Posted February 15, 2010 by Greg Dragon in 007 - James Bond

GoldenEye (1995)

Goldeneye is my favorite Bond of the Pierce Brosnan era, actually it is the favorite Bond of most people who grew up watching Brosnan as the primary Bond. The most memorable aspect of this movie is probably the double-cross which pitted double o versus double o. One of the most beautiful Bond girls in Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) and an actual plot that was reminiscent of the pre-Moore days of James Bond. Pierce Brosnan as well as Timothy Dalton had difficult shoes to fill in the James Bond role. People were talking about the glory days of Sean Connery, and Moore had quite a number of fans to fund the campy movies that were written for him. So when a newcomer enters the Bond franchise, especially a newcomer with a completely different take on 007, let’s just say it isn’t the easiest role to accept. This may be why after refusing the contract to be 007 before, Brosnan accepted with this script.

When James Bond raids a Russian Chemical plant with fellow spy Alec Trevelyan 006 (Sean Bean) he loses him to a gunshot from General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov (Gottfried John). After escaping the shootout, James is driving along some windy roads, flirting with his psychiatrist when he meets and races a beautiful villainess by the name of Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen). Xenia is probably one of the most famous Bond villainess due to her sexual lust for choking out men with her thighs. Stalking Xenia to find out what was going on, Bond soon learns that she and General arkady are behind the theft of a Harrier helicopter and a plot called Goldeneye, which involves a laser targeting satellite in space.

Pierce Brosnan in this movie made me think that it was specifically written for Dalton due to the style and pacing of the film itself. Though it lacked the darkness of The Living Daylights and the solidity of Goldfinger, on its own it is or should I say was a great comeback film for the James Bond franchise. This was a great introduction for Pierce as James Bond and though his career as the spy was at best lukewarm, he did a good enough job to not harm the franchise per se. Aside from the beautiful Izabella Sorupco, Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny is nothing to shy away from either. Goldeneye also has dame Judi Dench as M, a choice that was one of the better changes to the franchise.

Bond-o-meter Score (ranges from 1-10)
James Bond (7): Pierce played the role safely without much of his own personal character.
Story (7): It’s the age old Russians are evil, let’s wipe em out Bond tale – it never gets old.
Bond Girl (9) – Natalya Simonova: What a drop-dead gorgeous girl, she seemed like the marrying type which leads me to believe Bond ran like hell after the credits started rolling. In any event, she can hack code, run like a track star and trade jokes with the geekiest guys. Yup we love Natalya.
The Villain (8): Ahh the double cross, the ultimate mirror match of Mi6 skill. Alec was a great villain.
Spicy Rating (8): This is how you make a comeback, and the movie inspired one of the heaviest hitting games on the Nintendo 64. Although it seems a bit long, watching Famke Janssen squeeze guys to death never gets old and the only gripe is the god-awful bad aim the Russian soldiers display throughout. It’s no From Russia with Love, but it isn’t a bad movie by any means.


Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.