senior
henchmen of the Bay Guy. She usually has a tryst with Bond and almost always
ends up dead or incarcerated.
The World Is Not Enough: Elektra
Sexually Suggested Female Name: There is a long streak of these going
back to the very first Bond movie. Either the Bond Girl or the Bad Girl will have a
name with a sexual innuendo in it. Examples: Pussy Galore, Octopussy, Holly
Goodhead, Plenty O'Toole, Goodnight, Chu Me and Onnatop.
The World Is Not Enough: Molly Warmflash, and an ending with Christmas jokes.
Help From Across The Pond: An American Agent, usually CIA, is around to
help Bond. It can be the Bond Girl, a separate character or even a henchman
The World Is Not Enough: Valentin serves this perpose and also as the comic relif of the
Enemy Spots Bond: Bond breaks a MAJOR rule of modern field agent
training and flaunts his presence in unsecured environments. The Bad Guy
and crew discovers Bond's presence following to next step.
The World Is Not Enough: "Expecting Davidov? He caught a bullet instead of the plane."
Chase Scene: Bond is in some exotic vehicle or location in a chase.
Whether he is chasing or being chased or if the Bond Girl is with him or the
bad guy's henchmen (never the Bad Guy) alternate from movie to movie. Lots
of vehicle stunts with theme music.
The World Is Not Enough: The boat chase and the ski chase
Artist's Name: A lingering enigma of the films is that most villians in
the movies have names of famous Russian writers. ex: Orumov, Travelyan...
The World Is Not Enough: Aikevich
Fallen Comrade: This can happen anywhere in the film from beginning
right to the end. Someone in Bond's assistance will die at the hand of
the Bad Guy's forces. It affects Bond emotionally usually to a point of
The World Is Not Enough: Valentin
Bad Guy's Headquarters Found: Bond finds HQ of the Bad Guy and infiltrates
The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Christmas get taken to Istanbul
Battle Armies: The large group assisting Bond gets into a huge battle
royal with the forces of the Bad Guy. Most of the Bay Guy's forces buy
The World Is Not Enough: "I'm looking for a submarine! It's big, black and the driver is a
personal friend of mine." That's about the closest we get.
Bond and Company Captured: Bad Guy and crew capture Bond and Bond
Girl inside the HQ. Instead of killing them right off, they are placed
in some isolated situation where they will die if they didn't do anything
creative. Just before they are left to die, the Bad Guy explains his twisted
reasoning of his own existence and actions. Occasionally, this happens
before the Battle Armies step.
The World Is Not Enough: Naturally, in this case Elektra tortures Bond.
Bond Saves Self and Bond Girl: Using a gizmo given by Q, he escapes
and starts to screw up the Bad Guy's plans of destruction.
The World Is Not Enough: Valentin saves Bond and then he dives into the water for the
Final Combat: Bond gets the advantage and a final combat with the
Bad Guy ensues. Bond wins.
The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Renard at the nuclear reactor.
Cynical Eulogy: Bond makes a comical comment about the death of the Bad
Guy. It is usually a pun or wise crack about the exact method of his
passing. Sometimes the comment is about the death of a henchman instead. It
is always said in poor taste.
The World Is Not Enough: "She's waiting for you..."
Destruction of Bad Guy's HQ: Bad Guy defeated, usually dead, the
whole of the Bad Guy's HQ goes up in a huge explosion.
The World Is Not Enough: Bond and Christmas swim to the surface while the sub detonates underwater
Secondary Combat: A minor, almost comical, fight ensues with the
Bad Guy's Henchman. Bond wins. Henchman is under their own accord now.
Sometimes occurs before Final Combat.
The World Is Not Enough: Nope
Talking the High Road: Bond and Bond Girl are retrieved in some
exotic and unusual manner. They never get out under their own effort.
The World Is Not Enough: The tourists wave from the boat
Bond has the Bond Girl: This sometimes happens before the previous
step usually with comical relief for the audience.
The World Is Not Enough: "I thought Christmas only comes once a year?"
Ending Credits: Boring black and white text scrolls across the screen
with the movie score playing.
The World Is Not Enough: The credits scroll to a techno Bond theme instead of a lyrical sone.
"JAMES BOND WILL RETURN" comes before the credits rather then at the end
TWINE vs. the Bond Formula was written with emmense help from Schmitty.