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.
The best thing in this was a great baddie by Sean Bean, he's a rogue agent who double crosses Bond and he doesnt hide his Yorkshire accent haha brilliant.
The best bits are still Janssen crushing men between her thighs though hehe that's what Bond is all about...sexy girls killing guys in inventive ways haha
Apart from that its business as usual with everything you would expect and nothing much new, certainly nothing much to will blow you away. After this Brosnan goes all 'Moore' as his Bond adventures become rather camp affairs, hurrah!
Update: Sean Bean might be one of the best Bond villains ever, his Shakespearean-like delivery is like a glazed donut fresh off a diet. Definitely qualifies as a robot.
James Bond is the most famous spy in the world. Not Jason Bourne or any other copycat. The spy genre started with Bond and will end with him. One of the reasons why James Bond is so popular is the fact that the series has lasted time very well with at least two reboots made. 1995 was the first time this series was booted, starring Pierce Brosnan in his 007 debut. Martin Campbell directed 'Goldeneye' and 10+ years later he would direct the second reboot with 'Casino Royale'.
'Goldeneye' is a decent Bond film. It's hard for these films to give us something new and fresh. 'Goldeneye's' story is though one of the films strongest factors. The film has a good actor as Bond. Brosnan delivers some new charisma and seriousness to the character. And what would a Bond film be without good bad guys. Sean Bean and Famke Janssen give good performances respectively.
'Goldeneye' has also one of the best Bond songs ever made. Tina Turner delivers a wonderful performance with the title song. Still, years later, when I hear the song from the radio or TV, I hear it through without fadin.
The action is good, the story is good and its got a good actor as Bond. Brosnan was considered for Bonds role years before when the producers chose to choose Timothy Dalton as 007. Now it was his turn and, in my opinion, he is one of the best in the role. Enjoy!
Brosnan had been groomed for this role for about a decade before he even got a check from Eon. Everyone knew he would eventually play Bond and he didn't disppoint in this film. Goldeneye does harken back to an earlier kind of 007 movie. The rugged darkness is still there, but it hides in the shadows as some of the age old Bondisms from Moore and Connery make a return.
Goldeneye features a great villain in Sean Bean, who could have been a 007 candidate and a story that is more over the top than the Dalton years. World domination is back.
Goldeneye is a return to form for the Bond franchise with a good story and some fast paced action.
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 Cold War are a thing of the past, but Bond is still at work ferreting out evildoers everywhere. Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), a beautiful but vicious villain working with the Russian Mafia, spearheads the theft of the controls to GoldenEye, a high-tech satellite weapons system, and with her gunmen, she kills most of the soldiers and guards at a top-secret military facility in the process. Bond joins forces with Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), one of the base's few survivors, to help track down Onatopp's minions and the controls to GoldenEye, which can destroy all electronic circuits in a given area in a matter of seconds; however, in time, Bond discovers the true identity of the criminal mastermind who is behind this bid for unholy power and world domination -- none other than Alec Trevelyan, the man Bond once knew as 006.
From the fantastic bungee jump in the opening sequence, to Robbie Coltrane trying not to smirk as he identifies the sound of the "Walther P.P.K.", it's obvious that everyone involved in this is having a great time. And that includes the audience.
Brosnan brings the suaveness and wit that was lacking from Timothy Dalton's over-serious approach, and a believability that was even more lacking from the campy Roger Moore efforts. The action sequences (particularly the aforementioned opening sequence, the chase in the middle, and the fight at the end) bring the franchise up to the state of the art, the villain is Bond's equal, and both the girls are as hot as hell. It's just a shame that they couldn't keep up the momentum in the rest of the Brosnan films, in particular the invisible-car travesty of Die Another Day.