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on July 3, 2016
This film is a great Bond actioner and the photography & sets are fantastic. This disc has subtitles in several languages including English which makes it more accessible to the hearing impaired and those who need to follow the story in an alternate language.
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on March 17, 2004
The 17th James Bond movie. After a six year hiatus from LICENCE TO KILL, major political upheaval would drastically envelop: the fall of the Berlin Wall, communism collapses in Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union being dissolved. As the Cold War came towards its' end, fans may have felt weary the James Bond series would end with it. It wasn't until producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (under supervision from Albert R. Broccoli) now owned the franchise and gambled to bring new life to the character and series. The ongoing events of global alliances, superior weaponry, and advanced technology inevitably set the standard for action, excitement, and suspense. Of course the major component is casting Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond. With a riveting performance by Brosnan, and a new thrilling adventure blessed with exotic locales, high-tech gadgetry, beautiful women, deliciously evil villains, and a new female M as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench, GOLDENEYE proves 007 once again a true hero of lethal charm and ruthless determination.
THE ASSIGNMENT: In 1986, Bond and Agent 006 collaborated for a mission in Archangel that went aury with 006 being murdered. Now in the present year (1995, the films' release) Bond has an encounter with mysterious Soviet Xenia Onatopp who has a flair for stunt driving and erotic pleasure. Unaware to Bond or MI6, Onatopp works for the now General Ourumov (who was the enemy in the 1986 mission) under the Janus Crime Syndicate in Russia. Ouromov and Onatopp burst into the Severnaya Computer Facility, kill everyone, and test-fire the GoldenEye satellite in space, obliterating the entire facility. M assigns Bond to seek those responsible and why. He has only two leads; streetwise yet infamous crime boss Valentin Zukovsky, and Natalya Simonova, the sole survivor of the Severnaya disaster, who is out to seek revenge of her own.
THE VILLAINS: Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan, Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp, Gottfried John as General Ouromov, Alan Cumming as Boris Grishenko, and Tcheky Karyo as Defense Minister Dimitri Mishkin.
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on March 17, 2004
I liked Roger Moore as "James Bond" and enjoyed Timothy Dalton very much as "James Bond" in License To Kill (1989). I had hoped Dalton would return a third time as Bond, but due to legal negotiations, another James Bond film wasn't made until 1995. While Timothy Dalton was filming "Scarlett", the tv-miniseries sequel to Gone With The Wind (1939), Dalton had announced that he no longer wished to play "James Bond" and was moving on with his career. Afterwards, a settlement had been made with EON and "James Bond" would return. Pierce Brosnan was selected. Goldeneye would be Brosnan's first "James Bond 007" film. I was so much in tone with Timothy Dalton as James Bond, it took me the second film with Brosnan to accept him. The scene with Teri Hatcher in the bedroom in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) I think did it. Now it had been six years since a "James Bond" film had been made. Goldeneye burst through the envelope in sexuality. And was the very first time CGI special effects were used on a "Bond" film. As a Bond girl, Izabella Scorupco was chosen. Judi Dench was selected as the first female "M". Samantha Bond chosen as the new "Miss Moneypenny". Perhaps it was the line Pierce brosnan said, "No more foreplay!" that did it, but Goldeneye proved to be a mega-hit success and the James Bond films where back on track. Famke Janssen plays the unforgettable villaness. She can kill during sex. My first DVD movie I ever bought was "License To Kill (1987). The next "James Bond 007" films with Pierce Brosnan were: Tomorrow never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002). The plans for the next James Bond film is currently on hold.
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on March 6, 2004
"Goldeneye" is the seventeenth overall James Bond film and Pierce Brosnan's first, highly celebrated, performance in this role that he is so seemingly suited for. While I thought Timothy Dalton did a great job with the two films he was able to perform in, Pierce Brosnan just that much more emulates the qualities desired of a James Bond. It was interesting during the time leading up to this great Bond film, hearing all about the negotiations and such for Pierce Brosnan to take the mantle as, if I remember correctly, the powers that be when it comes to the James Bond series, were waiting for Pierce Brosnan to age properly before handing that mantle over to him.
In this, his first and strangely enough, his best performance as the British super agent, Pierce Brosnan takes the role and readily makes it his own in an exemplary manner. It will most certainly be interesting to see, in the final analysis, how many Bond movies he does get to do before the series producers start looking in another direction. I don't believe I've seen any actors out there as of yet that could come close to filling his or any of the other great Bond actor's shoes. Credit also goes to Sean Bean for his performance as one of the villains in this great film. Up until his incredible performance in "The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring" as Boromir, he had been pretty much been typecast as the villain in most films as he does perform them so well.
As with all great Bond films, there are the Bond babes and the extraordinarily beautiful women that get to take those roles. "Goldeneye" has the great fortune to have Famke Janssen as an outstanding villainess. She is best known of late in her role in the "X-Men" movies or for Star Trek fans, her most memorable role as Kamala in one of Star Trek The Next Generation's best and most emotionally touching episodes. Starring in the love interest role is the ever gorgeous Russian beauty, Isabella Scorupco whose performance in the great Bond film is extraordinarily memorable. Unfortunately for her, it seems to have typecast her and although her career since this film hasn't flopped, it didn't quite do for her what I'm sure she was hoping for.
Making her first appearance as M in this film is Judi Dench, who after watching this film and the following three has proven to be a great decision in getting that pivotal role. She plays a perfect M in countering many of Bond's quips. Also of interest is Joe Don Baker's appearance in this film and "Tomorrow Never Dies" as a somewhat eccentric CIA agent is played perfectly.
Director Martin Campbell who may best be known for "The Mask of Zorro" does an absolutely wonderful job with "Goldeneye," bringing out the exceptional script perfectly and displaying exceptionally well the balance between action sequences and drama.
The score for the film is as perfect as they normally are for all Bond films. Its great seeing and hearing the famous Bond tune in conjunction with Pierce Brosnan who is now forever indelibly linked with that particular tune.
The Premise:
One of the most important elements in a Bond film is the pre main title action packed opening sequence, which for most Bond films fall into one of three categories; doesn't quite work out, works fairly well or works spectacularly. "Goldeneye's" version of the pre main title opening sequence works spectacularly, to say the least. I would definitely have to say that it is one of the most exciting ones out of the series of twenty films to date.
This incredible Bond film, like most of them, takes us all over the globe as James Bond finds himself on the trail of Russian's who have taken over the controls to a secret Russian satellite which has the capability of destroying London or any other major city on the planet. Along the way to saving the planet or at the very least the Crown, Mr. Bond takes the time to enjoy the "scenery" in the best way he knows how...
Simply put, "Goldeneye" is an incredible Bond film, starring one of the best Bonds yet in Pierce Brosnan. I highly recommend this film to any and all who are fans of the Bond series or at the least, fans of great action packed movies that are extremely well written and performed as well. {ssintrepid}
Special Features:
As this was the first Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, MGM went out of their way to pack it with some great Special Features, all of which are highly informative and entertaining to watch.
-A newly created widescreen master for optimal picture and sound quality
-Audio commentary featuring Director Martin Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson
-"Making-Of" Featurette: The GoldenEye Video Journal
-The World of 007 Documentary
-"GoldenEye" music video by Tina Turner
-Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
-Collectible "Making-Of" Booklet
-Original Theatrical Trailers and Television Spots
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on February 19, 2004
After a six year hiatus brought on by legal matters (the late Cubby Broccoli was angry with MGM-UA for leasing the series to TBS), James Bond returned to the screen in the person of Pierce Brosnan in "Goldeneye," a title taken from the name of Ian Fleming's estate.
The pre-title sequence is spectacular, but then it's downhill as our ears are subjected to the worst title song in 007 history, an unlistenable piece of drek co-written by Bono and screeched out by Tina Turner.
Thankfully, that's as low as things go for this 17th official entry in the series. Brosnan, though physically more in the Roger Moore mold (a tad fluffy, if you ask me), wisely seems to pattern his performance on the more rugged image of Sean Connery. Famke Janssen makes for an effective bad girl, and in another example of the series' total disregard for continuity, Joe Don Baker, the villain of 1987's "The Living Daylights," returns as an ally.
After 33 years of mining box-office gold with the Bond formula, it would be silly to mess with the ingredients and "Goldeneye" neither shakes nor stirs the series to new heights. It's more of the same, but it's well-done and is a fine introduction to Brosnan's 007.
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on December 17, 2003
After setting the James Bond franchise back a bit with the troublesome Licence To Kill, using a very bored looking Timothy Dalton as our hero, the producers took their time, and got it right with '95's Goldeneye.
The 17th film finds 007 (Pierce Brosnan) going up against a former fellow agent (a great villian played Sean Bean), who has gotten his hands on a powerful Russian satellite system. It seems that this network can destroy the planet with one short pulse and the rougue superspy wants to hold the world hostage. All of the nesscessary elements are here--beautiful women, one good (Izabella Scorupco), one bad, the deadly assassin Xenia Onatopp (Famke Jannsen), a new M (the classy Dame Judi Dench), a new Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) and of course the redoubtable gadget guru Q (the late great Desmond Llewelyn). Other than Q, these changes help to put the series back on course. Brosnan makes a solid Bond, coming pretty close but not quite to Sean Connery. Brosnan combines sophistication with a ruggedness and seems comfortable in the role. Eagle eyed viewers take note: the film not only is X-Men's Janssen here but so is fellow star Alan Cumming as Boris, as well, just a neat little bit of trivia. Directed by Martin Campbell, the action set pieces are put together very well, and are some of the best from the modern films.
The extras on the DVD are a nice collection of Bond bonus material. The audio commentary by Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson is good. The two men have a nice rapport with one another and it's worth a listen. The making of featurette is really just an Electronic Press Kit package. Far better is "The World Of 007", originally a TV special hosted by actress Liz Hurley, its a fast paced primer on Bond--made at the time of Goldeneye's release. There's yet another behind the scenes look that really repeats some of the same information. Tina Turner's music video for the title song, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and production notes, top off the disc. For even more on the film, there's the standard issue for a 007 DVD, a collectible behind-the-scenes booklet.
Goldeneye is a must have for Bond fans and is my favorite among those to star Pierce Brosnan
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on October 24, 2003
This is Brosnan's first appearance as James Bond, and it was a good one. Unlike Roger Moore's cartoonish first effort, "Live and Let Die", there is no bad guy blowing up, (done rather shabbily, was an obvious dummy!) and like the venerable Connery, who, unfortunately, hit his peak as 007 with "Goldfinger", Brosnan hit a winner right out of the box with this exciting, well shot action film with good characters, (Alan Cumming's "Boris" and Famke Janssen's "Xenia Onatopp",) and a techno subplot very reminiscent of "Diamonds Are Forever" and "You Only Live Twice".
Famke Janssen plays a maniacal villainess who admires Bond in her own sick way, but the fascinating thing about this character is her slavish pleasure in destruction and killing. She actually takes a lurid GLEE in shooting and blowing up people, actually giggling girlishly as she does it! Her other specialty is squeezing the life out of male lovers with her thighs. No wonder she's a single girl, eh?
Alan Cummings plays a self-absorbed computer geek working in Russia in a satellite station monitoring the Goldeneye non-ballistic weapon. This is a weapon that, instead of exploding with any nuclear or explosive force, shorts out connected electrical systems for miles around, ensuring no retaliation from the enemy. Onatopp and her "boss" spur the startup of this device, which Cumming's creepy Boris has allowed to happen through internal weakening of security at the base. One of his coworkers, a rather good looking young woman named Natalia, played by Izabella Scorupco, is caught in the station when Goldeneye targets IT first. This is one of the tensest scenes in the film. Boris, of course, survives this blast, along with Natalia. Onatopp and her boss escape via helicopter.
M, played by Judy Dench, watches all this go down via war room maps at MI6, one blanking out completely after Goldeneye parboils the circuits at the Russian base. She sends Bond to look into it, and possibily save the day, but after berating him for being a "Cold War dinosaur", tells him to "come back alive".
What follows is a decent tale of excitement, intrigue, betrayal and edgy close calls. The movie doesn't end when you think it will! Everybody's acting in it is pretty good for this type of movie and the cinematography and stunt work make Moore's movies look positively amateurish by comparison...
Why, oh WHY did they waste 13 years on Roger Moore and his awful, jumbled, Matt Helm-like rehashes of Connery's old Bond films, whose plots went nowhere?
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on September 29, 2003
In 1995, action fans rejoiced. James Bond was back and just as fun as ever in GOLDENEYE. This time around, 007, played by Pierce Brosnan, is filled with shame over the death of his counterpart 006 (Sean Bean), believing he was responsible for 006's demise. Suddenly Bond is wisked into a war involving a stolen Russian missile launcher named Goldeneye, meanwhile being pitted once again against the Russian general (Gottfried John) that killed 006. Brosnan is arguably the greatest thing to happen to Bond since Roger Moore; he's every Bond in one, combining Sean Connery's strategy with Roger Moore's humor, George Lazenby's human side with Timothy Dalton's dark side. Brosnan is truly what the Bond franchise was looking for. The film also features a very nice score by Eric Serra; adventurous directing by Martin Campbell; and an action-packed script by Jeffrey Caine & Bruce Feirsten which also features plenty of humor. GOLDENEYE goes beyond the standard Bond flick, and ranks highly among the most entertaining well through it's 130 minutes; action/Bond fans will not be disappointed!
END TITLE: May not be gold, but action fans won't want to miss it
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on June 19, 2003
Rank 9 of 23. 4.5 stars. My wife and I were excited to learn that the new bond was going to be Pierce Brosnan. We went to the opening here in florida filled with nervous excitement and were blown away. Brosnan and the Goldeneye movie was fantastic! One memorable line is: Boris says: I AM INVINCIBLE!. Another is: the bad guy says, "why don't you be a good boy and just die." bond replys -"You First".
Goldeneye, named for the Jamacian estate, is an EM pulse delivered from space. The russians have it and plan to use it. Bond goes to Russia to stop them. This is set in Russia after the fall of the Soviet union. As is typical for most Bond movies, the sex is subtle, the language OK and no nudity. Bond has succeeded with good writing, direction, action, a love interest, humor and a real good bad guy.
Because this the first Bond movie under new manage, a female M has through out a feminist line in the beginning. The new manager has gotten over this need in future films. For example, she accomplishes the same thing in a better way in Die Another Day, by simply having the writers create better female characters. And they did a great job in that movie.
This is still an excellent Bond movie, with only 8 movies ranked better, and a great action movie period, ranked with 4.5 stars.
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on June 19, 2003
It had been the longest wait for a Bond movie, 6 years. But in 1995, Pierce Brosnan delivered! Goldeneye is always a fan favorite for it's gripping story, a brand new 007, a new M, exciting villains, beautiful girls, gadgets galore and the sophisticated class of it all.
The story begins in 1986, with 007 and Alec Terevelyan,(006) working together to destory a chemical factory in the Soviet Union. The movie begins with a thrilling ski dive from Bond. The plot to destory the factory goes awry when they are caught by General Ourumov and the Russian soldiers. Trevelyan is captured and killed, (or so it appears to be.) Bond is enraged and makes a daring escape via a motorcycle, driving right off a cliff to catch a moving plane. He does this while being fired at by the Soviets. Bond finally catches the plane and we are sweeped into one of the best main title sequences in years! The movie resumes in 1995, with Bond driving the famous Aston Martin, and meeting the daunting Xenia Onatopp. He meets her again at a local casino, and the two exchange the usual Bond glib remarks. We then discover through a certain scene that Xenia is not what she seems to be and that she kills an officer to take his pass to a helicoptor demonstration the next day. Xenia and Ouromov steal a highly protective helicoptor and take it to northern Russia. They steal a secret space weapon called Goldeneye, that is able to destroy anything with an electronic circuit. They fire it on Severnaya and escape with a computer whiz called Boris. While this is going on, Bond is being briefed by M to get the Goldeneye back. Bond meets a CIA agent called Jack Wade and an old enemy-turned-ally called Valentin Zukovsky. They help him track down the mysterious Janus, who was responsible for the theft of the Goldeneye. Bond finally meets him and discovers him to be Alec Trevelyan, who is angry at Britain for the deaths of his parents. Bond meets Natayla, a beautiful survivor of the Goldeney attack, and they escape from capture to hunt down Alec, Xenia and Ourumov. Ourumov is killed on the train/fight sequence. There is also a stunning tank escape. Bond and Natayla go to Cuba, where Alec has another Goldeneye satellite, and plans to steal the money from the bank of England, and then destroy London. Bond kills Xenia and is then caught by Alec. There is a terrific fight between the two, with a deadly cat and mouse hunt. Bond and Alec eventually end up on the actual satellite, and Alec falls to his death. The satellite is destroyed and Bond and Natalya fly off to enjoy some peace.
Goldeneye features a riveting title song by Tina Turner, and the music video is included. A Bond movie documentary and a audio commentary is also present. A behind the scenes feature and theatre previews are also included on the DVD.
Goldeneye is one of the best Bond movies and all 007 fans will enjoy it!
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