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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Elektra truly the villain, manipulating Renard for her purposes, or is it the other way around? Fans can't agree at all!
  • Anticlimax Boss: For all Davidov and Gabor were built up, they're disposed of extremely easily. In the video game, though, the latter is an extremely difficult boss capable of No Selling grenades.
  • Broken Base / Contested Sequel: Of the "base in a thousand pieces" variety (as opposed to Licence to Kill's Love It or Hate It status). It's not uncommon to find the film ranked anywhere from the bottom to the top in fan's rankings. Some hate it, some think it's okay, and some love it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Garbage's theme, which is widely considered the best Bond theme from Brosnan's tenure (and among a few, the best since at least A View to a Kill). It would also appear to be the only Bond theme song sung from an in-universe perspectivenote ; it's Elektra's Villain Song.
    • From the soundtrack, Only Myself to Blame by Scott Walker. It was to be used in the film's end credits, but was unfortunately decided to be too glum a note to go out on.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Say what you will about this film's faults, but few can deny it created a fantastic character in Elektra. She's typically found near the top of people's Bond woman countdowns, and amazingly enough accomplishes this without really having any "iconic" scenes like Ursula Andress or Honor Blackman did.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Elektra. The Cigar Girl too.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This was Desmond Llewelyn's last appearance as Q in the Bond movies. He died in an auto accident shortly after the movie's premiere, and his last scene shows him descending through the floor on an elevator with a car. Ouch.
    • VHS home editions of the movie lampshaded this with a tribute to Desmond Llewelyn.
    • Even then, it was one hell of an exit. Q left in style.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Renard and his reasons for committing his Evil Plan, now that Thomas Carlyle has played Rumpelstiltskin, whose plans were for the same reason.
  • He's Just Hiding: Valentin, not helped at all by the DVD commentary saying on the subject, "It's only a flesh wound!" Of course, since the character did not appear in Die Another Day, and since the series was subsequently rebooted, it will never be known if Zukovsky in this continuity could have ever come back.
  • It Was His Sled: Elektra being the villain was supposed to be a surprise.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks : The mixed reception to TWINE served as an alarm bell that the Bond formula was making moviegoers restless. The Agony Booth puts it succinctly:
    "That era of the franchise addressed the anachronistic aspects of the character, portraying Bond as a flawed, morally ambiguous throwback to an older era, almost a man out of time. This approach of self-awareness had mixed results. It certainly helped give older fans a taste of what they’d been missing in their Bond movies, but it wasn't very forward thinking, as it did little to adapt the franchise to its modern setting. It was merely a stall tactic."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Renard.
  • Narm: As listed in the Funny section, the scene where Bond learns from Renard that Elektra just might be behind it all would probably be a bit more dramatic if Bond didn't audibly say "HUH?!" with a hilariously dumbfounded look on his face.
    • Brosnan's overstated performance in other scenes gets it fair share of mockery as well. The scene where he confronts Elektra, specifically his lines, "Knew all about my shoooulder; knew exactly how to huuurt me," stands out, as does his "pain face" when being garroted by Elektra.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Cigar Girl assassin. The director wanted her for the role of Elektra, but upon realizing that her English wasn't up to par, he gave her this part instead. With only a few minutes of screen time and exactly two lines, she manages to be one of the more memorable minor Bond Girls—her panicked, terrified response of "Not from him!" (when Bond offers to protect her) just before she kills herself is enough to provide an intriguing hint about just want kind of monster is Bond dealing with.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Tie-in games were released for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Game Boy. The Nintendo 64 version was hit with this far less than the others, since it had a lot of what made Golden Eye 1997 great despite being made by a different developer.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Christmas Jones, due to being an uninteresting character in her own right, Denise Richards's acting and obvious miscasting, and getting in the way of the much more compelling relationship between Bond and Elektra. Longtime fans of the Bond franchise frequently rate her as the absolute worst Bond Girl in the whole series, since she seriously harms the credibility of the plot, whereas the other widely disliked Bond Girls (Mary Goodnight, Holly Goodhead and Jinx) appeared in films that would have been underwhelming regardless.
    • Mr. Bullion, who is played by Goldie, a British DJ whose limited acting experience becomes glaringly obvious on-screen. He doesn't get as much hate as Christmas Jones due to her attracting most of the vitriol and Bullion's lesser role in the plot, but he has similar issues as a character.
    • On the non-human side, Bond's BMW. In GoldenEye, it's never used at all; in Tomorrow Never Dies, it's crashed through a window from a great height; in this, it's sawn in half!
  • So Okay, It's Average: Often considered either slightly better or slightly worse than Tomorrow Never Dies. To most fans, it either has the edge over TND thanks to its larger scope and more involved plot, or is an okayish film torpedoed by Denise Richards.
  • Strangled by the Red String: While one can hardly expect a relationship between Bond and his current Bond Girl to have any real substance, his fling with Christmas Jones is a glaring example of this. They have absolutely zero romantic interaction or flirtation (shockingly absent for a Bond film) before hooking up in the movie's final scenes. Her sole purposes in the film seems to be to completely botch Bond's first attempt to stop Renard's plot (making the second half of the movie her fault alone), and for Bond to have a warm body to be in bed with once Elektra is revealed as the villain and Bond kills her. Made all the more jarring by the fact that he does have chemistry with Elektra, and it's even implied that she's one of the few women he's considered settling down with which unfortunately ceases to be an option by the end.
  • Tear Jerker: Valentin's death. Renard's may count as well.
    • Also Q's farewell on a meta-level. It doesn't help that Bond, for a split second, looks positively grief-stricken as he asks Q if he really plans to retire soon.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Denise Richards as Christmas Jones.
  • Vindicated by History: It's actually very difficult to find people nowadays who hate this film. With the exception of Denise Richards' casting, people have largely warmed up to TWINE. It's also fondly remembered by people who miss the Brosnan era, and regret that it ended with the inferior Die Another Day

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