GoldenEye enters the extreme 90’s with more stunts, more gadgets, and more one-liners than any Bond film at the time. GoldenEye is the seventeenth film in the long running franchise, and the story is 100% original. Although the title does derive from the name of Ian Fleming’s estate. Which in turn was the name of a book and military operation he was affiliated with. Timothy Dalton was meant to return for a third time, but a 6 year legal dispute encouraged him to step down.
So instead the fifth actor to portray Bond became Irish actor Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan was originally tapped to play 007 after Roger Moore, but his show Remington Steele kept that from happening. Due to the end of the Cold War, a number of things were changed to fit the new decade. Like the casting of Dame Judi Dench as the first female M. Miss Moneypenny was also recast with Samantha Bond. Q was the only character to remain in tact…
The Mission: Investigate attack in Russia and stop the hijacking of deadly space weapon by former agent
Gadgets & Vehicles: BMW Z3 (equipped with stinger missiles, parachute, and radar scanner), Piton Gun, Limpet Mine, Digital Binoculars, X-Ray Document Scanner, Cutter/Detonator Wristwatch, Grappling Belt, Ballpoint Pen Grenade
Bond Girls: Natalya Simonova, Xenia Onatopp, Caroline
Bond Villains: Alec Trevelyan/Janus, General Ourumov, Boris Grishenko
Analysis: GoldenEye was the first Bond film to be released during my lifetime. Since I was born the year it released. Pierce Brosnan could have been the first Bond I was introduced to, but like I said before, I didn’t see any Bond film as a child. Pierce Brosnan stands out as the most good looking actor to play the spy. So much so that the Bond girls increased along with his reliance on gadgets (so as to not ruin his swoon worthy face). His delivery of “The name’s Bond, James Bond” solidified his charm. The opening credits sequence consists of several naked women against explosions and eyeballs. The theme was performed by the legendary Tina Turner. Giving the song a classy old fashion feel.
GoldenEye is the best Pierce Brosnan Bond film (and one of the best movie based video games). It was the first to make a 00 agent an enemy. Alec Trevelyan was once Agent 006 and a friend to Agent 007. Until he betrays Bond and MI6 for his own nefarious purposes. He plans to gain control of the titular GoldenEye. A satellite capable of destroying machinery with an EMP blast. Judi Dench proves herself as M when she calls out Bond for being a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur, and relic of the Cold War.” Not long after he seduced his evaluator. Since the Cold War did end before the movie’s release, an attempt was made to make Bond relevant in the 90’s. There’s the heavier inclusion of computers, extreme stunts, and more CGI.
Desmond Llewelyn is back and just as snarky as ever. Suppiling Bond with his most outlandish gadgets yet. Like an exploding pen or BMW spy car (controversial because it was American made). While on mission, Bond meets programer Natalya Simonova. She’s a strong Bond girl, but doesn’t stand out as much as Xenia Onatopp played by Famke Janssen. A sexy henchwoman who gets pleasure from killing men with her thighs. Her and invincible hacker Boris (played by Alan Cumming) make an impression. Since Trevelyan is played by Sean Bean, he is given a spectacular death (“For England James?”). GoldenEye finally made James Bond cool again.
James Bond will return in Tomorrow Never Dies