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Goldeneye ★★★ 1995 (PG-13)

Bond is back, in the longawaited (eight years) debut of Brosnan as legendary Brit agent 007. Since we're through the Cold War, Bond has to make do with the villainy of the Russian Mafia, who are planning to sabotage global financial markets utilizing the “Goldeneye” satellite weapon. There's a spectacularly impossible stunt to start things out in familiar territory and lots more noisy (if prolonged) action pieces. Brosnan (who looks great in a tux) is slyly selfaware that his character is more myth than man and Janssen does a suitably overthetop job as bad Bond girl Xenia Onatopp. Tina Turner sings the dreary title track. 130m/C VHS, DVD . Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen, Sean Bean, Izabela Scorupco, Joe Don Baker, Robbie Coltrane, Judi Dench, Tcheky Karyo, Gottfried John, Alan Cumming, Desmond Llewelyn, Michael Kitchen, Serena Gordon, Samantha Bond, Minnie Driver; D: Martin Campbell; W: Jeffrey Caine, Michael France; C: Phil Meheux; M: Eric Serra. Blockbuster ‘96: Action Actor, T. (Brosnan).

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