Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #336 GoldenEye

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Movie #336 GoldenEye

(1995, UK, d. Martin Campbell)

Comparing the fresh infusion of life GoldenEye made to the Bond series to the one Casino Royale gave a decade later with a new lead, it’s almost pathetic to compare the two, but the former actually did a lot of the James Bond series. First of all, the introduction of Pierce Brosnan into the franchise was a great addition to the franchise. Considering the last James Bond was a stone-faced man without real acting chops named Timothy Dalton, Brosnan feels like a much more classically trained actor here. He adds a certain amount of vulnerability to the role – its feels as if internally, this actor is processing some psychological obstacles little better than his predecessor. The plot, though now it feels a little overplayed and cliche, was also a wonderful new addition to the franchise. Though the following could be easily argued with, I thought it took the Bond stories to a different level – introducing more pivotal characters and adding a forceful linear narrative to connect the powerhouse visuals we were watching. And though we’ve moved on to the next (and even more mature) James Bond, GoldenEye is a wonderful historical reminder to how the franchise changed slowly, one movie at a time.

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