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Real James Bond:Goldeneye

Charles Dance , Phyllis Logan , Don Boyd    Unrated   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Faithful portrayal of Fleming's life June 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Another reviewer here says that SPYMAKER, the TV movie starring Jason Connery (Sean's son) is better. That's really a matter of personal opinion. But as a long-time James Bond fan and collector, not only of the films but of the original Ian Fleming books, I can tell you unequivocally that GOLDENE EYE is a much more accurate portrayal of the life of Ian Fleming.
Another major plus is that Charles Dance actually looks like Fleming, and manages to mimic his voice and mannerisms quite well, based on the archival footage I've seen of Fleming. Jason Connery doesn't even come close -- he was obviously cast because of his father's reputation.
If you're looking for a purely fictionalized fantasy, only loosely suggested by Fleming's wartime career, then you might enjoy SPYMAKER. But if you want the true story, I highly reccommend GOLDEN EYE. I also strongly reccommend the Ian Fleming documentary which is included on the special edition DVD of THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Tale of Ian Fleming March 1 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This highly fictionalized tale of Ian Fleming is very entertaining. The movie tries to make Fleming look like his hero in this TV movie but I doubt that was the case. However, I did like the way the movie gave Fleming much more humor than I would have imagined he had. This was time well spent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Dance is a Good Ian Fleming Jan. 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I must say that I did enjoy this speculative TV movie about Ian Fleming. Charles Dance played a rather enigmatic Fleming which is what this movie really needed to make it work. You can take it or leave it if you are a Bond fan depending on how much homework you want to do. I enjoyed it for what it was.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 99% fiction Oct. 22 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a highly fictionalized account of the late Ian Fleming's role in the 1939-1945 war. As fiction it is very entertaining, but as history it is total trash.
Unlike the account in this film, Ian spent the whole war as a minor desk jockey in England. His relationship with two women are accurately portrayed. The part about Stevenson is also fiction. In fact, the book about him called "The Man Called Intrepid" has a preface by the British publisher that it is 100% fiction.
The appearance by Phyllis Logan is very good. She is a very versatile actress realistically portraying the whole range from a morally sleazy woman in this film to a quality woman in Lovejoy.
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