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"Goldeneye" is the nickname of Bond creator Ian Fleming's beachfront house in Jamaica where, between 1952 and 1964, he wrote the Bond novels and short stories. It was named for the contingency plan that the SIS, whose members included Fleming himself, devised in the event of a Nazi invasion of Spain.
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The previous 007 movie, Licence to Kill (1989), used a contest advertising campaign to help generate interest for the film. The winner of the contest was promised a cameo role in the next James Bond picture. Unfortunately, due to many production issues, work on GoldenEye (1995) did not begin for many years. Nevertheless, the contest winner was given a scene after the long delay. She does not have a speaking part, but you can see her in a lovely gold and black evening dress looking over Onatopp's shoulder as she plays Baccarat against Bond.
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.
Agent 007 kills 47 people in this film, making this the highest amount of people James Bond has killed in a single Bond film.
Pierce Brosnan hurt his hand in his bathroom at home in Malibu before shooting began, so in several shots his hands were doubled by his 22 year old son Christopher Brosnan, who was the third assistant trainee on the second unit. These include: pulling on a hand-brake in the Aston Martin DB5, flipping open the glove compartment to reveal a bottle of chilled Bollinger champagne, using the laser in the opening bungee jump and cutting through the floor of the train with the laser in 007's wristwatch.
Famke Janssen broke a rib during the sauna fight scene according to her interview for Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.
The first of the James Bond films ever to be released on DVD.
Judi Dench's glass of bourbon is really apple juice with two lumps of light glass passing for ice cubes. Pierce Brosnan drank iced water instead of the famous Vodka Martini.
Because the series was caught up in litigation, the six-and-a-half-year hiatus between the release of Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995) is the longest gap between Bond films since the series first started in 1962.
In the opening car chase between Bond's Aston Martin and Onatopp's Ferrari, Famke Janssen performed some of her own driving stunts. She confirmed this in an interview with Jay Leno in 1995.
First completely original James Bond film, without reference to any Ian Fleming novel or short story.
Computer graphics were used to create the famous "gun barrel" opening. This was the first Bond movie to use this technology, also known as CGI.
First 007 movie in the series to feature a female - Judi Dench - in the role of M, head of the UK's security agency MI6 (Foreign Intelligence). Dench's character was reportedly inspired by the career of Stella Rimington, former Director-General of the UK's MI5 (Domestic Intelligence) and first woman to head that organization. Lois Maxwell, who played the character Moneypenny in Bond movies from 1962-1985, had made the suggestion of having M as a woman in 1985. Martin Campbell revived that idea for this movie.
The satellite dish at the end of the film is the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, which also appeared in the film Contact (1997). It took about ten minutes for crew to walk along the walkway from the periphery to the center of the dish.
Wade asks Bond if he knows anything about birds. This is a reference to the source for Bond's name. Ian Fleming took the name from a book titled 'Birds of the West Indies', by the ornithologist James Bond.
Before Pierce Brosnan was cast as James Bond, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant and Lambert Wilson were all rumoured to be in the running for the role.
Xenia's hand when James Bond arrives in the casino is two face cards and a seven, or 007. Bond's final hand when he plays with Xenia is two face cards and a six, or 006.
At the time the script was being written the producers were under the assumption that Timothy Dalton would be renewing the role of Bond. It was written to match Dalton's darker, more realistic portrayal of 007.
The new arrangement of the Bond theme used in the opening was disliked by many fans and was replaced by a more traditional version in future films.
Sean Bean previously auditioned for the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987).
In the script, M's real name is Barbara Mawdsley.
The Rolling Stones were offered the chance to sing the title song, but declined.
The tank chase took approximately four weeks to film.
The most successful Bond film since Moonraker (1979).
After Licence to Kill (1989), Michael G. Wilson and Alfonse Ruggiero wrote a script treatment for a Bond film intended to be released in 1991, starring Timothy Dalton, using the title "The Property of a Lady," the title taken from the Ian Fleming short story. According to what little evidence is available about this script (and is printed in the book The Bond Files by Andy Lane and Paul Simpson), the film would have taken place in Hong Kong. Legal squabbles over the ownership of James Bond, disappointing box office results on Licence to Kill (1989), and the death of longtime screenwriter Richard Maibaum, delayed the start of production for several years. Although he was contracted to play Bond a third time (and possibly fourth time), after several years elapsed with no new film, Timothy Dalton announced he didn't want to play the role again. This opened the door for Pierce Brosnan. Several title and concept changes changed The Property of a Lady into this film.
First opening titles sequence directed by title designer Daniel Kleinman picking up the baton from long-standing designer Maurice Binder, who had died since the making of the previous Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989).
The opening weekend box office gross was slightly altered to $26,205,007. The same last three digits were used in the reports for the opening weekends of the next two Bond films as well.
Alec Trevelyan's dark coloured locomotive in the movie was nicknamed on the set as "Darth Train".
The Bond series traditional home at Pinewood Studios was unavailable, having being booked to shoot First Knight (1995) ironically starring original James Bond - Sean Connery. So, the producers created a new studio from a former Rolls Royce aircraft engine factory and aerodrome. This studio, at Leavesden in Hertfordshire, was named Leavesden Studios. It was subsequently used for Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). GoldenEye (1995) was the first film to shoot at Leavesden Studios and when built, it was nicknamed by the production as "Cubbywood".
Composer John Altman provided the music for the tank chase, after it was decided that Eric Serra's initial arrangement was not to be used, in order to use a more traditional rendition of the James Bond theme. It appears on the soundtrack CD as "A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg". As such, the collaboration for this incidental music in the movie is the only instance in the film series that this has occurred.
Final James Bond movie viewed by Albert R. Broccoli.
This was Pierce Brosnan's first appearance as James Bond. After Roger Moore retired, considering himself to be too old to play Bond any more, Timothy Dalton was offered the role, but was unavailable. Pierce was then offered the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987), but lost out due to his contractual obligations to Remington Steele (1982).
The film is credited with having the largest amount of model and miniature work ever utilized in a James Bond movie.
Long-standing visual effects supervisor Derek Meddings died of natural causes a few months after filming was completed, hence the dedication of the film to him.
The film's title song did not chart in the USA but in the UK it went to the No. #7 spot on the UK Charts. The song was written by Bono and The Edge of 'U2' and performed by Tina Turner. All three were neighbors to each other living in the South of France. One day, the U2 members went over to Turner's place whereupon The Edge played the song on Turner's piano. Bono's inspiration for writing the song was his honeymoon stay with his wife at Ian Fleming's Jamaican beach house Goldeneye, which is also the name of the movie's title.
The only Bond film where James Bond, M and Miss Moneypenny are all recast with different actors. The only holdover is Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
The 'Goldeneye' title has been used extensively in the James Bond filmed universe. It was used in the title of: the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995); a 1989 television biopic of Ian Fleming, Goldeneye (1989); the James Bond video game GoldenEye (1997) and its remake GoldenEye 007 (2010) as well as another Bond video game, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004), which used this name to take advantage of the popularity of the first game, but had a wholly different story. These all make 'Goldeneye' the most ever used phrase for a title in the filmed James Bond universe.
Pierce Brosnan and George Lazenby are the only 007 actors born outside the United Kingdom. Lazenby was born in Australia, Brosnan in Ireland. Unlike Lazenby, Brosnan moved to the UK when fairly young.
John Woo turned down the chance to direct.
Fans were skeptical about the idea of Bond taking orders from a female M until they saw Judi Dench's performance.
Several changes had to be made to the script during production because the plot was virtually identical to True Lies (1994) which was being released at the time.
The first Bond film to be made after the downfall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, and thus, the first Bond film to actually shoot in the traditional spy genre cold war country of Russia--St. Petersburg specifically. However, Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey doubled up as St. Petersburg airport, while much of the tank chase was actually shot in London and at the new Leavesden studios. This was to reduce expenses and to cut on security concerns--the entire unit would have needed bodyguards.
Second and last Bond film to be turned into a novel by then-current James Bond writer, John Gardner.
Boris Grishenko's email address was madvlad@mosu.comp.math.edu
The ID number on the badge of Admiral Chuck Farrell (Billy J. Mitchell) of the Canadian National Defence was No. 2488. Mitchell had previously played the Yacht Commander of "The Flying Saucer" in Never Say Never Again (1983). In the original script, Admiral Farrell was to be an American. According to David L. Robb's book "Operation Hollywood" this was changed at the request of the US Pentagon.
Whilst on the set of Scarlett (1994), Timothy Dalton officially announced his resignation from the role of James Bond on 11 April 1994. The script for this movie was originally earmarked for Dalton in the role of James Bond.
This was the first time a German sports car, in this case the BMW Z3, was used as the primary Bond vehicle. The product placement of the BMW Z3 Roadster has been considered to be one of the most successful in film history according to "The Hollywood Reporter" and the book "Product Placements" by L. Kinney and B Sapolsky. It reportedly cost $3 million but recouped the company $240 million in advance sales, partially due to exposure in the news media. A limited edition "007 Model" of the BMW Z3 was sold out in a day of it going on to the market. This picture represented the first of a three picture deal with BMW to promote their cars.
For the scenes in which Xenia Onatopp is seen flying the Tiger helicopter, a male pilot had to be made up to look like Famke Janssen.
Renny Harlin was offered to direct this film.
Although it is alleged that Pierce Brosnan's contract to play James Bond specifically prohibited him from appearing in other movies wearing a tuxedo, he nevertheless appears in a tuxedo in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996) which followed Brosnan's first James Bond appearance in GoldenEye (1995) by more than a year.
Robbie Coltrane's scenes were shot on the first day of production, 16 January 1995.
Actresses considered as Bond girls were Elizabeth Hurley and Elle Macpherson. Paulina Porizkova and Eva Herzigova were offered the role of Natalya but turned it down.
This is the first time that the Bill Tanner Mi6 Chief of Staff character has appeared in the series since For Your Eyes Only (1981). The character was meant to return for the next Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) but the actor Michael Kitchen who had played him here was unavailable to return. But Kitchen did get to return as Tanner in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
The Jack Wade character was named after screenwriter Kevin Wade who wrote a draft of the screenplay.
After the scene where the tank crashes through the Perrier truck, the company allegedly had every single can collected off the ground. Whether the can was perfect, crumpled, or flattened, the company apparently didn't want its product placements to be used for selling of false non-Perrier mineral water.
First James Bond movie in the official series to be directed by a non-British director. This was Martin Campbell, who was recommended on the strength of his TV series Edge of Darkness (1985). Later, Die Another Day (2002) would be directed by fellow New Zealander Lee Tamahori whilst Campbell would return to direct Casino Royale (2006).
The end credits song "The Experience of Love" was originally written by score composer Eric Serra for his previous film, Léon: The Professional (1994).
Loelia Ponsonby, James Bond's secretary in the early novels, was written in the first draft of GoldenEye. Miss Moneypenny originally was not meant to be in this film.
General Leonid Pushkin, James Bond's ally in The Living Daylights (1987), was in the first draft of Goldeneye and was to play a major part in the film. Just like in The Living Daylights, he was to be used as a pawn in the major villain's scheme.
First of two appearances by Joe Don Baker as Bond's CIA counterpart Jack Wade, who would also appear in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Wade was created as a replacement for Felix Leiter, who had lost his leg (and presumably retired from field work as a result) in the previous Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989).
Pierce Brosnan is the last actor to play James Bond in the EON Productions official series who was cast by founding James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Pierce Brosnan was officially introduced to the press as the new James Bond on 8 June 1994 at the Regent Hotel in London. He was sporting a full beard as he was about to start production on Robinson Crusoe (1997) the next day.
The World Premiere of GoldenEye (1995) was held on 13th November 1995 at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall. This was the first for any Bond film to be held in New York and the second in the USA for an official series Bond pic after A View to a Kill (1985) and third overall for any Bond movie after that movie and Never Say Never Again (1983). The after-premiere party was held at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The British and European Royal Premiere was held on 21st November 1995 at London's Leicester Square Odeon Theatre in the presence of British Royal Prince Charles. The post-premiere party was held at the Imperial War Museum. Pierce Brosnan boycotted the French Premiere in support of Greenpeace and in protest of that country's nuclear testing in the South Pacific. The premiere was then canceled. The French military had supplied the frigate FS La Fayette and a Eurocopter Tiger helicopter for use in the movie.
Famke Janssen was cast after director Martin Campbell saw her in early rushes of the Clive Barker film Lord of Illusions (1995).
The first James Bond movie produced and released after the end of the Cold War.
A number of scenes from the original screenplay failed to make it to the finished film:
  • During his attack on the Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility, Bond would have seen off two guards while they played chess. This, and other cut scenes can be seen on the Ultimate Edition DVD.

  • M's first meeting with Bond originally ended with the line "...whose boyish charms I might actually have succumbed to ten years ago," implying that there may have been a relationship of some sort in the past. The dialogue was wisely changed to the less ambiguous "...whose boyish charms, although wasted on me..."

  • There was more of Jack Wade's gardening obsession, which only survives obliquely in the finished film.

  • When Bond and Wade arrived at Zukovsky's, they were originally to have passed a sort of car boot sale where all the goods on offer were illegal weaponry. Inside, Zukovsky would have first been seen dismissing one of the traders who is trying to sell him counterfeit goods.

SERIES TRADEMARK: Third James Bond film to use the word "gold" or "golden" in the title. The other two films are Goldfinger (1964), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
The last James Bond film to be given the PG rating in New Zealand. All the following films have been given the M rating.
Near the end of the film a computer displays "Pevsner Commerzbank GmBH", a reference to executive producer Tom Pevsner.
First MGM/UA Dolby Digital release.
The 'Manticore' seen in the Monte Carlo sequence was actually called 'Northern Cross'. The $15 Million yacht was owned by Finnish businessman Jorma Lillbacka of the power machine company Finn-Power.
First James Bond movie produced by Barbara Broccoli (with Michael G. Wilson) as a fully fledged main producer.
A three-issue comic book adaptation of this film by Topps Comics was planned to be released, but by unknown reasons this comic book tie-in was cancelled after the first issue had been published, which carried a January 1996 cover date.
None of the principal cast members portraying Russians/former-Soviet citizens are ethnic Russians. Izabella Scorupco (Natalya) is Polish, Famke Janssen (Xenia) is Dutch, Gottfried John (Ourumov) is German, Tchéky Karyo (Mishkin) is French, and Robbie Coltrane (Valentin) and Alan Cumming (Boris) are Scottish.
This is the first of three films in as many years in which both Pierce Brosnan (James Bond) and Joe Don Baker (Jack Wade) appear. The other two are Mars Attacks! (1996) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The literal translations of some of the movie's foreign language titles include Operation GoldenEye (Greece); 007 Against GoldenEye (Brazil); 007 and the GoldenEye (Finland); Gold Eye (Slovenia / Slovak); James Bond 007 - GoldenEye (Germany); The Eye of Fire (French Canadian) and Agent 007 GoldenEye (Italy).
The film was voted The Best Marketed film of 1995 at the Film Information Council.
The second appearance in a Bond film of Joe Don Baker, after playing a villain in The Living Daylights (1987). In GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) he played the role of CIA agent Jack Wade, a Bond ally. Precedents were Walter Gotell who played villain Morzeny in From Russia with Love (1963) and ally General Gogol in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and other movies; and Charles Gray who played ally Dikko Henderson in You Only Live Twice (1967) and villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Ute Lemper turned down the offer to play "Xenia". The part eventually went to Famke Janssen instead.
The small single-engine aircraft flown by James and Natalya (tail number N96816) is a 1984 Cessna 172P with a Lycoming O-320 series, 180 horsepower engine. As of December 2011, it was privately registered to an individual in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
"Goldeneye" was the name of Ian Fleming's house in Jamaica. It was also the name of a British Naval Intelligence operation that Fleming organized during World War Two to see if Germany would take over both Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar.
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Vehicles featured included Xenia Onatopp's red Ferrari Spider F355 GTS sports car with fake French rego plates; a surprise tractor; a blue BMW Z3 roadster convertible car; the return of the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 which had originally appeared in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965); Alec Trevelyan's Train, a dark colored black gray British Rail Class 20 No. D8188 locomotive with additional Russian-looking armored plating; a T-55 tank adapted to look like a T-80BV Russian tank; Eurocopter 355 Twin Star, Robinson R-22 Beta, Bell 204 HUEY, and black Eurocopter PAH-2 Tiger Stealth helicopters; the French stealth ship La Fayette; a speedboat; a Mercedes-Benz 280E; the Manticore Yacht; a GAZ-3102 Volga passenger car; a Mera Cagiva 600 W 16 motorcycle; a Zaporozhec; several VAZ 2106 police cars and UAZ army jeeps pursuing Bond's tank; a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo-Porter airplane; three Russian Mikoyan MiG-29 jet fighter aircraft; a Perrier merchandise truck; and a blue Moskvich car and Cessna 172 airplane both belonging to Jack Wade.
Product placements, brand integrations, promotional tie-ins and sponsorships for this movie include Perrier Mineral Water; British Airways; IBM Computers; Parker Pens; Jack Daniel's Black Label scotch whiskey; Omega Watches, James Bond wears an Omega Seamaster watch; BMW, the first part of their three picture deal featuring the BMW Z3 roadster convertible; Smirnoff Vodka; Yves Saint-Laurent; Sharper Image; British Telecom and Nintendo's spin-off video-game, GoldenEye (1997) and later Electronic Arts's GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004).
The motorcycle stunts during the opening sequence were performed by uncredited British stuntman Ray De-Haan.
Nails had to be attached to the tires of the Ferrari F355 for the skid in the car chase with James Bond's Aston Martin. This Ferrari was actually rented and, after colliding with 007's car, had to be repaired overnight at a cost of $80,000.
The first draft of GoldenEye contained four action sequences that all ended up in future Bond films. Bond and Marina, later renamed Natalya, escaping from a Nuclear explosion underground and another scene with them avoiding helicopters with giant buzz saws both ended up in The World Is Not Enough (1999). The American Government and Mi6 to attempting destroy the space based weapon Tempest, renamed GoldenEye, ended up in Die Another Day (2002) as the attempt to destroy the Icarus weapon. Last, the free fall sequence ended up in Quantum of Solace (2008).
Forbes Collins made a cameo as guard, but his scene was deleted.
Angie Everhart auditioned for the role of Natalya.


Kate Gayson:  One of the extras in the casino scene is Kate Gayson, daughter of Eunice Gayson who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).
Minnie Driver:  As Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky's (Robbie Coltrane) mistress, Irina. She sings "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette in the nightclub.
Martin Campbell:  The director as one of the cyclists who get toppled over when James Bond and Xenia Onatopp race past them.
Michael G. Wilson:  the producer appears as a member of the Russian Security Council.
Simon Crane:  The stuntman as a Tiger Helicopter Pilot.
Wayne Michaels:  The stuntman as a Tiger Helicopter Pilot


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

006, Alec Trevelyan, was originally named Augustus Trevelyan, and written as a much older character and a former mentor of Bond. The producers were keen to hire Anthony Hopkins for the part, but he turned it down. Alan Rickman also turned down the role, stating that he was tired of playing villains. Finally, Sean Bean was cast after the part was rewritten--but elements of the original idea survive in the finished version, though instead of the character remembering the 1940's, his parents managed to escape execution but committed suicide some time later, when Alec was a small child.
Xenia was far less over the top in the original screenplay. She killed men by using her hands to induce heart attacks instead of using her legs to strangle them. The latter method was mentioned in The Living Daylights (1987), when Q describes a female KGB assassin who strangles men with her hands or thighs. Moneypenny comments: "Why James, she's just your type!" The scene where Xenia kills Admiral Farrell with her thighs during sex marks the first explicit sex scene in a Bond movie.
Swedish pop music group Ace of Base was originally slated to perform the title theme song. Ace of Base recorded the song, written by the band's own Jonas Berggren, but it was pulled out of the project by their then record label. Ace of Base later re-wrote the lyrics to the song, renaming it "The Juvenile", and put it on their album, "Da Capo", released in Europe in late 2002. The song was even released as a single off of that album in Germany in December 2002. With the lyrics, the words 'The Juvenile" replaced 'The Goldeneye', both having the same number of syllables whilst the lyric "Tomorrow's foe is now a friend" clearly refers to Alex Trevelyan.

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