GoldenEye

GoldenEye

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Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Martin Campbell, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco

     
 

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Pierce Brosnan made his first appearance as James Bond in this action thriller, the 17th in the series (excluding the 1967 Casino Royale and the 1983 Never Say Never Again) featuring the suave British super-agent. As the story begins, Agent 007 and his partner, Agent 006 (Sean Bean), pull a daring raid on a chemical weapons plant in the Soviet Union;See more details below

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Pierce Brosnan made his first appearance as James Bond in this action thriller, the 17th in the series (excluding the 1967 Casino Royale and the 1983 Never Say Never Again) featuring the suave British super-agent. As the story begins, 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. In addition to Brosnan, GoldenEye also marked another significant cast change for the Bond series -- Judi Dench made her debut as M, Bond's superior. Minnie Driver also has a cameo as a nightclub singer. Sadly, this was the last film in the Bond series for special-effects supervisor Derek Meddings, who died in the midst of production; the film was dedicated to him.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The debut of Pierce Brosnan in the role of Agent 007 and of director Martin Campbell behind the camera provide a much-needed injection of freshness into the stale James Bond franchise with this, the 18th in the series of spy thrillers. Since Bond tales are best reviewed not in relation to other films but in relation to themselves, here's what works: Brosnan infuses his Bond with the best of both worlds, mixing the suave, winking charm of Roger Moore with the more arch, lethal detachment of Sean Connery. Campbell, for his part, brings pace and visual flair to the proceedings, never losing sight of the class fans have come to expect, while eschewing many of the ludicrous stunts and gizmos for more believable real-world action. A team of screenwriters also wisely updates Bond for the politically correct '90s by transforming the character of M into a woman (portrayed with delightful sobriety by the great Judi Dench). And supporting players Alan Cumming and Famke Janssen are standouts in a series that prides itself on memorable villains. What doesn't work: Sean Bean as an antagonist who comes across as too dim to carry out his complex scheme, Izabella Scorupco, lifeless and boring in place of the expected exciting and sexy, and the basic plot, which bows to the graying maxims that Bond must never grow or develop and that Russians make the best villains. GoldenEye is a mixed bag, but a promising start for a star and director who could do better with improved material.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/1996
UPC:
0027616554437
Original Release:
1995

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan James Bond
Sean Bean Alec Trevelyan
Izabella Scorupco Natalya Simonova
Famke Janssen Xenia Onatopp
Joe Don Baker Jack Wade
Judi Dench M
Robbie Coltrane Valentin Zukovsky
Tchéky Karyo Dimitri Mishkin
Gottfried John Gen. Ourumov
Alan Cumming Boris Grishenko
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Samantha Bond Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen Bill Tanner
Serena Gordon Caroline
Billy Mitchell Admiral Chuck Farrel
Constantine Gregory Computer Store Manager
Minnie Driver Irina
Ravil Isyanov MIG Pilot
Peter Majer Valentin's Bodyguard
Trevor Byfield Train Driver
Tina Turner Singer

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
John Altman Musical Direction/Supervision
Bono Songwriter
Barbara Broccoli Producer
Kathrin Brunner Art Director
Jeffrey Caine Screenwriter
Chris Corbould Special Effects
Simon Crane Stunts
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Linda de Vetta Makeup
Edge Songwriter
Bruce Feirstein Screenwriter
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Michael France Original Story
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Harvey Harrison Cinematographer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Nellee Hooper Musical Direction/Supervision
Neil Lamont Art Director
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Chares Lee Art Director
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Tom Pevsner Executive Producer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Eric Serra Score Composer
Ian Sharp Asst. Director
Kevin Wade Screenwriter
Anthony Waye Associate Producer
Michael G. Wilson Producer
Arthur Wooster Asst. Director,Cinematographer

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