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James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent formerly believed to be dead.

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When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG-13 for a number of sequences of action/violence, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£12,393,233 (UK) (15 December 1995)

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$106,635,996 (USA)
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Features the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie. The drop was over 722 ft. The man who did the jump later has a cameo as the black-haired Tiger helicopter pilot shot by Onatopp. See more »

Goofs

Uniform/costume errors: The uniforms worn by the Russian soldiers in the "present-day" (1995) part of the film (after the pre-credits sequence) resemble Soviet uniforms rather than the redesigned uniforms of the modern Russian Federation Army (the Soviet Union ended in 1991 and the film is clearly set in the post-Cold War climate). They are Soviet-style olive green rather than the darker shade of green used today. Ourumov's uniform as a General still follows the Soviet design, Soviet shoulder boards, inward-facing gold leaves on the lapels (as opposed to outwards like nowadays), Soviet belt buckle and he has a Soviet cap badge (red star with hammer and sickle). His cap also lacks the Russian Federation Coat of Arms that is now worn on the crown of Russian military peaked caps. The only Russian Federation part of his uniform is the patch on his left sleeve. The other Russian soldiers also still wear Soviet cap badges, including Xenia in her leather outfit during the Severnaya scenes. The ordinary soldiers (in the scenes following Bond and Natalya's capture after escaping from the helicopter) all wear red shoulder boards with "CA" in yellow letters, these mean Sovietskaya Armiya (Soviet Army). See more »

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[Russian in toilet cubicle looks around his newspaper to see Bond hanging from the ceiling]
James Bond: Beg your pardon, forgot to knock.
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Stand By Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
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The return of James Bond after a six-year hiatus - not vintage Bond, but good fun.
22 March 2006 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

The James Bond franchise, in cinematic terms, began in 1962 with Dr No. There followed a Bond movie every couple of years or so (the longest gap between two 007 films was the three-year-hiatus separating The Man With The Golden Gun - 1974 - and The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977). Then, in 1989, with the release of Licence To Kill the series seemed to die. The box office returns of that film were disappointing; the then-Bond actor Timothy Dalton was axed; the film itself was presented in a grittier, more adult style than fans were accustomed to; and various legal wranglings put the Bond character into limbo. Six long years went by without a Bond movie and many insiders predicted an end for the British super-spy and his outrageous screen adventures. Too much time had gone by, they said, no-one was interested any longer in the character or the stories. But then Goldeneye came along, with Pierce Brosnan as Bond - it went on to become a commercial hit, propelling its star into the A-list and reinvigorating the entire series.

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and his secret agent colleague Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) infiltrate a Russian military installation on a sabotage mission. During the mission, Alec is apparently killed by the enemy forces but Bond manages a miraculous escape. Several years later, a state-of-the-art helicopter is stolen from the West by some Russian spies and used to destroy a Siberian satellite station. When Bond investigates, he discovers to his surprise that the plot involves his old colleague Alec - who is very much alive, having faked his death in the earlier exchange. Trevelyan's plan is to get control of a powerful satellite called the Goldeneye and to use it to destroy a designated target on Earth - in this case, London. It emerges that his parents were Liensk Cossacks, brutally killed by the British when he was a boy, and he has long plotted a way to have his revenge. Bond teams up with a Russian computer programmer, Natalya Semyonova (Isabella Scorupco) and pursues Trevelyan around the globe in an effort to stop his sinister scheme. The trail leads to Cuba, where Trevelyan has a secret lair from which he is on the very brink of unleashing chaos upon the world.... unless 007 can find a way to thwart him.

Goldeneye begins with a truly outrageous stunt involving Bond freefalling in pursuit of an unpiloted, plummeting airplane. This dumb but enjoyable scene sets the tone for the rest of the film - very much a tongue-in-cheek, improbable, action-orientated romp. Brosnan is OK as Bond, though I still feel Sean Connery and Roger Moore were slightly better suited to the role. Tina Turner's powerful theme song is very good, but the incidental scoring by Eric Serra has a tinny, tacky feel to it that makes one long for John Barry! As the bad guy, Sean Bean is effective enough even if he never quite matches the memorableness of the all-time great Bond villains (eg Dr No, Oddjob, Blofeld, Francisco Scaramanga). The Bond girls are very good in this one - Scorupco is gorgeous and plays a pleasingly resourceful character, while Famke Janssen has great fun as a female baddie who crushes victims between her thighs (what a way to go!) Goldeneye is by no means the best of the Bond series, but one has to be thankful to it for getting the dormant series up and running once more. And, in its pacy, breakneck way, it is undeniably a lot of fun.


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