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Goldeneye (1995) - An Illustrated Reference
Goldeneye was directed by Martin Campbell and premiered on 13th November 1995. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen and Joe Don Baker. Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein. Music by Eric Serra. Theme sung by Tina Turner. 130mins.
James Bond is sent on a mission to Russia to investigate the stolen access codes to "GoldenEye" an orbiting space weapon which can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse on it’s target. 007 finds himself up against a mad Soviet General, the lethal Xenia Onatopp and renegade double-0 agent Alec Trevelyan. Bond teams up with beautiful Russian computer programmer Natalya Siminova to stop Trevelyan from firing Goldeneye at London.
It had been six years since the last James Bond movie, the poor reception and performance of Licence to Kill (1989) plus various legal disputes contributed to the delay. Timothy Dalton decided too many years had passed and on 11 April 1994 officially resigned from her Majesty’s Secret Service. The search was on for the next actor to play 007.
Caroline: James, is it really necessary to drive quite so fast?
James Bond: More often than you'd think.
Pierce Brosnan (1953-) / James Bond
Born in Navan, Ireland, Pierce Brosnan was up for the part of 007 back in 1986 after Roger Moore had left, but his contract on the TV series Remington Steele prevented him from playing Bond.
Brosnan's films include - The Long Good Friday (1980), The Fourth Protocol (1987), The Lawnmower Man (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Mars Attacks (1996), Dante's Peak (1997), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), The World is Not Enough (1999), The Tailor of Panama (2001), Die Another Day (2002), After the Sunset (2004), The Matador (2005), Seraphim Falls (2006), Mamma Mia (2008), Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010), The Ghostwriter (2010), and Remember Me (2010). TV series Remington Steele (1982-1987).
Alec Trevelyan: Oh, please, James, put it away. It's insulting to think I haven't anticipated your every move.
Sean Bean (1959-) / Alec Trevelyan
Alec Trevelyan, a former MI6 secret agent 006 and friend of James Bond turned Bond villain. He blames the British for the death of his parents and intends to use the Goldeneye space weapon on London.
Born in Sheffield, England, Sean Bean 's films include - The Field (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Ronin (1998), Don't Say a Word (2001), Lord of the Rings I -The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Troy (2004), National Treasure (2004), The Island (2005), Flightplan (2005), The Hitcher (2007), Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) and Mirror Mirror (2012). TV series Sharpe (1993-2008), Game of Thrones (2011).
Izabella Scorupco (1970-) / Natalya Siminova
Beautiful computer programmer Natalya Siminova is a survivor of the massacre at the Severnaya facility which held the control disc to Goldeneye.
Born in Bialystock, Poland, Izabella Scorupco's films include - Vertical Limit (2000), Reign of Fire (2002), Exorcist the Beginning (2004) and Cougar Club (2007).
Famke Janssen (1964-) / Xenia Onatopp
Bond bad girl Xenia Onatopp enjoys killing men by crushing them between her thighs during sex. At least they died smiling.
Born in Amstelveen, Netherlands, Famke Janssen's films include - Lord of Illusions (1995), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Deep Rising (1998), The Faculty (1998), House on Haunted Hill (1999), X-Men (2000 as Jean Grey), I Spy (2002), X-Men 2 (2003), X-Men 3 (2006) and Taken (2008).
Alan Cumming (1965-) / Boris Grishenko
Russian computer hacker Boris Grishenko allies himself with villain Alec Trevelyan.
Born in Aberfeldy, Scotland, Alan Cumming's films include - Emma (1996), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Titus (1999), Spy Kids (2001), X-Men 2 (2003 as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler), Son of the Mask (2005) and Burlesque (2010).
Gottfried John (1942-) / General Ourumov
Born in Berlin, Germany, Gottfried John plays a renegade Russian General who teams up with Alec Trevelyan to gain access to GoldenEye.
Joe Don Baker (1936-) / Jack Wade
Born in Groesbeck, Texas, Joe Don Baker plays 007’s CIA contact Jack Wade, he would reprise the role in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Baker’s second appearance in a Bond movie, he played international arms dealer Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights (1987).
Robbie Coltrane (1950-) / Valentin Zukovsky
Born in Rutherglen, Scoltand, Robbie Coltrane played ex-KGB, Russian mafia boss Valentin Zukovsky. Coltrane would play Valentin again in The World is Not Enough (1999). The actor played Rubeus Hagrid in the highly popular Harry Potter movies.
Samantha Bond (1961-) / Moneypenny
Born in London, England, Samantha Bond was the third actress in the series to play Moneypenny. She would play the role in three more Bond films.
M: 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.
Bond: The thought had occurred to me.
M: Good, because I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to that young woman I sent out to evaluate you.
Bond: Point taken.
Dame Judi Dench (1934-) / M
Born in York, England, Dame Judi Dench plays 'M' the head of MI6 (SIS - Secret Intelligence Service), at the time the film was made Stella Rimington was Director General of MI5 (Military Intelligence, Section 5).
“Goldeneye” was the name of Ian Fleming’s house in Jamaica, where he wrote all the Bond novels and stories between 1952 and 1964. Goldeneye is also the third Bond film with the word “Gold” in the title.
Goldeneye was novelised by thriller writer John Gardner (1926-2007), Gardner had written 16 Bond novels including two novelisations.
Other actors considered for the role of 007 in 1994 included Mel Gibson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Sam Neill before it was decided Brosnan was the man for the job.
In early script stages Trevelyan was an older man and Bond’s former mentor, Anthony Hopkins and Alan Rickman were both considered for the part, until it was rewritten for a younger man.
The great Derek Meddings last Bond film, the special effects legend won an Oscar for Superman the Movie (1978), and was nominated for his work on Moonraker (1979). He died of cancer while Goldeneye was in production, the film is dedicated to his memory.
Bond drives a silver Aston Martin DB5 at the start of the film and later on Q provides him with a brand new blue BMW Z3 convertible equipped with stinger missiles behind the headlights.
The opening bungee jump over a dam set a record for highest drop, 720ft, it was performed by Wayne Michaels. The action centrepiece of the film is a destructive tank chase through the streets of St. Petersburg. This sequence took four weeks to film.
Tina Turner sang the theme song “Goldeneye” written by Bono and The Edge. The song failed to chart in the US but reached #10 in the UK singles chart. French composer Eric Serra composed the music score, one of the weakest in the series.
A computer game based on the film was released in 1997 and had rave reviews, winning first place in one game magazine’s 100 Greatest Video Games list.
Goldeneye was a big box office success, grossing $350m worldwide, more than any other previous Bond movie in unadjusted dollars and nearly $200m more than the last Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989). Brosnan would be back in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
The Critics Wrote –
"The very definition of escapist fare." (Variety)
"Goldeneye" unveils Pierce Brosnan as the coffee-bar James Bond: mild, fashionable and nice in a very 90's way... and this film is missing such basics as the cold war and the James Bond theme music. The absence of the latter is sure to throw some audience members into a two-hour Pavlovian twitch." (New York Times)
"The movie's only real mistake is Sean Bean. Bond villains should be driven as much by their jealousy of Bond's sexual performance as anything else, but not even a prosthetic scar can hide the fact that Bean is better looking than Brosnan, possessed of the cruel sexiness that Bond himself should have and Brosnan lacks." (The Sunday Times)
"Welcome back Commander Bond. You left me shaken and stirred - and I loved it." (Rachel Simpson, Daily Express)
“Brosnan was quite adequate, although all of the later Bonds suffer from the reality that no one else will ever really replace Sean Connery. I had a good enough time I guess, although I never really got involved. I was shaken but not stirred.” (Roger Ebert)
“Bond gets to work in his tailored clothing, you feel Schwarzenegger and Stallone shrivelling...He is undoubtedly the best Bond since Sean Connery." (Geoff Brown, Times)
"GoldenEye delivers everything you expect, and more. It is one of the best Bond films, and successfully revives one of the screen's great legends." (Chris Tookey)