Bond is forced to fight against a fellow agent he believed was dead
after the agent steals a nuclear space weapon from the Russians.
Director by Martin Campbell
Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco,
Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench,
Desmond Llewelyn, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Cumming
Sequel to 1989's Licence to Kill
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming
In the 90s, Pierce Brosnan finally got his wish and was cast as James Bond. It took twenty years and the death of Remington Steele, but it finally happened, and he has one of the best debut films of any actor to take on the role. GoldenEye is a badass film, and a perfect intro for a new generation of Bond. While Brosnan's tenure isn't remembered as fondly as others, no one can dispute the fact that his first film is one of the quintessential Bond films.
The setting is Post-Cold War Eastern Europe, where the Russian government has secretly developed a space weapon codenamed GoldenEye. It has the power to wipe out a nation's electric grid and financial institutions, and it's been stolen by a rogue 00 agent (Bean, one of the franchise's best villains) with a serious grudge against the British government. He's also James Bond's best friend, making this one highly personal. Martin Campbell, who would later direct Casino Royale, delivers some of the best action sequences in the franchise, from the action-packed opening to the tank chase. Plus, Tina Turner's epic theme is one of my favorites.
GoldenEye remains one of the most entertaining and memorable films in the entire franchise. Brosnan commands the role in his own way, playing up the suaveness of the character but also a believable reaction to someone being betrayed by a man he considered a brother. So few films in this franchise feature moments where Bond appears human.
The first film to feature Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond proves to be a very entertaining movie. This was a great start to a new era of Bond films. Sean Bean was excellent as the villain, delivering another great performance. Famke Janssen was great, and a little weird, as the crushing sex-crazed murderer Onatopp. The name blows my mind too a little.
I was a little worried after Timothy Dalton left the franchise, but Brosnan proves he's more than up to the task of playing Bond. An entertaining movie and one of the more enjoyable Bond films.