Make no bones about it, the Bond production team needed a hit movie with Goldeneye to keep the series alive...and that's exactly what they got.
Pierce Brosnan was a breath of fresh air after the polished but slightly too dull Timothy Dalton and the producers dragged Bond into the 90's without losing too much of what everyone liked about him in the first place.
There's the quips, the girls, the gadgets, the chases, the fights...all are present and correct. There is a great supporting cast as well. Sean Bean is excellent as Bond's former colleague Alec Trevelyan, showing the poise and presence which would have made him a great choice as Bond himself, and Famke Jansen's Xenia Onatopp is one of the most memorable female villain's in the series (right up there with Fiona Volpe from Thunderball).
Yes the film is at least half an hour too long but for the most part this is a wonderful return to form for the Bond series.