Sunday, 16 September 2012
Technically, I think this is also one of the better movies. It came out at a time when CGI was just coming into its own and, even though it is easy to see that it is heavily green screened, I've seen recent movies that do a vastly worse job than Goldeneye. As far as settings go, it does what we expect in Bond movies. There's cold Russia, the Caribbean, Europe, etc. So there's really nothing special there. One of the things that really stands out here is the innovative tank chasing Ouromov through the streets of St Petersburg. Normally, Bond uses his own car with all of its gadgets. In Goldeneye, he had to improvise with something he isn't familiar with and it results in some cool over the top property destruction.
I know why they had to switch to Daniel Craig to play James Bond. And I like the Craig movies and the direction its going. But I am saddened that Brosnan was made to stop. I really think that he saved the franchise at a time when people were kind of tired of it. He brought new life and coolness to the character that Timothy Dalton couldn't. Fortunately, we have four Brosnan Bond movies and all of them are watchable (and Tomorrow Never Dies is my favourite of the franchise). So see it.