615. Goldeneye

615-goldeneyeBackground info

Title: Goldeneye
Director: Martin Campbell
Year: 1995
Run time: 2hrs 10m

“Pierce Brosnan ignites the screen as James Bond in this explosive, thrill-packed adventure that pits him against a vengeful adversary who controls an awesome space weapon capable of global destruction.”

Live blog

2:22 – What an amazing stunt to start a film.
4:15 – Ooh, another double oh. Always curious about what they’re like.
6:14 – You can get through bulletproof glass eventually then, with enough machine guns.
7:59 – Squeaky wheel is hilarious.
13:16 – How did I not know that Bono and the Edge did the feem toon?
20:23 – Famke doing one of the worst accents ever.
37:27 – Feisty Moneypenny. And first mention of actual sexual harrassment.
38:20 – JUDYYYYY! “Queen of numbers.”
41:24 – This woman trying to escape is like watching Final Destination.
45:46 – “Governments change, the lies never do.”
47:15 – Amazing M quotes. “You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts.” … “Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur.”
52:24 – The Q sections are properly funny. Spin off required.
55:18 – You can’t call him Jimmy!
55:40 – Even worse, Jimbo!
1:09:12 – “Her Majesty’s royal terrier.”
1:09:31 – Loving the eerie, smoky, dark location.
1:20:40 – How have they never thought to put Bond in a tank before?
1:22:23 – Bond always goes the extra miles with a car chase scene.
1:25:42 – That train looks like Darth Vader.
1:33:34 – “Do you destroy every vehicle you get into?”
1:46:57 – Loving the giant satellite dish.
1:54:15 – Computer programmers fighting each other is fun.

Conclusions

AT LAST!

As much as I’ve enjoyed the process of working our way through every Bond film, I can’t quite describe the relief to get to my beloved Brosnan. I can see why people attach themselves to the different variations of the character, but Pierce is definitely mine. Suave but funny, womaniser but without the aggressiveness we’ve previous seen, an action hero with some relatively up to date kit, and that general feeling of over-the-top but fun and fantastic action.

I’ve seen the other three Pierce films but surprised myself by realising I hadn’t actually seen this one. So it was a real treat – a Brosnan Bond but a brand new story for me!

Mostly loved the new cast members, and it’s always fun to see Q back again. Judy Dench as M is an absolute inspiration, nailing everything that was questionable about the Bond films that have gone before and throwing them into the stark light of day.

I couldn’t really understand how Joe Don Baker was suddenly a good guy in this one. I can see that several years would have passed between his previous appearance, and that people wouldn’t be watching them in the space of a week or so like me, but still… it’s hard not to see him as that crazy arms dealer, even if he is supposed to now be with the CIA.

Nevertheless, a good story, with a good cast. Some dodgy Russian accents but some love for the computer programmers. Overall, a fab Bond!

Rating: 4/5.

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