James Bond has had a lot of faces over the year and Pierce Brosnan is the newest to take the role of Britain's top Secret Agent. Timothy Dalton was the previous Bond... he only lasted two movies for some reason or another. Both The Living Daylights and License to Kill were good movies, but there was something about them that just didn't work. Goldeneye hopes to rectify the James Bond series, and United Artists didn't restrain in allowing it to accomplish its task.
Pierce Brosnan plays James Bond smoothly and elegantly... hopefully, he will stick around for several sequels. He has the looks, he has the wits, and, of course, he has the British accent.
Goldeneye has a good script and strong characters; there's nothing poor about it. The villain is well played and the women in James' life aren't too shabby either. Unfortunately, as the writers tried to make Goldeneye up-to-date, they left out some very important things that gave James Bond nineteen or so movies. First: sex. There was only one, short scene I can think of, and the rest was cheesy dramatic scenes that did nothing for the movie. Second: the Bond music. It was hardly used, replaced by other action music and annoying romantic music.
Goldeneye, while maintaining a good plot, had several excellent action sequences, my favorite being the tank scene (which is the only scene that I can think of where they use the Bond music). The opening sequence was pretty cool as well, and it just kept on getting better and better.
Goldeneye is one of the better Bond films, this time made for the '90s.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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