Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 21 November 1995 (UK), 13 November 1995 (US)|
Running time: 130 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35 : 1
Classification: 12 (UK), PG-13 (US)
Presented by: Albert R Broccoli|
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Produced by: Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Caine and Bruce Feirstein
Story by: Michael France
Executive producer: Tom Pevsner
Associate producer: Anthony Waye
Production designer: Peter Lamont
Director of photography: Phil Meheux BSC
Second unit director: Ian Sharp
Additional unit directed and photographed by: Arthur Wooster BSC
Editor: Terry Rawlings
Special effects supervisor: Chris Corbould
Stunt co-ordinator: Simon Crane
Main title designed by: Daniel Kleinman
Music by: Eric Serra|
Main theme: "GoldenEye"
End theme: "The Experience Of Love"
Additional: "Stand By Your Man"
Musical notes: The Bond theme used during the tank sequence was arranged by John Altman. The music which Eric Serra planned to use for this sequence appears on the the soundtrack album as "A Pleasant Drive In St Petersburg".
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan|
Alec Trevelyan: Sean Bean
Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova: Izabella Scorupco
Xenia Onatopp: Famke Janssen
Jack Wade: Joe Don Baker
M: Judi Dench
Valentin Dimitreyevech Zukovsky: Robbie Coltrane
Defence Minister Dimitri Mishkin: Tcheky Karyo
Colonel/General Arkady Grigovich Ourumov: Gottfried John
Boris Grishenko: Alan Cumming
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
Moneypenny: Samantha Bond
Bill Tanner: Michael Kitchen
Caroline: Serena Gordon
Severnaya Duty Officer: Simon Kunz
French Warship Captain: Pavel Douglas
French Warship Officer: Cmdt Olivier Lajous
Admiral Chuck Farrel: Billy J Mitchell
Computer Store Manager: Constantine Gregory
Irina: Minnie Driver
Anna: Michelle Arthur
MIG Pilot: Ravil Isyanov
Croupier: Vladimir Milanovitch
Train Driver: Trevor Byfield
Valentin's Bodyguard: Peter Maje
There's a new Bond and new techniques to introduce him. Maurice Binder's traditionally
animated gunbarrel is replaced by Daniel Kleinman's computer animation. But
Brosnan seems a bit stiff in firing the gun, standing almost totally upright.
His motion is reminiscent of Bob Simmons in the original sequence. Like Roger Moore and
Brosnan wears a tuxedo. Eric Serra's arrangement of the Bond theme only vaguely
resembles the tune we all know and love. However, what there is of the theme is
in the key of g minor (instead of e minor as most of the other films).
Using the title: GoldenEye is the generic name given to the Russian's electromagnetic pulse satellite weapon system. It must be said that the name does not sound particularly Russian, especially compared with the individual satellites which are called Petya and Mischa. The activation device for the weapon is a card shaped object which resembles...erm...a golden eye.
The novel approach:
Aside from the characters of Bond, Moneypenny and Bill Tanner,
there is no obvious Fleming material in the film. However, it has been observed that
the character of Alec Trevelyan is reminiscent of the literary version of Hugo
Drax from "Moonraker". Both were scarred in an explosion
and left for dead. Both hated Britain, despite appearing to be British.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service:
Perhaps understandably given the long break since Licence To Kill, there
is a somewhat different line-up of regulars, with Desmond Llewelyn the only survivor
from the previous film. Much publicity was given over to the new female M, played
by Judi Dench, and for the first time it was acknowledged that M is a position
rather than a designation for a particular person. It appears that the new M
has not held the position for very long since her staff seem unsure of her. It
is mentioned that M has children. She keeps bourbon in her office, preferring it
to her predecessor's taste for cognac.
The Double 0 Section: For the first time, another Double 0 agent is a major character in the shape of 006, Alec Trevelyan (see The Villain). Trevelyan is only the third Double 0 agent to be named, following Bond and Bill Fairbanks, the late 002 mentioned in The Man With The Golden Gun.
Locations: Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility, USSR (circa 1986). The south of France; the Space Weapons Control Centre at Severnaya, Russia (latitude 62.08 N, longitude 102.58 E); London; St Petersburg, Russia; an unidentified Carribbean island; Cuba.
The villain: Alec Trevelyan, formerly 006 of MI6 and a trusted colleague of
Bond's. Trevelyan's parents were Lienz Cossacks, who worked for the Nazis against
the Russians during the Second World War. At the end of the war, the Cossacks turned
to the British, hoping to join them in the fight against Communists. However, they
were sent back to Stalin and slaughtered. Trevelyan's parents survived the death squads,
but his father couldn't live with himself, killing himself and his wife. MI6 knew
of Trevelyan's heritage but believed that he was too young to remember. However, he
really harboured extreme bitterness against the British and was actually working for
his own ends. He faked his death during a mission to the Arkangel Chemical Weapons
Facility in around 1986, although the explosion when Bond destroyed it left him scarred.
This allowed him to concentrate on building up the Janus crime syndicate, through
which he became a major arms dealer, being the first to restock the Iraqis during
the Gulf War. He was based in St Petersburg, living on an old Soviet missile train.
The girl: Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova, a level two systems programmer at Severnaya who worked on the guidance systems. She survives the destruction of the control centre and goes on to help Bond defeat Trevelyan. According to Trevelyan, she tastes of strawberries.
Bond's conquests: Caroline (the women sent to evaluate Bond) and Natalya.
Gadgets: In 1986, Bond uses a digital lock cracking device and a
laser attached to a gun. In the main action
there is something similar in his watch (a similar gadget appeared in the unofficial
film Never Say Never Again), which also provides a remote control to
an explosives detonator (this is old technology, since Trevelyan knows of it).
A leather belt with a 75 foot repelling cord piton. An pen which is actually
a Class 4 grenade with a 4 second
fuse that is activated and deactivated by 4 clicks. A digital camera that
can be linked to a printer and transmitter in the Aston Martin.
In a lovely touch, Bond's private car is a grey Aston Martin DB5 somewhat similar
to the one featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball, although the
registration number is BMT 214A, due to the original one (BMT 216A) not being
available. Ironically, the DB5 features more in the film than the BMW which was
heavily publicised as Bond's new car.
Cameos: Director Martin Campbell plays one of the cyclists unfortunate enough to encounter Bond and Onatopp's race in the south of France. Producer Michael G Wilson appears as one of the members of the Russian security council (as he did in Octopussy). Although not strictly a cameo, the daughter of Eunice Gayson (who played Sylvia Trench in Dr No and From Russia With Love), Kate Jackson, is one of the extras during the casino scenes.
Cuts: The British video version of the film is slightly cut compared with the theatrical release; a brief shot of Onatopp headbutting Natalya in the Cuban jungle scene was removed.
I didn't catch the name?: Bond gives his trademark introduction when he meets Onatopp in the French casino.
Vodka Martinis: Bond orders one, shaken not stirred, when talking to Onatopp in the casino. Onatopp also drinks Vodka Martini, but she drinks it "straight up, with a twist". Both Zukovsky and Trevelyan know of Bond's passion for the drink, since they both refer to it in when disparaging Bond.
Gambling: Bond plays chemin de fer against Onatopp (she calls it baccarat, but it's clearly chemis, which is the variant of bacarrat where the players themselves act as the dealer). He loses the first hand 7 to 8, but then wins with a score of 6 compared to Onatopp's 7.
Bond bits: Bond has a size 34 waist. He speaks French, but seems bemused
by computers. His parents died in a climbing accident. Zukovsky implies
that Bond is the last living agent to still use a Walther PPK.
Other trivia: The GoldenEye weapon system consists of two satellites,
Petya and Mischa, which orbit the Earth at 100 km every 90 minutes. They produce
a nuclear explosion in the upper atmosphere, resulting in an electromagnetic
pulse that destroys everything below that contains an electronic circuit. Each
satellite can only be used once - Petya is used to destroy Severnaya and Mischa is
later destroyed when Natalya causes it to enter the Earth's atmosphere. Interestingly,
the plot of A View To A Kill concerned the development of a microchip
that was impervious to electromagnetic pulses, but it doesn't seem to have caught on!
The film is dedicated to the memory of Derek Meddings, who was the miniature
effects supervisor on this and many previous Bond films including Moonraker
for which he was Oscar nominated.
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