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Bond: Goldeneye

11.12.2008

After the relative failure of LICENCE TO KILL at the box office, it took six whole years to get another Bond film off the ground. In that time, Timothy Dalton either left the role, or was fired (depending on who you talk to), and many actors, including Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Sam Neil (who actually tested for the role in í86), and Hugh Grant, were considered as replacements. In the end, they settled on Pierce Brosnan- who had almost become Bond back in í87.

With a new Bond signed and ready to go, the filmmakers now had to focus on modernizing the character for a new audience of filmgoers, who had all but forgotten that the character even existed.

GOLDENEYE

PLOT: Bond must stop of group of terrorists, led by his former friend and colleague, Alec Trevelyan (a.k.a 006), who threaten to use a Russian satellite weapons system, code name Goldeneye, on London.

REVIEW: GOLDENEYE was a major film event back in the fall of 1995. I was in high school at the time, and this was the first Bond film I was lucky enough to see on the big screen. Naturally, I loved it when it came out, and I still think that itís by far the best film of the Brosnan era.

Unlike some of the later Brosnan Bondís, GOLDENEYE, while suitably epic, doesnít go too overboard in the action department (although I always hated the scene where Bond freefalls INTO an airplane- which always seemed terribly phoney, with sub par early nineties CGI). While the storyline is nothing special, an effort was made to make this film somewhat topical- much is made of the fact that Bond is seen as a relic of the cold war to his superiors. Itís also the first film to feature Judi Dench as M, and the fact that this role was played by a woman was big news in í95.

In GOLDENEYE, M calls Bond is a misogynistic dinosaur- and I find it interesting to re-watch this film now, as Brosnanís dynamic with Dench was completely different from the one she shares with Daniel Craig. In the Brosnan films, M, while sheíll often critique his personal habits, is never on Bondís case for being a loose canon, as you get the feeling that she knows deep down that Bond is smarter than she is. In these earlier films, he tends to view her as a bureaucrat- and obviously doesnít have the respect for her that Craig has in the new films. Itís also worth noting that M is nowhere near as tough in the Brosnan films as she nowadays. You rarely see her out in the field here, but in the Craig films, she takes a much more active role- and you get the feeling that in many ways, Bond is her puppet- but here, he answers to no one.

Itís worth noting that GOLDENEYE, like CASINO ROYALE, was helmed by Martin Campbell, who seems the go-to guy whenever they decide to re-launch the franchise. Campbell is one of the best directors the series ever had, and heís extremely capable at staging impressive action scenes. Thereís a few great ones here- including a tank chase through St. Petersburg, and the climactic hand to hand fight between 007 & 006.

BOND

In his first Bond outing, Pierce Brosnan does a great job. Iíve always thought Brosnan was more like Roger Moore than Sean Connery- but really, thereís nothing wrong with that. Watching this film again, itís easy to see why Brosnan was such a popular Bond throughout his seven year run.

VILLAIN

Sean Bean does a great job here as 006, and I always thought he would have made a perfectly acceptable Bond himself if the right opportunity came along. That said, Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp (wink wink) really steals the show. I always thought Janseen was one of the best villainesses in the series- and youíve got to love the fact that she orgasms every time she kills.

BOND GIRL

Izabella Scorupco plays Natalya Simonova- whoís probably the hottest computer programmer in film history. While some of her thunder is stolen by Janseen, sheís still very sexy and likable- and probably the best Bond girl of the Brosnan era.

BOND MUSIC: Eric Serra, known mostly from his work with Luc Besson is on hand to provide Bond with a very avant-garde, electronica influenced score. Iíve always liked this musical score, although I know a lot of fans loathe it. Good theme song by Tina Turner & The Edge.

BODY COUNT: According to commanderbond.net- Bond kills an astronomical 237 people in this outing. While I donít remember the film being particularly violent, he does blow up not one, but two military bases in the film- probably accounting for the ridiculous body count. And they say Brosnan wasnít toughÖ

NUMBER OF WOMEN BOND SLEEPS WITH: Only two- and sinfully, Xenia Onatopp is not one of them!

BEST ONE- LINER: ďBeg your pardon, forgot to knock.Ē- To a Russian soldier using a cubicle Bond drops into- just before knocking him out.

BEST DOUBLE ENTENDRE: Xenia: You don't need the gun.
Bond: Well, that depends on your definition of safe sex. .

BEST GADGET: : Bond drives a BMW for the first time. While itís no Aston Martin, itís still a VERY sweet ride.

RECEPTION: GOLDENEYE was a huge worldwide hit- grossing $350 Million worldwide, with $106 million in the U.S (both broke franchise records at the time).

GRADE: 8/10- Easily the best Bond film of the Brosnan era.

Previous reviews: DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE , GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER , LIVE AND LET DIE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, OCTOPUSSY, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, A VIEW TO A KILL, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, LICENCE TO KILL

Source: JoBlo.com

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12:05AM on 11/17/2008
I really liked this one and honestly, was the only Brosnan Bond movie I ever truly liked, which is kind of a shame because he was a great Bond...stuck in some cruddy movies later on. Great villians, great bond girl and a decent plot. Awesome action sets too.

8/10

I should add the N64 for game fucking rocked. Loved that game. Fuck Call of Duty, Gears or Halo, I would pay good cash to see Goldeneye re-released with online.
I really liked this one and honestly, was the only Brosnan Bond movie I ever truly liked, which is kind of a shame because he was a great Bond...stuck in some cruddy movies later on. Great villians, great bond girl and a decent plot. Awesome action sets too.

8/10

I should add the N64 for game fucking rocked. Loved that game. Fuck Call of Duty, Gears or Halo, I would pay good cash to see Goldeneye re-released with online.
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7:32PM on 11/12/2008
I actually hated Izabella. I thought she was really annoying in the film and the game, only plus being you could shoot her in the game. Xenia was great though, sexy and dangerous.

Goldeneye is one of my favorite Bond film, but it's the only Brosnan Bond I liked.
I actually hated Izabella. I thought she was really annoying in the film and the game, only plus being you could shoot her in the game. Xenia was great though, sexy and dangerous.

Goldeneye is one of my favorite Bond film, but it's the only Brosnan Bond I liked.
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5:58PM on 11/12/2008
Goldeneye is another one of my favorites. In fact it's one of the only three Bonds I give 10/10 to.

The other two being From Russia With Love & Casino Royale.
Goldeneye is another one of my favorites. In fact it's one of the only three Bonds I give 10/10 to.

The other two being From Russia With Love & Casino Royale.
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5:52PM on 11/12/2008

Hmmm....

This is Brosnan's best Bond; and it goes downhill from here, which lead to another much needed 'reboot' to the series...

I do like Eric Serra's score, which is very subtle....

I didn't like the forced humor, which brought back bad memories of the Moore era.

And as a poster brought out: Yes! It did spawn one of the best videogames adaptations...

Sean Bean was brilliant as Alex Trevelyan (sp?)....and he probably would have made an interesting Bond himself...(and he even kicked
This is Brosnan's best Bond; and it goes downhill from here, which lead to another much needed 'reboot' to the series...

I do like Eric Serra's score, which is very subtle....

I didn't like the forced humor, which brought back bad memories of the Moore era.

And as a poster brought out: Yes! It did spawn one of the best videogames adaptations...

Sean Bean was brilliant as Alex Trevelyan (sp?)....and he probably would have made an interesting Bond himself...(and he even kicked 'Bond's' ass in this film during the final fight)...

Famke Janssen as well as Isabella Scorupco were sexy, tough, and independent...(Note: Famke in that leather outfit; and Isabella's exotic Polish features).

It was okay, but Brosnan wasn't as strong as he should have been...(the scripts he was given, I think didn't do him justice).

6.5/10
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5:37PM on 11/12/2008
This is another one of my top ten Bonds I love it, its got 2 of the best Bond villians and one of the hottest Bond girls ever. It was the first Bond I ever saw I guess thats why its one of my favs. I also really like Tomorrow Never dies and I enjoy the World Is Not Enough but I dont care for Die Another Day
This is another one of my top ten Bonds I love it, its got 2 of the best Bond villians and one of the hottest Bond girls ever. It was the first Bond I ever saw I guess thats why its one of my favs. I also really like Tomorrow Never dies and I enjoy the World Is Not Enough but I dont care for Die Another Day
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4:45PM on 11/12/2008

N64 lives

the movie that spawned THE BEST video game ever!
the movie that spawned THE BEST video game ever!
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3:02PM on 11/12/2008
The first Bond film I saw all the way through. Very well done (and the forerunner of a kick-ass video game).

Only other Brosnan Bond I saw was "Tomorrow Never Dies," not as good, but not terrible in its way.

I did at one point take a disliking to the Bond character (or where Brosnan was taking it), but I'll freely admit this one's a winner.
The first Bond film I saw all the way through. Very well done (and the forerunner of a kick-ass video game).

Only other Brosnan Bond I saw was "Tomorrow Never Dies," not as good, but not terrible in its way.

I did at one point take a disliking to the Bond character (or where Brosnan was taking it), but I'll freely admit this one's a winner.
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12:44PM on 11/12/2008
GoldenEye is my favorite Brosnan's Bond. To me, he's more like a combination of Sean Connery & Roger Moore's Bond. And Tina Turner's GoldenEye song is very catchy.
GoldenEye is my favorite Brosnan's Bond. To me, he's more like a combination of Sean Connery & Roger Moore's Bond. And Tina Turner's GoldenEye song is very catchy.
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12:34PM on 11/12/2008

pierce's best

the next 2 were not that good i liked die another day but this is his best film

i fell head over heels for famke janseen imo hottest bond girl ever helped by the whole villian angle

there is a different judi dench in these flicks than in casino(and from reading this review solace as well)

237 kills is fucking awesome

his best top 5 for the series

9/10
the next 2 were not that good i liked die another day but this is his best film

i fell head over heels for famke janseen imo hottest bond girl ever helped by the whole villian angle

there is a different judi dench in these flicks than in casino(and from reading this review solace as well)

237 kills is fucking awesome

his best top 5 for the series

9/10
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12:26PM on 11/12/2008

Hmmmm

I finally this one a few years ago, and although it's alright, you can see what Brosnan was trying to escape once he had proven successful in the role. Not as cheesy as the ones that follow, but still. Having said that, agreed, best Brosnan Bond.
I finally this one a few years ago, and although it's alright, you can see what Brosnan was trying to escape once he had proven successful in the role. Not as cheesy as the ones that follow, but still. Having said that, agreed, best Brosnan Bond.
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12:19PM on 11/12/2008
Creasy, wouldn't that make it the best Bond of the Brosnan era?
Creasy, wouldn't that make it the best Bond of the Brosnan era?
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11:22AM on 11/12/2008
It's not the best Bond of the Brosnan era. It's the best Bond overall.
It's not the best Bond of the Brosnan era. It's the best Bond overall.
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8:15AM on 11/12/2008
Brosnan's first Bond film was his best by a moonlight mile(it really went downhill after this one). Brosnan was both suave and convincingly ruthless, and he was helped out by great direction, a great supporting cast, and a great music score (yeah, I liked it, too). Too bad none of the other Brosnan films lived up to the promise of this one.

8/10
Brosnan's first Bond film was his best by a moonlight mile(it really went downhill after this one). Brosnan was both suave and convincingly ruthless, and he was helped out by great direction, a great supporting cast, and a great music score (yeah, I liked it, too). Too bad none of the other Brosnan films lived up to the promise of this one.

8/10
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