GoldenEye (1995) – A Review
After James Bond disappeared for six years from movie screens he would reemerge in 1995 in a new era and with a new actor.
Since becoming a household name with his starring role in the NBC show Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan seemed to become an inevitable choice to play 007. However, when the opportunity finally came up his television contract prevented him from accepting the role in 1987 allowing Timothy Dalton to get a license to kill.
As Dalton’s two Bond films received a cool reception from audiences, Brosnan spent his time starring in forgettable, B-action movies. It just seemed like he was awaiting another chance at 007.
Thanks to ongoing legal disputes 1989 would begin a six-year hiatus of Bond from movie screens. During that six years a lot happened. The Cold War would come to a dramatic end, Dalton resigned from the role and some believed that Ian Fleming’s spy was no longer relevant in the post-Cold War era and should finally be retired.
The dust would settle and 007 was ready to get back to work, Brosnan was once again offered the role, which he gladly accepted. The filmmakers would thrust the character into the post-Cold War setting and attempt to bring back the fun that some fans missed from the Dalton films.
It would be the start of a new era of Bond films which I refer to as The Brosnan Age. Co-starring Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Famke Janssen, Alan Cumming, Robbie Coltran, Joe Don Baker and Desmond Llewelyn I take a look at the debut of Brosnan as James Bond in GoldenEye.
*For longtime Haphazard readers and viewers these are older Brosnan reviews that I did three years ago (wow has it been that long ago???). I have been forced to re-post many of my older Bond reviews elsewhere because of the upcoming deletion of my BlipTV account and thought while I was at it to archive them in my blog for longtime viewers to rewatch again if they wish or newer ones who have yet to see them.