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Monday, 22 November, 1999, 11:00 GMT
Bond's box office record
Renard (Robert Carlyle) gets to grips with 007 (Pierce Brosnan)

The new 007 movie netted an estimated $37m (23.25m) at the US box office over the weekend - the best ever opening for a Bond film.

The World Is Not Enough has shot straight to the top of the charts, just pipping Sleep Hollow - Tim Burton's latest movie starring Johnny Depp.

007
Pierce Brosnan's third outing as the suave super spy was also the largest ever three-day weekend opening in studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 75-year history.

The previous biggest-grossing US opening weekend for a Bond film was for 1995's Goldeneye, which pulled in $26m (16.25m) and went on to make more than $100 (66m).

Proving the US is not enough, the Bond film also opened in Malaysia and Singapore on November 19, beating the opening weekend haul for Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace.

Desmond Llewelyn returns as Q
Experts believe the good showing for The World Is Not Enough was down to older Bond fans familiar with the long-running series, and younger cinema-goers - hooked by the slick "MTV-generation" marketing.

However, even the success of the new Bond film is dwarfed by this year's other two big US openings - The Phantom Menace took $64.8 (40.5m) in three days, while Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me grossed $54.9m (34.3).

The World Is Not Enough receives its UK charity premiere on Monday.

Actor Robert Carlyle - who plays the latest Bond villain, Renard - is expected to be at the premiere, at the Odeon Leicester Square.

Other stars, including Robbie Coltrane, Dame Judi Dench, Denise Richards, Sophie Marceau are also expected to join him, as is another Bond villain, Maria Grazia, who plays The Cigar Girl.

Proceeds from the event will go to the charity Children's Promise, which is asking people to donate their final hour's earnings of 1999 to seven leading charities, including the BBC's Children In Need appeal.

It goes on very limited release in London on Tuesday, and opens across the UK on Friday.
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