D: Martin Campbell
MGM/United Artists/Eon (Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli)
W: Jeffrey Caine & Bruce Feirstein [based on characters created by Ian Fleming]
DP: Phil Meheux
Ed: Terry Rawlings
Mus: Eric Serra
Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Sean Bean (Alec Trevelyan), Izabella Scorupco (Natalya Simonova), Famke Janssen (Xenia Onatopp), Robbie Coltrane (Valentin Zukovsky), Judi Dench (M)
Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as James Bond brings the spy franchise into the 1990’s following a 6-year hiatus from the previous entry (1989’s Licence To Kill).
The plot isn’t too dissimilar from the 007 films before or since, with Bond investigating a Russian satellite weapons programme with the eponymous name, GoldenEye.
The action scenes are well handled and choreographed, but where the film really flourishes is with its villains, who are amongst the more memorable of the entire franchise, pitting 007 against a former agent turned rogue and a beautiful female assassin who crushes men to dead with her legs (what a way to die!).
The accompanying video game also became a favourite for gamers, released on multiple consoles and attracting a new generation of fans to the film series.
Pierce Brosnan was incredibly well suited to play the suave British spy, but the scripts for his following films were never quite as strong as his suitability for the role.