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Writers (WGA):
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierce Brosnan ... James Bond

Sean Bean ... Alec Trevelyan

Izabella Scorupco ... Natalya Simonova

Famke Janssen ... Xenia Onatopp

Joe Don Baker ... Jack Wade

Judi Dench ... M

Robbie Coltrane ... Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky

Gottfried John ... General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov

Alan Cumming ... Boris Grishenko

Tchéky Karyo ... Defense Minister Dmitri Mishkin (as Tcheky Karyo)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Q

Samantha Bond ... Miss Moneypenny

Michael Kitchen ... Bill Tanner
Serena Gordon ... Caroline
Simon Kunz ... Severnaya Duty Officer
Pavel Douglas ... French Warship Captain
Olivier Lajous ... French Warship Officer (as Cmdt. Olivier Lajous)
Billy J. Mitchell ... Admiral Chuck Farrell

Constantine Gregory ... Computer Store Manager

Minnie Driver ... Irina

Michelle Arthur ... Anna

Ravil Isyanov ... MiG Pilot
Vladimir Milanovich ... Croupier
Trevor Byfield ... Train Driver
Peter Majer ... Valentin's Bodyguard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bannon ... Russian Scientist (uncredited)

Martin Campbell ... Cyclist (uncredited)

Simon Crane ... Lt. François Brouse - Tiger Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Terrance Denville ... Russian Security Council Member (uncredited)
Max Faulkner ... Guard at Helicopter Show (uncredited)
Juliet Forester ... Severnaya Operator (uncredited)
Jo Anna Lee ... Cowgirl / Backing Singer (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Casino Guest (uncredited)
Wayne Michaels ... Capt. Bernard Jaubert - Tiger Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Bhasker Patel ... Pakistani Gun Dealer (uncredited)
Paul Sacks ... Russian Soldier - Chemical Weapons Facility (uncredited)

Michael G. Wilson ... Russian Security Council Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Campbell 
Writing credits
Ian Fleming (characters)

Michael France (story)

Jeffrey Caine (screenplay) and
Bruce Feirstein (screenplay)

Produced by
Barbara Broccoli .... producer
Tom Pevsner .... executive producer
Anthony Waye .... associate producer
Michael G. Wilson .... producer
Albert R. Broccoli .... consulting producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Eric Serra 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Peter Lamont 
Art Direction by
Andrew Ackland-Snow 
Kathrin Brunner 
Neil Lamont (supervising art director)
Charles Dwight Lee  (as Charles Lee)
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
Costume Design by
Lindy Hemming 
Makeup Department
Linda DeVetta .... makeup supervisor (as Linda Devetta)
Hilary Haines .... hair stylist
Colin Jamison .... hair styles supervisor
Jan Jamison .... hair stylist
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Jane Royle .... makeup artist
Martha Callender .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Norma Webb .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dimitri Foresta .... assistant production manager
Leonhard Gmür .... location production manager (as Leonard Gmür)
Ellen Gordon .... location production manager
Philip Kohler .... production manager
Callum McDougall .... unit production manager
Crispin Reece .... additional production manager
Iris Rose .... unit manager
Serge Touboul .... location production manager
Valery Yermolaev .... location production manager
Stefan Zürcher .... location production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Carrigan .... additional assistant director
Jamie Christopher .... additional assistant director
Eric Fourniols .... additional assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... assistant director
Tim Lewis .... additional assistant director
Terry Madden .... assistant director: second unit
Elliott Meddings .... additional assistant director
Bernard Seitz .... additional assistant director
Ian Sharp .... second unit director
Richard Styles .... additional assistant director
Paul Taylor .... additional assistant director
Richard Whelan .... additional assistant director
David G. Wilson .... additional assistant director (as David Wilson)
Arthur Wooster .... additional unit director
William Booker .... second assistant director: third unit (uncredited)
Jeremy Pelzer .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Walker .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Martin Asbury .... storyboard artist
Brian Bishop .... scenic artist
Michael Boone .... assistant art director (as Mike Boone)
Clive Brown .... construction manager
Syd Cain .... storyboard artist
Tony Graysmark .... construction coordinator
Steve Harris .... carpenter
Ron Higgins .... property chargehand
Steven Lawrence .... assistant art director
Ron Quelch .... production buyer
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic artist
Peter Wallis .... property chargehand
Barry Wilkinson .... property master
Simon Wilkinson .... property chargehand
Peter Williams .... construction manager
Dominic Ackland-Snow .... carpenter (uncredited)
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster (uncredited)
Paul Cheesman .... stand-by props (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... prop man (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... stand-by art department: second unit (uncredited)
Dean Coldham .... supervising plasterer (uncredited)
Peter Davis .... scenic painter: set (uncredited)
Peter Dorme .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Francis .... set designer (uncredited)
James Hambidge .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alan Hausmann .... carpenter (uncredited)
Darren Holland .... construction stagehand (uncredited)
Paul Kirby .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Lee .... model maker (uncredited)
Ginger McCarthy .... construction rigger (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Ron Nicholls .... stagehand (uncredited)
Richard Roberts .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Michel Rollant .... set dresser (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
Lucinda Thomson .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Jamie Wilkinson .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tony Bell .... boom operator (as Antony Bell)
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Carter)
Pat Gilbert .... assistant sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
David John .... sound recordist
Peter Musgrave .... dialogue editor
Bob Risk .... foley editor
Mark Sale .... assistant sound editor
Jim Shields .... supervising sound editor
Tony Tromp .... assistant sound editor
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
Lev Ezhov .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Richard Pryke .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Norman Baillie .... special effects crew
Paul Clancy .... special effects crew
Chris Corbould .... special effects supervisor
Steve Crawley .... wire effects supervisor
Paul Dunn .... special effects crew
Dave Eltham .... special effects crew (as David Eltham)
Nick Finlayson .... special effects crew (as Nicholas Finlayson)
Steve Hamilton .... special effects floor supervisor
Dave Keen .... special effects crew
Dave Knowles .... special effects crew
Paul Knowles .... special effects crew
John Modder .... special effects crew
Peter Notley .... special effects crew
Roy Quinn .... special effects crew
Luke Rutter .... special effects crew
Shaun Rutter .... special effects crew
Robbie Scott .... special effects crew
Andrew Smith .... special effects crew (as Andy Smith)
Paul Taylor .... special effects crew
Jamie Thomas .... special effects crew
Brian Warner .... special effects crew
Andy Williams .... special effects floor supervisor
David Brighton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dave Chagouri .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dave Crownshaw .... snow effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jim Davey .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Kevin Draycott .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Steve Knowles .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Daniel Letch .... special effects (uncredited)
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects trainee (uncredited)
Luke Murphy .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Nigel Nixon .... special effects buyer (uncredited)
Simon Quinn .... special effects trainee (uncredited)
Mark Raymond .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
David 'Pinkie' Thomas .... snow effects trainee (uncredited)
Neil Toddy Todd .... special effects (uncredited)
Anne Marie Walters .... miniature effects assistant (uncredited)
Tim Willis .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Darren Andrews .... modeller
Peter Aston .... modeller
Richard Bain .... visual effects: MPC
Jolyon Bambridge .... modeller
Nikki Barton .... visual effects: The Graphic Station
Steven Begg .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company (as Steve Begg)
Nigel Blake .... modeller
Nigel Brackley .... modeller
Mara Bryan .... visual effects coordinator
Mark Bullimore .... modeller
Angus Cameron .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
David Carrigan .... first assistant director: visual effects unit
Simon Coombs .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Brenda Coxon .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Evan Davies .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Fred Evans .... sculptor modeller
John Fisher .... video/computer technician
Roger Gibbon .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Tim Grover .... visual effects editor
Dick Hewitt .... video effects supervisor
Matthew Holben .... visual effects: MPC
John Holmes .... modeller
Mathew Horton .... model special effects technician (as Matthew Horton)
Antony Hunt .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Jamie Jackson-Moore .... modeller
Andrew Jeffery .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company (as Andy Jeffery)
Peter Jones .... video/computer technician
Michael Lamont .... art director: model unit
Richard Lucas .... visual effects: The Graphic Station
Jim Machin .... modeller
Alan Marques .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Sean McConville .... modeller
Derek Meddings .... miniature effects supervisor
Mark Meddings .... model floor supervisor
Rick Mietkowski .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Digby Milner .... model floor supervisor
Roy Moores .... back projection
Greg Morgan .... modeller
John Morgan .... model unit camera operator
Charlie Noble .... visual effects: MPC
Christine Overs .... model special effects technician
David Relfe .... modeller
Graham Riddell .... modeller
Paul Riddle .... visual effects: MPC
Stuart Robinson .... modeller
Richard Scarlett .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Brian Smithies .... modeller head of department
James Smithies .... modeller
Jim Staines .... computer screen storyboards
Mark Stannard .... visual effects: MPC
Andy Stevens .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Nigel Stone .... visual effects: The Magic Camera Company
Jamie Thomas .... special effects modeller
Leslie Wheeler .... model special effects technician
Paul Wilson .... visual effects photographer
Arthur Windus .... visual effects: MPC
Sean Woodward .... video/computer technician
David Worley .... model unit camera operator (as Dave Worley)
Alan Church .... process photography (uncredited)
Robert Duncan .... visual effects: titles (uncredited)
Mark Gardiner .... back projection (uncredited)
José Granell .... director of miniature effects (uncredited)
Kim Libreri .... chief technology officer (uncredited)
Peter Mann .... stand-by carpenter: second model unit (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher .... digital compositor: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor: model unit (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Eric Withee .... digital film technician: RGA/LA (uncredited)
Aviv Yaron .... compositor: Cinesite (uncredited)
Duncan Barbour .... vehicle backup
Jake Brake .... parachuter
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Simon Crane .... stunt coordinator
Jim Dowdall .... stunts
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Jamie Edgell .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... specialist driver
Paul Heasman .... stunts
Eunice Huthart .... stunts
Dominique Julienne .... stunt driver
Rémy Julienne .... car chase stunts (as Remy Julienne)
Steve Lamonby .... vehicle backup
Maryline Lebec .... stunt driver
Jacques 'Zoo' Malnuit .... parachuter
Sean McCabe .... stunts
Wayne Michaels .... stunts
Gary Powell .... stunts
Tom Sanders .... parachuter
Christophe Vaison .... stunt driver
Freddie Wilmington .... vehicle backup
B.J. Worth .... parachute coordinator
Lucy Allen .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Roy Alon .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Aleksandr Baranov .... stunts (uncredited)
Brian Bowes .... stunts (uncredited)
Helen Caldwell .... stunts (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunts (uncredited)
Stuart Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Stuart Clark .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Simon Crane .... stunts (uncredited)
David Cronnelly .... stunts (uncredited)
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunts (uncredited)
Graeme Crowther .... stunts (uncredited)
Perry Davey .... stunts (uncredited)
Ray De-Haan .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Dent .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Forrestal .... stunts (uncredited)
Sarah Franzl .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunts (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara .... stunts (uncredited)
Joss Gower .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Lyndon S. Hellewell .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Henson .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Herbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Sy Hollands .... stunts (uncredited)
Eunice Huthart .... stunt double: Famke Janssen (uncredited)
Tiddler James .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Jennings .... stunts (uncredited)
Dominique Julienne .... stunts (uncredited)
Vincent Keane .... stunts (uncredited)
Dianne Kelly .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Kidd .... stunt double: Pierce Brosnan (uncredited)
Derek Lea .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Lisbon .... stunts (uncredited)
Phil Lonergan .... stunts (uncredited)
Sean McCabe .... stunt double: Mr. Bean (uncredited)
Wayne Michaels .... stunt double: Pierce Brosnan #2 (uncredited)
Ray Nicholas .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Patton .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Pedrero .... stunts (uncredited)
Andreas Petrides .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Dinny Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Powell .... stunt double: Bond double #1 (uncredited)
Nick Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Ray Cook .... stunts (uncredited)
Seon Rogers .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Southworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Julian Spencer .... stunts (uncredited)
Trevor Steedman .... stunts (uncredited)
Cris Thomas-Palomino .... stunts (uncredited)
B.J. Worth .... free fall skydiving double: Pierce Brosnan (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip
Luigi Bisioli .... electrical gaffer
Sean Connor .... camera focus
Mike Evans .... camera focus
Jasper Fforde .... camera focus
Steve Foster .... electrical gaffer
Bob Freeman .... camera grip
Christoph Frutiger .... camera focus
Ricky Hall .... camera grip
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Harvey Harrison .... camera operator: second unit
Andy Hopkins .... camera crane operator (as Andrew Paul Hopkins)
Rod Marley .... clapper loader
Rod Marley .... second assistant camera
Roger Pearce .... camera operator
Rebecca Peters .... video assist operator
Bill Pochetty .... electrical gaffer
Ray Potter .... electrical best boy
Terry Potter .... electrical supervisor
Herbert Raditschnig .... camera operator: alpine unit
Candida Richardson .... video assist operator
Adam Samuelson .... crane operator: giraffe and louma crane
Mark Ward .... video assist operator
David Watkins .... camera focus
George Whitear .... still photographer: second unit
Arthur Wooster .... additional unit photographer
Tim Wooster .... camera operator: alpine unit
Darren Bailey .... remote camera technician (uncredited)
Kevin Brookner .... video operator (uncredited)
Jorge L. Cuevas .... photographer (uncredited)
Raymond Flindall .... rigger (uncredited)
Brian Harris .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez .... electrician (uncredited)
Cephas Howard .... electrician (uncredited)
Stuart Hurst .... electrician (uncredited)
Nikos Kalimerakis .... electrician (uncredited)
Giles Keyte .... still photographer assistant (uncredited)
Dean Morrish .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ian Murray .... rigger (uncredited)
Nigel Permane .... assistant camera: model unit (uncredited)
Francisco Román .... grip (uncredited)
Nigel Seal .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Pedro J. Villalón .... gaffer (uncredited)
Constantin von Seld .... video assist operator: third unit (uncredited)
Jon Webb .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Pam Dixon .... casting: USA
Debbie McWilliams .... casting
Amy Gerber .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nigel Egerton .... wardrobe master
John Scott .... wardrobe supervisor
Colin Wilson .... wardrobe master
Dan Grace .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Tim Guthrie .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Jenny Hawkins .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Lester Mills .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Renate Wienert .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tim Grover .... first assistant editor
Susan French .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Tyler T. Tunc .... dailies assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Altman .... conductor
John Altman .... orchestrator
David Arch .... orchestrator
Anthony Fabian .... music advisor (as Tony Fabian)
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Didier Lozahic .... score mixer: synthesizer score
Monty Norman .... composer: James Bond theme
Steve Price .... music mixer: symphonic music
Eric Serra .... musician: synthesizer score
Eric Serra .... producer: synthesizer score
John Altman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Eric Serra .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jonathan Williams .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Duncan Barbour .... vehicle backup
Tony Bradley .... transportation coordinator
Roy Clarke .... unit driver
Steve Lamonby .... vehicle backup
Freddie Wilmington .... vehicle backup
Geronimo Perez .... transportation co-captain: Puerto Rico (uncredited)
John White .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... marketing
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Jacqueline Benloulou .... location accountant
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer (as Charlie Bodycomb)
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Christopher Brosnan .... production runner
Régis Brun .... location manager
Cathy Caraveo .... production coordinator (as Kathy Caraveo)
Tom Danaher .... pilot: Cessna 172
Daniel Dark .... studio manager
David Deane .... fire officer
Delta Doric .... site maintenance services
Harriet Earle .... location manager
Sue Field .... continuity: second unit
Peter Flynn .... pilot: action helicopter
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Irina Ganina .... location accountant
Rica Groennou .... location manager
Etienne Herrenschmidt .... pilot: Tiger
Sarah Hinch .... assistant: Martin Campbell (as Sarah Hornbuckle)
Celia Irvin .... assistant to producers
Andrew Jack .... dialogue coach
Daniel Kleinman .... title designer: main titles
Hans-Peter Kuenzli .... pilot: Pilatus Porter
Jane Meagher .... location accountant
Karin Mercurio .... location accountant (as Karen Mercurio)
Ernst Michel .... safety climber
Sybil Nicolas .... location manager (as Sybil Nicolas-Esprendre)
Andrew Noakes .... production accountant
Douglas Noakes .... financial controller
Patricia O'Reilly .... publicity assistant
David Paris .... pilot: action helicopter
John Parkinson .... vice president of marketing: Danjaq
Helga Ploiner .... location accountant (as Helga Patry-Ploiner)
David Pope .... legal services
June Randall .... script supervisor
Neil Ravan .... location manager
Penelope Robinson .... location accountant (as Penny Robinson)
John Roebuck .... costings accountant
Marge Rowland .... representative: United Artist
Dustin Salem .... military coordinator: USA (as 1stLt. Dustin Salem)
Amanda Schofield .... publicity assistant
Amy Segal .... location manager
Richard Sharkey .... location manager
Natalya Smirnova .... location manager: St. Petersburg
Yuliya Sobolevskaya .... location manager (as Julia Sobolevskaya)
Sandra M. Stott .... production coordinator (as Sandra Stott)
Lee Tailor .... production runner
Michael Tavares .... contact: US
Jane Turner .... choreographer
Thomas Ulrich .... safety climber
Karen S. Uphoff .... production coordinator (as Karen Uphoff)
Eric Vega .... production coordinator (as Eric M. Vega)
Anya Vronskaya .... production liaison: Russia
Luca Ward .... voice dubbing: Pierce Brosnan
Hanka Weiszflog .... production coordinator
Chris Wheeldon .... location manager
Alan White .... photographic backings
Mike Woodley .... aviation advisor
Elena Zokas .... production coordinator
Olga Alymova .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dimitry Baskin .... interpreter: St.Petersburg (uncredited)
Francesco Belfiore .... personal assistant: Pierce Brosnan (uncredited)
Francesca Castellano .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Simon Emanuel .... floor runner (uncredited)
Olegar Fedoro .... voice artist (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... title designer: end titles (uncredited)
Jon Maskell .... caterer: assistant chef (uncredited)
Suzanne McGeachan .... script supervisor: third unit (uncredited)
Justin Owen .... computer/video systems (uncredited)
Jeremy Pelzer .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Felicity Rawlings .... production assistant (uncredited)
Paul Sacks .... photo publicity (uncredited)
Derek Meddings .... dedicatee
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for a number of sequences of action/violence, and for some sexuality
130 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 (Original rating) | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:PG | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (cut) | UK:15 (uncut) (2006 ultimate edition) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #34064)

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152 out of 218 people found the following review useful.
Brosnan helps resurrect Bond in an "A" effort, 13 August 2004
Author: TimBoHannon from Seattle Washington area

Much had changed for James Bond since Sean Connery first took the role in 1962. The series had taken a turn for the worse in the seventies, when five films were made but zero good ones were. Still, the public was willing to grant Bond limitless amnesty that decade, even as his escapades grew less and less exciting and more and more campy with each new film. The 70s came and went, ushering in the 80s, which kicked off well with 1981's "For Your Eyes Only." However, it went all downhill from there as the public finally stopped tolerating the bad movies and his popularity tanked in favor of superior competition. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger became mega stars during that time, and the emergence Indiana Jones was making Bond look dull and decrepit by comparison. Tim Burton's summer sweep of the cinemas with "Batman" in 1989 exacerbated Bond's woes, and when legal disputes arose between the production company and the studio shortly thereafter, it appeared that Bond had finally died his horrible but well deserved death.

When the legal issues were finally put to rest in 1994, it was announced that another Bond film was going to be made, but not with erstwhile incumbent Timothy Dalton. Pierce Brosnan was given the role after being forced to reject it in the late eighties, and production began. The success of the film was crucial. If it lacked spark or came across as campy, it was likely that Bond would be finished forever. With the stakes in mind, the Broccoli family (the Bond producers) hired an all-new creative team and set to work re-establishing 007 in a new era.

I knew none of that when I first saw the film in 1999. It was my introduction to the world of James Bond, and was a truly an exceptional first handshake. Knowing what I know now, and seeing the Bond films I have seen now, I still find it as worthwhile as I did then, and I am forever thankful that it was made well enough to not only resuscitate Bond, but propel him into the nineties with the momentum of a blazing fastball.

The film opens in the eighties, ironically, with a scene depicting the Bond and Agent 006, real name Alec Trevelyan, being detected inside a Soviet chemical weapons factory. This section also introduces the character of Ourumov (Gottfried John), who murders Alec seemingly on a whim.

Nine years later, Bond meets an appealing young lady (Famke Janssen) while driving...make that playfully racing, near Monte Carlo. Suspicious, he follows her to a nearby casino where he finds out that her name is Xenia Onatopp and she carries ties to the Janus crime syndicate in St. Petersburg. He chases Xenia when he suspects an imminent crime, but is not in time to avert her theft of the Tiger--a helicopter that is hardened to all forms of electronic interference.

Back at MI-6 headquarters, the Tiger is spotted via satellite at Russian satellite control facility, and it soon becomes obvious that the copter is merely part of a grander scheme to steal a scary satellite weapon called GoldenEye. What it does can be described with words, but not with as much clarity as seeing it in the movie (there are lapses in the visuals here, but the sight is so impressive that they hardly matter). Bond then departs for St. Petersburg to find the Janus head man (Sean Bean) and stop him from using GoldenEye on a more vulnerable target. Much mystery surrounds the identity of Janus, but it is in the trailer and I suspect most people know it by now.

There are several reasons that "GoldenEye" is the best Bond film made in many, many years. The first is the tone, which has ushered out all of the giddy goofiness of Roger Moore's films and assumed one reminiscent of the earliest Bond films. The sets, the camera work and the dialogue all come across as subtle, subconscious reminders of why Bond became so beloved to begin with.

I always felt there were two major problems with the Bonds of the seventies and eighties. The first is the inane tone (exception: "For Your Eyes Only,"), a point I am driving into the ground. With the same exception, they also featured uniformly unexciting (read it: bad) action plus horrendous acting. There are light moments in "GoldenEye," as there should be, but the correct tone is never compromised.

The only problem is that there is a little too much padding in the middle. The story is well told, although there is a meeting with Bond and Valentin Zukovsky (reprised by Robbie Coltrane in "The World is Not Enough") that has no significance to the advancement of the story. It is unnecessary and causes the film to drag some. After Bond meets Janus, though, prepare for the film to take off, as there will be little rest from there on out.

Just like in the early Bonds, the acting transcends the genre. Pierce Brosnan is the clear focal point, and is mostly successful. He seems too reserved at times, as if he is a little timid at acting his best for fear it might look bad. He does not lack charm, though, because there is something about Pierce that makes him the ultimate ladies man on screen and off.

More successful is Sean Bean as James's opponent. Bean brings cold, subtle intensity to the role that shows off the acting skills that got him cast in "The Fellowship of the Ring." General Ourumov, who is in bed with Janus, provides a second bad guy. Gottfried John portrays him as a demonstrative brute, and his style provides a fine foil to Bean's controlled anger. Alan Cumming plays an evil computer nerd who provides most the light moments I referred to earlier. Fellow X-Man Famke Janssen's character is downright demented, and will not be forgotten easily.

My friends, I have just explained why "GoldenEye" is a most superior Bond film that brought Agent 007 back from the dead and won over a new generation of fans. The best way I can think of to conclude this review is to comment on the film's conclusion. At one point it involves a brawl between Bond and Janus (who is referred to by his real name by that time) that buries just about every other one in the series. While it does quite not take the gold from the fistfight that opens "Thunderball," is does serve as a final reminder that Bond is indeed back, and that he is once again a force best not ignored.

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