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GOLDENEYE, 1995
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GOLDENEYE MOVIEGOLDENEYE, 1995
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Directed by Martin Campbell

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker and Judi Dench.
Review by Jesse Ryder Hughes


SYNOPSIS:

James Bond goes undercover into a soviet weapons facility and meets up with Alec Trevelyan, 006, to plant charges and take down the facility. Trevelyan is executed and Bond escapes by driving a motorcycle off a cliff and diving into a rogue airplane. Xenia Onatopp and Bond meet in Monte Carlo. Bond suspects shes up to something. Onatopp steals a tiger helicopter and her and corrupt General Ourumov fly to a bunker in Northern Russia which holds Goldeneye, a key to a satellite system that uses an electromagnetic pulse. Ourumov and Onatopp use it to destroy the bunker leaving a sole survivor, Natalya Simonova. Bond searches through contacts to meet a mystery man called Janus who is involved with the stealing of Goldeneye. Janus turns out to be Trevelyan who swears revenge against and blames Britain for his parents' death. Bond chases Trevelyan through Russia and tracks him to Cuba where Trevelyan is in control of a satellite that he plans to use with Goldeneye to hit England and steal money from the Bank of England, destroying all financial records leaving England in an economical crisis. CLICK HERE and watch TV SHOWS FOR FREE!

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REVIEW:

One of my favorite Bond films and the best of the Brosnan series. A complex plot full of emotion and Brosnan as a great Bond. He balances all the previous Bonds out. He is suave, funny, dangerous, often times cold and very intelligent. Goldeneye is a great vehicle for him. After Licence to Kill being too dark, the producers decided to go back to the roots of what made Bond exciting for audiences. They did a good job with Goldeneye leaving Bond open for an exciting future that goes kind of astray and over the top just like the patterns of the Roger Moore series and the Sean Connery series.

I did have an issue. I remember sitting in the theatre really excited and being kind of thrown off about the absurdity of the opening scene. It starts off with an amazing bungee jump, which is brilliant to watch and brings an exciting introduction to Brosnan's Bond. The opening is exciting, but the jump into the airplane is too far fetched to fit in this film. However the rest of the film is so exciting with great bad guys and stunts. The highlight is when Bond drives a tank through St. Petersburg chasing Ourumov. It is one of the most exciting chases in all of the Bond films. It is big, destructive and fun.

The plot is great lending to Bond films like You Only Live Twice, but making it work a lot better and cooler. Trevelyan's idea of destroying the economy is a good original and frightening idea for the franchise, not making it about a standard nuclear warhead. Bean is great as Tevelyan adding a deep personal history between himself and Bond which makes you as the audience watching feel betrayed with Bond.

Goldeneye is also an important film for the franchise because they brought in Judi dench to play M. The first woman to play M and she really sticks it to Bond as being a chauvinist and points it out to the audience that this is the man we have been watching over the years and we all agree that he is, there is no doubt, and Brosnan plays it without any doubt as well which keeps the integrity of Bond and his faults in tune with the story. It is the first time in the franchise that it comes out that Bond actually isn't all that great of a guy, which makes him more human and Goldeneye more daring. It also preps for a new type of Bond where woman will not put up with his antics, not even Moneypenny is going to put up with it. Interesting to note the life progression through these films. Izabella Scorupco who plays the bond girl in this film puts up a great turn. She is smart, tough, willing and beautiful and equals Bond in many ways which becomes a common thread in the Brosnan series where females equal or even outdo Bond.

Overall Goldeneye is an extremely important film in the series expanding on old ideas and beginning new ideas with its complexity. It is a fast paced entertaining and respectable film and a great new face for Bond.

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