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Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Robbie Coltrane, Gottfried John, Alan C*mming, Judi Dench as M, Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny and Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
After a five year hiatus, during some legal disputes between the studios wanting to shell our another Bond adventure, the young and energetic Timothy Dalton could wait no more, and new blood was needed. I was four years old at the time when Goldeneye was released, but only when I was a couple years older did I stumble upon the VHS for the movie. And at he same time, after the release of the nintendo 64, did I experience not only the best Bond of all time, but the best video game involving first-person shooter. For those who grew up with Dalton and were prone to watching trailers, I'm sure it came as a shock when the Goldeneye trailer hit the theaters, a shadow of a man shooting out the "007" and uttering the famous line:
"Expecting someone else?"
James Bond returns with a new face: Pierce Brosnan. His new mission? To stop a satellite weapon capable of firing a devastating electromagnetic wave towards Earth. He travels to Russia to recover the launch codes of the satellite with the moniker: Goldeneye. New enemy, new roster, new women, all the right moves.
So, why Goldeneye? Why not From Russia with Love? Or Casino Royale? Or Goldfinger? Simple. Like having your first taste of solid food, it becomes your favorite instantly. I compare this entry into the franchise like my grandmother's rice, beans and nuggets platter. No matter what else I eat or how many expensive five star restaurant plates I come across in my life, nothing beats grandma's homemade.
Pierce Brosnan to me was and still is the best 007. The guy can wear a suit, always well dressed and nearly defined the modern sex appeal, without having to open his mouth. The most well-rounded Bond, witty, charismatic, reflects the qualities bestowed by Ian Fleming's creation (I'm guessing from unofficial information and personal opinions) and a believable individual than can kick your butt sideways. He also defined the meaning of cold kills. He has the licence to kill and doesn't flinch in the slightest. He sort of rejuvenated the series when you really think about it. Goldeneye will always be his best and last.
Next you have Sean Bean as the once hero turned villain. How else can Bond be detected by his every move? Like a good game of chess, the opponent must be as much of a clone as the key player or better. Bean truly has a reputation for dying in practically all of his movies, but only in a select few does he ever go out of his way to deliver sharp performances worthy of award recognition. The first and last time you will see the best of 006. Our second antagonist, usually the villains Bond would have to fight before tackling the big fish, we have General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov (John). Underrated by every definition of the word, but an extraordinary henchman that deserves more attention than the big baddie; like watching the movie as a shakespearean spectacle, and Gottfried John outperforms all the leads.
Goldeneye truly redefined the word "bombshell" for our newest duo of Bond girls. The first and foremost, Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp. She had and still does, beauty, sexiness and can fill out a military uniform better than a victoria secret model. Her character was also a true psychopath, as we see where she slaughters everyone at the station with an Ak-47, almost as if she enjoys it more than sexual intercourse. She's that one female villain I wouldn't mind surrendering my hips for. Next we have Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova. Though her deep feminine voice turned me off at first, while her character wasn't completely useless throughout, she's one of those women where her beauty improves with age. Finally, we have our new Moneypenny. Samantha Bond brought class and beauty never seen before and had some of the best flirtatious moment with Bond ever in the series of films.
M. Head of MI6 and answers only to Queen and Country. Casting a woman was not just bold, but the best decision ever. Having a female authority can appeal to more men than women. I can remind us men of our mother's and sort of anger us, which is good because you know you love a character when you enjoy loving to hate them. Q returns with improved and modern gadget. No Aston Martin this time around, being replaced by BMW's. At least we get an exploding pen, a belt that can turn Bond into Tarzan and a laser Omega watch. Talk about boys with toys.
Best part, besides the introduction mission at the start of Goldeneye, would have to be the tank chase in Russia. I mean, really, how many times will you ever get to see that on the big screen? I know from personal experience that I used a tank in the video game more times than I could count.
Overall, my first Bond. Great one liners, impecable action, top notch special effects and above all, the best ever!
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.