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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.



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A beautiful Russian mobster and the evil General Ourumov take over a Space Weapons Control Station and arm an attack satellite. The ensuing destruction leaves only one survivor, and James Bond is sent in to investigate. There he makes a surprising discovery as to who is behind all the mayhem.


Pierce Brosnan
as James Bond
Sean Bean
as Alec Trevelyan
Izabella Scorupco
as Natalya Simonova
Famke Janssen
as Xenia Onatopp
Joe Don Baker
as Jack Wade
Robbie Coltrane
as Valentin Zukovsky
Tcheky Karyo
as Dimitri Mishkin
Gottfried John
as Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
Alan Cumming
as Boris Grishenko
Samantha Bond
as Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen
as Bill Tanner
Serena Gordon
as Caroline
Simon Kunz
as Severnaya Duty Officer
Pavel Douglas
as French Warship Captain
Cmdt. Olivier Lajous
as French Warship Officer
Billy J. Mitchell
as Admiral Chuck Farrel
Constantine Gregory
as Computer Store Manager
Ravil Isyanov
as MIG Pilot
Trevor Byfield
as Train Driver
Peter Majer
as Valentin's Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for GoldenEye

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (16)

  • James Bond, the British spy with a taste for the high life and a license to kill, comes back in surprisingly hardy and supple form.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Brosnan's right there, born to play the part. Perhaps by design, he captures a bit from each predecessor -- the panache of Sean Connery, the cheeky humor of Roger Moore, the serious grit of Timothy Dalton.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At the most basic, crowd-pleasing level, Goldeneye does the trick.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Giving 007 a sleek bullet of a BMW instead of his trusty old Aston-Martin isn't exactly going to turn the world of Bond upside down. And, as it turns out, neither does the casting of Brosnan.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In GoldenEye, [Brosnan's] performance achieves darker, Conneryesque tones. And the movie's relatively realistic take on Bond -- realistic, that is, by the series' flamboyant standards -- helps to give his work weight.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • James Bond's latest outing is big, and it's brash -- in short, it's double-oh-fun.

    Oct 28, 2015 | Full Review…

    Carol Buckland
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for GoldenEye

  • Feb 08, 2016
    Keeping an Eye on the Double-Oh tropes that kept Bond so endearing for over 30 years, Pierce Brosnan's debut relishes a Golden opportunity to roll the charisma of Connery, the suaveness of Moore, and the cheekiness of both into one jolly good high-tech adventure. Updating the superspy for the '90s but keeping him rascally, GoldenEye remains Brosnan's best Bond outing and one of the series' best overall. The film earns extra points for marking Judi Dench's first foray as M, beginning the tenure of one of the series best and most inspired casting choices. In this PG-13-rated spy thriller, James Bond (Brosnan) teams up with the lone survivor (Izabella Scorupco) of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent (Bean) formerly believed to be dead. Stylish and silly in one fell swoop, the film succeeds based chiefly on the winning choice of lead but the action-packed story packs a punch all of its own. Making 006 the villain makes for some ace intrigue. The casting of Bean, however, is an intriguing notion all of its own. It takes a strong actor such as this to play off of Brosnan, who makes the part his own by ironically not throwing out previous Bonds with the bath water. Firing on all cylinders with this, his very fun debut outing, it's a pity that the follow-ups lower themselves to becoming so formulaic. Still, the opening scene that finds Bong bungee-cording off of a ridiculously high dam takes a hold on your interest that rarely lets go save for a semi-climatic finale that doesn't come close to matching the gleeful thrills that result from the pre-credits sequence. Bottom line: Remington Zeal
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2015
    "Goldeneye" is a great action movie. This movie has a great plot, amazing acting and incredible action scenes. Another thing that makes this movie so great is the villain. In my opinion he is one of the best bond villains. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes action-packed "Bond Movies". I give "Goldeneye" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2015
    If the Timothy Dalton films weren't convincing enough, the tongue and cheek tone is seemingly gone from the franchise, and that's probably for the best. But GoldenEye suffers at times because of it's lack of fun at all. Pierce Brosnan finally gets his chance at playing 007 after two separate close encounters previously. This was also the longest gap in between Bond films, 1989-1995, to date. GoldenEye attempts to modernize and boost the stakes to the series after two very serious films with Dalton. Brosnan brings charm but surprisingly not a ton of charisma, or at least not compared to Connery or Moore. But then again, not many do. We also have performances from Famke Janssen, Sean Bean, and the newcomer to the series Judi Dench. Out of everyone, Dench is by far the most notable in that she's the first 'M' to really put Bond in his place. She's the only 'M' that I actually believed was his boss. You can't pull one over on the dame herself. But although I like Janssen in most roles, I was kind of annoyed by her for most of the film. She didn't seem to fit in with the tone of the rest of the film so therefore not a very good villain. Her killing technique is one of the strangest things I have ever seen. It's a shame because the potential was all there. Sean Bean on the otherhand, is always fun to watch. His turn from being 006 and Bond's friend to the leader of a nuclear space weapon seemed both original and familiar. I liked that a villain came from somewhere personal to Bond, but I also feel like it could have had more build up within their friendship instead of hiding him for half the film. That way, the gut punch will hurt more if we would have cared about these two working together. Plus, how many times have we seen a nuclear motivated villain in this series anyway? I also don't believe the 9 year time jump was in any way necessary. Considering that both of these two are MI6 agents, I would have liked more than a few minutes of hand to hand combat. This film is beloved by many people, but I hardly believe it's one of the best Bond films. It's action is marvelous though so unrealistic at times i.e. the spectacular pre-credits sequence. The acting with exception of Janssen is very good. There's just a few too many mishaps with the pacing and lack of interesting female characters (with the exception of Dench of course) among other things. it's a formidable spy film, it's just nothing special, especially among the greatness of this franchise. +Dench brings needed gravitas +Bean is so fun to watch +Personal villain +Action -Janssen is out of place -Story never takes the next step into greatness -Some unbelievable moments 6.1/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2015
    Pierce Brosnan brings Bond back in an up to date (ish) version and most of the film pays off, It's got a good cast, Some good solid 90's action, An easy but predictable plot that we could all see the twists coming from a mile away, Brilliant stunts but the silly one liners totally ruined it for me as there's so many I lost interest in its main scenes, It's one of the better Bond films Just too much humour for me and it's not that realistic but most films from the 90's are the same.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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