Just lazing around last night, so I quickly scanned the list of free HD movies found OnDemand from Comcast. Nothing too intriguing until I hit GoldenEye. As I mentioned in my review of Casino Royale that I hadn't seen any of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies, thus I didn't know that Judi Dench had taken over as "M". Coincidentally enough, GoldenEye (sic) was the Bond debut for both of them, so it was a good opportunity to catch a Brosnan Bond.
I can remember saying back in the day when I was a Remington Steele fan that Brosnan would make an excellent Bond. And he did, although the performance felt a little stiff and forced. Perhaps he does a better job in later movies, although this wasn't too bad. He sure looks the part.
In GoldenEye, Bond goes up against some Russian treachery, as the unbelievably wild and sexy Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp (played with stylish pizazz by Famke Janssen) steals a helicopter and helps hijack a secret Russian super EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) bomb that can knock out the electrical devices in an entire city. Bond obviously gets in the way, rescuing a beautiful Russian technologist in the process.
Not too bad, although the violence was pretty overwhelming. I always thought of the Bond sagas as having more subtlety than just having him machine gun down hordes of faceless foot soliders, which happened on several occasions. And the baddy kept having these wacky setups to try and kill Bond with panache, which were as annoying as ever. Oh, Hollywood still can't do fake snow that is in the slightest way believable.
The picture quality was really nice, but the sound was only in stereo, which is often the case for the free ones. I'll bet it would have given the subwoofer a real work out. Tina Turner's theme song was good, as was the opening montage. And it had an excellent car race along the twisty mountain roads.
But in the end, it was about all that you could hope for from a Bond - delicious women, exhilirating escapes, solid supporting cast and wildly implausible plots! There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.