Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco
Plot: When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred.
Because the series was caught up in litigation, the six-and-a-half-year hiatus between the release of Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995) is the longest gap between Bond films since the series first started in 1962.
First 007 movie in the series to feature a female - Judi Dench - in the role of M, head of the UK's security agency MI6 (Foreign Intelligence). Dench's character was reportedly inspired by the career of Stella Rimington, former Director-General of the UK's MI5 (Domestic Intelligence) and first woman to head that organization. Lois Maxwell, who played the character Moneypenny in Bond movies from 1962-1985, had made the suggestion of having M as a woman in 1985. Martin Campbell revived that idea for this movie.
Long-standing visual effects supervisor Derek Meddings died of natural causes a few months after filming was completed, hence the dedication of the film to him.
Pierce Brosnan is the last actor to play James Bond in the EON Productions official series who was cast by founding James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.
John Woo turned down the chance to direct. He said he was honoured by the offer.
Paul McGann was the original choice for the role of Bond after Liam Neeson turned down the role. He would have been cast in the role had Pierce Brosnan turned down the role.
The 1st James Bond movie directed by Martin Campbell. Martin Campbell returned 11 years later to direct Daniel Craig in his debut as James Bond for the reboot Casino Royale (2006).
Minnie Driver has a cameo as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky's (Robbie Coltrane) mistress, Irina. She sings "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette in the nightclub. She was paid $5000 for the role.
Martin Campbell has a cameo as one of the cyclists who get toppled over when James Bond and Xenia Onatopp race past them.
006, Alec Trevelyan, was originally named Augustus Trevelyan, and written as a much older character and a former mentor of Bond. The producers were keen to hire Anthony Hopkins for the part, but he turned it down. Alan Rickman also turned down the role, stating that he was tired of playing villains. Finally, Sean Bean was cast after the part was rewritten
As M is about to send Bond on his GoldenEye mission, she tells him not to run off on a personal vendetta. M refers to the events of the previous film License to Kill (1989). Which, Bond went rogue and set out to get his revenge on drug lord Franz Sanchez whom tortured Felix Leiter and left him for dead and murdering Leiter's bride Delia Churchill.
The previous 007 movie, Licence to Kill (1989), used a contest advertising campaign to help generate interest for the film. The winner of the contest was promised a cameo role in the next James Bond picture. Unfortunately, due to many production issues, work on GoldenEye (1995) did not begin for many years. Nevertheless, the contest winner was given a scene after the long delay. She does not have a speaking part, but you can see her in a lovely gold and black evening dress looking over Onatopp's shoulder as she plays Baccarat against Bond.
Famke Janssen broke a rib during the sauna fight scene according to her interview for Everything or Nothing (2012). Before filming the sequence Janssen encouraged Pierce Brosnan to run her into the wall as hard as he could, and actually insisted he do it, citing that the walls were padded.
Agent 007 kills 47 people in this film, making this the highest amount of people James Bond has killed in a single Bond film.
Several changes had to be made to the script during production because the plot was virtually identical to True Lies (1994) which was being released at the time.
Features the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie. The drop was over 722 ft. The man who did the jump later has a cameo as the black-haired Tiger helicopter pilot shot by Onatopp.
At the time the script was being written the producers were under the assumption that Timothy Dalton would be renewing the role of Bond. It was written to match Dalton's darker, more realistic portrayal of 007.
"Goldeneye" is the nickname of Bond creator Ian Fleming's beachfront house in Jamaica where, between 1952 and 1964, he wrote the Bond novels and short stories. It was named for the contingency plan that the SIS, whose members included Fleming himself, devised in the event of a Nazi invasion of Spain.
Computer graphics were used to create the famous "gun barrel" opening, making this film the first In the James Bond series to use CGI.
Ralph Fiennes auditioned for James Bond. He would later replace Judi Dench as M in Skyfall (2012).