Ranking The Best Bond Movies: Part 3 (#10-#6)
9) 1995’s Goldeneye
Words like “watchable” and “decent” might often be used to describe Pierce Brosnan’s tenure as James Bond, but Goldeneye deserves some better adjectives than that, especially considering it may have saved the franchise. License To Kill was far from a smash hit at the box office, and with the collapse of the Soviet Union and longtime producer Albert R Broccoli’s declining health, many experts thought continuing the series was a dumb decision. Goldeneye needed to be a hit. It needed to appeal to a new generation of fans, and it certainly did.
From the toilet punch to the ludicrous airplane stunt, the introduction purposefully strikes a far lighter tone than previous efforts, and much about the rest of the film’s runtime is spent reminding us to have a little fun. We’re given a promiscuous, sadistic supervillain named Xenia Onatopp, a belligerent Russian computer programmer, creepy statues, a rogue general, stolen helicopters, satellite weapons and Robbie Coltrane’s seriously underrated Valentine Zukovsky. It’s a grandiose and goofy good time.
It should also be noted that Sean Bean’s Alec Trevelyan is a top-notch villain. He really sells the introduction at the beginning with the scream of “For England, James” and proves his goals quite effectively when he tells one of his henchman to shoot Boris if he moves from the chair while trying to break the codes. He’s the right balance of imposing and intelligent, and he and the tone are the main reasons why Goldeneye remains so damn likeable almost two decades later.
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