There's something a mite pathetic about our culture still clinging to 007, but it's hard to deny that this is one of the most entertaining entries in the Bond cycle, which started with "Dr. No" (1962).
Easily one of the best Bond movies ever made, with a great mix of action, characters, humor, and all the other aspects we come to expect from the 007 franchise. Also one of the few Bond movies to have a truly powerful heroine in it in Izabella Scorupco's Natalya Simonova.
How well do Bond's established conventions survive after a third of a century's hard use, the post-cold war deglamourization of espionage and the arrival of yet another actor in the central role? The short answer is, on wobbly knees.
Mr. Brosnan, as the best-moussed Bond ever to play baccarat in Monte Carlo, makes the character's latest personality transplant viable (not to mention smashingly photogenic), but the series still suffers the blahs.
On the one side Brosnan is a good Bond, he fits to him, especially the hand fighting scenes are much better than in the last decades. The character Bond was also changing and is interesting here: More serious, cooler and raw.
But the story is stupid. Some action scenes are even more ridiculous than in the past Bond movies. In addition some characters in the movie were annoying, because so dumb or feminist (like the new M)
I watched all 25 from **** to Spectre, I place Goldeneye at 19/25.
This is the first Bond I saw as a child, and seeing it again as an adult, I had middling expectations. They were not met.
Goldeneye is just poor.
A few good points:
Decent action, sometimes even impressive (great use of the Arecibo Observatory)
A well-played villain with an original backstory
Memorable sound and special effects (Goldeneye exploding over Severnaya)
The rest is good for the trash can, I'm afraid.
Brosnan was the most deadpan, charmless, expressionless Bond. In his first outing, they tried to make Bond "new". So how does the deadpan actor meet his "novelty"?
Well for example, with Moneypenny.
Moneypenny tells him that she's going out with someone. He tries the old-style charm on her. Says "what am I gonna do without you".
She responds with the "you've never had me", in an all too obvious "free woman that don't need no man" moment.
So here's a thought, when you want to renew your franchise.
If you want to replace a very dated trope, that happens to be a witty, harmless, complicit, and charming banter between two characters that were portrayed more or less as equals in their appreciation of one another.
Don't replace it with a "now you don't matter no more because I'm a free woman."
Because that isn't replacing it, that's just destroying it and replacing it with nothing.
M being now a woman is kind of in the same vein. The will to renew a very dated franchise is noted, but falls flat: M supposedly is a paper pusher that isn't respected by Bond's old-style, instinctive methods. Except the entire argument they have falls flat, and it does so twice, too: once when Bond's gut feeling never was going to tell him whether Goldeneye existed or not, and it's just shoved in the dialogue, and the other when M makes a long-winded speech about how Bond doesn't respect her, and how she's a strong woman boss who thinks he's a dinosaur, only to end her speech by looking at him all motherly and saying "come back alive".
The conversations are just generally fake, the emotion absent, the wit too.
Goldeneye is saved by a solid string of good action moments, sound work and special effects.
Actors, 0. Script, decent at best. Dialogues, 0. Charm, 0.
Not worth rewatching, even drunk.
GoldenEye is a action and adventure film from 1995 and directed by Martin Campbell.. Actor Pierce Brosnan plays James Bond in GoldenEye and he's joined by Sean Bean as the villain and some lady villain who's actually quite sexy and so is Izabella Scorupco. The main problems with GoldenEye is pretty much everything starting with the soundtrack because Tina Turner's GoldenEye song is horrible and bad and also James Bond played by Pierce Brosnan has not got any cars with gadgets unlike most of the Bond films. The story in general isn't great and Sean Bean's acting is so bad infact usually he's a great actor but he's horrible in this and laughable and rotten to the core. The woman villain played by Famke Janssen is incredibly sexy and seductive but weak as a villain and laughable and is completely neutralized by Brosnan. The action scenes aren't that great including an army tank with Pierce Brosnan inside chasing the villains which is laughably stupid and a lot of the cast and characters are either annoying, poorly cast or unnecessary and bad. GoldenEye is without doubt to me one of Pierce Brosnan's worst Bond films and certainly a stinker to the Bond collection.