By Leah Rozen
November 29, 1999 12:00 PM

Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards

James Bond movies are chock-full of women achievers, and we’re not just talking about their sexual exploits. In The World Is Not Enough, the 19th installment of the 007 series, one woman is an oil mogul (Marceau), another is a nuclear physicist (Richards), and a third is a doctor (Serena Scott Thomas). All three are uncommonly attractive and end up bedding Bond (Brosnan)—though thankfully not at the same time—which shouldn’t take away from their professional accomplishments.

Shattered glass ceiling aside, only staunch Bond loyalists—you know who you are—need catch this one. Adequately directed by Michael Apted (Nell), World boasts all the obligatory ingredients: multiple chases (including a swell, soggy one in boats down the Thames), bad puns and hi-tech weaponry and gizmos. Brosnan’s Bond is all lightweight bonhomie, but he is positively Oscar-worthy compared to Richards. She plumbs new depths for bad acting by big-breasted Bond babes, a remarkable feat given her competition over the years. (PG-13)

Bottom Line: Fails either to stir or shake