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April 24, 2013

GoldenEye (1995)
Director: Martin Campbell
Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Izabella Scorupco, Sean Bean











Synopsis: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) enacts a daring mission to destroy a Soviet munitions base at the end of the Cold War, although he loses his colleague Alec Trevelyan/006 (Sean Bean) in the process. Years later, and Bond is on the trail of the Janus crime syndicate, based out of St Petersburg, which has stolen a GoldenEye weapons facility from a secret Russian base. With the help of a survivor from the attack on that base, Natalia (Izabella Scorupco), Bond slowly begins to infiltrate the Janus organisation…

Review: Although GoldenEye hints at the bland, action thriller, gadget-infused and CGI-obsessed orientation of the Bond franchise to come under Brosnan, it’s more under check here, and this is definitely one of the high marks of the entire series.

What I like about GoldenEye is that it navigates that fine line between being colourful and entertaining (Alec Trevelyan and Xenia Onatopp are a very striking pair of villains), while also having a plausible enough plot concerning the criminal vacuum created by the end of the Soviet Union, and also a ‘defection’ that strikes right at the very heart of 007. Admittedly, one or two elements of the story are a little silly – though I love Famke Janssen’s portrayal of Xenia Onatopp, the film makes her psychopathic/nymphomaniac pathology slightly comical. That aside, this is a thoroughly successful re-invention of the James Bond brand in the post-Cold War era, and for some reason, the sequences of Xenia Onatopp hypnotically abseiling down from a helicopter in Cuba, then Trevelyan’s dramatic demise at the secret satellite base there, are two of the most memorable images from any of the Bond movies. (April 2013)

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