GoldenEye (1995)


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.

Release Data
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)
Budget: $60m
Worldwide Box Office: $350.7m
US Box Office: $106.4m
US Admissions: 24.45 million
UK Box Office: £17.393m

Cast & Characters
James Bond
Pierce Brosnan
Izabella Scorupco
Natalya Simonova
Alec Trevelyan
Sean Bean
Xenia Onatopp
Famke Janssen
General Ourumov
Gottfried John
Jack Wade
Joe Don Baker
Valentin Zukovksy
Robbie Coltrane
Boris Grishenko
Alan Cumming
Dimitri Mishkin
Tcheky Karyo
Dame Judi Dench
Miss Moneypenny
Samantha Bond
Bill Tanner
Michael Kitchen
Desmond Llewelyn

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.

Pre-Credits Sequence
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 007 when the moment of the jump takes place. Bond enters the chemical weapons facility located at the bottom of the dam 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.


Cut Scenes
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!").

Best Line
Bond: "It's what keeps me alive."
Natalya: "No, it's what keeps you alone."

Best Mistake
The colour of Bond's bungee rope in the opening sequence changes colour.

Distinguishing Feature
The first film of the Pierce Brosnan era and the amazing tank chase in St. Petersburg.

Vital Statistics
Conquests: 2
Martinis: 1
Kills: 12
"Bond, James Bond": 1

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