Funny how I found the game for the N64 one of the top five games I ever played, but always had such a disgust for any film James Bond related. Nice memories of those days on the N64! It may even be the best game created..
Brosnan made his debut as Bond with this action packed feature that began his tenure as the best Bond since Connery. Plotting is....well it is a Bond film. Izabella Scorupco is a memorable Bond girl but its Famke Janssen who stands out the most here as the orgasmic femme fatale villain Onatopp who takes carnal pleasure in killing. Production values are strong as is the opening sequence and song titles.
I remember reading a review of Goldfinger once upon a time that called it "trash from the gods," and that's exactly the feeling I get when I watch this movie. What wicked fun it is; top-tier 90's action. Martin Campbell certainly knows a thing or two about 007.
How on earth can you say Alan that Goldeneye has much of thread of Bond music with Eric Serra's terrible excuse of a score. David Arnold at least has an understanding of his roots of John Barry and the music landscape he's working on. Eric Serra wanted to ditch the jazz, ditch the Bond theme all together. He didn't write the arrangement of the Bond theme when he's in the tank by the way.
A shot in the arm the series was in desperate need of. It was as if they made a list of the best elements of all the James Bond films and checked every single one of them off when writing the screenplay. This definitely signals a change into cartoonier territory until Craig, but as it stands, the style and energy make this one of the franchise's best entries.
After the unintentional hilarity and blatant sexism of the previous few decades of Bond films, this came as an enjoyable and forward thinking surprise. I was impressed to see the misogynistic past of the film series finally addressed and criticized, with a female M and stronger than usual female characters. The action was also very engaging, and all around more fun than expected. Still, not that great on its own.