Sunday, February 19, 2017

GoldenEye 1995

      A deadly satellite weapon system has the name Goldeneye.  Control of this system has fallen into the wrong hands and Bond is sent to Russia to recover the stolen access codes.  The weapon can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse from space toward the Earth.  Bond begins working with 006 but he is killed.  A Russian assassin, Xenia Onatopp is a formidable foe on the wrong side.  Bond also finds out another key player has built up years of simmering hatred toward 007.
     The Aston Martin starts out in the film but then the Bond car becomes a BMW Z3.  There aren’t as many gadgets but there is wonderful section with Bond driving a tank and a LOT of fight scenes.  There is an impressive train and a LOT of explosions too.  It seems the character Natalya has nine or more lives and is impervious to explosions?  Xenia does much of her own driving in a mountainous car race between her fabulous red Lamborghini and Bond’s silver Aston Martin.  Bond has unlimited endurance and he can be beaten to a pulp but still hang onto helicopter skids!!  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

130 min, Action directed by Martin Campbell with Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Gottfried John Alan Cumming, Tcheky Karyo, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond, Michael Kitchen, Serena Gordon, Simon Kunz.

Note:  Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 78% critic 83% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3*, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 848 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Russia, Monaco, France; Surrey, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Vauxhall, Hertfordshire, Piccadilly and London, England, UK.  In Licence to Kill of 1989 a contest was held for advertising purposes and the selected person given a cameo role in the next Bond picture.  Golden Eye was not started until 1995 and the woman winner is in a scene at the Baccarat table with Bond in Monaco.  Famke Janssen broke a rib during a sauna fight scene.  The body count is 47 for this film and the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie is in an opening scene.  The drop was over 722 feet.  Imbd has the longest list of trivia I've seen for a film?

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