A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon.Written by
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This was the second and last Bond film to be adapted as a novel by then-current Bond novelist John Gardner. The book is based upon the screenplay by Bruce Feirstein and Jeffrey Caine. It follows the movie storyline fairly closely, however, Gardner maintained a rather violent sequence prior to the opening bungee jump, in which Bond wipes out a group of Russian guards cut from the film, although the popular video game based on the film featured it also. There is also a deleted scene that alludes to the part where Bond cuts off a wire, so that the gate can open, so he can run through the dam. Differences from the film: The book features 006 and 007 receiving their briefing from the previous M, Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, before the mission to the chemical weapons factory. If this is counted as part of continuity, it would seem to confirm that the M, played by Robert Brown, is the same character played by Bernard Lee. Xenia drives a yellow Ferrari in Monte Carlo, not a red one. Chuck Farrel is an American, not a Canadian. He also holds the lower rank of Rear Admiral, rather than an Admiral, as in the film. Bill Tanner's title was revealed to have been changed by the new M from Chief-of-Staff to "Senior Analyst". When breaking into his nightclub, Valentin Zukovsky observes Bond on security cameras, and was able to anticipate his arrival. Dmitri Mishkin's first name is changed to Viktor. A scene was added between the escape from the train, and the trip to Cuba, where Bond and Natalya sleep overnight in a St. Petersburg motel, and are smuggled out of Russia the next day, by Jack Wade. This added more mythos of the character in James Bond literary and film aspects. Its also funny that Goldeneye was the birth of James Bond books, a chance for the Bond films to take a new direction, also Pierce Brosnan said to David Letterman, that his first film that he watched of Bond, was Goldfinger (1964), also Brosnan, when growing up in London, had the same acting teacher as Sir Sean Connery. See more »
The satellites are said to be orbiting 100 km above the earth, but that is far too low. The minimum altitude necessary to place something in a stable orbit is 640 km. Any object lower than that soon falls back to earth due to atmospheric drag. See more »
[Russian in toilet cubicle looks around his newspaper to see Bond hanging from the ceiling]
Beg your pardon, forgot to knock.
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The first DVD release of this film in Europe had to be cut to fit several counties local censor cuts. Scenes previously seen intact in cinemas or on VHS by, for instance Swedish audiences, where omitted on DVD e.g. "The good squeeze" line, the satellite crashing down on Alec Trevelyan or the close up of Xenias face showing her reaction after she has mowed down the Severnaya personell. See more »
After a 6 year hiatus due to protracted legal wranglings as to WHO owned the BOND film rights, GOLDENEYE was finally made! It was worth the wait! With the almost impossible assignment of both retaining the quintessential METHOD of the Connery period and the need to drag Bond screaming into the new millennium and its new technology, Martin Campbell actually pulled it off.
Brosnan, though not my personal favorite I have to say, did a damn near remarkable job, by not only bringing elements of Connery, Dalton and Moore to the role, but by stamping it with his own identity (he WAS actually first choice ahead of Dalton but was contractually tied to REMINGTON STEELE and could not gain a release!)
Wishing to link back with the earlier mega successful Bonds, the very title of GOLDENEYE was inspirational, immediately bringing to mind the latent image of GOLDFINGER. Not one half bad title song either compared to some recent efforts.
With Bernard Lee's sad demise, Judy Dench made a brilliant replacement as M, all balls and bravado. Similarly, Moneypenny is now a strictly new-age secretary admonishing 007 for his sexual harassment of her good self! Dearest of all, Desmond Llewelyn still shines as "Q" berating 007 for his behaviour and telling him to "grow up."
Famke Janssen is a throw-back to the good old days of Bond badgirls as the aptly named Xenia Onatopp. Izabella Scorupco however must be the most beautiful of all the "good" Bond girls. Feminine to the core and everything the average man would want to love and protect she is is simply yummy.....no more so than when she chides 007's cold-war repartee with his Russian counterpart as "Boys with Toys" Soo cute!
Action was at a premium from the rip-snorting bungee-jump (pre-credits) to the climactic battle atop the communications tower. Everything gelled in this movie to elevate it to amongst the top 5 Bond films...no question! Top dialog, state of the art fx, innuendos on tap and a really first rate villain. Shame none of the later Brosnan outings have come close to this one!
8.8 out of 10!
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