The one where he drives the tank.
GoldenEye (1995): 8 out of 10: Pierce Brosnan takes over as Bond in the superspy’s first post-cold war outing as he takes revenge for the death of Sean Bean by driving a tank through King’s Landing.
The Good: There are some things that GoldenEye does better than most Bond outings.
- First off, are the Bond girls: Izabella Scorupco is perfect as the Damsel in Distress/ Girl next door love interest while Famke Janssen isn’t just one of the best femme fatales in the Bond series she is easily one of the best henchmen (henchwoman?).
- The stunts and action beats are downright excellent all across the board. For a rather long film, it doesn’t feel it with a good pace that takes a breather every once in a while.
- Also, Pierce Brosnan is a breath of fresh air in the role and acts as if he had been playing it for years.
The Bad: There are also some Bond tropes that are particularly painful in this one.
- Whoever wrote Bonds one-liners in this film needs to be shaken as well as stirred. The snarky quotes manage to both take one out of the scene and appear desperate.
- Look I know that “I don’t want you to talk Mr. Bond I want you to die” is clearly a lie in these films as no one seems willing just to shoot Bond once captured. Goldeneye takes this to an extreme where an unconscious Bond is left in a puzzle box with all his gadgets over and over again. (Leaving him in a jet cockpit was particularly pathetic) Even by the weighted scale of a Bond villain, these are some pretty bad efforts.
The Ugly: Pierce Brosnan attacks Minnie Driver’s off-key singing. Look Bronson I saw Mamma Mia! You have no right ever to criticize anyone’s singing ever.
In Conclusion: While Goldeneye is better remembered for the video game it spun off than the movie itself, it remains Pierce Brosnan’s strongest outing and a very entertaining film in its own right.
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