{4.5/5} “You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your instincts.” — M

GoldenEye, released in 1995

A rogue element in the Russian military has developed a space-based weapons system — someone has deployed it to wipe out everyone who worked on the project. But two people escaped the blast. And James Bond is on the case, tracking down a general he encountered 9 years ago — when his friend 006 was lost.

This is probably the 2nd best Bond movie (after Skyfall), at least on rewatch — it just has a more interesting story.

There’s also some astonishing action. The pre-credits scene is tremendous, as is the scene with the tank.

The scene with Q is particularly fun, as is the first scene with Bond’s new CIA contact Jack Wade.

Pierce Brosnan plays Bond for the first time in this movie, and continues for a total of 4 movies. I watched him in the TV show Remington Steele and was very happy when he got the part of Bond — he’s perfect for it.

Judi Dench plays M for the first time in this movie, and continues for a total of 7 movies.

Stars Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, and Izabella Scorupco. Directed by Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro). The music by Eric Serra has some terrific sections.

This is probably the 2nd time I’ve seen it.

I previously reviewed Licence to Kill.

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