Watching this film shocked me. It was the first Bond film that came out when I was old enough to recognize. ‘GoldenEye’ was the first Bond after a six-year interruption caused by a lawsuit (what else?) after Dalton’s second and unfortunately, last part as 007 in ‘License to Kill’.
However, I have some more notes: Bond’s car is, among others, a BMW Z3. I even remember liking its design as, say: ‘fresh and sporty’. Now, it almost looks like an 80’s car to me (especially the back), but without the charm and cool that you’d expect to come with that.
An female antagonist-sidekick that jills off by firing a whole AK-47 magazine (come and get me, weapon nerds) at a bunch of people is certainly a nice touch, but I really didn’t like the implementation here. It was just weird how the Russian General looked at Miss Onatopp1 when she moaned full of lust, clearing her magazine. A slightly quieter moan would’ve added seriousness to the film and even more sadism to the character (less freak show). But the average 90’s viewer needed that, I guess.
Yeah, that’s what was strange about the film. Regarding the Brosnan-semi-reboot and the film itself: The only strong character in it is Judi Dench’s M. Brosnan delivers kind of a 90’s version of Dalton’s Bond. More serious (than Moore), living by principles and so on. But the whole character-building consists of some random cliché lines between him and the Russian programmer chick (‘Oh, you boys just want to kill each other!’ - ‘We have to.’) with no further effect. Very different from Daniel Craig’s Bond, whose disenchanted sentiment really marks the film and is a whole different level of acting.
Oh, and what a cheap ‘Thunderball‘-ripoff the ‘Oh, where’s the huge satellite dish?‘-part at the end was.
For what it’s worth: ‘GoldenEye’ in the International Movie Firearms Database.