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GOLDENEYE (1995)

Yet another action packed Bond flick, this time around Britain's favorite spy is sent to Russia to track down Arumov, the Russian suspected of the possession of GoldenEye, a secret "space" weapon, and the murder of Bond's close friend.  Teaming up with Natalya Simonova, Bond does his best to deter the rogue Arumov from destroying London, and potentially, the world.

The cast includes: Pierce Brosnan, Judi Dench, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Robbie Coltrane, Sean Bean, Joe Don Baker, and Dresmond Llewelyn.

Director Martin Campbell's GOLDENEYE, is a worthy bond film and a great showcase for Pierce.

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James Bond, agent 007 (Pierce), must save the world when a top secret space weapon Goldeneye, a satellite which triggers a nuclear pulse in the target area which destroys all electronic equipment, falls into the wrong hands, that have evil intentions for its use, to use it against Great Britain. Along the way he encounters danger, beautiful women, AND a deadly ex- British agent, who turns out to be an old friend of Bond's, Alec Trevalyan (Sean Bean).

While on vacation, Bond runs into a beautiful but deadly Russian mafia killer, Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen). He makes her acquaintance first in an impromptu wild car race down a winding mountain road, and then again around the gaming tables of a high-class casino, as she hangs on the arm of a military man, a fool who is about to die with a smile on his face. Though the cold war is over, the Russian mafia is up to no good, and soon James Bond is on her trail, and nearly stops her from stealing a new Tiger Helicopter, a new prototype that is impervious from any form of jamming.

Then, because they are bad guys with a dastardly plan, they attack the Siberian facility that houses the top secret Goldeneye, killing without mercy all but two people who worked there. One person, Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) had gone on her break, right before the killing began and managed to hide from psychopathic killer Xenia. The second person to escape the slaughter, was Boris Grishenko (Allan Cumming), a nerdy computer programmer who of course was in cahoots with the bad guys.

Bond is sent to Russia, to find the very frightened Natalya who had gone underground, deal with the bad guys, stop their plan and get Goldeneye away, back to safe territory.

Quite simply, this is the best bond flick in years. The screenplay, by Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein, is a well written James Bond yarn that offers a lot to James Bond fans, and people who like exciting spy adventures, with some comical moments added as well. At one point James is captured. Dimitri Mishkin (Tchéky Karyo), the Russian Defense Minister who is working with the mafia: "So, how shall we execute you, Mr. Bond?" Bond answers him: "What, no small talk? No chit-chat? You know, that's the problem these days. No one bothers to take the time to give a really sinister interrogation."

Adding to the greatness of the script, is the marvelous direction, by Martin Campbell, and great cast of actors and actresses.

The action sequences are exciting, and up to the high standards of traditional 007 action flicks. The opening sequence starts with a bungee jump down a wall of a dam, as 007 and 006 are on a mission to destroy a Russian nerve gas factory. When 006 is thought to be dead, only Bond makes a fantastic, if improbable escape that is fantastically entertaining.

Another favorite scene is Bond's fantastic gun work to escape with Natalya in tow from the nasty Russian Defense Minister, and the subsequent crazy tank chase that followed.

Of course, the exciting ending sequences, including a one on one fight between Bond and Alec, aren't to be missed either.

Pierce , who plays Bond with great finesse, carries the film marvelously. Combining the danger of Sean Connery and the smoothness of Roger Moore, is equally convincing doing action scenes, thinking quick on his feet, shooting the bad guys, and kissing the girls.

Sean Bean, who has a talent in playing intense villains, is convincing as Bond's equal foe, Alec Trevalyan.

Izabella Scorupco does a great job as the woman, who helps Bond find the ones responsible for killing her colleagues, and stealing Goldeneye.

Allan Cumming, a very versatile actor, is very convincing as the slimy, despicable, nerdy ex coworker of Natalya, whose traitorous, self-gaining actions cost innocent people their lives, and puts Natalya and Bond in mortal danger as well. "I am inVINcible!" A pen gets him in the end.

Back at British Secret Service Headquarters, M (Judy Dench), Q (Desmond Llewelyn), and Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) are there to help, to scold, and advise James.

The long-suffering character, Q, is in charge of the specially armed gadgets and cars that the agents are issued to use. He has been in the James Bond movies since the beginning, and James never returns a car in one piece, let alone in running condition. After explaining the new car to Bond, he quips."Need I remind you, 007, that you have a license to kill---not to break the traffic laws!"

Another regular character introduced is a folksy American agent, Jack Wade (Joe Don Baker), who James finds annoying, but helpful.

M (Judy Dench) a new director on board, scolds Bond on his weaknesses for women: "I think you are a sexist misogynist dinosaur, a relic from the Cold War." Judy does a good job as a hardened director, that does have some soft spots, and a droll sense of humor. "If I want sarcasm, I'll speak to my children."

A new secretarial Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond), quips and jokes with James Bond, and puts up with his innuendos.

This action film is meant for adult audiences, 17 and over.

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If you liked GOLDENEYE you may enjoy THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, GOLDFINGER, LAWNMOWER MAN, and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.

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