The Cold War has ended but not for everyone, especially Alec Trevelyan and General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov. Both want to see the former Soviet Union pay for not keeping the status quo and they are going to use the old Cold War relique GoldenEye to make that a reality. GoldenEye is a satellite system that can trigger the effects of a nuclear blast anywhere that they would want. It doesn’t have the radiation effect of a bomb just the electromagnetic effect. When an electromagnetic pulse goes off it disrupts the electrical signals of everything that is around it. All cars stop, planes fall out of the sky and every single computer is fried and whiped clean of data.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean) are respectively 007 and 006 and are trying to stop General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov (Gottfried John) from using a highly explosive compound to hold the world hostage. During the fire fight we see 006 executed and the entire facility blown up. We are led to believe that the agent is dead and everyone that was in the facility as it blows up and Bond makes a daring skydiving stunt to get into a plane that is about to crash to the bottom of a mountain. What a way to start an action packed film. Too bad Casino Royale didn’t have some of the flair that this film had.
Several years later, in the film, we find James going to meet with the new M after some pleasant banter with Moneypenny (Samantha Bond). M (Judi Dench) is now a woman and also referred to many times as “The Bean Counter”. She seems more focused on the cost of things and is not as cavalier as previous versions of M but she does tell 007 that she has no compunctions about sending him to his death. She is harsh and exacting but she is going to make sure that the job gets done and gets done right. She sends Bond out to find out what happened to a Russian military facility that seems to have been hit with a magnetic pulse. All have been thought to have been killed but as they watch the live satellite feed they see that there is at least one survivor. It is up to James to find this person and find out what has really happened.
I must confess one of the nicest things about the film other then the action was that of Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova. They had her in tights and short skirts right up till almost the end of the film. She is not like most of the Bond girls that we have seen. She is both smart and beautiful and in many ways more intelligent then Bond. She is a programmer for the GoldnEye project and proud to be serving her country by making sure that the satellites stay in orbit and out of the hands of those that would use them to cause devastation around the world. When General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov and his death and pain loving orgasmic companion Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) kill everyone in the facility it is only Natalya that survives the aftermath of the a GoldenEye hit on the facility. Ourumov wanted to make sure that no one would think that there was any part of the project left in place. It was Natalya’s quick wits that saved her. While true that another programmer, Boris Grishenko (Alan Cumming) survived, he was not in the facility but finding other ways to escape the destruction that was to follow.
The way that Ourumov and Onatopp survive themselves is with the use of a stolen helicopter that has been hardened against electronic pulse waves. A helicopter that they stole right under the nose of James while he was being evaluated by one of M’s operatives. Silly M sent a woman to evaluate him and we know how that always turns out. Give 007 a woman and they will always wind up in bed with him.
It is not till the end of the film that we really find out what is happening and if it had went the way that they planned it would have made the Great Depression look like an error in accounting. This film has it all, women, tights, short skirts, explosions and one of the best bonds there has been to thrill all the ladies. This film is one that everyone is going to be able to enjoy and get into. If there is only one James Bond film that you must see, this is definitely the one to see.
I give this film a Musing review of