James Bond must unmask the mysterious head of the Janus
Syndicate and prevent his one time ally - Alec Trevelyan
Agent 006 - from utilising the GoldenEye weapons system
to inflict devastating revenge on Britain.
UK: 24th November 1995 (12)
USA: 17th November 1995 (PG-13)
World Premiere: 13th November 1995 (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,
Los Angeles, USA)
UK TV Premiere: 10th March 1999, ITV
US TV Premiere: 27th September 1998, NBC
Running Time: 124 minutes
Classification: 12 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $350.7m
US Box Office: $106.4m
US Admissions: 24.45 million
UK Box Office: £17.393m
Cast & Characters
Producers: Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli
Director: Martin Campbell
Screenplay: Jeffrey Caine & Bruce Feirstein based on
a story by Michael France
Composer: Eric Serra
Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility, USSR; Monte Carlo; French
Riviera, France; Severnaya, Russia; London, UK; St Petersburg,
Russia; Caribbean island; Cuba.
The period is cold-war Russia. The agent James Bond 007.
GoldenEye opens with a man dressed in black running across
a dam with bungee cord. The figure is soon revealed as
when the moment of the jump takes place. Bond enters the
chemical weapons facility located at the bottom of the
and meets up with fellow agent 006. The mission is to destroy
the facility, however things tour sour at the penultimate
moment when 006 is supposedly shot dead.
Bond escapes the building after resetting the timers on detonators,
but gunfire ensues as 007 steals a motorcycle and catches up
with a taxiing plane. Both Bond and the pilot fall out of the
plane which then fly's off the end of a cliff, but 007 is quick
to pick up another motorcycle and jumps the cliff to free fall
after the plane. He catches up, gets inside, takes the controls
and then flies off to a background of explosions.
GoldenEye is the name of the house in Jamaica where Ian Fleming
wrote all of his 007 novels. It is used in the film as the name
of the Russian satellite weapon technology.
Four head butts were cut from the UK version to get the
12 certificate: Xenia's "wait your turn" line
to Natalya, and three between Bond and Trevelyan during
the cradle fight. Swedish and German audiences lost Bond's
"she always liked a good squeeze" quip about Xenia's
death. The US version lost a brief shot showing the bullet
impact on 006 's head in the teaser sequence, and Xenia's
death was trimmer. Bond's rabbit punch on Xenia was cut
from both US and UK theatrical releases. The German cinema
release cut Trevelyan being crushed by the falling dish.
US television cut Ourumov shooting one of his own guards
and Xenia's "Blyad!" curse after Bond cocks his
gun at the sauna (it translates from Russian as "F**k!").
Bond: "It's what keeps me alive."
Natalya: "No, it's what keeps you alone."
The colour of Bond's bungee rope in the opening sequence
The first film of the Pierce Brosnan era and the
amazing tank chase in St. Petersburg.
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