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9/10
Brosnan and Russian plot give a lift to the James Bond series
SimonJack24 January 2018
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With each of the major changes in actors for the James Bond roll, the producers have made one or two other notable changes as well. One that seems to be consistent is a stepping up of action. That seems to keep pace with the shift in the industry overall. Fewer dramatic films are being made, and fewer real life stories are made into movies, in favor of fast-paced, action-packed films to entertain the senses of sight and sound.

So it is with "GoldenEye," and the introduction of Pierce Brosnan as Double-0-Seven secret agent James Bond. But another change is here as well. It has a return to more subtle comedy, in the form of quips, witty metaphors, and clever innuendo. This had been lacking in some of the recent 007 movies. In Brosnan, we still have a Bond who is a ladies man, who can think and who is tough on his feet. And, "GoldenEye" has a most interesting plot. With the fall of the Soviet Union five years before, movies made about and after the Cold War have intrigue and more appeal as realistic, compared to the fictional comic book or fantasy stories. Thus, this film scores high for more realistic possibilities, however far out. Altogether, this makes for a very entertaining film. It's the best of the Bond films in a long time.

One other significant change with this film is the introduction of Judi Dench as M. Dench is a superb actress, whom I enjoy in a number of films. But having a hard as nails tough woman as head of MI6 doesn't work well. The push for political correctness was peaking around 1995. Dench seems to make the woman in the traditional male role harder than any man, and that opens a door to viewing women as monsters. Instead of the overly dour Dench, Helen Mirren would have brought a sense of stern no-nonsense with great intelligence and insight. Or, Vanessa Redgrave would have given the role a sense of intelligence and ability.

For action, this film has a long tank chase scene in which Bond wreaks havoc on the streets of St. Petersburg behind the wheel of a huge Russian tank. A big chunk of the budget for this film must have been for the large number of cars crunched and other vehicles and building walls destroyed.

Brosnan held the role of James Bond for four films over seven years. The next three would be "Tomorrow Never Dies" in 1997, "The World is Not Enough" in 1999, and "Die Another Day" in 2002.

Here are some favorite lines from this film. For more funny dialog, see the Quotes section under this IMDb Web page for the movie.

Boris Grishenko (played by Alan Cumming), has locked a computer program with a code. He says to Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), "Even you should be able to break it, borscht for brains."

Q says to Bond, "Need I remind you, Double-0-seven, that you have a license to kill, not break the traffic laws."

Natalya Simonova, "But I don't know anything." James Bond, "Then let's start with what you do know."

Natalya Simonova, "Do you destroy every vehicle you get into?" James Bond, "Standard operating procedure. Boys with toys."

M (Judy Dench), "The prime minister talked to Moscow. They're saying it was an accident during a routine training exercise." James Bond, "Governments change. The lies stay the same."

James Bond, "What are you doing here, Wade?" Wade (played by Joe Don Baker), "Uh, I am not here. The CIA has no knowledge, no involvement. Absolutely nothing to do with your insertion into Cuba. If you catch my drift?"

Wade "Did you check her out?" James Bond, "Head to toe."
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10/10
Best Bond since Goldfinger
philipposx-1229024 January 2018
The James Bond Franchise had a tough time around 1995. After the last (and bad) Roger Moore Movies in Octopussy (1983) and A View to A Kill (1985) and Toothy Dalton's box office fails (although Licence to Kill and The Living Daylights are strong movies) the series was on Ice for more than 5 years. But that shouldn't be the case as Pierce Brosnan debuted as Bond in a spectacular movie that blew everything away. Goldeneye is the third best James Bond Movie (after Goldfinger and Casino Royale), the pacing is spot on, the action scenes are amazing, the cast is excellent, all character get to shine and the story is unpredictable and fresh. Especially Famke Jannsen's Xenia Onatopp is one of the best hench(wo)men and Sean Bean could've had played James Bond himself, so he made a perfect 00-villain. From the exciting opening scene, to the aesthetic titles over to the dramatic climax, Goldeneye is an absolute blast! 10/10
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8/10
Bond Seventeen
cinemajesty22 December 2017
Movie Review: "007: GoldenEye" (1995)

After years of rearranging the Eon productions' company structure, Producer Barbara Broccoli takes over the producing chair from her father Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996). Together with U.S. American producer Michael G. Wilson, onboard since "Moonraker" (1979), they deliver a new kind of Bond movie with all the values established in Sean Connery's era, which on its theatrical release in November 1995, let the audience witness a heart-pounding pre-title sequence, where actor Pierce Brosnan, portraying MI6-agent "007" with sharing beats of elegance, knowledge, charms and slight ingredients humorous understatement to a certain death scenario at a Russian military station with a fulminate resurrection after high-class action beats with a machine gun shoot-out, moments of catching breaths in a suspense stranglehold to a motorcycling descending airplane chase.

Director Martin Campbell and cinematographer Phil Meheux use the orginally conceived script by newly-acquired Eon staff-writer Bruce Feirstein, supported by co-writer Jeffrey Caine, to present an action-thriller of a new era. Special effect miniature works are accompanied with risky live-action stunts, where the character of James Bond needs to stop a devastating launch of a nuclear space weapon the "GoldenEye", eliminating all electronic circuits, which its encounters. With help of Russian scientist Natalya Simonova, performed by 24-year-old actress Izabella Scorupco, and further hard-lining instructions by "M", portrayed by actress Dame Judi Dench in iron-lady fashions, Bond chases from a classical casino-scene in Monaco, meeting already his deadliest opponent in shapes of actress Famke Janssen, over to St. Petersburg in an highlighted city-wrecking tank-navigating pursuit sequence to a showdown at an hidden Satellite station in the Caribbean, when a surprising plot twist turns "GoldenEye" into a personal internal affair with new-sophistications-striking hand-to-hand combat in vertigo-bringing heights between "007" and "006".

The soundtrack by Eric Serra gives a final superior atmosphere of one of the TOP 5 Bond movies, which even nowadays in direct comparison does not need to shy away from the contemporary Daniel Craig portrayal of "007", when story-pacing, action-beats, the selection of supporting characters and a knock-out main title sequence by designer Daniel Kleinman, further polished by Tina Turner's never-growing old classic main theme written by Paul David Hewson aka "Bono" of U2, deliver superbly.

© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)
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9/10
To avoid violence, all of reality must be inspiring
marieltrokan19 December 2017
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The charisma of saving a logical avoidance is the non-charisma of destroying an irrational safety

An irrational safety is a safe irrationality

A safe irrationality is a deceptive safety

Non-charisma is non-inspiration

Deceptive safety is safe deception

Non-inspiration is destroying safe deception

No inspiration destroys safe deception

Inspiration creates unsafe deception

Unsafe deception is deceptive danger

Deceptive danger is false danger

Inspiration creates false danger

False danger is the danger of false

Danger of false is danger of illusion

Inspiration is example

Example creates danger of illusion

Example is not creation of danger of illusion

Not creation of danger of illusion is original danger of illusion

Original danger of illusion is danger of original illusion

Danger of original illusion is safety of copied reality

Safe copied reality creates danger of illusion

Safe copied reality is reality that copies safely

Reality copies safely is to copy dangerously

Copying dangerously creates danger of illusion

Copying dangerously creates illusion of danger

Copying dangerously is original safety

Original safety is safe original

Safe original is copy

Copy creates illusion of danger

Copy creates danger of illusion

Copy creates danger of copy

Copy is safety of copy

Safety is copy copy

To copy copy is to be inspired by copy

Safety is to be inspired by copy

Inspired by copy is inspired by afterward

Afterward is perspective

Perspective is bias

Bias is censorship

Safety is to be inspired by censorship

Safety is separation between inspiration and censorship

Safety is divide between example and censorship

Safety is when leadership is universal

Safety is when all reality is able to inspire
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10/10
Amazing, fun movie, Go watch it now!
PranPriye16 December 2017
This movie is fun right from the start... Crazy, action packed yet with a lot of emotions.. Pierce looks very classy and is superb with sarcasm.. Each and every one of the cast holds their own amazingly.. A special mention to Natalya (Izabella Scorupco), who is smart, brave, compassionate and beautiful and Xenia (Famke Janssen), bold, confident, deliciously negative. The action sequences were outstanding - be it the indulgent tank scenes, the thrilling library chase, the 'do or die' train sequence or the explosive 'Golden Eye' climax.

This movie is high on emotions as well, making your heart melt for 007 as well as Natalya. Truly, a Bond girl who craves her own identity.

The movie is funny, charming and won't leave you disappointed.
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9/10
Exceptionally charismatic film, because it's about treating the experience of saving a logical avoidance as something that's charismatic
marieltrokan5 December 2017
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The right of reality, to be treated with respect, is the same as the right of fantasy to be treated with disrespect.

Reality getting to be taken seriously means that fantasy is permitted the right to be regarded as something that's nonsense.

A disrespectful treatment, is the respect of no treatment. Fantasy's right to be given disrespectful treatment is the equivalent of fantasy having the right to the dignity of no treatment. Fantasy's right is not the same as fantasy, however: the right of fantasy is the illusion of fantasy, and it's a lack of right.

The right of fantasy, is to possess the non-possession of the dignity of no treatment - to possess the impossible truth that it's possible to respectfully ignore something.

It's an impossible reality, to have the power to ignore something and possess the experience in a dignified way. Ignoring something inevitably means an experience of disrespect.

The impossible truth, that ignoring something can mean dignity is the illusion of fantasy - the reality of reality is therefore the opposite, being the ability to ignore something and let the experience have respect.

To ignore something, is to know that something exists and yet let the existence be uninterrupted: letting the experience of letting the existence go uninterrupted have respect implies that the existence itself isn't meant to have respect.

GoldenEye is perhaps an exceptionally intellectual film, as its style is concerned with the charisma of going out of one's way to save the experience of logical avoidance
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9/10
Not only my favourite James Bond film, but one of my all time favourite 90's films..
Alex Walker10 November 2017
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By the early 1990s, James Bond had been missing off the big screen since 1989's LICENCE TO KILL (which I reviewed in an early retrospective), due to legal difficulties and with films such as DIE HARD and TRUE LIES, many thought that 007 was a relic of the past, however in 1994 when it was announced that Timothy Dalton had left the role of 007 after two films, they announced the new Bond in the form of Pierce Brosnan and hype culminated into 1995's Goldeneye.

The story has James Bond investigating the theft of a EMP satellite and the deaths of a Russian tech facility by a Russian crime syndicate by the codename 'Janus', teaming up with lone survivor Natalya Simonova (Played by the excellent Isabella Scorupco) He learns that the leader is presumed deceased MI6 agent Alec Trevelyan (played with relish by Sean Bean) Bond must destroy the satellite whilst trying to escape the thighs of the psychotic Xenia Onatopp (X Men's Famke Jansen)

Pierce Brosnan makes a great 007, combining the humour of Roger Moore, the dryness of Connery and the vulnerability of Lazenby and Dalton, he has the right blend for the role.

However the films main weakness is its infamous score composed by Eric Serra, which drives to far from the orchestral format of John Barry's score and relies on 90s synthesizers, the score is decent, Although the less said about the end credits song 'The Experience Of Love',the better Tina Turner sings the films theme song, the song is catchy and has a Shirley Bassey vibe, but is decent at best.

Goldeneye brought Bond into the 1990s and spawned three more follow ups with Brosnan, as well as a fantastic game for the N64, All in all, Goldeneye is not only my favourite James Bond film, but one of my all time favourite standalone action films.
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10/10
GoldenEye is my number 1 favorite James Bond 007 action film of all time - the best one
ivo-cobra830 October 2017
GoldenEye (1995) is my number 1 personal favorite movie of all time! James Bond 007 action film the best one that was ever made. In my opinion it is the best one I love this movie to death! I grew up watching it as a child and Pierce Brosnan is my number 1 favorite James Bond. GoldenEye is the first film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the first in the series not to take story elements from the works of novelist Ian Fleming.

I'm a hard-core James Bond fan. I make no apologies for believing that Pierce Brosnan is the closest thing we've seen to IAN FLEMING's James Bond. The reason because it is my favorite it is because I feel it is just action, action , action and more action. I never feel bored with it, or it is too over long like some Bond movies are it is fast paced, entertaining and hard core action. The plot is simply and the story never get's bored. It is a beautiful movie, with beautiful direction from Martin Campbell. The stunts are completely insane in scale in this movie and really dangerous.

Music score is by Éric Serra, the title song is GoldenEye performed by Tina Turner. GoldenEye was released in 1995 after a six-year hiatus in the series caused by legal disputes, during which Timothy Dalton resigned from the role of James Bond and was replaced by Pierce Brosnan. M was also recast, with actress Judi Dench becoming the first woman to portray the character, replacing Robert Brown. The role of Miss Moneypenny was also recast, with Caroline Bliss being replaced by Samantha Bond: Desmond Llewelyn was the only actor to reprise his role, as Q. GoldenEye was the first Bond film made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, which provided a background for the plot.

Style and sophistication are in abundance - - "The name's Bond. James Bond."

Goldeneye's female characters are honestly beautiful with particular techniques. The bad one is Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), an ex-Soviet fighter pilot who tranquilly smokes big cigars and knocks off her victims with her 'killer thighs.' In one scene, she challenges Bond's legendary Aston Martin DB5 to a wild road race outside Monte Carlo with her red Ferrari: in another she was so smart that she snatches a top-secret helicopter from under the noses of the French navy.

Izabella Scorupco is a great and the finest Bond girl, the irresistible Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) who 'tastes like strawberries.' Natalya possesses all the technical ability to neutralize Janus' scheme or to destroy all computer records with the GoldenEye As one who survived a mass murder, this lovely beauty is suddenly a marked woman.

James Bond investigates the theft of the control disk for the GoldenEye satellite. His investigation leads to an organization of arms dealers Janus and the reappearance of someone from Bond's past. James Bond must deal with betrayal of his old friend Alec Trevelyan (006) gone rogue, from using a satellite GoldenEye against London to cause a global financial meltdown

Why I also love this movie to death beside the action is because of the great villains who created evil characters. Such as: Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan (006), Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp: A Georgian lust murderer, Gottfried John as General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov and Alan Cumming as Boris Grishenko: A computer programmer.

It was filmed in beautiful locations in Puerto Rico, Russia, England, UK and in the France.

The movie has a lot of insane hard-core action (I counted TEN all-star ones during my last viewing), The stunts are completely insane in scale (bungee jumping in - Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility a stunt man performed that stunt in the opening scene.) Bond with a motorcycle jumps on a plane and catches it. Bond drives a tank in Russia for the first time and he demolishes even police cars that was excellent scene. Bond a stuntman jumps out of the window in Russia. Alec Trevelyan's train depot - exploding train. The epic climatic fight on the end of the movie between Bond and Trevelyan in his secret Goldeneye satellite control dish in Cuba in which Bond drops Trevelyan out of dish beautiful and really crazy stunt performance.

I love the soundtracks in this movie: Goldeneye by Tina Turner and The Experience of Love by Éric Serra. I just love everything about this movie from the actions, to the heroes, to the villains from acting everything abut this movie I just love so much.

GoldenEye (1995) is the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond. The film was directed by Martin Campbell and is the first in the series not to take story elements from the works of novelist Ian Fleming.

10/10 my favorite James Bond number 1 movie. This film is amazing Totally mind-blowing I love it.
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7/10
Whist not quite as timeless as the classic Bond's, "GoldenEye" is a slick, entertaining film and an assured debut for Brosnan.
Chris_Lacon15 October 2017
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James Bond: The world's most adaptable secret agent. In 2006, Daniel Craig and director Martin Campbell gave us "Casino Royale" which resurrected the ailing franchise and made it fresh and relevant once again in the post 9/11 world. Campbell however successfully revitalised the Bond franchise once before with Pierce Brosnan's 1995 debut "GoldenEye". Back then, the Bond series was in a crisis. The world had changed: The Soviet Union had collapsed and audience's taste's had shifted towards big, blockbuster action movies, like the various Stallone and Schwarzenegger vehicles being produced. Bond was increasingly seen as archaic and outdated. MGM, the company that produced the franchise, was mired in financial difficulties and eventually in 1994, Timothy Dalton officially resigned from the role. It seemed increasingly that Bond's relevance and appeal had ended with the Cold War.

Campbell however, managed to successfully reinvent the franchise and make it relevant again for the post Cold War world. Much like he would do eleven years later with "Casino Royale", Campbell took clear inspiration from the new generation of action films and applied them to the Bond franchise. As a result "GoldenEye" is a slicker, faster paced film than its predecessors. Boasting an impressive array of action set pieces, the opening scene, for example, which depicts Bond bungee jumping from the top of a Soviet dam, is one of the best openings to a film that I have seen and the now famous Tank chase though Saint Petersburg is now considered a classic Bond moment,. The film does retain some of the grit of Dalton's two films, whist having something of an ironic and self deprecating sense about itself. On the downside, the film has noticeably dated in the two decades since its release and several of the aspects that made the film entertaining and appealing in the 1990's, now make it look archaic, especially when compared to Craig's recent outings. The film's various jabs poking fun at Bond's post Cold War relevance can also begin to feel tiresome after a while.

In his debut outing, Brosnan aquatints himself well, bringing a smooth charm and his natural charisma to the role. Brosnan's Bond has the glib charm and off the cuff humour of the late Roger Moore and occasionally shows hints of Connery and Dalton's ruthlessness. Whist Brosnan is the most emotionally expressive of the actor's who have played Bond, he plays it subtly. An example would be the beach scene in Cuba: He makes it clear to Natalya, that killing Trevelyan is part of his occupation, but he is clearly conflicted about it on the inside. Whist Brosnan does bring a youthful vigour to the role, this is a double edged sword in a way, as his baby faced features, somewhat undermine the fact he is supposed to be a ruthless assassin. In fact, I would say it wasn't until 1999's "The World Is Not Enough" that Brosnan grew into the role physically. Nevertheless, Bronson handles the action scenes with ease, especially the final fight with Trevelyan, which hearkens back to the train fight in "From Russia With Love". Regardless, I would say that aside a few minor detractors "GoldenEye" is overall, a strong debut from Brosnan.

Sean Bean plays the main antagonist: rogue MI6 agent Alec Trevelyan. In keeping with the influence of contemporary action films on the revitalised Bond series, Bean's Trevelyan has less in common with Blofeld or Goldfinger, having a more personal and interesting motive then simple greed or lust for world domination. Making the character, a former friend of 007's also adds a layer of complexity to the film, as this makes him a considerably more personal foe for Bond. Trevelyan is something of a dark mirror to Bond himself, which allows him to, like many characters, subvert and smarmily comment on many of the tropes associated with the Bond series.

The main female leads of the film, Janssen's seductive assassin, Xenia Onnatopp and Scorupco's computer programmer, Natayla Simonova, also both conform and subvert our expectation of Bond girls. Onnatop, like Trevelyan, is a dark mirror image of Bond, using his love of sex and beautiful women against him, whereas Simonova is the more straightforward love interest. Neither characters have any real predecessors in the franchise and both reflect the changing world and attitudes that Bond finds himself in. Onnatopp is by far one of the more memorable Bond villainesses due to her rather unique method of killing people, although at times, the character does seem a little too over the top. Simonova, on the other hand, is a considerably more believable Bond girl, and although certainly spunky and assertive, can come across as dowdy and bland, especially compared to Janssen's sultry henchwoman. Ample support also comes from the supporting cast, with Robbie Coltrane and Alan Cumming providing comic relief as a Russian gangster with a grudge against Bond and a sleazy treasonous computer hacker respectively.

"GoldenEye" is undoubtedly a fairly strong film, however problems with pacing, several plot holes and the fact the film is beginning to show its age, detract from it somewhat. The pacing, especially in the second act of the film, bogs the film down with heavy expositional scenes, especially the conversations between Bond and Coltrane's mobster where they discuss "Janus's" backstory. The model effects used in the film, only slightly convincing back in 1995, now look noticeably dated. The fact that many of the characters comment on Bonds seeming irrelevance following the Cold War doesn't help either as they place the film firmly in the mid 1990's.

Overall, I would say "GoldenEye" is one of the better entries in the series and undoubtedly the best film of Brosnan's tenure. Whist not as timeless as the classic Bond's, "GoldenEye" is still, for the large part, confident enough to stand on its own merits, and is a strong debut picture for Brosnan.
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8/10
Bond – the Next Generation
bowmanblue7 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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5/10
Hello once again, Mr.Bond
studioAT5 August 2017
Though there was nothing wrong with them the Timothy Dalton Bond films never really set the world alight, and with other films raising the bar for the genre, there was perhaps a feeling in 1995 that the Bond franchise had run out of steam.

Thankfully Pierce Brosnan came in to steady the ship with this solid Bond film that reminded everyone what was good about the series, whilst also being a sort of 'best of' Bond, in terms of having qualities of those who had worn the famous tuxedo previously.

It's a good film, full of big set pieces, and some nice quips from 007, but it's not likely to win in any 'best of the series' polls.
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3/10
Amazingly awful caricature of a Bond flick
John Brooks20 July 2017
Answer this: what merit is there in creating a cardboard-deep narrative with totally interchangeable components in every possible facet of the movie ? Like a cliché villain, cliché lines, cliché everything. The entire thing is a disposable piece of commercial rubbish that could've been made any two thousand or whatever other ways and landed exactly the same caliber.

The intro scene is beyond risible, I really can't imagine anyone taking it seriously in any potential way. The theme song is horrendous.

The entire film is almost literally 5 minutes of headache-enducing line delivery, then an explosion, then 5 minutes of dialog again, then an explosion. There are buildings exploding, there are people exploding, there are guns being fired full blast, there are trains catching fire (like, on the outside), there are tanks exploding, there are buildings collapsing... and then there's Famke Janssen's absolutely ridiculous role and pretty face, Pierce Brosnan's pseudo-smarty pants frown for about two hours straight...

Amazingly, it's over two hours. Two hours of this.

It got a good press at the time it came out, because mind you between the last of Dalton's Bond in the late 80's and this, 6 years went by without a Bond. Surely a record. But besides that fact of cinema, good Lord, this thing is a whole bunch of nothing.
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9/10
The Strongest Pierce Brosnan Bond Film!
John William H.13 July 2017
Goldeneye not only resulted in the finest game ever based on a film, but the film itself is also pretty fun. Brosnan is the ideal 90s Bond, where the series was teetering between rejuvenating the good old stuff with newer themes and characters. This was the film that helped Daniel Craig's foray on the character become possible.

Whereas Craig does a more modernised take on 007, Brosnan was revising the character's long established traits and his performance can be seen as a critique and breakdown of the James Bond character; and he helped bring Bond to the modern filmgoing crowd and made the transition between Cold-War-paranoia and modern terrorism seem like an easy thing to do.

Goldeneye is not the best film of the series, but it's definitely a standout in the overall Bond film canon.
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7/10
An Enjoyable Bond
gavin694227 June 2017
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.

This film brings James Bond into the post-Soviet era, so the old balance of power is not quite the same. But, in many ways, it has not changed at all, and the Russians are still key adversaries. It's complicated.

Brosnan is a good Bond. I didn't grow up watching the series, but if I did he would have been my generation's Bond. And, frankly, he's pretty good. Maybe not as iconic as Connery or Moore, but it's hard to step into the shoes of giants. With ll due respect to Daniel Craig, I think Brosnan was (as of 2017) the last great Bond.
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7/10
The best of the Bonds!
John Doe17 June 2017
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This is the best James Bond film ever made and stands tall above all the others. The bullets don't stop in this awesome ride of Bond fun! The characters are strong and the acting is excellent. Both the male and female caters are well cast, and has once of the best Bond villains ever. The ending is amazing! This is the best in the whole series!

I give Goldeneye a 7/10
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8/10
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merem117 June 2017
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This is a strong James Bond 007 movie. A really entertaining film. Pierce Brosnan is a great actor who is awesome as 007. Sean Bean is a great villain. The female characters are strong and do a good job in their roles. The action sequences are amazing. I have always liked the story of the film, it was interesting.
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7/10
James Bond Returns...Explosive, Loud, and Undeniably Fun
LeonLouisRicci9 March 2017
James Bond Fans had Waited Six Years for the New James Bond (after Timothy Dalton) and the New Bond Film. What They got was a Big, Bombastic, Loud, Kill-Fest with Non-Stop Action.

Some of it so Over the Top that it seemed a Tribute to Roger Moore. The One Liners are some of the Lamest in the Series with almost Every One Falling Flat. They also got Pierce Brosnan.

Brosnan Slides into the Role with Relative Ease, although it must be said that the Frame is Overflowing with Explosions, Machine Gun Fire, Fisticuffs, Gadgets, Trains, Plains, Cars, Computer Screens, and a Tank Ride that has to be Seen to be Believed and even then it won't be Believed. Because it is simply, Unbelievable.

Much in the New Bond is Unbelievable. That's Never been a Problem for Bond Movies. But there is a line, and Roger Moore Crossed it many times, that is Beyond Fiction and Ventures into Far Far Away Land. This one goes there more than once.

On the Positive, the Bond Girls are Engaging, Good Looking, and Fun. Famke Janssen and Izabella Scorupco are, in Keeping with Modernity, Sexy and Utilitarian. The rest of the Supporting Cast doesn't fair as well, including a Miscast Joe Don Baker who doesn't quite reach "Pepper" Land, but is in Danger of coming close.

Sean Bean is Memorable and Occasionally brings Bond back to Earth for some Soul Searching and Judy Dench Debuts as "M" without Fanfare.

It is undeniably a Fun Movie and Bond Fans Rank it Quite High. May be Overrated. Casual Viewers like it, but Purist wish there could have been more in the Timothy Dalton Style. After Four Brosnan Bonds, They got Their Wish
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9/10
A Little Bit Of Everything
zkonedog8 March 2017
When it comes to James Bond cinema, there is always a fine balance between "camp" and "seriousness". Too much goofy stuff (like the later years of the Roger Moore reign) and the films turn completely farcical. Too much seriousness (like "Quantum of Solace" and "Skyfall" under Daniel Craig) and the films lack that fun quality that a 007 picture so desperately needs. "Goldeneye" gets the balance just right, providing a film that is both engaging and fun at the same time.

For a basic plot summary, "Goldeneye" introduces Pierce Brosnan as Bond, who is sent by the new female M (Judi Dench) into the former Soviet Union to foil a spy satellite plot set up by a nefarious Russian general (Gottfried John). Along the way, Bond meets "good girl" Natalya (Izabella Scorupco), "bad girl" Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), and we are even introduced to a fellow MI6 agent in Alec (Sean Bean).

One of the primary reasons that "Goldeneye" works so well is that it introduces a new Bond actor (in Brosnan) into the equation, and those movies (think "Casino Royale" and "Live and Let Die") tend me to just a notch above the rest as the intensity level is set a bit higher. I have to give director Martin Campbell a ton of credit here, as he knows how to create an intriguing-enough plot line around such an already established character.

Of course, all the "usual suspects" (M's briefing, Q's weapons, the girls, etc.) are back in force, but nothing is too over-the-top or eye-rollingly bad. Again, that delicate balance between fun & engaging is achieved in spades.

Finally, I would be remiss not to mention that the legacy of "Goldeneye" will (going forward) always be partially paved by the extraordinary success of the Nintendo '64 video game of the same name. This movie will always hold a special, nostalgic place in the hearts of 90s kids who played that epic game.

Overall, "Goldeneye" is a tremendous Bond effort that has to (on any ranking) be very near if not the top of the list.
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5/10
Did not age well. This is film is a hot-dog for a starving man, but hardly high cuisine.
Sandra Milner26 January 2017
The six-year hiatus meant that people were going to accept almost anything and that's exactly what they got. If you're starving for Bond, this low-grade beef of a film will do. But if you're seeing the Bond films in a sequence, you'll realize how weak this film truly is.

It feels like a "previously on Bond" sequence before a TV show. It is as by-the-book as it comes, a film written by a checklist or excel sheet to hit all the points and check all the boxes.

Some may blame Brosnan, but it's hard to blame him for this script. What can he do with just cheesy one-liners? They're barely witty. Some of them are not even good enough for an 80's cop film action hero, much less coming from the mouth of a classy Bond.

Boring action, cheesy action, random motives, spoon-feeding the audience the story, a villain with a scar to not confuse the children as to who is the bad guy.

Fails in the face of both predecessors and successors.
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8/10
A stylistic return to the true spirit of Bond films.
yihdzelonh21 December 2016
Goldeneye -the first Bond installment of the 90s and with newcomer Pierce Brosnan- is something of a return of the 70s-style Roger Moore James Bond films: The action and stunts and explosions are more stylistic -if not slightly more unrealistic- the plot and dialog is not overtly complicated and unintelligible, which makes for a much more 'accessible' James Bond movie than...say...Sean O' Connery and Timothy Dalton Bond movies... and a more humorous and 'cool' and likable type of Bond (Roger Moore-'esque') is introduced with Brosnan.

In a previous review of Timothy Dalton's last movie, I stated that Dalton was vastly underrated and probably the 'quintessential' James Bond of all Bond actors. It is very lastimable that Dalton starred in only two films. He had a very subdued and quiet intelligence, had the 'perfect' looks and actions for a James Bond, and was just 'coming into his own' when the series took a hiatus for about 6 years or so.

After a 're-visiting' of Pierce Brosnan's introduction in Goldeneye, I believe that I am still conflicted -not 100% certain- that Dalton is a more 'perfect' Bond than Brosnan: Brosnan has a humor, and extreme 'coolness,' likability, and confidence about him that is not equaled by any other Bond -be it Dalton, Moore, O'Connery, or Daniel Craig. Pierce Brosnan is -as I first remembered him- very, very cool and seems supremely confident and adept at hand-to-hand combat, running, jumping, leaping, and very quickly accurately aiming any kind of weaponry at his disposal. Perhaps the 'perfect' quintessential James Bond is a cross between Dalton and Brosnan. I believe it's a 'tie' between them both.

Goldeneye is everything a James Bond movie should be like: techno-gadgetry, awesome stunts, awesome explosions, and a very cool Bond. Even the Scottish actor, Alan Cumming, gives a very realistic performance as a bona fide Russian.
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10/10
The Perfect 90s Bond Film
jordansepticeye11 December 2016
The movie is fantastic,the only flaw is that the score is not that great,but I still like it.So,I'll talk about the good,the feel,this movie is very energetic while still feeling realistic.Pierce Brosnan is very good,taking all the best elements of the previous actors and mixing them together,he is believable in the action scenes and has great chemistry with the Bond girls,who are also great.The villains are perfect,and the right amount of crazy.The action is perfect,from the pre title sequence to the exciting tank chase in Russia.All in all,Goldeneye is a great entry in the franchise,and a great revival after a 6 year hiatus due to the failure of License to Kill,it has a great vibe,terrific villains,fantastic action,and a great "modern" feel.
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9/10
A modern classic of the Bond series
S. B.8 August 2016
One of the biggest challenges for modern era James Bond movies has always been meeting the best possible compromise between gritty realism and old-school Bond campiness. Some ended up way too far on the gritty end (Quantum of Solace), some tried too hard to reenact classic Bond camp and turned out utterly ridiculous (Die Another Day) and some are all over the place between the two extremes (Spectre). GoldenEye is the one that hits that perfect middle ground.

Martin Campbell directed both this one and Casino Royale, and there are indeed some similarities between the two movies. It starts with the score music, which is generally more contemporary than in other Bond movies (some may say generic, but it goes well with the action sequences), while the classic Bond theme music is reserved for one crowning moment of awesomeness. Both GoldenEye and Casino Royale can be regarded as a reboot of the series, in which Bond gets a makeover and generally a more modern vibe. GoldenEye often doesn't get enough credit in this respect, but it introduced the by far strongest female character this inherently sexist franchise has ever seen. Enter Judy Dench as M, Bond's new boss, who is not afraid to call Bond out on his character flaws and to raise the question if an old-school spy like him is still relevant in modern times - long before Skyfall did it, and even longer before Spectre rather lazily rehashed that plot point of the former. Then there's the theme of betrayal, a former friend and colleague who becomes an enemy to Bond, leading to a few rather serious moments that make the title character reconsider some things he used to believe in. GoldenEye did it, long before the post-Jason-Bourne reboot starring Daniel Craig popularized the theme within the series. Even the obligatory Bond girl, Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova, is not just an accessory part here and more of a strong, independent woman, a computer specialist turned sole survivor of a terrorist attack, who actually contributes to the resolution of the plot in the final showdown to a great extent. Speaking of the plot, it is actually quite realistic for a Bond movie. The cold war is over, but the relics include super-weapons that have now become useless, and wherever there's an gratuitous super-weapon, there's terrorists trying to take advantage of that. Credit has to be given to Sean Bean here for his portrayal of a distinctly human Bond villain.

And yet GoldenEye still has all the ingredients of a classic Bond movie. There's gadgets. There's one-liners. There's baccarat and Vodka Martinis. There's a hilariously over-the-top (or more like on-a-top) caricature of a mercenary with superhuman strength and a lust for killing that even disturbs the evil masterminds. That happens to be an extremely attractive woman with an aptly ambiguous name. Classic. There's also an iconic theme song, arguably the second-greatest one in the entire series right after Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger". And, last but not least, there is THAT TANK CHASE!

These ingredients alone would be enough to make GoldenEye a good Bond movie. What makes it a great one is the fact that, very much unlike Spectre, the result of all this is a coherent, well-balanced and well-paced movie. It doesn't seem out of place for this Bond to have his moment of doubt and pain and in the next scene race a tank through St. Petersburg while casually adjusting his tie. Credit has to be given to Martin Campbell, who quite frankly should have directed every Bond movie ever, if his record is anything to go by, but also to Pierce Brosnan, who does a quite formidable job absorbing all the traits of the previous portrayals of Bond. He is a snarky womanizer like Sean Connery, he is physically strong like George Lazenby, he is witty like Roger Moore, but he also masters the darker and more serious territory of his predecessor Timothy Dalton. You may call it a composite character, but that's exactly what makes this movie work so well.

Obviously, there are some flaws, but compared to other Bond movies the list is relatively short. Alec Trevelyan, despite everything that's great about his evil-but-distinctly-human character, suffers a serious case of Bond villain stupidity when he carelessly wastes more than one opportunity to easily kill Bond for good. There are some outdated stereotypes, e.g. "the Russians", a cast of German, Dutch, French, Polish and Scottish actors who - even in private - only talk in English with a fake Russian accent. Or Jack Wade A.K.A. that American guy from the CIA, who is portrayed in such a stereotypical manner that the authors wisely decided not to (ab)use the Felix Leiter name for the character. And the Bond car is a bit disappointing. It has the usual missiles, guns and other gadgets, but they are never used. Purists might be bothered by the fact that it is not an Aston Martin or a Lotus, but a BMW Z3. And that considering it doesn't do anything cool, it seems to be in the movie just for the sake of product placement. I personally used to like the BMW Z3, but when I watch GoldenEye now, I have to admit that it is one of the few things in this movie that haven't aged well.

But, seriously, who cares about Bond's car when there is a TANK CHASE?
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7/10
Golden Hole
davidlhorn6 August 2016
Warning: Spoilers
1st, let me say I've seen this movie a dozen times. I'm a fan of Bond and I think this is probably the best of the Pierce Brosnan "Bond" movies. It's an enjoyable romp. I know, it's a bond movie. I shouldn't be so critical. Just enjoy the movie. But I do have to call out lazy script writing and giant gaping holes.

The biggest one that stands out to me is the overall premise of the movie and what sets up everything else that follows.

So Russia decides to build an EMP space weapon. it's controlled by a device called the "Goldeneye" and a pair of fail safe keys. Okay. The bad guys are somehow able to create a 2nd satellite EMP weapon without Russia or anyone else knowing about it. Okay. They are also able to build a 2nd satellite control center in Cuba without the motherland or anyone else knowing about this either. Okay. They are able to accomplish both of these multi-billion-dollar projects and staff the Cuba satellite center with bad guys sympathetic to their evil cause. Okay.

I guess the problem that I have is they are able to do all of this and yet they are unable to create a 2nd "Goldeneye" and fail safe keys for this 2nd Cuban weapon center. That's a Herculean task to perform without either side ever finding out and yet they can't create a big jewel on a piece of plastic and a couple of brass keys.

Because of this, they have to steal an EMP shielded helicopter, blowup the 1st Severnaya satellite control center all of which alerts the Russians, Americans and British to their evil plan for a world economic meltdown. What? lol.
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