James Bond returns for a thrilling ride in Goldeneye
Pierce Brosnan plays a suave James Bond meeting adversary Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) in a Monte Carlo casino in Goldeneye.
Directed by Martin Campbell.
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Written by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein.
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Izabella Scorupco, and Famke Janssen.
By Daniel Ramirez
If ever a fictional character lived in the alter ego of every man, it is novelist Ian Fleming's potent, visceral, and hopelessly irresistible British secret agent James Bond. Bond now lives in actor Pierce Brosnan. Taking over the reins from ex-Bond Timothy Dalton, Brosnan makes his Bond debut in the new Bond film Goldeneye. Set firmly in the today's world, Goldeneye revolves around swiftly changing political patterns that turn old opponents into new best friends and old allies into deadly enemies.
While on leave in Monte Carlo, Bond intercepts Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen), an ex-Soviet pilot and guest of Canadian Admiral Farrel. Farrel is in Monte Carlo for the demonstration of the new French combat helicopter, Tiger. During the demonstration, Xenia and an unknown accomplice steal Tiger from on board a French war vessel. The Tiger re-appears in Russia near the site of an unusual disturbance, a result of the discharge of the super-secret goldeneye device. It is up to Bond to travel to Russia to find Tiger and to relocate goldeneye and prevent the destruction of London.
For any Bond fan, Goldeneye is truly worth the long wait. The first Bond film of the 1990s portrays a truly modern Bond. Brosnan not only sparks a new interest in Bond films, but he rekindles a flame that for so long seemed lost in the shadows of previous Bonds. Bond is back and better than ever. Don't expect Brosnan to top the one and only Sean Connery. But Brosnan does hold his own and in fact adds a few modern twists.
Brosnan adds a sense of excitement and danger that previous Bonds lacked. But what would any Bond film be without its leading ladies? Goldeneye doesn't lack in this department either. It features two very talented and beautiful actresses, Izabella Scorupco and Famke Janssen, the stunning Bond women of the '90s.
The outstanding international cast also includes Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan, Bond's once trusted colleague and friend; Joe Don Baker as Jack Wade, 007's cynical American CIA contact; Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky, a former KGB controller turned ruthless arms dealer; and Alan Cumming as Boris Grishenko, a Russian computer wizard. Bond's irreplaceable colleagues are also along for the ride, beginning with Desmond Llewelyn, who once again reprises his role as the ingenious (albeit long-suffering) Q. The aptly named Shakespearean stage actress Samantha Bond appears as the beloved Miss Moneypenny, and actress Judi Dench becomes the first woman to play the role of Bond's superior, known only as M.
Goldeneye is an all-out fun ride. From the beginning to the end, it is a true Bond film, and it is just fun to watch. I was left wanting more. Bond fans should not despair; the film is definitely worth the long wait. The movie has action, suspense, and all the other aspects that make the Bond films so wonderful. There's a new Bond in town and his name is Brosnan. Remember it because it looks like he's going to be around for a while.