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GoldenEye

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
GoldenEye
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When an MI6 agent turns rogue and plans world domination with a terrifying satellite-born weapon, James must pursue his former ally to Cuba, Monte Carlo, Switzerland and even Russia. All whilst dodging a sexy, deadly femme fatale who will stop at nothing to put the 'squeeze' on James.
Title: GoldenEye
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM Home Entertainment : Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Ultimate widescreen ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1995.
Special features: Frame-by-frame digital restoration; declassified: MI6 vault (deleted scenes with introductions by director Martin Campbell; directing Bond: the Martin chronicles; "Building a better Bond": pre-production featurette; "The return of Bond" the start of production press event; "Driven to Bond": Remy Julienne; anatomy of a stunt: tank versus Perrier; making it small in pictures: Derek Meddings; on location with Peter Lamont; 'Goldeneye': the secret files; pre-title storyboard sequence with director Martin Campbell); 007 misison control (interactive guide into the world of 'Goldeneye'); mission dossier (audio commentary featuring Martin Campbell and Michael G. Wilson; the world of 007: original 1995 television special hosted by Elizabeth Hurley; the 'GoldenEye' video journal; promotional featurette; 'GoldenEye' music video performed by Tina Turner) ; ministry of progaganda (original theatrical trailers; TV spots).
Contents: [disc 1] Feature film
[disc 2] Special features.
Summary: When an MI6 agent turns rogue and plans world domination with a terrifying satellite-born weapon, James must pursue his former ally to Cuba, Monte Carlo, Switzerland and even Russia. All whilst dodging a sexy, deadly femme fatale who will stop at nothing to put the 'squeeze' on James.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; [presented by] Albert R. Broccoli ; produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli ; story by Michael France ; screenplay by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein ; directed by Martin Campbell
Credits: Director of photography, Phil Meheux ; editor, Terry Rawlings ; music, Eric Serra ; theme music, Bono, The Edge ; performer, Tina Turner ; production designer, Peter Lamont.
Performers: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Tcheky Karyo, Gottfried John, Alan Cumming, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond.
System Details: DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, DTS surround, dual-layer, NTSC.
Other Language: English (5.1 Dolby, DTS) and French (5.1 Dolby) dialogue, English, French, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Thai subtitles; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama. Secret service England Drama. Spies England Drama. Space surveillance Drama. Femmes fatales Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
James Bond films.
Action and adventure films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Spy films.
Topical Term: Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Secret service
Spies
Space surveillance
Femmes fatales
Publisher No: 106015
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Feb 01, 2014
  • MadisonParkMilo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

While one of the classic James Bond movies, it is bothersome how so many features of prior movies are used yet again. Makes one think that they have seen it before!

Apr 22, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite Brosnan Bond film. This starts off his run on the series, pitting Bond against an enemy from the past with a satellite weapon. Brosnan is suited to the role, establishing himself well here. Judi Dench makes the first appearance in her time as M, a hardnosed boss who butts head with 007. Izabella Scorupco is a good Bond girl, a Russian computer programmer finding herself caught up in the affair. And the villains are well cast. Sean Bean as the ruthless former MI6 agent turned terrorist leader is a menacing presence, Famke Janssen is exceptional as the henchwoman who gets off on causing pain, and Alan Cumming is amusing as a hacker with an overdeveloped opinion of himself. The film is only slightly marred by the music score... which just doesn't work in a Bond film.

Mar 20, 2012
  • phyllis49 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Encore

Sep 12, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The first Bond film with Pierce Brosnan, although mostly written for Jeremy Dalton's grim, focused approach.

This begins with quite possibly the most ridiculous stunt ever conceived: Bond leaps off a cliff driving a motorcycle, uses the inertia of the forward movement (although the physics for 007 is always suspect at the best of times) to propel him to terminal velocity more rapidly, permitting him to streamline himself and fall at a greater speed so as to arrive at a falling æroplane (which, due to its greater drag caused by larger area exposed to "down" makes it accelerate as a lesser increasing rate than Bond) in enough time to gain access to the cockpit, control of the 'plane, and pull the plane into a more horizontal flight direction and thus save his own skin.

Bah.

Looks excellent, though.

The rest of the thing looks excellent as well, with a big old Soviet train (well, it's actually UK rolling stop with some plywood strapped all over it, but it looks ugly enough to get away with it), plus some incredible helicopters, some jet-fighters, and some fantastic kicking and punching in the middle of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

There is a MASSIVE plot hole in this, caused when Izabella Scorupco (as "Natalya Simonova") states that she saw Gottfried John (as "General Ourumov") and Famke Janssen (as "Xenia Onatopp", although one loved her "OverTheTopp" performance) fired the titular laser canon and killed everyone in the Severnaya weapons station. she didn't see a thing, being in the middle of getting some more tea in the kitchen at the time, thus only hearing the shooting itself. In fact, she wasn't even in the control room when the General arrived for his "inspection" when accompanied by his leather-clad sadist, and it's likely Natalya didn't even see Xenia attempt to kill her, as she was already hiding by the time her would-be assassin entered the room. There is, in fact, no one alive who could swear truthfully they saw the coupe take place.

So let's ignore that and carry on with the flying around and shooting people campaign.

Joe Don Baker is better used as the US operative in Moscow than he was as a would-be Bond Villain, quite unknowingly insulting Bond by continually referring to him as "Jimmy" or even "Jim-bo". Brosnan is the perfect foil for this, taking it all calmly in stride whilst quite perfectly not resembling anyone who should even be referred to as "Jim", never mind any of the other options.

Brosnan's mix of humour and severity is good here, and something that Dalton lacked was the lighter side of things. This Bond does lean toward the Roger Moore era more than the Connery era, but it's got that feel of a 'romp' without losing track of the fact that anyone being shot at isn't supposed to enjoy themselves.

Alan Cumming ought to have been used more, but one always thinks that (except for "Josie and the Pussy Cats" which was something for which he was hopefully well-paid and let's all move on now).

The plot is a tad complicated, but the betrayal of Bond by Alec Trevelyan (aka "006", played by Sean Bean) ought to have been a film on its own. The extra Russians, the laser weapon, the observatory-base on Crab Key (or Cuba... or something... bit of a cloud there) could have been used far less for the same weight of impact. So, as a result, we end up having to accomplish more in the final half-hour than is possible without a director and careful script development, and thus totally unrealistic.

I think this is the third time I've seen it, and the bit at the very start on the top of the damn is enough to make me cover my eyes to prevent an attack of vertigo [note to self: add "Vertigo" to list of films to watch]. The arrival of Brosnan is also something which makes me smile.

Worthwhile.

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Jan 12, 2014
  • Red_Sox rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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