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GoldenEye (1995)

I used to love this film as a youngster. Given, I was really a big fan of all Bond movies. I guess I found all the gadgets, gizmos and secret buttons intriguing, as well as the villains and locations. GoldenEye was in particular my favourite because of the computers, the satellites and of course that unbelievably cool train that looks like an Easter Island statue when viewed from the front (I still love that train).

However, on another more recent viewing, GoldenEye seems to be the culmination of what used to be a horrible trend of comic exaggeration in the Bond films. The situations Brosnan gets into are all hyper-unreal from the start (the chemical factory scene), and remain equally bizzare until the end. In fact, were it not for the exploding pens and russian military satellite tehnicians and programmers, I probably would never have liked this movie. In the 60s when Connery starred in Goldfinger, the "unnatural" feel of the movies could easily be tolerated (if not loved) but the 1995 GoldenEye is filmed extremely badly, or at least cut extremely badly (perhaps Martin Campbell - the director, who would go on to unexpectedly do a marvellous job directing his second Bond film, Casino Royale - thought the whole idea of the film was bad and a waste of his time) and even the subsequent three Brosnan films (Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day) don't manage to be quite as silly as this one does.

Casino Royale completely changed the way I look at the Bond films. They became serious action movies and not lame romance comedies with hyperRussians. I would probably hate all the Bond films before it were it not for the fact that I happened to watch them in my childhood and hence have fond memories of them.

GoldenEye on the other hand is lame, my childhood memories notwithstanding. Everything Pierce does has some kind of comic value to it (intentionally or unintentionally) and even if you ignore the really bad cuts in the film, you're still left with an attempt to put the same film character you had in the 60s into a modern surrounding just by giving him a newer car and a newer watch, which ends pretty badly (although not for Pierce, who should have resembled Swiss cheese at the end of the film, but made it through with barely a scratch).

Rating: 1.0 / 5
Posted at: Sep 04, 2012 @ 10:05:00
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