November 17th, 1995



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James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.1/10 (95,197 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Martin Campbell

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon.

Writers: Ian Fleming, Michael France

Pierce Brosnan - James Bond
Sean Bean - Alec Trevelyan
Izabella Scorupco - Natalya Simonova
Famke Janssen - Xenia Onatopp
Joe Don Baker - Jack Wade
Judi Dench - M / Barbara Mawdsley
Robbie Coltrane - Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Gottfried John - General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
Alan Cumming - Boris Grishenko
Tchéky Karyo - Defense Minister Dmitri Mishkin (as Tcheky Karyo)
Desmond Llewelyn - Q
Samantha Bond - Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen - Bill Tanner
Serena Gordon - Caroline
Simon Kunz - Severnaya Duty Officer

Taglines: There is no substitute.


Official Website: MGM Studios [United States] |

Release Date: 17 November 1995

Filming Locations: Admiralteysky, St. Petersburg, Russia

Box Office Details

Budget: $58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $26,205,007 (USA) (19 November 1995) (2 Screens)

Gross: $351,500,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Renny Harlin was offered to direct this film.

Revealing mistakes: When Q is explaining the belt to 007, his eyes can be seen looking back and forth between Bond's face and something over Bond's shoulder to Bond's right (Q's left), possibly reading his lines from a cue card.

[first lines]
[Russian in toilet cubicle looks around his newspaper to see Bond hanging from the ceiling]
James Bond: Beg your pardon, forgot to knock.

User Review

This one deserves much more credit then it has received.

Rating: 10/10

This is by far one of the best Bond films simply because it does not try to be a Bond film. GoldenEye demonstrates an impressive independence that separates it from the tried-and-true-but-getting-boring Bond formula. The one liners are not that great, but the action sequences are mindblowing. The chase scene is the best I have ever seen in any movie. Period. Purists will complain that there is a lack of gadgetry, but let them pout and go back to MacGyver reruns. Possibility is not permissibility. Just because Bond has a snazzy car does not mean that he has to utilize every perk that Q has included. It is a relief that the writers did not force a new scene just to show off the car. The movie does not need one, which helps it to maintain its quality as not just a Bond movie, but a high quality action movie that can stand on its own. You will even find (gasp!) . . . character building! There is actually dialogue between Q and Bond, instead of just a briefing and some commands. Brosnan more than holds his own against past Bonds, and offers some of that GQ gentlemen element found missing in some of the past ones. Bond fan, action fan, any fan, check this one out. I even made my girlfriend watch it, and even she enjoyed it. Chances are you will too.


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