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 The Iron Curtain has fallen, giving way to a new world order, and the power plays of political agendas have been replaced by ruthless plots for profit.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.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.51 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 133389
- Director : Martin Campbell, Arth, Ian Sharp
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Release date : September 15, 2015
- Actors : Izabella Scorupco, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Pierce Brosnan, Joe Don Baker
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Producers : Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
- Language : English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Mgm (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : B011MHBDH8
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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To get things started the film gives a nod to the old before starting the new. Bond is driving an Aston Martin which was first seen in Goldfinger in 1964, 31 years earlier. The new came with Judi Dench playing Bond’s boss M for the first time. Bond is tasked with hunting down Janus whose face is Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) who took the term femme fatale to a new level as she kills men while having sex with them. She’s also a psychopath.
The action is good but not great. The best scene is Bond in a high-speed chase in Russia as he drives a T-55 tank crashing through cars and buildings. While it was a nice rebirth of the Bond franchise it was still lacking the pizzazz of the original Sean Connery series or the early Roger Moore flicks.
There are so many times when people stop for speeches when, in real life, they would finish someone off - please.
I liked the tank chase scene and that bizarre Russian train locomotive.
Dial-up modems, remember those days? Oh well this came out in the mid-90s.
I will say I was amused. And they didn't cheap out on the sets, action, staging or visuals. The GoldenEye was a good McGuffin.
4 stars rating for this as a Bond franchise action movie. It's not Shakespeare. Popup the popcorn and burn thru 2.5 hours watching this.
Audio/Visual quality streamed at 1080p from Amazon Prime was quite good. $14.95 for a 25 year old movie seems a bit high though.
P.S. Am I the only one who wondered why none of the fancy weapons on Bond's blue BMW (i.e. Stinger missle?) ever got used?
All in all, it's probably my favorite Bond movie!
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The 2 disc Ultimate Edition DVD I purchased includes the following (very enjoyable) extra features:
- Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Martin Campbell
- Directing Bond: The Martin Chronicles
- Building a Better Bond: Pre-Production Featurette
- The Return of Bond: The Start of Production Press Event
- Driven to Bond: Remy Julienne
- Anatomy of a Stunt: Tank vs. Perrier
- Making it in Small Pictures: Derek Meddings
- On Location with Peter Lamont
- GoldenEye's Secret Files
- Pre-Title Storyboard Sequence with Martin Campbell
- Interactive Guide into the World of GoldenEye
- Audio Commentary with Martin Campbell and Michael G. Wilson
- "The World of 007" Original 1995 Television Special Hosted by Elizabeth Hurley
- The GoldenEye Video Journal
- Promotional Featurette "GoldenEye" Music Video Performed by Tina Turner
- Original Trailers
- TV Spots
- Photo Gallery
Watching it now, though, it appears a bit dated, but it's still one of the best Bond films and is easily the best of the Brosnan era. The film is notable for it's decision to cast a female (Judi Dench) as M, partly due to the PC sensitivities of the time, which still pervade today. Sean Bean is also good as a rogue secret agent and Robbie Coltrane is also amusing as a Russian gangster, as is Alan Cumming, who has quite a large role in the film. The film also has some great stunts and action setpieces, though it isn't as action-packed as others in the series. The theme song by Tina Turner and written by U2's Bono and The Edge is also decent as well.
Potential buyers may also be interested to know that this is the fully uncut version of the film, hence the higher 15 certificate. All this really equates to are a few headbutts during the fight scenes, though, so you shouldn't get too excited at the prospect of seeing uncut material. The material was previously cut by the BBFC, though, so this is as complete a version of the film as you will ever see, in the UK, anyway.
All in all, this is a solid and very enjoyable film. If you haven't already seen it, then I highly recommend a purchase. Brosnan's Bond films went a bit downhill after this one, so it's as good as they got in the 1990s. Five stars from me.
For the record - and I'm no expert in the technical side of DVDs - this looked fine, but the sound was a bit off - I had to turn it up quite a bit. Aside from that, I hope that both seasoned fans, and those who are new to Bond will find the following useful and interesting. I've tried not to include any significant SPOILERS but apologies if you think I have - feel free to leave a comment, and I will look at amending what I've put.
There are many things that go to make up a Bond film. Commonly cited are the gadgets, the 'girls' and the theme song. But there is more to it than that. I've always considered the pre-title sequence to be an important element. In this case it's really pretty effective. We're introduced to Pierce Brosnan as Bond for the first time, and we know we're going to have fun with this one, but in a no-nonsense kind of a way.
The opening credits are nothing to write home about as Tina Turner belts out the theme song, doing her best Shirley Bassey impersonation, and it's not too long before we're introduced to the new 'M' played by Judi Dench. The character works, in my view, much better here before it was built up unnecessarily in the Daniel Craig films. Her sparring with 007 seems realistic and enjoyable to watch.
Meanwhile all sorts of shenanigans is going on in Monte Carlo and Russia as the plot really kicks in and we get to know the baddies. They're a good bunch here: a sadistic female former soviet fighter pilot (Xenia Onatopp) who is plainly aroused by killing, a nerdy and arrogant computer programmer, an archetypal Russian general par excellence and finally Sean Bean's slightly unconvincing former '00' agent gone bad.
There's the usual scene with Q as Bond acquires some new gadgets, which in this film are useful rather than spectacular, and an excellent 'car chase' of sorts and a good solid ending, complete with the baddies' hidden lair in an exotic location.
It's always slightly unbelievable how the female characters (Dench aside!) end up falling in to Bond's arms so easily, and this film is no different on that score. But the sort of sexual wrestling that goes on with Onatopp is something of a novel twist. And then there is the other Russian computer programmer - not the nerdy arrogant one - the beautiful female one who becomes Bond's sidekick and lover for the duration of the film. In my opinion she is the best female character in any Bond film - as well as beautiful and intelligent, she is feisty and resourceful, and mostly gives as good as she gets.
All in all, a great film and a great entry in to the Bond canon.
`Goldeneye' followed a little hiatus of six years since the previous movie, `Licence to Kill'. During that time, the Soviet Union finally came crashing down, and the Bond team had to face the fact that the Cold War was over. There was also a great technical revolution during that time as Bond finally moved into the digital age. As well as a new Bond, there is a new M in Judie Dench, it being a conscious decision to make the female parts tougher. (The title at the head of this review is her description of Bond.) It's over an hour before Bond gets his first kiss.
There were a number of new faces in the Bond production team too, most notably of course the director, Martin Campbell, who contended that, "If we don't get this right, the series is dead." As the extras on the double-DVD show, Campbell is a man with a lot of energy (to put it diplomatically). Other new faces include Daniel Kleinman (for the late Maurice Binder), and Eric Serra doing the soundtrack.
There are the usual amazing stunts (jumping off a dam) and the usual ludicrously unbelievable stunts (freefall to catch up with and steer to safety a plane, tank chase through Saint Petersburg). Bond still escapes a million bullets without a hair falling out of place (but see the note about the censors, below). Thankfully the undercranking of the camera was kept to a minimum, and was not enough to make it obvious.
Despite being only one commentary, there is a generous helping of extras on the double-disc version. In the commentary we learn that the amazing opening dam jump was done for real, was a world record, and was done on the first take: it was the only take! We also learn that Sean Bean himself had once been a contender for the Bond role. I was interested also to learn that the censors do not like to see blood, or to see bullets hitting their mark, but they do not mind high body counts! So my previous gripes about Bond movies should be mostly laid at the censors' door rather than the producers'. (But it would be interesting to see a woman direct a Bond movie.)
There are the usual deleted scenes, anatomies of scenes, location-scouting, model-making featurettes. One of the best is a thirty-minute `Secret File', where you learn the production secret that comprises cat-litter and self-raising flour? There is also a good forty-minute TV special, `The World of 007', introduced by Liz Hurley. It's over-the-top and camp, but features some interesting interviews with the likes of John Barry, Roger Moore, and a variety of actors and production team staff.