"Come and knock on our door..."GOLDENEYE

(1995)
With Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Alan Cumming, Joe Don Baker, Judi Dench, Desmond Llewelyn, Samantha Bond
Directed by Martin Campbell
Reviewed by JL

     The first, and in many ways still the strongest film to feature Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Though Brosnan lacked some of Sean Connery's macho gravitas, he captured well Bond's elegance and humor. The film updated the Bond legend for the 1990s, placing him in a more politically correct environment, even if the character remained a "misogynist dinosaur," in the words of the new female "M," Judi Dench.

     But despite any revisions to the series, the film had a storyline that hearkened back to the early films in the series, and it was the most low-tech of the Brosnan films. Brosnan's three subsequent Bond films grew ever-more outlandish and dependent upon a barrage of special effects. For that reason, GOLDENEYE remains a fan favorite. Plus, the film has Famke Janssen, one of the greatest and sexiest Bond villainess of all time. 4 - JL

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