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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.
Richard Kuipers

Published July 5, 2001

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UK (1995)

CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Izabella Scorupco, Joe Don Baker
DIRECTOR: Martin Campbell

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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