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5.0 out of 5 stars Brosnan's debut is his best Bond film, January 24, 2007
This review is from: GoldenEye (DVD)
In "Goldeneye", James Bond, played for the first time by Pierce Brosnan, must prevent an ex-MI6 agent, Alec Trevelyan, from detonating a powerful electromatic pulse, via satellite, over London. The pulse would render all electronics in London totally useless, and Trevelyan would seize that opportunity to electronically rob the Bank Of London. Along the way, Bond is assisted by computer programmer Natalya Simonova, who has extensive knowledge of the goldeneye satellite. Bond's other enemies throughout the movie include Trevelyan's sidekick, Russian General Ouromov (who has betrayed his government); Boris, a computer programmer who was once a comrade of Natalya, but betrayed her; and Zenia Onatopp, a dark, sexually charged woman who takes pleasure in making love, and killing. She especially enjoys killing WHILE making love ;)

The feel of "Goldeneye" is rather dark and serious, although there are comical moments strewn throughout the movie (so it's not quite as stiff as either of Dalton's Bond movies). There are a wide array of characters featured in the movie, all of whom are thoroughly enjoyable, and well written. The actors playing them are especially entertaining to watch. Kudos to Izabella Scorupco, who is not only gorgeous, but plays the part of Natalya very memorably. Famke Janssen is also magnificent as Onatopp, and there has not been any Bond villian quite as quirky or devilish as Onatopp since (what Bond villainess has ever licked Bond's face, and then beaten him up? Just Onatopp!). Pierce Brosnan, of course, fits right in as James Bond, and manages to combine elements of a dark edge with a touch of a light side.

"Goldeneye" works very well as a Bond movie. The plot is intruiging, and moves along at a perfect pace, keeping the viewer interested. The action sequences in the movie are very well done, immensely enjoyable to watch. Eric Serra's music fits the movie PERFECTLY, and in my opinion, the producers should have invited him back for more films. His score adds a dark undertone to the movie, something which all of Brosnan's Bond movies afterwards would painfully lack.

Characterization is also important in the movie. One of the most memorable scenes has Bond sitting on a Caribbean beach at sunset, staring out at the ocean, and thinking about his inevitable confrontation with Trevelyan, who used to be an old friend. Natalya walks over to Bond, and questions how he can be so cold, so dark. "It's what keeps me alive," Bond replies, before the two of them go off to make love. It's a shame Brosnan was not given more scenes such as this one in future Bond films... it certainly makes "Goldeneye" unique, and deep.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2014 1:09:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2014 1:17:48 PM PDT
B. Jackim says:
The quote is "It's what keeps me alive." Natalya's response is better, "It's what keeps you alone!"

Natalya is the first Bond woman who got HERSELF out of impossible situations on her own without Bond. This makes her a most interesting companion character. Considering the overall dark nature of the Golden Eye story, a traitorous former "00" agent friend, and the above sunset discussion, this story could have been a finale to the Bond series. Note: this film is named after Fleming's Jamaica estate but was the first Bond movie unrelated to any Ian Fleming story.

Thankfully, it wasn't a finale. Pierce Brosnan was an excellent Bond. Shame NBC didn't let him get to do the two prior Bond films (ref: Remington Steele fiasco). That and the legal issues regarding Kevin McClory's rights to the Bond character, scripts and movie rights (ref: Never Say Never Again) limited Brosnan's time as Bond to just four films. Each of them very very good.

Unrelated but for the dark story line of this film, I do find the retirement ending to Never Say Never Again a satisfying and fitting farewell for Sean Connery as 007.
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