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Ultimately Golden Goldeneye!
on 23 July 2006
In 1995, when GOLDENEYE first came out, there had been no Bond films for six years, partly due to legal wrangles, and partly due to Timothy Dalton jumping ship after LICENCE TO KILL (1989), only his second film as Bond. When the waiting action fans were finally treated to GOLDENEYE, they really got what they hoped for, as GOLDENEYE is not only a brilliant entry into the series, but also a great way to introduce Pierce Brosnan to the role of the screen's favourite super-spy. Pierce was a great choice for the role, combining the best parts of Sean Connery with the ability to quip like Roger Moore did so well, and just generally looking the part.
James Bond a.k.a. 007 seems fuelled by revenge after fellow agent 006 a.k.a. Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean, SHARPE) is killed during a mission, and just may get the chance to avenge this death when M (Dame Judi Dench, MRS BROWN, MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS) instructs him to go to Russia to find a space weapon nicknamed Goldeneye, which has the potential to cause major global meltdown through its power being used to render redundant anything electrical, including all computer systems. He teams up with the survivor of the destruction of a space station control centre, Natalya Simonova (Polish actress Izabella Scorupco), who is a bit of a whiz on computers herself. However, James has yet to realise that the real danger will give him the shock of his life, not to mention an enemy who could be his match in more ways than one -- and that's if the evil Xenia Onatopp (Dutch actress Famke Janssen, X-MEN, I SPY) doesn't crush him to death with her lethal legs first!
Notice that on the front of the box is the word 'UNCUT' just under the title? Previously released on video and DVD before, in a 12-rated cut version, here, for the first time ever in the UK, we are treated to this 15-rated uncut version ('Contains strong violence') after the BBFC approved it under their policies on different versions at different categories, agreeing to waive their previous cuts for violence (including several head-butts and restoring the fight sounds to their original, louder volume).
The bonus disc contains quite a few extras, including deleted scenes (including a foreword from the director as to why he decided upon their exclusion from the final film), location scouts and various documentaries and TV spots.
Great film in its own right, and a worthy inclusion in the Bond franchise!