The film that marked the successful rebirth of the 007 franchise, which had laid dormant for over half a decade, GoldenEye
remains Pierce Brosnans finest moment as Britains most famous secret agent.
The plot? This one involves the Russian mafia, a rogue agent and a powerful satellite, although realistically its the standard 007 formula at work. Thus, theres gadgets, girls and plenty of action, with the plot trying to squeeze in where theres room.
There are several reasons though why GoldenEye works so well. Firstly, it successfully ushered in a new cast, with Judi Denchs M, Samantha Bonds Moneypenny and Robbie Coltranes Valentin Zukovsky all marking their 007 movie debut. Then, the baddies are strong, although Sean Beans ruthless 006 is overshadowed by Famke Janssens career-making performance as Xenia Onatopp. And then theres that vital 007 ingredient--the action. From a stunning pre-credits sequence, which is arguably the films highlight, through to several high-tempo action moments throughout the rest of the film, its highly enjoyable stuff, and impossible to resist.
Finally, theres Brosnan. Arguably the most successful Bond since Sean Connery defined the role, his laid back, hard-edged charm serves him well, and he never looked more comfortable as 007 as he does in his maiden outing.
In short, GoldenEye is not only a terrific Bond movie, its a strong action movie full stop. --Jon Foster
GoldenEye (1995) is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the first film in the series not to take story elements from the works of novelist Ian Fleming. The story was conceived and written by Michael France, with later collaboration by other writers. In the film, Bond fights to prevent an arms syndicate from using the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London in order to cause a global financial meltdown. GoldenEye was released in 1995 after a six-year hiatus in the series caused by legal disputes, during which Timothy Dalton resigned from the role of James Bond and was replaced by Pierce Brosnan. M was also recast, with actress Judi Dench becoming the first woman to portray the character, replacing Robert Brown. GoldenEye was the first Bond film made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, which provided a background for the plot. The Man with the Golden Gun was the fourth and final film in the series to be directed by Guy Hamilton. The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script-Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released in December 1974. The film also reflects the then popular martial arts film craze, with several kung-fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being shot in Thailand, Hong Kong and Macao. The film saw mixed reviews, with Christopher Lees performance as Scaramanga, intended to be a villain of similar skill and ability to Bond, being praised; but reviewers criticized the film as a whole, particularly the comedic approach. Although the film was profitable, it is the fourth lowest-grossing Bond film in the series and has been described as the lowest point in the canon.