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GoldenEye

Six years after Timothy Dalton's last po-faced outing as 007, Brosnan takes over the role which Sean Connery once said was 'as difficult as Hamlet'. There's also a new Miss Moneypenny (Bond), a new M (Dench) and a new post-Communist world order. This Bond has been ruthlessly updated for '90s Russia: one scene takes place in a breaker's yard full of redundant Soviet statues. There's also an attempt to add depth to his character by introducing moral dilemmas - should he surrender, or let agent 006 (Bean) die? - and a hint of inner struggle. Thankfully, some things stay the same: Llewelyn makes his 15th appearance as Q, and there's another baddy who wants to inflict damage on the world, by stealing and controlling the 'GoldenEye' satellite activator, which disables everything electronic from outer space. Brosnan is most comfortable fighting, escaping or making the odd quip; in the more pensive scenes, particularly with impressive love interest Natalya (Scorupco), he seems lost. Director Campbell keeps matters bowling along and even manages to recapture something of the look of the earlier films.

Release details

Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Martin Campbell
Screenwriter: Jeffrey Caine, Bruce Feirstein
Cast: Pierce Brosnan
Sean Bean
Izabella Scorupco
Famke Janssen
Desmond Llewelyn
Joe Don Baker
Judi Dech
Robbie Coltrane
Tchéky Karyo
Alan Cumming
Minnie Driver
Samantha Bond
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