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on 7 August 2017
For whatever reason, and despite Ian Flemming himself stating that Timothy Dalton was the closest interpretation to Bond that he’d seen, Dalton left the iconic role after only two films (which weren’t as bad as some people like to make out!). And, the role of the super-spy went to the man producers had been trying to attract for some time – Pierce Brosnan. And, although it’s probably fair to say that when people look back on the history of Bond, he too wouldn’t be described as many people’s ‘favourite’ Bond, he did make advances in bringing the franchise right up to date.

Right from the beginning we meet our new Bond bungee jumping into a Russian base. Now, I know these days most people know what bungee jumping looks like, but, back in 1995, it was actually quite an event seeing it done on the big screen. Yes, the plot isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, i.e. a Russian presence trying to exact revenge on the West, but it’s just so new seeing such a ‘modern’ Bond. Gone are the days of blatantly ‘blue-screening’ the action behind the actors and now Bond can happily sky-dive into a falling plane and make it look real (well, as real as jumping into a falling plane and piloting it to safety can look!). I feel like I have to dwell on this ‘modern feel’ because it is this film’s major change from previous incarnations. The action looks better, the chases are more fantastical (the ‘tank chase’ being the highlight!) – it’s just totally Bond for the new nineties generation.

The ever-wonderful ‘Q’ is on hand to smooth over the transition of old to new Bond, but the modern feel is not just helped by (another) new Moneypenny, but also having a female M, brilliantly played by Judi Dench, who states much of the criticism that’s been levelled at Bond throughout the franchise, i.e. he’s a misogynistic relic of a bygone age! Add great supporting performances from Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane and Famke Jannsen (a henchwoman who likes to crush her victims between her thighs in the heat of – er – ‘passion’ and you have an action-spy movie that really roles along nice. As I mentioned, the plot isn’t anything spectacular, but the overall look, feel, cast and a wonderfully-snarling rendition of the title song ‘Goldeneye’ by a Tina Turner at her best, really elevates what – by rights – is nothing more than an average movie to one that really feels like the Bond franchise has been given a shot in the arm.

‘Goldeneye’ may not be technically the greatest of the long-running saga, but it certainly cements its place in the franchise by being the most different from what came before it. It’s definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan and should even entertain casual fans of the action genre. Oh, and did I mention that Pierce Brosnan is also pretty damn good as the lead? He keeps the wry charm of Roger Moore and the ability to add just the right amount of humour to the role without it becoming a parody of itself. Plus he’s believable enough as an action hero when he’s gunning down hordes of faceless Russian hoods. Overall, a damn fine ride.
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on 28 December 2005
If there is one Bond film that strictly follows the Bond cliches then this is it. Spectacular pre-credit sequence, great theme song, amazing stunts, beautiful women, a decent plot, memorable villains, Bond gets captured, escapes in style, etc etc. But for once, it doesn't feel tired, and this film is as fresh and as exciting as the first entry in the series, Dr. No.
It helps having Pierce Brosnan in the role, a fresh face in an old part. His seriousness, coupled with cheeky humour plays dividends for the film and makes the character more human than ever before. He realistically plays Bond, never once going into caricature, and brings the "misogynist, cold war relic," into the Nineties.
And for once, Goldeneye has a decent plot. MI6 agent, 006 (played brilliantly by Sean Bean) goes rogue, and aims to become rich with the Goldeneye EMP satellite. It's up to Bond to stop him. The film is paired into two distinct halves - an interesting, plot setting up first half, and an action blow out second half.
The whole film is memorable, but most spectacularly, are the incredible dam jump opening, the street destroying tank chase, and the ending show down.
Gadgets, vehicles and girls are all correct and present. It may follow the Bond formula strictly, but that is a good thing - you know what to expect, and can just sit back and enjoy.
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on 28 June 2009
Pierce Brosnan and Martin Campbell (director of the BBC's classic eco-thriller Edge of Darkness) brought the Bond series back from the brink of oblivion with this formulaic but rewarding effort, both a homage to, and an updating of, the old formula. Brosnan, in his debut as Bond, tries his hardest to flesh out the character, whilst Sean Bean is good value as the villain. Famke Janssen gives what is still her most memorable movie performance as the sexually voracious Xenia Onnatopp, but on the downside Judi Dench's `luvvie', career-woman M makes her unwanted debut, Alan Cumming ponces around in that way that only Alan Cumming can, and Robbie Coltrane struggles with a Russian accent. Still, with Brosnan not yet atrophied in the part, this qualifies as his best performance as Bond, though he later showed he could be a more compelling actor in films like The Tailor of Panama, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Matador.
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on 16 March 2017
The acting is a bit lame and so are the sarcastic quips like in any Bond movie but Pierce Brosnan is my favourite James Bond and Goldeneye is one of the few James Bond movies where the story isnt difficult to follow.
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on 4 June 2017
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on 14 January 2016
classic bond film, one for any fan, casual or otherwise.
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on 22 May 2017
It's Bond, on blu ray!
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on 3 July 2017
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on 28 September 2014
The first bond film in the brosnan saga. A great plot and a great villain in the shape of Sean bean and the usual bond mix of guns and gadgets
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on 1 May 2017
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