After a prototype helicopter capable of withstanding an electromagnetic pulse is stolen from under the noses of the Royal Navy while demonstrating its capabilities in Monte Carlo, it is used in an attack on a Russian bunker in Severnaya.

The bunker is the control centre for the Goldeneye satellites, each of which is armed with an electromagnetic pulse weapon designed to destroy enemy communications and electronic equipment, one of which is used to destroy the complex’s capabilities.

James Bond is sent to St Petersburg to investigate the attack, where he learns that the head of the organisation responsible, Janus, is none other that his former colleague, Alec Trevelyan (006), who went missing in action while on assignment with 007 many years before.

After locating the dish used to control the rogue Goldeneye satellite to Cuba, 007 and Natalya Simonova infiltrate the Janus command centre where they learn of Trevelyan’s plan to destroy Britain’s economy.

What we say

While Goldeneye is hardly a return to classic style Bond films, Pierce Brosnan is at least likable in the role. However, the film retains too many comedy elements left over from the Roger Moore era, something that would plague all Brosnan’s films.


Original release

US Premiere: 13th November 1995 at Radio City Music Hall, New York
US: 17th November 1995
UK Premiere: 22nd November 1995 at the Odeon Leicester Square
UK: 24th November 1995

Principal crew

Director Martin Campbell
Screenplay Michael France, Jeffrey Caine & Bruce Feirstein
Producer Barbara Broccoli & Michael G Wilson
Music Eric Serra
Editing Terry Rawlings
Production design Peter Lamont
Cinematography Phil Meheux


Pierce Brosnan James Bond
Sean Bean Alec Trevelyan
Izabella Scorupco Natalya Simonova
Famke Janssen Xenia Onatopp
Joe Don Baker Jack Wade
Judi Dench M
Robbie Coltrane Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky
Gottfried John General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
Alan Cumming Boris Grishenko
Tchéky Karyo Defense Minister Dmitri Mishkin
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Samantha Bond Miss Moneypenny
Michael Kitchen Bill Tanner
Serena Gordon Caroline
Simon Kunz Severnaya Duty Officer
Pavel Douglas French Warship Captain
Olivier Lajous French Warship Officer
Billy J. Mitchell Admiral Chuck Farrell
Constantine Gregory Computer Store Manager
Minnie Driver Irina
Michelle Arthur Anna
Ravil Isyanov MiG Pilot
Vladimir Milanovich Croupier
Trevor Byfield Train Driver
Peter Majer Valentin’s Bodyguard


  • Bollinger Grande Annee 1988
  • Vodka martini (ordered in the casino but not consumed)
  • Jack Daniel’s Black Label


BMW Z3 from Goldeneye

BMW Z3 Roadster (1995)


  • “How can you act like this? How can you be so cold?”
    “It’s what keeps me alive.”
    “No. It’s what keeps you alone.”
  • “If you think for one moment I don’t have the balls to send a man out to die, your instincts are dead wrong.”
  • “Do you destroy every vehicle you get into?”
    “Standard operating procedure. Boys with toys.”
  • “I am invincible!”

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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