John F. Kennedy’s favorite role model is back saucier than ever (Pierce Brosnan) in the era of computer hackers (1995). There’s something a mite pathetic about our culture still clinging to 007, but it’s hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining entries in the Bond cycle, which started with Dr. No (1962). One thing in this romp’s favor is its awareness of the absurdity of Bond in the 90s, which it comments on from time to time; another is that it’s pretty well crafted, beginning with the spectacular opening stunt work (or morphing) and the surrealist credits sequence that follows. Kinky and inconsequential, this is effective entertainment. Martin Campbell directed; with Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Robbie Coltrane, and Judi Dench. PG-13, 130 min. (JR)

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