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Times have changed. The Iron Curtain has fallen, giving way to a new world order, and the power plays of political agendas have been replaced by ruthless plots for profit. The war has changed... but the warriors remain the same. "The name is Bond, James Bond."
Ian Fleming's James Bond is back! Pierce Brosnan takes on the roll of the legendary Agent 007, as the most successful film franchise in history once again explodes onto the big screen.
"Goldeneye" is set firmly in the present day, swiftly changing political patterns turning old opponents into new best friends... and old allies into deadly enemies.
The 18th James Bond adventure was a runaway box-office success when released in 1995, thanks to the arrival of Pierce Brosnan as the fifth actor (following the departure of Timothy Dalton) to play the suave, danger-loving Agent 007. This James Bond is a bit more vulnerable and psychologically complex--and just a shade more politically correct--but he's still a formally attired playboy at heart, with a lovely Russian beauty (Izabella Scorupco) as his sexy ally against a cadre of renegade Russians bent on--what else?--global domination. There's also a seductive villainous with the suggestive name of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), and the great actress Judi Dench makes her first appearance as Bond's superior, M, who wisecracks about 007's "dinosaur" status as a globetrotting sexist. All in all, this action-packed Bond adventure provided a much-needed boost the long-running movie series, revitalizing the 007 franchise for the turn of the millennium. --Jeff Shannon
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The movie itself has a lot of good action, interesting plot twists, fun devices from Q and a new M played by Dame Judi Dench. Like so many of the Bond movies it's a little bit camp and over the top combining humor, action and drama effectively.
The movie was released over 25 years ago in 1995. The story holds up well but some of the special effects show their age more than other aspects of the film. Overall I found it a very satisfying watch when I came across it on Prime Video.
A couple actors in Goldeneye caught my attention in my recent viewing: Alan Cumming who plays Boris Grishenko. I became a fan from his role as Eli Gold on "The Good Wife." Sean Bean plays Alec Trevelyan, aka 006! He recently had an important role in "The Martian" which I really liked.
The short synopsis is (trying hard not to give anything important away) is Bond is discovers a suspicious plot featuring a beautiful but evil woman with mad fighting skills. An innocent (relatively) beautiful and appropriately skilled woman become key to foiling the plot involving a space based weapon of mass destruction. Bond and his beautiful accomplice foil the Russian plans and save the world with lots of gunfire, explosions, and a little technical trickery.
Like all the Brosnan Bond films I thoroughly enjoyed Goldeneye. It's fun if a little farcical (just what I'd expect from a Bond film!). I'm giving 5 stars.
In "Goldeneye" there are a lot more "How'd they do that?" moments and scenes.
The viewer can feel the advancement and forward progress of the franchise in "Goldeneye."
Brosnan's Bond is the epitome of Bond in my mind, though I'm also a fan of Connery, Dalton's (in TLD, not so much LTK), and Craig's (closer to Bond from Fleming's stories).
Goldeneye started the Pierce Brosnan era with a ton of promise. Judy Densch as M created an entirely new dynamic and her referring to Bond as a "misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the cold war" really set the tone for the movie. With the cold war over the villains in the world became less clear and it was only appropriate that this time the threat should come from one of MI6's own. There is also some Bond deconstruction with Alec Trevelyan pointing out that those sexual dalliances Bond's engaged in over the years have personal consequences on people involved. It brought some reality to the series, not that most of the rest of Goldeneye isn't escapist fun. Just about everything in Goldeneye is done well from the story to the casting and directing. In the next three films the directors seemed to ignore everything that worked in Goldeneye and accentuated everything that didn't. In particular I was never a big fan of the scene in the archives where Bond suddenly becomes a one man army but sadly THAT ended up being the scene that is most representative of the Brosnan films.
There are some absolutely fantastic scenes in Goldeneye including one of my all time favorites, the memorial park scene where Sean Bean is revealed as the villain. For over the top action you can hardly do better than the tank chase scene through St. Petersburg which finishes off with the amazing tank vs train collision. The cradle is one of the best villain lairs although it always amused me that Trevelyan feels the need to build this gigantic dish. A giant dish is used to receive signals not send signals. Are we to assume that the Goldeneye satellite will detonate BETTER if controlled by an enormous dish? I loved the entire opening sequence from the bungee jump to the leap into a falling plane. Ok, the green screening on the final stunt was weak but Goldeneye was made on a relatively tiny $58 million budget and was the last Bond film produced for under $100 million. One funny thing in the film is the inclusion of Joe Don Baker as CIA agent Jack Wade. I know that the Bond films like to reuse actors (see Maude Adams, Charles Gray, Shane Rimmer) but Baker had been the MAIN VILLAIN just two films prior. The movie also includes a pre-X-Men Famke Janssen and Alan Cumming, a pre-Harry Potter Robbie Coltrane and a pre-everything Minnie Driver who you'll miss if you blink and of course Sean Bean went on to appear in Lord of the Rings AND Game of Thrones.
I recently watch Die Another Day and it is shocking how bad it is. The dialogue is just atrocious but Goldeneye generally keeps its composure. There are some groaners for sure but most of the time Bond speaks like an actual human being not a pun spewing goofball. I am not a fan of the Brosnan era but not because of Brosnan, it's the writers and directors that are to blame. Goldeneye could have ushered in a tremendous decade; instead it was the one lone gem in the batch.