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Fond memories are golden.

  • Oct 24, 2010
It took 6 long years for the character of James Bond to come back to theaters after a lukewarm response to Timothy Dalton's Bond movie License To Kill.  Contract disputes and legal matters not to mention Timothy Dalton signed off in the interim leaving the series without a James Bond.  A lot of time was taken and looking at License to Kill back to back with Goldeneye, I can see why fans were excited, of course I didn't pay attention at the time and never saw or cared about the love this movie got.

It's Brosnan's first time out as Bond and he isn't bad but the movie to me feels like it's working too hard and being "bigger and better" then what was out there at the time. 

Bond is summoned by his new female boss to go to Russia and investigate the destruction of a satelite transmitter that controls a powerful Russian satelite Electro Magnetic Pulse weapon.  Such a weapon would be deadly in the hands of terrorists.  Bond along the way meets an old enemy and an old acquaintance who isn't so happy to see him, in a former Double 0 agent who is out for revenge, and out for money by using the Goldeneye EM pulse weapon to rob England's banks.

Goldeneye was seen as the "all new Bond" after a pretty steady run of the same old, Bond.  It was the longest time off for a Bond movie since 75 and with enough time off, Bond felt fresher, newer and glossier then it ever had been before.  All new sets, a new Bond, new cast except for Q and it just felt good, at least to those who were following Bond at the time.  I didn't get into Bond until a few years later and watching the older ones in any old order since there is little continuity between movies, I really didn't gravitate towards this movie and like anything else is one of those "you had to be there" moments.

One thing that got to me is how much they REALLY try to get PCness into Bond for this new time.  Bond no longer smoked, he didn't completely treat women like objects, the new Moneypenny brings up sexual harassment and M, is Judi Dench THANKFULLY replacing Robert Brown and she even tells Bond he's a "sexist misogynist dinosaur."  While the no smoking thing stuck, slowly but surely a lot of the other issues were dropped.  Bond was back to pawing women, flirting with Moneypenny and Brosnan's Bond had the best report with M over any other Bond/M pairing before and since. 

Action and stunts?  Sure, the bunji jump at the begining is nice as is the following infiltration of the installation.  Things lighten up for a while till Bond gets his hands on a tank and tears up the streets in Russia later on.  Finally at the end we have the big battle to destroy the big bad's hideout with Bond and the evil agent going at it.  The action is good when it happens but there is a wait in between.

Sean Bean is 006 and he's far from the most menacing Bond foe but knowing procedure for MI6 agents and being Bond's former best friend causes some issues with Bond.  He's a rat for sure but he's not the most memorable villain for me.

Women?  Isabella Scorupco is Natalya a computer programmer who it takes a while for Bond to warm up to and you can't blame her having her friends and coworkers die and people she thought she could turst, now untrustworthy.  Her survival makes her tougher actions later on seem .  Famke Jansen steals the show as Xenia Onatop and yes thats On a Top who squishes the life out of her enemies with her theighs not to mention nearly getting an O face as she guns down people or comes close to death.  Perhaps the best female villain in the series.

Bond toys?  Sure, we get a tricked out BMW Z3 that Bond drives for all of 2 minutes and no cool toys are shown.  The normal gadget watch and a grenade pen.  Gadgets were in the movie, but they don't steal the show.

I don't know what else to say.  Goldeneye isn't a bad movie and it's a decent Bond movie but I really get lost when people talk and reminisce about this one.  I still maintain that the love this one gets is people remembering what came before and what changed.  Lets not forget that IMO that a lot of those older movies are better then this one.

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November 09, 2010
I liked this one, but I can see your points. You are quite the Bond-afficionado! Thanks for the review, John!
November 09, 2010
Oh yeah. I dug deep into Bond when I became a fan. I think I only have Octopussy, Die Another Day and Casino Royale left to talk about.
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Directed by Martin Campbell, GOLDENEYE makes the transition to a more modern image for the James Bond series. Bond's out-of-date womanizing is presented with a feminist challenge from the newly cast Judi Dench as an impenetrable M, and Samantha Bond as a wiser and more forthright Moneypenny. The action sequences, replete with helicopter hijinks and copious explosions, are complex and stylish, making the film a polished sensation. <br> <br> This installment in the series introduces actor Pierce Brosnan in the role of suave, debonair, irresistible 007. Despite the end of the Cold War, James Bond still finds himself pitted against nefarious Russians who want to rule the world. This time around, his enemies are a gang of mobsters and former military men who have gained access to the Goldeneye, which can cut off electrical currents in London. Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) is the leader, with General Ourumov (Gottfried John) an additional threat. Sizzling Bond babe Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) is the sleek robb...
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