James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) gets mixed up with stolen weapons in Russia and the renegade activities of former 00 colleague Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean). The women fare better here than ever, with heroine Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) playing a pro-active part in the plot and Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) registering as one of Bond's most formidable adversaries.
After the failure of Licence To Kill in 1989, there were doubts
that James Bond would ever return to the big screen. Six years
elapsed before Goldeneye was made - double the longest waiting
time between any previous film in the series.
Timothy Dalton was replaced by Pierce Brosnan (whose Remington
Steele TV commitments had prevented him taking the role almost a
decade earlier) and old-fashioned values were given a major
overhaul. M was now a woman (Judi Dench) who wasn't afraid to
call her top gun "a sexist dinosaur". It was like a
public confessional and an appeal to audiences to accept the new
man on the job. It worked spectacularly and remains one of the
most successful of all 007 adventures.
Brosnan slips into the role comfortably.
Sure it's basically the same old thing but when it's this
exciting and entertaining who needs to re-invent the wheel?
Robbie Coltrane's entertaining turn as shady Russian mafia boss
Zukovsky, the astonishing 640-foot dam wall bungee jump (a world
record) in the pre-credits sequence and Bond's tank chase through
the streets of St Petersberg are just a few of the highlights in
this cracking good spy thriller. The bonus materials are
plentiful and give Bond fans yet another good reason to add this
to the home library.
Published July 5, 2001
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CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Izabella
Scorupco, Joe Don Baker
DIRECTOR: Martin Campbell
RUNNING TIME: 124 min
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: May 2 2001
SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen 2.35:1, Audio Commentary by Martin
Campbell and Producer Michael G. Wilson, Theatrical Trailers and
Television Spots, "Making Of" Featurette, Behind the
Scenes Featurette, Music Video "Golden Eye" by Tina
Turner, "Making Of" Booklet.Language: English.
Subtitles: English, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish,
Finnish, Portuguese, Greek, English (H.O.H.)
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