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GoldenEye (1995)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 50
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech, action-packed, and urbane.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech, action-packed, and urbane.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 283,814



Movie Info

Pierce Brosnan made his first appearance as James Bond in this action thriller, the 17th in the series (excluding the 1967 Casino Royale and the 1983 Never Say Never Again) featuring the suave British super-agent. As the story begins, Agent 007 and his partner, Agent 006 (Sean Bean), pull a daring raid on a chemical weapons plant in the Soviet Union; however, they are captured by Russian troops, and while Bond is able to escape, 006 is not so lucky. Several years later, the Soviet Union and the … More

Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Jeffrey Caine , Bruce Feirstein
In Theaters:
Oct 19, 1999


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Critic Reviews for GoldenEye

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (9) | DVD (18)

Brosnan, however, looks set to stay. He'll never recapture the amused cool of the young Sean Connery, but he does overcome the handicap of looking like a humorless male model.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

I don't know whether the Bond series has a future, but if Xenia Onatopp ever returns to try for world domination, he may finally get a battle worth fighting.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There's something a mite pathetic about our culture still clinging to 007, but it's hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining entries in the Bond cycle.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Richard Kiel, you are missed.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Among the better of the 17 Bonds and, perhaps more important for today's audience, a dynamic action entry in its own right, this first 007 adventure in six years breathes fresh creative and commercial life into the 33-year-old series.

Full Review… | October 2, 2008
Top Critic

Director Campbell keeps matters bowling along and even manages to recapture something of the look of the earlier films.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the better Bonds; lots of cartoonish violence.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Common Sense Media

This is a nice, safe, Bond movie that is trying to please the masses. And it does work as a crowd pleaser. Not among the best Bond, but a solid debut for Brosnan and a worthy entry in the series.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
Film Geek Central

It doesn't completely lay Bond's psychological complexities naked, cold and bare. But "GoldenEye" can hardly be faulted for occasional concessions to casual entertainment - especially with a superior villain, taut action and an all-time Bond girl.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

A smash hit that brought Bond back to life in a great big enjoyable way.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the more entertaining entries in the series, even if one thinks it's hogwash.

Full Review… | February 25, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Se acerta ao trazer um Bond mais amadurecido, amargurado e auto-consciente, peca terrivelmente por elementos que beiram o trash, como alguns efeitos visuais pavorosos e uma atuação sensual, mas absurda, de Janssen.

February 24, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Brosnan is a stylish 007, the action is fast and the overall result hugely entertaining.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008

This is the best bond movie since On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
Empire Magazine

Lean, dark and graceful, Brosnan wraps his perfectly calculated accent around all the standard phrases without making us hear quotation marks.

Full Review… | October 13, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fast and light.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

Pierce is fantastic

February 10, 2008

...a solid, sporadically electrifying entry in this ongoing series.

Full Review… | November 25, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

It's only slightly better than the movies of the last fifteen years or so, but that alone makes it worth seeing. License to Kill was so absolutely horrid, that I'm relieved to see an upswing.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The entry that salvages the franchise.

October 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for GoldenEye

With Goldeneye, the 17th Bond film, we finally get a successor that can pull of the dashing wit and coldness of Bond in the tradition of Sean Connery. Pierce Brosnan is the best Bond since Connery no question (at least until Craig came and shocked everyone). Goldeneye takes the series back to basics after the atypical Licence to Kill and the result is a slick and satisfying action film that follows the typical formula, but modernizes the look and feel for the first time in decades. Goldeneye isn't really any different than past successful Bond films, but as far as the formula goes this one applies it in the best ways since the heyday of the Connery era. The story is your typical maniac trying to take over the world with high tech gadgetry, but is actually one of the most intriguing because of the addition of 006. Sean Bean's 006 won't go down as one of the best villain performances, but he is solid and gets the job done and the character itself is one the better thought out villains. Famke Janssen's Xenia Onatopp is the more entertaining and memorable villain in the tradition of Oddjob. One of the major differences between this film and the past is that it is self-aware of many of the traditions and cliches of a Bond film and flips some of it on its head in funny and interesting ways. There's not a whole lot of humor, but what is there works and it's never cheesy (something that can't be said for any Roger Moore film). The action is pretty good in this, and there's tons of it (probably the most of any Bond I've seen up to this point in the series) and helps the film go at a decent pace until it hits a few slower spots in the middle. One criticism I do have, and it's not just levied at Goldeneye but Bond films in general, is that over 2 hours is starting to be too long and tiresome. Cut about 20-30 minutes off some of these films and they would be much better. Overall, Goldeneye is the best traditional Bond film since the Connery era and that makes it one of the strongest entries in the storied franchise.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer


"Goldeneye" is Pierce Brosnan's first turn as Bond, James Bond and it was also the first Bond movie I saw in the theater. I remember my dad taking me, and just being completely captivated. He and I have gone to each one since, and they just get better and better. Here Bond goes against the Soviet Union as they threaten the world with nuclear weapons. Sean Bean plays 006, and old associate of Bond's who is the mastermind behind war in search for world domination. This is also the first time Judi Dench plays M, and she does great. This really was a breath of fresh air for the franchise and helped keep it relevant.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


I liked the Timothy Dalton Bond films, but the series needed a boost and a good update for the 90s, and it couldn't have gotten much better than this. Martin Campbell proved here that he could make an exciting, fun, and smart Bond film, and later proved he could do it again when the series once again needed reinvigorating.

Brosnan makes for a pretty good Bond, and he's the closest of all the others when it comes to getting to Connery's level. The plot is good and I liked the revenge angle. Thankfully the film's plot also proved to be successfully adaptable for the video game world, as the game is just as awesome as the movie (if not a hair better).

The rest of the cast and performances are good. Janssen is an excellent femme fatale, Bean makes for a good villain, Scorupco is a beauty (and she's talented). I think she disappeared after this movie, and that's a shame. I miss seeing her. Cumming is great as the geeky comic relief, and having Dench play a female "M" was a welcome and inspired move.

The action is fun and well done, and there's a lot going on here, yet the movie isn't too long or overblown or murky. The plot, despite having revenge elements, also gets into the Cold War stuff that permeates a lot of spy movies (and not just this series), and that's fine. It works pretty well, and doesn't get too over the top or ridiculous.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

One of the better films in the Bond series concerning 007 (Pierce Brosnan) and his mission to stop a nuclear launch by the Soviet Union. Brosnan, as he was during his days as Bond, is calm, cool, and collected, and is a fine fit for the role of the never-dying star. Perhaps I am a little biased in loving this movie as much as I do being that the Nintendo 64 videogame was a hallmark in my young upbringing when it came to games and movies, but anytime you get to see Sean Bean be a villain here, it's a lot of fun. The ending sequence is handsomely, neatly constructed, with nice chemistry between Brosnan and Isabella Scorupco (as computer hacker Natalya). One of the best films from the series in my opinion, and definitely Bronsan's finest two hours as Bond.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

GoldenEye Quotes

Alec Trevelyan:
For England, James?
James Bond:
No. For me.
– Submitted by Matthew D (14 months ago)
The prime minister's talked to Moscow. They're saying it was an accident during a routine training exercise.
James Bond:
Goverments change. The lies stay the same.
– Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
Xenia Onatopp:
Enjoy it. While it lasts.
James Bond:
The very words I live by.
– Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
Alec Trevelyan:
For England, James?
James Bond:
For England, Alec.
– Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
Is it really necessary to drive quite so fast?
James Bond:
More often than you'd think.
– Submitted by Joakim A (17 months ago)
Now 007 do please try to return some of this equipment in pristine order.
Don't touch that! That's my lunch
– Submitted by Aaron P (17 months ago)

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