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The World is Not Enough
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1999 Universal
2018 La-La Land
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Nicholas Dodd

Songs Performed by:
Scott Walker
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Universal Records
(November 9th, 1999)

La-La Land Records
(November 23rd, 2018)
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The 1999 Universal album was a regular U.S. release. Both promos and bootlegs of that album, some with incorrect track titles, floated around the secondary market during the month prior to the commercial album's release. The contents of all those albums were the same. The Garbage song was released simultaneously on a CD single. The 2018 La-La Land album is limited to 5,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the expanded 2018 La-La Land album if you desire some of David Arnold's more symphonically potent cues missing from the original 1999 product, the longer presentation not as dominated by the score's harsher technological passages.

Avoid it... if you expect Arnold to offer the same impressively balanced blend of symphonic force and electronica rhythms that made the Tomorrow Never Dies score a classic in the James Bond franchise.
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WRITTEN 10/27/99, REVISED 2/23/19
The World is Not Enough: (David Arnold) With the 19th entry in the famed 007 franchise, The World is Not Enough, Pierce Brosnan was comfortably situated as British spy James Bond and the tone of the resurrected series was firmly set in a new technological age. This Bond story differed most significantly from its predecessors because of its greater integration of Bond's superior, "M" (Judi Dench), into the field of action, as well as the ramifications of her relationship with an heiress brainwashed into helping the villains of the day. The lead baddie this time is a sourpuss who cannot feel pain but is ready to use disruption of the world's oil supply to his benefit. At his side is Sophie Marceau, whose classy "conflicted Bond girl" presence countered a comparatively ridiculous Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist, and, at the end of the day, the film was undemanding and quite entertaining. As usual, a handful of outstanding action sequences define this Bond film, and these lengthy scenes are also the dominant factor in David Arnold's music for the project. The young British electronica and orchestra blender had fallen into the perfect venue in which to merge the two distinct halves of his talents. His experience on Tomorrow Never Dies wasn't entirely smooth, with his song replaced and a post-production schedule that prevented a well-rounded album release. Still, his music for the film is generally considered to be extremely strong, the pinnacle of his achievements throughout the years of Brosnan as 007. The mixture of his synthetic rhythms and sound effects was well matched with the jazzy tradition of John Barry and the ethnic and orchestral elements in Tomorrow Never Dies, and his song, "Surrender," was both brilliantly written and performed. Arnold sought to continue the twist of old and new for The World is Not Enough, but given the even higher level of technical sophistication exhibited in the plot, the composer weighted the electronic elements more heavily this time around. This emphasis on his newly trademarked sound of drum loops and excessive metallic effects for the franchise is typically considered the defining characteristic of the work, and it is a style that eventually subsumed the orchestra in Arnold's far weaker music for Die Another Day a few years later.

Along with the shift towards the electronica elements, Arnold's music for The World is Not Enough also differed in that it utilized the theme of the title song to a great degree in the score. Arnold wrote the melody for the song, "The World is Not Enough," and his subsequent reliance on especially the three-note fragment containing the lyrics "not enough" is a very satisfying technique of cohesion. Unlike Tomorrow Never Dies, in which the title song eventually had nothing to do with the score, and Die Another Day, which, as Arnold lamented, offered an atrocious Madonna song with no discernable melody to adapt, The World is Not Enough features an extremely strong bond between its song and score. Arnold's adaptations of the melody into his score are far more intelligent than John Barry's old habit of only restating full reprises of his entire themes in lengthy fashion. The fragments of the main theme here, as well as several supporting elements, are really the greatest strength of The World is Not Enough. The performance of the song by Shirley Manson of the American rock group Garbage is lacking in distinctive style. While the instrumentation and progressions of the song are well tied to the Bond franchise, Manson's voice is sleazy rather than sultry, and thus the song comes across as too grungy to support the underlying melody. In these regards, it stumbles with the same lazy attitude as Sheryl Crow and exhibits none of the high class of either k.d. lang or Tina Turner's preceding entries. The album releases for The World is Not Enough also feature the loungey jazz song, "Only Myself to Blame," performed with retro style by Scott Walker over muted trumpets and a traditional jazz ensemble. This song utilizes the Elektra theme's melody but fails to appear in the film and really has no connection to even the casino music that Arnold wrote in his score. If the energy level of the song had been kicked up a few levels, perhaps memories of the song from From Russia With Love would be merited. As it is, however, this inclusion of a totally irrelevant song is disappointing. Aside from the song's melody in the score, Arnold also writes a longing, distant theme for the bittersweet Elektra King. This idea is explored by woodwinds and strings with delicate piano accompaniment in "M's Confession," "Elektra's Theme," and "Elektra Turns," with appropriately fleeting variants that die away in "Remember Pleasure" and "Torture Queen."

More appealing than the melancholy Elektra love theme in The World is Not Enough, though, is the straight romance theme for Bond and his various friendlier women. In both this film and Die Another Day, the idea is adopted humorously by Moneypenny as she wistfully imagines herself with Bond, but its primary focus in the first film is on Christmas, the American scientist. The idea opens with the descending, three note "not enough" phrase from the main melody and then deviates into a beautiful theme of its own that owes some tone and style to the Paris love theme from the previous Bond film. The only performance of this idea on the original album occupies the quiet "Christmas in Turkey" celebration cue, with two gorgeous piano renditions leading into an elegant closing statement of Monty Norman's original bass progression. Even more impressive is the fully orchestral performance of the theme in traditional, bloated, Barry fashion in the later released cue, "Snow Business," which accompanies the breathtaking helicopter photography of the scene with bold, tonal horns in all their glory. This one cue (which exposes the theme's substantial similarities to the "Safari" cue from Barry's Out of Africa) is among the few truly symphonic delights of the entire score. The Moneypenny version of the theme can be heard in "Dr. Warmflash" near the beginning of the expanded album. Two ideas represent the villains of The World is Not Enough, and one of those is a recurring motif from Tomorrow Never Dies. While not readily obvious in his representation, the lead villain, Renard, receives an elusive, descending motif in "Remembering Pleasure" and elsewhere in the latter half of the score, though this idea eventually mingles with the Elektra theme for good reason, adopting the piano as means of suggesting the sick romanticism between those characters. Note a more optimistic variation on the idea for the actions of "M" in "M Clocks Locator." Far more enjoyable is the return of a great villain motif in Tomorrow Never Dies that apparently was meant by Arnold to serve the general purpose of multiple Bond opponents and their unseen power. In The World is Not Enough, this idea is best heard at about a minute into the extended version of "Caviar Factory" and reprised at the 4:45 mark. This particular scene remains among the more vicious confrontations Bond has ever had with the usual array of abnormally-armed freaks, justifying the massive arrangement, and the motif recurs with more sinister appeal at 0:34 into "Submarine Surfaces."

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Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Universal Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:21
• 1. The World is Not Enough - performed by Garbage (3:55)
• 2. Show Me the Money (1:28)
• 3. Come in 007, Your Time is Up (5:19)
• 4. Access Denied (1:33)
• 5. M's Confession (1:32)
• 6. Welcome to Baku (1:41)
• 7. Casino (2:55)
• 8. Ice Bandits (3:52)
• 9. Elektra's Theme: The Bedroom (2:06)
• 10. Body Double (3:00)
• 11. Going Down - The Bunker (6:27)
• 12. Pipeline (4:15)
• 13. Remember Pleasure (2:45)
• 14. Caviar Factory (6:01)
• 15. Torture Queen (2:22)
• 16. I Never Miss (3:32)
• 17. Submarine (10:19)
• 18. Christmas in Turkey (1:27)
• 19. Only Myself to Blame - performed by Scott Walker (3:37)
2018 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 141:33

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The insert of the 1999 Universal album includes no extra information about the score or film; unlike the album for Tomorrow Never Dies, this one had no dialogue from any of the James Bond films. The insert of the 2018 La-La Land album contains extensive notes about the score and film.

Lyrics to "The World is Not Enough:"

I know how to hurt
I know how to kill
I know what to show
And what to conceal
I know when to talk
And I know when to touch
No one ever died from wanting too much

The world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you're strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my love

People like us
Know how to survive
There's no point in living
If you can't feel the life
We know when to kiss
And we know when to kill
If we can't have it all
Then nobody will

I... I feel sick
I... I feel scared
I... I feel ready
And yet unprepared

The world is not enough
The world is not enough
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