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.
Cast and crew
Jeffrey Caine, Bruce Feirstein
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