Pierce Brosnan makes his debut as Bond in a furious chase to recover a stolen stealth helicopter and a lethal space weapon known as GoldenEye.
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One of the better Bonds; lots of cartoonish violence.
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Fresh: Brosnan, however, looks set to stay. He'll never recapture the amused cool of the young Sean Connery, but he does overcome the handicap of looking like a humorless male model.
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Fresh: One of the more entertaining entries in the series, even if one thinks it's hogwash.
- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Directed with top-dollar proficiency (and some real wit).
- Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000
"Goldeneye" is Pierce Brosnan's first turn as Bond, James Bond and it was also the first Bond movie I saw in the theater. I remember my dad taking me, and just being completely captivated. He and I have gone to each one since, and they just get better and better. Here Bond goes against the Soviet Union as they threaten the world with nuclear weapons. Sean Bean plays 006, and old associate of Bond's who is the mastermind behind war in search for world domination. This is also the first time Judi Dench plays M, and she does great. This really was a breath of fresh air for the franchise and helped keep it relevant.
- fb100000145236770, Saturday, December 22, 2012
I liked the Timothy Dalton Bond films, but the series needed a boost and a good update for the 90s, and it couldn't have gotten much better than this. Martin Campbell proved here that he could make an exciting, fun, and smart Bond film, and later proved he could do it again when the series once again needed reinvigorating. Brosnan makes for a pretty good Bond, and he's the closest of all the others when it comes to getting to Connery's level. The plot is good and I liked the revenge angle. Thankfully the film's plot also proved to be successfully adaptable for the video game world, as the game is just as awesome as the movie (if not a hair better). The rest of the cast and performances are good. Janssen is an excellent femme fatale, Bean makes for a good villain, Scorupco is a beauty (and she's talented). I think she disappeared after this movie, and that's a shame. I miss seeing her. Cumming is great as the geeky comic relief, and having Dench play a female "M" was a welcome and inspired move. The action is fun and well done, and there's a lot going on here, yet the movie isn't too long or overblown or murky. The plot, despite having revenge elements, also gets into the Cold War stuff that permeates a lot of spy movies (and not just this series), and that's fine. It works pretty well, and doesn't get too over the top or ridiculous.
- cosmo313, Friday, December 21, 2012