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->'''M''': You don't like me, Bond. You don't like my methods. You think I'm an accountant; a bean counter more interested in my numbers than your "instincts".\\
'''Bond''': The thought had occurred to me.\\
'''M''': Good, because I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur -- a relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though wasted on me, obviously appealed to the young woman I sent out to evaluate you.

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''[=GoldenEye=]'' was the first ''Film/JamesBond'' film after [[DevelopmentHell a six-year hiatus]] following ''Film/LicenceToKill'', the first mainly set in Russia, the first done after the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and the first to star Creator/PierceBrosnan as 007.

The film opens in [[TheEighties 1986]]: Bond and his partner Alec Trevelyan (SeanBean) are dropped into [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Arkhangelsk]] to take out an illicit weapons depot, but things get sticky when an alarm is tripped and Trevelyan is killed by the ruthless General Ourumov in the melee.

Cut to the present day, where spies have traded in their [=Walther PPKs=] for pocket protectors, and MI6 is being retrofitted for the 21st century -- with a bureaucracy to match. Bond's mission, should he choose to accept it (damn, [[MissionImpossible wrong franchise]]!), is to investigate the re-activation of an old Soviet space weapon, the titular Goldeneye, which has fallen into the hands of some [[RenegadeRussian wily ex-Soviets]]. But little does he know that there is far more to this mission than meets the eye (ho ho), and he will be forced to face his past when it comes back to haunt him. And shoot at him.

The Bond Girls for this go-round include Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), a Russian programmer who [[HeKnowsTooMuch knows more about the theft of Goldeneye]] than is healthy, and Xenia Onatopp (FamkeJanssen), a sadist who crumples men between her thighs.

A quick note on the origin of the name. It's [[ShoutOut named after]] Fleming's house in Jamaica, Goldeneye, which is in turn named after Ian Fleming's (who was at the time in British Naval Intelligence) plan for maintaining control of Gibraltar in the event that fascist Spain entered UsefulNotes/WorldWarII on the side of UsefulNotes/NaziGermany, which in turn is named after Carson McCullers' novel Reflections in a Golden Eye.

Bonus confusion: the fiction film ''[=GoldenEye=]'' should not be confused with the documentary film ''Golden Eye'', which is about the aforementioned house in Jamaica. Especially not if you're a British newspaper giving away the latter on DVD bundled with the paper itself, and supporting said offer with a TV advertising campaign, ''Daily Mail''. It tends to get you shouted at by the advertising regulator.

[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 Click here]] for the {{Nintendo 64}} video game adaptation, or [[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii click here]] for the NintendoWii remake. [[Pinball/GoldenEye Click here]] for the arcade pinball game from Creator/{{Sega}}.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Q can't help but laugh at Bond's "writing's on the wall" joke.
* AirVentPassageway: Subverted. Xenia shoots the vent when she sees that the cover has been pushed out of place, but [[KansasCityShuffle Natalya is hiding in the cupboard]].
** Bond also infiltrates the Arkangel facility through an air vent dropping into a toilet stall. "Beg your pardon, I forgot to knock."
* TheAllegedCar: Jack Wade's Zaporozhec, whose engine seems to have a love-hate relationship with Jack's sledgehammer.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler: Bond chooses to save Natalya rather than shoot Trevelyan.]]
* AntiLoveSong: The theme song is from the point of view of a woman who's planning to get revenge on her former lover.
* AntiVillain: Trevelyan sets up his elaborate scheme in order to [[spoiler:get revenge against the British government for his parents' death.]]
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: When Ouromov shoots Defence Minister Mishkin and a guard with Bond's pistol, he removes the clip but doesn't clear the chamber. Bond could have shot him and walked away. Of course, the whole thing was a pretence to work in a chase scene and then the tank chase scene.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Need I remind you, 007, that you have a license to kill, not to break the traffic laws."
* AttemptedRape: Xenia Onatopp tries to do this twice to Bond, although he eventually overpowers her and brushes it off with typical flippancy both times.
-->'''Xenia:''' [[TheImmodestOrgasm Yes! Yes! Yes!]]\\
'''Bond:''' ''[After overpowering her and holding her at gunpoint]'' [[IronicEcho No, no, no]]. No more foreplay. Take me to Janus.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: After receiving an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, M still says to Bond before he leaves for Russia, "007, [[TryNotToDie Come back alive]]."
** Likewise Q and Bond share a chuckle during the exploding pen demonstration.
* BavarianFireDrill: Natalya pretends to be a teacher at an IBM showroom and [[RefugeInAudacity blags her way into]] getting a private room with a test model of a new IBM computer, complete with a modem -- which she then uses to contact Boris.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Bond and Natalya. Justified in that she's been running for her life and has no idea who to trust. After he saves her from the helicopter, helps her fight their way through the archive, rescues her from Trevelyan, and gets them out of an exploding train, she's a lot more receptive to him.
* BerserkButton: Boris makes an attempt to crack Natalya's access codes, but quickly blows up from the pressure he's under.
--->'''Boris''' (screaming): ''"GIVE ME THE CODES NATALYA!!! GIVE THEM TO MEEE!!!11"''
* BigBad: Janus/[[spoiler:Alec Trevelyan]]
** [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]
* BlasphemousBoast: In a minor example, Trevelyan tells Ouromov "...in 48 hours, you and I will have more money than God..."
* BondOneLiner: With Xenia's death, Bond quips to Natalya, "She always did enjoy a good squeeze." How wrong they were.
** Earlier, at the Severnaya massacre, Xenia tries for this -- "I had to ventilate someone". Unfortunately for her and Ourumov, Natalya wasn't actually hiding in the ventilation shaft.
* BondVillainStupidity: This is a ''Bond'' movie after all. Repeated examples made more ridiculous because the villains have tangled with Bond before and lost, so [[GenreBlindness they should know better]].
** Ouromov has Bond at his mercy in the interrogation room and decides to [[EvilGloating gloat]] to Bond about his alternate scheme to frame Bond [[spoiler: for Mishkin's murder]] and then shoot him. Not as bad as other examples from the series, as it was only going to take Ouromov another second to kill Bond, but it's just enough time Bond needs.
** Bond is captured by Trevelyan's henchman in Cuba, and [[IWantThemAlive Trevelyan insists on talking to him rather than just killing him]]. However, a few minutes later when Natalya is captured, it's revealed that she [[spoiler:reprogrammed the [=GoldenEye=] satellite to descend and burn up in the atmosphere]]. Trevelyan then holds Bond at gunpoint to make her fix it.
* BookshelfDominoes: Bond and Natalya push over a row of bookshelves to block a door.
* BoringInsult: Bond uses this on Trevelyan to describe Trevelyan's scheme. What makes this especially hilarious is the look Boris gives Trevelyan following the exchange.
-->'''James Bond''': You break into the Bank of England via computer, then transfer the money electronically, seconds before you set off the [=GoldenEye=], which erases any record of the transactions. Ingenious.\\
'''Alec Trevelyan''': Thank you, James.\\
'''Jams Bond''': But it still boils down to petty theft. In the end, you're just a bank robber. Nothing more than a common thief.
* BottomlessMagazines: Exactly ''how long'' is Xenia standing there machine gunning the programmers on a single magazine? How long can Bond fire an AK-74 before reloading? Attempted to be {{averted|Trope}} by showing Bond [[ThrowAwayGuns pick up new AK-74s as he goes.]]
* {{Bowdlerise}}: A small amount of content, mostly fight footage, was cut so the film could be released in British cinemas with [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications a 12 rather than a 15]] following the lackluster commercial success of the 15-rated ''Film/LicenceToKill'' - an uncut DVD edition was later released.
* BreakingSpeech: Trevelyan often tries to demoralize Bond by pointing out his body count or his many dead lovers.
* BrickJoke
** There's lines between Xenia and Bond in their encounters about the 'pleasure being all theirs' - first after the Casino, where Bond says it, next after the sauna, in which it's more cynically given to Bond by Xenia - ''despite her actually [[OrgasmicCombat having an orgasm]] during the sauna scene and [[CombatSadomasochist clearly enjoying herself]]'' - and finally in the jungles of Cuba, where she beats on Bond and pretty much demands that the pleasure will be all hers.
** And Boris' Catchphrase "YES! [[TemptingFate I AM INVINCIBLE!]]", which he deploys toward the film's end after declaring it earlier on. [[HumanPopsicle Until....]]
* {{Callback}}: Boris' situation at the end mirrors Natalya's one earlier, as he survives a destruction of a satellite control station and ends up in something cold.
** When Bond first encounters a still living Trevelyan, Bond says 'Do you expect me to feel sorry for you?' to which Trevelyan responds 'No, I expect you to die for me' in reference to the classic 'Do you expect me to talk?' from {{Film/Goldfinger}}
* CampingACrapper: Bond knocks out a guard in a men's room.
* CantBatheWithoutAWeapon: Invoked during the sauna scene. Xenia attacks Bond while while he's having a leisurely swim at his hotel. He retrieves his gun from alongside his towel once out of the pool, and sets it down when Xenia begins to kiss him. Conveniently, it disappears when Onatopp starts crushing the life out of him, presumably as not to ruin the tension and provide a too-easy ending to the fight - although Bond curiously retrieves it from the [[ContinuitySnarl same spot he set it down on earlier]] at the scene's end.
* CarFu: "Use the bumper! That's what it's for!"
* TheCasanova: Bond of course. Though in this film it gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a few times.
** M gives Bond a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and calls him "a sexist, misogynist dinosaur" in regards to his womanizing ways.
** Trevelyan asks Bond if he "found forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for [[TemporaryLoveInterest all the dead ones]] you [[DisposableLoveInterest failed to protect]]".
** Natalya gets angry at Bond for treating her like a GirlOfTheWeek.
* CatchPhrase: Beyond Bond's classics, there are:
** Alec Trevelyan's "For England, James?"
** After beating Xenia at Baccarat, Xenia tells Bond in regards to the money he's won, "Enjoy it, while it lasts" to which Bond replies that those are the [[MeaningfulEcho very words he lives by]]
** Boris' "Yes! I AM INVINCIBLE!"
** Xenia's screaming [[TheImmodestOrgasm "Yes!"]]
** Natalya's "Boys and their toys!"
* ChaseScene: This entry avoids the usual Bond movie car chase scene, due to BMW signing on too late for their ProductPlacement and only providing the film makers with a prototype, so it couldn't be damaged in any way. However, it more than makes up for it by having a chase scene with a {{tank|Goodness}}. One of the most memorable in the Bond franchise.
* ChekhovsGun
** Bond changing the timers on the explosives from six minutes to three. Trevelyan does it back to him and Natalya when he leaves them to die on the train.
** Boris's habit for clicking and spinning pens. The use of the [[spoiler:pen grenade activated by clicking it rapidly]] seems to have a natural conclusion.
** The oil leak in Trevelyan's base.
** It's a ''Bond'' movie, so of course, all the gadgets Bond receives at Q Branch. The only exception is the [[spoiler:Watch Laser]], which isn't shown or talked about, so it ends up as a DeusExMachina. It's inadvertently subverted with the BMW. Q explains all of the awesome things it does, and then Bond uses it to .... drive to a meeting point. The reason for this is that not only it entered production too late to write a scene with it, but also BMW lent the only prototype for production of the film, so they couldn't use it in any stunts or action scenes where it might get damaged in any way. Otherwise we would've seen it do what Bond cars usually do.
*** It's made up for in the tank chase, which is conveniently foreshadowed when Bond is on the run in the Archives Library, as he looks down through the window at the motorpool.
** Boris' "spiking" computer attack.
** Boris explaining the way "spiking" works to Natalya, which comes in handy when Bond and Natalya use it to find Trevelyan's second base of operations.
** Q explaining how his gadgets work. In particular, when Q explains how the belt grappling hook works, and Bond asks "What if I need additional support?" to which Q replies, "It's tested for one." which becomes prominent later when, while preparing to use it, [[spoiler: he has Natalya with him and can't use it for both of them. Then she falls through the floor and is captured, thus solving that part of the problem.]]
** Valentin explaining to Bond about the Lienz Cossacks. [[spoiler: Bond will reveal it (Alec being a Lienz Cossack) to Ourumov during the train scene. Obviously, Alec betrays Ourumov like the Lienz Cossacks did with the Russians in WWII.]]
-->'''Bond''': Ourumov, what has this Cossack promised you? You knew, didn't you? ''He's a Lienz Cossack''.
-->'''Alec Trevelyan''': It's in the past...
-->'''Bond''': He'll ''betray'' you! Just like everyone else.
-->'''Ourumov''': Is this true?
-->'''Alec Trevelyan''': What's true is that in 48 hours you and I will have [[BlasphemousBoast more money than God]]...
** Wade telling Bond that if he needs help, to get on the horn, and Wade will send in the Marines. [[ConcertKiss Sure he will]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Boris scoffs that Natalya is a "second-level programmer" who "works on the guidance system." Guess how she disables the Goldeneye?
* CollapsingLair: Trevelyan's base in Cuba. [[spoiler: First, the pen grenade combined with the oil leak tear the base apart, then it becomes even worse when the antenna falls on the dish, the wreckage perforates the ceiling and it invades the underground base. Complete destruction.]]
* ComicBookAdaptation: Topps Comics launched a mini-series adapting the film, but it was cancelled after only the first issue and as of 2014 the complete adaptation has never been published.
** The cancellation is often rumoured to have something to do with [[http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery/data/media/73/Goldeneye2Cover.jpg this]] cover; no-one is entirely certain what actually happened to get both issues pulled rather than making a variant cover, although Topps Comics did not have the best fortune during the 90's.
* ComicBookTime: The first Bond film to really avert this. While previous films in the series had made mention of incidents in other films, this is the first where a serious jump in time occurs with nine years passing in between the pre-title scenes and the rest of the film. Emphasis is placed on the fact that the scenes before the title sequence took place during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and that it's over now.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Mishkin pretends to be interrogating Bond, but Natalya Simonova is his real target. Bond even suffers a TakeThat one-liner from Mishkin after Simonova spills the beans.
* ComplexityAddiction: This is a ''Bond'' movie after all. However, unlike most movies in the series this one has a justification.
** Trevelyan puts Bond in a helicopter that's about to blow itself up, which he escapes from. Justified, since Trevelyan was ''not'' trying to kill Bond (he was pretty sure Bond would get out of it), but intending to incriminate him for crimes Trevelyan has committed or had carried with his "Janus" cover against the Russians with that very helicopter (namely, the shootings at Severnaya and the subsequent cover-up with the bombing). When the Russians show up after the explosion and find Bond with the wreckage, they assume the worst and take him into custody.
*** It's played straight when Trevelyan tries to kill Bond in the train car rigged to explode in [[spoiler:"[[IronicEcho The same six minutes you gave me]]."]] feeling the need to give Bond a KarmicDeath, and of course, it's just enough time for Bond to escape. There was no reason Trevelyan couldn't have set the timers just long enough for his chopper to get clear or have used explosives that could be detonated by remote or simply not told Bond about them.
** This gets a LampshadeHanging by Bond when he's being interrogated by Mishkin.
-->'''Mishkin''': So, by what means shall we execute you, Commander?
-->'''Bond''': What? [[BondVillainStupidity No small talk? No chit chat?]] See, that's the problem with the world these days; nobody takes the time to do a really sinister interrogation anymore.
** Bond himself does it. When asked by Valentin why Bond just shot him in the leg and didn't kill him, Bond replies, "Call it professional courtesy.", though [[FridgeLogic there might be more to it than just that.]] If Bond had killed Valentin before the events of the movie, he wouldn't have an ex-KGB agent to seek out in order to set up a meeting with Janus. Valentin continues to play a major role in The World Is Not Enough as well.
* ComputerEqualsMonitor: Boris, toward the end. Then again, he ''is'' visibly frazzled.
* ConcertKiss: [[spoiler: At the end of the film, while making out, and thinking they're alone, Natalya asks, "Suppose someone is watching?" to which Bond replies, "There's no one within 25 miles of here." Then Wade suddenly appears, and Bond and Natalya are a little embarrassed but thinking it's not too bad, Wade suddenly calls out a command, [[BrickJoke to which dozens of Marines]], right in the area where Bond and Natalya were making out, blended in with the ground by camouflage, suddenly appear.]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Bond's performance evaluation just happens to take place in the same city where the Tiger helicopter is scheduled for demonstration.
** Since M says she sent the 'girl' to evaluate Bond, it seems more likely that Bond was already there on the trail of the Janus syndicate, and his evaluation took place in the field. Although that explanation would simply make the contrived coincidence be the fact that Bond gets into a flirtatious car chase with Xenia, the very person-of-interest he's there to track down...
* CoolCar: Bond's tricked-out BMW got to the filmmakers too late to be use in the movie (thus the tank chase) but was so cool that it apparently followed Bond to the USA, where Jack Wade traded an airplane for it.
* CoolTrain: Trevelyan's missile train base.
* CreepyCathedral: Where Natalya goes to meet Boris and gets kidnapped by Trevelyan.
* CutTheJuice: The [=GoldenEye=] does this by ''destroying everything electronic'' in its blast. It's essentially the KillSat version of an [=EMP=].
* {{Cyberpunk}}: Arguably, seeing as the film was made when the Internet was only young and computing was really beginning to take off. This can be seen in Boris being a wizard '{{h|ollywoodHacking}}acker' as well as Natalya demanding to use several [=IBMs=] with jargon-infused specifications at a computer shop.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: Some of the various Russian soldiers gunned down.
* DeadpanSnarker: Samantha Bond's portrayal of Moneypenny is the snarkiest of the three to date.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:Xenia, who enjoying crushing men to death, was crushed to death herself by a tree when Bond shoots down the helicopter that was holding the safety harness that Xenia was in]]. As Bond himself {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s, [[BondOneLiner "She always did enjoy a good squeeze."]]
* DeathByLookingUp
** Subverted by Natalya in Severnaya when the set of computer screens falling from the ceiling stop right above her.
** [[spoiler: Trevelyan, when he lands in the drained reservoir and the cradle falls right on top of him.]]
* DeconReconSwitch: Begins by asking if Bond's still relevant in a post-Cold War world. Answers that question with "He drives a tank around St. Petersburg."
* DeconstructorFleet: The header quote nicely sums up Bond's uneasiness with the TheNineties. The series had trouble finding its niche in a politically-correct world; hence, Bond literally finds himself [[WereStillRelevantDammit a man out of time]].
** Trevelyan asks Bond if "all those vodka martinis" can [[DrowningMySorrows drown out the screams]] of the men he's killed, and suggests his chronic womanizing is a means to forget the numerous women he let perish. Cynical stuff!
** The casting of Dame Judi Dench as M. It provided something never before seen in the Bond universe: a female authority figure.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: Bond destroys a Perrier Truck with the tank.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:The watch laser]] that Bond uses to escape from the train car. Not exactly far-fetched since it's ''Bond'' movie, but what makes it fall under this category is it not being shown during the scene with Q where all the other gadgets are shown and talked about. Since it's a Bond film, a Type 3 ChekhovsGun "to write the story out of a corner" variant occurs with the other Q gadgets.
* DiedStandingUp: After the explosion around him, Boris Grishenko comes out of the desk he used as cover unharmed to shout: “YES! I AM INVINCIBLE!!”; failing to notice the tanks of liquid nitrogen [[spoiler: which explodes… [[HumanPopsicle freezing him in his current pose]]]].
* DigitalDestruction: The Ultimate Edition DVD suffers from overly cropped picture. This became fixed for the Blu-Ray Disc, but that disc unfortunately has more severe digital noise reduction than any other James Bond Blu-Ray.
* DirtyCommunists: Referenced throughout the film, as the characters talk about the UsefulNotes/ColdWar and [[TheNewRussia the post-Cold War world.]]
* DisposableLoveInterest: Trevelyan asks Bond "if you've found forgiveness in the arms of [[TheCasanova all those willing women]] for all the dead ones you failed to protect."
* DisproportionateRetribution: "A worldwide financial meltdown, and all so [[spoiler: mad little Alec]] can settle a grudge with the British Government fifty years old."
* DoubleEntendre: Boris' passwords. "They're right in front of you, and can open very large doors." [[spoiler:Knockers.]] [[ChekhovsGun This becomes a plot point later]], when Natalya is trying to crack one with a string of Double Entendres, but the answer is actually innocuous. "You sit on it, but can't take it with you." [[spoiler:Chair.]]
** And of course it wouldn't be a Bond film without 007 using them.
*** "As you can see, I have no problem with female authority."
*** "Let's drink to your evaluation. A very... thorough evaluation."
* DrinkOrder: When Bond and Xenia are in the casino, Bond orders his usual [[TrademarkFavoriteFood vodka martini, shaken not stirred]], and Xenia orders the same, resulting in this exchange.
-->'''Bond''': How do you take it?
-->'''Xenia''': [[DoubleEntendre Straight up, with a twist.]]
** This is also the film in which the new M states her preference:
-->'''Bond''': Your predecessor kept some cognac in the top d--
-->'''M''': [[EstablishingCharacterMoment I prefer bourbon]].
* DuelingHackers: Boris' favorite pastime at Severnaya when he isn't doing what he's supposed to do.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Trevelyan's lair in Cuba. Doubles as an UnderwaterBase while it's submerged.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: Wade has a tattoo on his leg of a rose and the name of this third wife, Muffy.
* {{EMP}}: The titular Goldeneye is possibly the best example in modern cinema.
* EmptyQuiver: The entire plot is set off by the theft of the ''[=GoldenEye=]'' weapon. (It's a nuclear warhead in orbit, designed to shoot a concentrated EMP at a single target when detonated, rather than making a burst that destroys everything in range of the blast.)
* EnemyMine: Bond gets Valentin to help him by using their common enemy in Trevelyan.
-->'''Valentin''': He wants ''me'' to do him a favor!
* EtTuBrute: Bond's reaction to [[spoiler: Alec's fake death and his plot to destroy England's financial systems]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Xenia's orgasmic massacre of the Severnaya satellite control center's staff is enough to startle General Ourumov, albeit briefly.
** Ourumov is also taken aback as Bond tells him that [[spoiler:Trevelyan is a Lienz Cossack, and therefore a traitor]].
* EveryManHasHisPrice: Wouldn't be Bond without him using money to deal with at least one situation; in this case, getting Valentin to set up a meeting between Bond and Janus.
-->'''Wade''': So let me get this straight. Jimmy; you shot him in the leg, you stole his car, [[TheCasanova you took his girl]], and now you want Valentin Zukovsky to set you up with Janus? What are you gonna do? Appeal to his heart?
-->'''Bond''': No, his wallet.
* EvilCounterpart: Alec Trevelyan, as a renegade -00 agent.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: Severnaya and "Cuban Severnaya".
* FaceHeelTurn: Alec Trevelyan, but given he appeared to have died in that explosion, it's understandable why it hit Bond very hard to find that Trevelyan has turned against England.
** Ouromov, who betrays the Russian government to join the Janus crime syndicate.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Subverted at the last second at the Severnaya base, when a hanging rack of computer monitors falls from the ceiling onto Natalya, stopping mere centimetres above her body. Though played straight on Trevelyan at the end.
* FirstNameBasis: Alec Trevelyan is the only Bond villain in the series to address Bond as "James" instead of "Mr. Bond." It may also double as SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay. Bond, already on edge, instinctively points his gun in the direction of the voice, but gradually lowers it in shock and surprise, just as Trevelyan reveals himself.
** Ouromov at first addresses Mishkin by his title of "Defense Minister" and does so at first when he is yelling at Mishkin after he bursts in on Mishkin interrogating Bond and Natalya. After a brief argument, he addresses Mishkin by his first name of "Dmitri" when he calms down and asks him a question, prompting Mishkin to yell for the guards.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Ourumov and Xenia steal the [=GoldenEye=] equipment and set the satellite to fire on Severnaya, look at TheBigBoard carefully; [[spoiler:the [[ChekhovsGun second satellite]]'s orbital path is clearly visible]].
** Our first glimpse of Alec Trevalyan comes as he is pointing a gun at Bond's head shouting at him in Russian.
** Some of the lyrics to the theme echo Trevelyan's future motives. Not that this is new for the franchise, but it's used in a more subtle manner to hide the plot twist.
** This exchange between Bond and M early on in the film.
--->'''M''': Avenging Alec Trevelyan will not bring him back.\\
'''Bond''': You didn't get him killed.\\
'''M''': ''[[IronicEcho Neither did you.]]''
*** Then it turns out Trevelyan is alive.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: When Bond gets on the train, Trevelyan has Ourumov holding a pistol to her head, while he and Xenia stand on the other side of the car, giving Bond a sadistic choice: "So, what's the choice James? Two targets; time enough for one shot: the girl or the mission?"
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: The poor guy in the airbag-equipped phone booth (twice!) and the car airbag in Q's workshop.
* GallowsHumor:
** When Q demonstrates the pen-grenade to Bond, by sticking it in a suit-clad dummy's pocket and running. After the explosion:
-->'''Q''': ''Don't'' say it.\\
'''Bond''': ...the writing's on the wall?\\
'''Q''': Along with all the rest of him! ''(laughs)''
** When Wade is dropping Bond off at Valentin's lounge:
-->'''Wade''': Are you sure you wanna do this? The last guy who dropped in there uninvited went home air freight [[FingerInTheMail in very small boxes]].
-->'''Bond''': Make sure they send me home first class
** When Bond is being interrogated by Mishkin.
-->'''Mishkin''': So, by what means shall we execute you, Commander?
-->'''Bond''': What? [[BondVillainStupidity No small talk? No chit chat?]] See, that's the problem with the world these days; nobody takes the time to do a really sinister interrogation anymore.
* GenderFlip: Judi Dench becomes the first female M in the series.
* GenreSavvy: The film is full of LampshadeHanging, so it's only appropriate that some of the characters be this.
** In the chemical plant, when Ourumov orders Bond and Trevelyan to "come out with their hands up", Bond replies to himself, "[[SarcasmMode How original]]".
** Ouromov isn't concerned when one of the NotQuiteDead Severnaya programmers hits the alarm, as he immediately tells Xenia, "Their best response time is 19 minutes. They'll be late."
** Natalya realizes Xenia isn't going to give up after a cursory inspection, so she sets up a feint so Xenia will think she's outsmarted her quarry.
** Bond knows there must have been [[TheMole an insider]] in the [=GoldenEye=] theft.
--->'''Bond''': I know the Russian fail safe system. You don't just walk in and ask for the keys to the bomb. You need the access codes."
** Alec Trevelyan. Justified as [[spoiler: he's a former [=MI6=] agent]].
*** He knows that Bond won't shoot him in the statue park when Bond points a gun at him.
---->'''Alec Trevelyan''': Oh, please, James, put it away! It's insulting to think I haven't anticipated your every move.
*** When Bond asks him where Natalya is, he replies, "[[TheCasanova Ah, yes, your fatal weakness]]."
*** He asks Bond if "[[TheAlcoholic All those vodka martinis]] [[ShellShockedVeteran silence the screams]] of all the men you've killed, or if you've found forgiveness in the arms of [[TheCasanova all those willing women]] for all the [[DisposableLoveInterest dead ones you failed to protect]]."
*** He knows to check Bond's detonator watch in Cuba in order to deactivate the explosives Bond has planted.
---->'''Trevelyan''': The watch. So, how is old Q? Up to his usual tricks? A new model. Still press here, do I?
* GirlOfTheWeek:
** Lampshaded. Natalya becomes angry at Bond for treating her like this. ([[StatusQuoIsGod This doesn't stop it from occurring.]])
** Minor gender inversion; Xenia seems to treat Bond in this way, albeit in her unique fashion.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Alec Trevelyan's right cheek is heavily scarred from the explosion, but the left side of his face does not have matching scars, which is the [[ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming reason he chooses "Janus" as his alias]].
* GoOutWithASmile: The fate of the Canadian admiral that was at the casino with Xenia. When Bond finds his body stuffed into a closet, well, the look on his face tells us just [[OutWithABang how much he really enjoyed his good squeeze]]...
* [[GrapplingHookPistol Grappling Hook Belt]]: One of Q's gadgets, which, of course, Bond uses to get himself out of a tight spot.
* GroinAttack: Narrowly averted. Valentin shoots between Bond's legs when Bond disparages his mistress' singing, but doesn't hit him. Intentional, considering it was fired from barely 50 cm away.
* GunshipRescue: Trevelyan tries to call one in to get rid of Bond while on top of the transmitter.
* HandicappedBadass: Played with in the scene in Q branch. Bond encounters Q in a wheelchair with his leg in a cast. However, it's just one of his gadgets; a concealed rocket launcher.
-->'''Bond''': Good morning, Q. Sorry about the leg. Skiing?
-->'''Q''': (fires a rocket out of the cast and blows up a target) [[BadassBoast Hunting.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Bond and Natalya.
* HellBentForLeather / VillainousFashionSense: Pretty much all of Trevelyan's troops wear the same clothe uniform. The one time Xenia is seen in one, she is wearing a custom leather version.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Janus. Prior to Bond meeting him it's mentioned that he hasn't been seen by anyone outside of his syndicate. This keeps people from finding out that he's actually Alec Trevelyan.
* HiddenArmyReveal: Just when Bond and Natalya think they're alone, a field full of marines and a sky full of helicopters turn up.
* HighAltitudeBattle: The final fight between Bond and Trevelyan on top of the transmitter dish.
* HighConcept: In-universe, Bond describes Trevelyan's plan as just "petty theft" and Trevelyan as a "common thief".
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Not an entirely straight example, but [[spoiler: Trevelyan being crushed by the transmitter dish certainly counts]].
* HollywoodHacking: Like you wouldn't believe. Still, it was 1995, and some of it can be attributed to TechnologyMarchesOn.
* HollywoodToneDeaf[=/=]IronyAsSheIsCast: Irina, Valentin's mistress, played by Minnie Driver, absolutely massacres "Stand By Your Man", which is funny considering Driver is actually a very good vocalist. Then again, it must take talent to sound like you're "strangling a cat", as Bond put it.
* HopeSpot: After "Cuban Severnaya" explodes, Boris survives and [[TemptingFate yells]] "[[NothingCanStopUsNow YEESSS! I AM INVINCIBLE!]]". [[spoiler: Then vats of liquid nitrogen explode and freeze him.]]
* HumanShield: Ouromov uses Natalya as one.
* IfIWantedXIWouldY: M putting down Tanner's "Queen of Numbers" quip by saying if she wanted sarcasm she could get it from her children.
* IndecisiveDeconstruction: See DeconReconSwitch. A lot of the self-critiquing moments are offset by puns and gadgetry straight out of the Connery/Moore films.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Bond and Xenia's fight in the steam room.
-->'''Xenia:''' You don't need the gun, Commander.\\
'''Bond:''' That depends on your definition of "safe sex".
* InvincibleVillain: Boris thinks he is one. [[SubvertedTrope He's not.]]
--> '''Boris:''' YES! I am ''[[LargeHam EENVEENCEEBULL!]]''
--> [[spoiler: (tanks of liquid nitrogen explode, [[HumanPopsicle freezing Boris to death]])]]
* IronLady: "I hear the new M ... [[GenderFlip is a lady]]?"
* IronicEcho
** "For England." This line is used by Alec on his and Bond's mission in Archangelesk when they say it to each other. It's first repeated a few minutes later as a MeaningfulEcho right before [[spoiler:Alec is shot by Ourumov]], but it then becomes an ironic echo twice. The first time is after [[spoiler: Alec reveals himself as Janus]] and [[spoiler:has Bond shot with a knock out dart]]. The second is right before [[spoiler:Bond kills him by dropping him to his death]]. This time Alec asks it to Bond, which enables Bond to [[spoiler:turn it into a PreMortemOneLiner]].
--->'''Alec Trevelyan''': For England, James?\\
'''Bond''': No. For me.
** "Set timers. Six minutes." During the Archangelsk mission Alec tells Bond to set the explosives on the gas tanks for six minutes, but when Alec is captured, Bond changes the timers to three minutes. Later, when Bond and Natalya are trapped on Trevelyan's train base, which he's rigged to explode, he comes over the speaker and says "Good luck with the floor, James. [[spoiler:I set the timers for six minutes. The same six minutes that you gave me]]. [[KarmicDeath It was the least I could do for a friend]]." Which leads Bond to know that Trevelyan means "three minutes".
** Boris does this to himself unintentionally with the line "I am invincible!" While at Severnaya programming computers, Boris jumps up and yells the line. He does so again in the same manner after surviving the [[CollapsingLair destruction of Trevelyan's lair]] right before the [[spoiler:liquid nitrogen tanks behind him explode and pour all over him]].
** After Bonds beats Xenia at cards and introduces himself to her, Bond uses the line "The pleasure, I'm sure, was all mine." Later, after he survives her MurderousThighs, Bond forces her to take him to Janus. After doing so, she says "Well, once again, the pleasure was all yours." Xenia then attempts to make this an ironic echo later when she attacks Bond in Cuba, saying, "This time, Mr. Bond, the pleasure will be all mine." [[spoiler: right before her KarmicDeath]].
** At one point, Trevelyan holds Natalya hostage and threatens to have her killed if Bond doesn't do as he says. Bond's response is "Kill her. She means nothing to me." Later, Trevelyan holds Bond at gunpoint and threatens to shoot him if Natalya doesn't undo her sabotage of the Goldeneye satellite. Natalya coolly replies "Kill him. He means nothing to me." Bond silently but wearily accepts the point.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Bond plants explosives in Trevelyan's base while under fire from his henchmen and then surrenders to them, so they'll take him out of the blast radius. However, Trevelyan turns out to be GenreSavvy.
* ItsPersonal
** Trevelyan's motive for terrorism - [[spoiler:his parents were sold out by the British government.]]
** Bond's motive for going after Trevelyan later in the film: "[[BondOneLiner No. For me.]]"
** Before leaving for Russia, M tells Bond, "Don't make it personal," in regards to Ourumov.
* IWasNeverHere: Jack Wade, before giving Bond a small plane.
-->'''Jack Wade''': "I am not here. The CIA has no knowledge, no involvement, nothing to do with your insertion into ''Cuba'', if you catch my drift."
* JustFollowingOrders: Trevelyan is angry at Bond for Bond's loyalty being "always to the mission, never to his friend."
* JustPlaneWrong: The real-life Eurocopter Tiger is not, in fact, any less prone to EMP than the aircraft sent after it, does not have an ejection system, and cannot lock missiles onto itself. Vaguely handwaved with the MC of the demonstration announcing it as a stealth prototype with new features.
* JustAStupidAccent: Obviously, all Russians speak English with a Russian accent, even when everyone present is Russian. It's not like they have their own language or anything.
* KansasCityShuffle: After Xenia kills the programmers at Severnaya, she hears Natalya in the kitchen and sees the crooked ceiling vent. She shoots it up and leaves satisfied. [[spoiler: Turned out Natalya was hiding in the cupboard the whole time.]]
* KarmicDeath
** [[spoiler: Xenia enjoying a good squeeze.]]
** Alec Trevelyan [[ComplexityAddiction attempts to kill Bond in this manner]] [[spoiler:by [[IronicEcho giving Bond the same six minutes that Bond gave to him]]]].
* KickTheDog: Ouromov's moment is in the chemical plant when he shoots a Soviet soldier who gets nervous and fires on Bond using chemical tanks as cover after Ouromov orders the soldiers not to.
** Possibly justified, as Ouromov is worried that the resulting explosion/chemical leak will kill them all.
* KillItWithIce: [[spoiler: What happens to Boris.]]
* KillSat: The weapon [=GoldenEye=] itself.
* LamePunReaction
** Natalya's reaction to Boris's [[DoubleEntendre dirty jokes]].
** From Valentin to Bond: "James Bond. Charming, sophisticated secret agent. [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Shaken but not stirred]]?"
** It's later subverted with James when he meets Natalya. "I'm a little tied up...never mind."
* LampshadeHanging: UsefulNotes/ColdWar spy drama and modern gender politics had moved on from the Bond template, prompting a lot of this throughout the film as well as lots of {{Genre Savvy}}ness. Trevelyan asks Bond if their missions "For England" were really worth it, and whether [[TheAlcoholic all the]] [[TrademarkFavoriteFood vodka martinis]] and [[TheCasanova willing women]] [[ShellShockedVeteran dull the pain]]. [[GenderFlip The new M is a woman]] and considers Bond a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur" and "relic of the Cold War". Natalya becomes angry at being the GirlOfTheWeek. Even Moneypenny tells Bond she has a life outside him. However, despite bringing up all these points, [[StatusQuoIsGod the formula plays out as usual]].
* LargeHam
** Creator/AlanCumming as Boris "I AM EENVEEEENCEEBULLL" Grishenko
** FamkeJanssen clearly is having a ball being the masochist Xenia.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: While Natalya and James are making out, Natalya says, "[[ConcertKiss Suppose someone is watching]]?" Then [[spoiler:Wade, two dozen marines, and three helicopters emerge from cover]].
* LeaveNoWitnesses: After acquiring the [=GoldenEye=] key, Ouromov has Xenia machine gun the Severanya facility's entire staff.
* LicensedPinballTable: [[Pinball/GoldenEye Click here.]]
* LighterAndSofter: Pierce Brosnan was a considerably less serious Bond, using much more humor than his predecessor, Timothy Dalton.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: At least ten of them.
* MacGuffin: The [=GoldenEye=] Key.
* MadeOfExplodium: Yes, it's Bond, but a steel radio dish?
* MeaningfulEcho:
** "For England, James.", the first time it's echoed by Trevelyan.
** After beating Xenia at Baccarat, Xenia tells Bond in regards to the money he's won, "Enjoy it, while it lasts" to which Bond replies that those are the [[CatchPhrase very words he lives by]].
** When Natalya is held at gunpoint by Ouromov, Bond attempts to bluff by saying "Kill her. She means nothing to me". She gets to say those words right back to his face when they get captured in Cuba, and he's the one being held at gun point.
* MeaningfulName / TakeThat: In the 60's, one of the fiercest critics of the early Bond films was a guy named John Trevelyan. One wonders where Alec Trevelyan got his name.
* MoodWhiplash: When Bond, who is responsible for the bullet wound in Valentin's leg that causes him to limp everywhere, asks Valentin for a favour:
-->'''Valentin:''' ''[Laughing boisterously with his men]'' He wants a favour! Did you hear that?! He wants ''me'' to do him a favour! ''[Instantly threatening]'' My knee ''aches''. ''Every single day''. Twice as bad when it is cold. Do you have any idea how long the winter lasts in this country?
* MuggedForDisguise: Xenia and another accomplice (implied to potentially be Ourumov) steal the Tiger helicopter during a demonstration this way. Xenia stops the two pilots, tells them she's got a surprise from their friends at the barracks, then pulls a pistol and shoots both of them before stealing their uniforms and helmets.
* MultiTrackDrifting
* MurderSuicide: [[spoiler: Trevelyan's father killed his wife and then himself from the shame of the British government's betrayal and {{survivor guilt}}]].
* MurderousThighs: Xenia kills targets by making them enjoy a good squeeze from her thighs mid-coitus.
* TheNewRussia: The first film set post-USSR.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain
** Boris [[spoiler: foolishly plays with Q's grenade pen, which causes a huge explosion, providing a distraction for Bond to escape]], though to be fair, there was really no way he could have known.
** If they hadn't shot down Bond's plane, he never would have found the secret base. He was even saying how he was about ready to give up just as the missile hit.
** Xenia also gives Bond the lead to Trevelyan. By insisting on her [[DeathBySex usual]] {{m|urderousThighs}}ethods in order to achieve {{orgasm|icCombat}} during her fight with Bond, she gives him the chance to disable her. She could have just brought a gun to the steam room fight, straddled him and then shot him. But then it wouldn't be enjoyable for Xenia.
* NobodyPoops: Averted near the beginning. Bond sneaks into the chemical weapons plant through the bathroom and [[CampingACrapper knocks out a guard taking a dump]].
--> "Beg your pardon. Forgot to knock."
* NoodleIncident: Between [[RememberTheNewGuy Alec Trevalyan, Valentin Zukovsky,]] and [[NebulousEvilOrganisation the Janus syndicate,]] it feels like the audience has missed a film or two.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Alec Trevelyan in the Soviet chemical plant [[StagedShooting pretended to get his head blown off by General Ourumov]], then Bond blows up the chemical plant, which Bond naturally assumes burned Trevelyan's body. Turns out Trevelyan makes it out alive, with just a scarred right cheek for damage.
* NotAGame: Natalya says this to Boris in Cuba about the use of the [=GoldenEye=] when she's captured.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Played with, [[spoiler: Trevelyan survives the fall from the antenna, but it crushes him a minute later, killing him before the audience knows if the fall was fatal.]]
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Defense Minister Mishkin thinks this is the case with the [=GoldenEye=], but he is oh so wrong.
* ObsessionSong / StalkerWithACrush: "You'll never know/how I watched you from the shadows as a child..." Tina Turner's ThematicThemeTune, written by [[Music/{{U2}} Bono and The Edge]], has some pretty stalkerrific lyrics.
* OhCrap
** Bond when he sees Alec being held at gunpoint by Ouromov.
** Natalya when she realises Severnaya is about 4 seconds away from destruction. Then, kaboom.
** Ouromov knows he's in deep trouble when Mishkin tells him that Natalya, and not just Boris, survived the destruction of Severnaya, meaning he has another witness to take care of.
** Bond in the Tiger helicopter when he sees the missiles it's just fired have just turned around and are now heading back to it.
** Ouromov again when he sees the tank crash through the wall. The novelization expands on this and explains that Ouromov is a [[ShellShockedVeteran veteran]] of the Soviet-Afghan War and had a bad experience with a tank.
** Boris after receiving the message on his computer telling him the transmitter dish is malfunctioning.
* ObligatoryJoke
-->'''Natalya:''' Hurry up! Get us out of here!
-->'''Bond:''' ''(struggling against bonds)'' I'm a little tied up!
* OldSoldier:
** Bond, which is part of M's [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech verbal beatdown]] of him when she refers to him as "A relic of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar".
** Valentin is both one himself, being an ex-KGB agent, and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this about Bond when he asks Bond, "So, still working for [=MI6=] or have you finally decided to join the 21st century?"
** Ouromov as well.
* OutrunTheFireball: Done by Natalya after the [=GoldenEye=] fires on Severnaya. Later by Bond and Natalya in Trevelyan's base in Cuba after [[spoiler:Boris unknowingly triggers Q's pen grenade, destroying a ton of the base]].
* OutWithABang: Xenia only feels pleasure when killing people, and does it [[DeathBySex while having sex]]. This results in [[spoiler:a KarmicDeath for her]]. It says a lot to reason that shooting people is probably Xenia's method of masturbation.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Valentin's description of the fate of the Lienz-Cossacks, despite the collateral damage, is as "Still, ruthless people. They got what they deserved."
** Trevelyan views his actions with the [=GoldenEye=] satellite as this.
* ThePenIsMightier: Lampshaded as Bond is given the pen grenade from Q:
-->'''Bond:''' They always said the pen was mightier than the sword.
-->'''Q:''' Thanks to me, they were right!
* PercussiveMaintenance: "No, the bigger one, the sledge."
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Pierce Brosnan Is About to Shoot You!]]
* PostRapeTaunt: Downplayed. Trevelyan doesn't actually rape Natalya (as far as we see) but does force a kiss on her and then gloat to Bond:
-->'''Trevelyan:''' Lovely girl. Tastes... like strawberries.\\
'''Bond:''' I wouldn't know.\\
'''Trevelyan:''' I would.
** Also handled weirdly with regards to the [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sauna scene]] involving Onatopp; The sexual connotations take on a squicky tone when you realize that Xenia basically forces Bond into an unwilling situation to gain sexual pleasure. After the scene? Bond deploys a witty one liner and contributes to [[BrickJoke the film's ongoing joke]] between the two of them.
*** Then again, this ''is'' [[ChivalrousPervert Bond]] we're talking about, so it might not have been so unwilling; he himself called it "foreplay".
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Bond drops in through a ceiling panel in a toilet stall, and says, "Beg your pardon. I forgot to knock." before knocking out the newspaper-reading soldier who was relieving himself.
* PrecociousCrush: The film's title song makes mention of this, with the lyrics, "You'll never know how I watched your from the shadows as a child."
* PreMortemOneLiner: Wouldn't be Bond without them.
--> '''Helicopter Pilot''': I think I've gone to {{heaven}}.\\
'''Xenia''': [[AnalogyBackfire Not yet.]] ''[shoots both pilots and steals their uniforms]''
** Prior to Trevelyan's death:
--> '''Alec Trevelyan''': For England, James?\\
'''Bond''': No. For me.
* ProductPlacement: Bond's BMW.
** Also, the Perrier truck.
* PunnyName: This is a ''Bond'' movie after all, so at least one of the girls has one. Xenia definitely likes to be Onatopp of things, would you say? That pun is even used in Moneypenny's message to Bond when he's in his car after meeting Xenia at the casino. Now this is the same franchise that brought us [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]], after all.
** This works even better in the German version, where Bond butchers her name into "Ohne Top" (Topless).
* RailingKill
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Trevelyan attempts this when Bond parks his tank on the track that his train base is heading towards. Trevelyan orders the train to go to full speed to ram Bond. It might have worked if [[spoiler:Bond hadn't fired the tank's main gun at the locomotive, derailing it]]. Xenia is, of course, entirely too excited by this turn of events.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech
** Judi Dench's new M verbally dismantles the new Bond in the first third of the movie. As Bond's first female boss in the series, and as a female considerably older than Bond, M takes the BrokenBase AudienceSurrogate UpToEleven by telling him exactly what she thinks of him as a "[[TheCasanova sexist, misogynist]] dinosaur" and "[[OldSoldier a relic of the Cold War]]". This may be exactly what some viewers thought when the movie premiered, because of world events in between this film and the last one, 1989's ''Film/LicenceToKill''. As in, "this is ANOTHER James Bond movie?"
** Bond also gets one from Alec Trevelyan in the statue park.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mishkin (Tchéky Karyo), who lightens up after issuing some requisite threats to Bond.
* RedScare: Subverted. Ourumov looks like he's trying to revive the Soviet Union with himself at the head. However, he's only trying to make money by assisting Trevelyan's real plan.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Alec Trevelyan chooses the name "Janus" in reference [[GoodScarsEvilScars to his facial scars]].
* RenegadeRussian: Ourumov and the Janus Syndicate seem like this, but are just criminals.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Alec Trevelyan revealing himself to be both still alive and Janus]], which the movie's [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailer gave away]].
* RevealingCoverup: Bond has just about concluded that Trevelyan's hidden satellite dish is in another location when they shoot down his plane.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Bond points out that Trevelyan's grand plan would create massive economic chaos, all to get revenge on the British government [[SinsOfOurFathers of fifty years ago]].
* RightBehindMe: Happens to Tanner with M right as he's describing her as the "Evil Queen of Numbers".
* RightUnderTheirNoses: Xenia and Ouromov steal the Tiger helicopter by shooting the real pilots, taking their uniforms, and taking off during a demonstration.
* RussianGuySuffersMost: Trevelyan's motive.
* RussiansWithRustingRockets: The film is one of the best western-made period pieces for the Yeltsin decade, heads above other similar films. Aside from the commonly explored topics like [[TheMafia crime and corruption]], special attention was paid to the early years of the new Russian Army (who wear Soviet uniforms with Russian insignia on their sleeves), and dissemination of western capital into the country (like the IBM store). Other examples aren't quite as spot on (St. Petersburg, where much of the film is set, is implied to be the capital of independent Russia, or at least home to the Defense Ministry, when it is neither), but it's consistent enough that audiences only familiar with 21st century Russia who never witnessed the transition, might think to be set farther in the past than it is.
* SadisticChoice: "So what's the choice, James? Two targets. Time enough for one shot? The girl or the mission?"
* SarcasmMode: Wouldn't be Bond without his usual snarking. However, Natalya gets in on it too; "I'm fine, by the way" and "By the way, I'm fine. Thanks for asking." respectively after the two tims Bond rescues her and informs her of a bad situation.
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler: Subverted. Bond saves him from falling ... and then lets him drop after a brief verbal exchange.]]
* SheCleansUpNicely: Moneypenny, when she shows up at the office after a date, prompting a reaction from Bond.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Sort of. Trevelyan asks Bond if "[[TheAlcoholic all those]] [[TrademarkFavoriteFood vodka martinis]] silence the screams of all the men you've killed".
* ShoePhone: Played straight (explosive pen) and parodied ("'''[[FauxHorrific Don't touch that!]]''' That's my lunch!").
* SociopathicSoldier: Xenia fits the soldier part by being an ex-Soviet fighter pilot, and the sociopath part is made very evident throughout the movie.
* SoYouWereSaying:
** Said by M to Tanner after he describes her as "The Evil Queen of Numbers" as [[RightBehindMe standing right behind him]].
** When Bond goes to Valentin's lounge and [[DramaticGunCock hears the click]] of Bond pointing a gun at his head.
-->'''Valentin''': [[WeaponOfChoice Walther PPK. 7.65 mm]]. Only three men I know use such a gun. I believe I've killed two of them.
-->'''Bond''': Lucky me. (One of Valentin's {{mook}}s appears and points a gun to Bond's head.)
-->'''Valentin''': I think not.
* SpoilerOpening: Since he's billed first in the opening credits, it's quite obvious [[spoiler:SeanBean will appear again in the movie, even though Alec Trevelyan supposedly dies during the intro.]]
* StayInTheKitchen: Addressed by M when she accuses Bond of being "a sexist, misogynist dinosaur."
* {{Stock Foreign Name}}s: Boris and Natalya, almost the same ones used in ''RockyAndBullwinkle''.
* SuperWindowJump: This is how the tank chase begins...
* SurvivorGuilt: [[spoiler: Trevelyan parents survived the betrayal of the Lienz-Cossacks, leading to Trevelyan's father ending up [[MurderSuicide killing himself and his wife]].]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Wade delivers Bond a plane and a bag of tools while insisting that neither he nor the CIA are aware of Bond's plan to fly into Cuba.
* TakeThat
** M pointing out that the satellite pictures at HQ are live, because unlike the American government, the British government prefers not to get its bad news from Creator/{{CNN}}.
*** Ironically, in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' Bond later gets some bad news via CNN.
*** Only in America. The British version of that movie has him receiving it from the BBC.
** Trevelyan is named after a British film censor who didn't like the early Bond films.
** The teaser trailer has Pierce Brosnan swagger into the light until the audience can see his face. He looks at the camera and asks if we were expecting someone else. Possibly a reference to the 4th and previous Bond; Timothy Dalton. Alternatively it could be jab at the run-of-the-mill action stars popularised by the likes of ArnoldSchwarzenegger, SylvesterStallone and BruceWillis, who had dominated the box office prior to GoldenEye and who, according to Brosnan and many others, just weren't as iconic or interesting as Bond.
* TankGoodness: So awesome [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies the next movie]] decided to counter with Bond driving a smaller vehicle (a motorcycle).
** Bond's digital camera, and the on-board computer in his car, which he used to send a picture of Xenia that MI6 analyzed on the spot, are within current smartphone or tablet capabilities.
* TemptingFate: Boris is very guilty of this.
** He dismisses any chance Natalya has of disabling the [=GoldenEye=] satellite, deriding her as a moron and a second level programmer who only has access to the guidance system.
** I AM EENVEENCIBLE!
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill
** [[spoiler: What happens to Trevelyan. Bond drops him from the bottom point of a high and extremely large satellite dish. Trevelyan survives that...but the actions of Bond and Natalya dump the entire goddamn thing on him, on fire and all, complete with a splendid explosion.]]
** The St. Petersburg chase scene involves Bond facing off against police cars...in a tank.
* [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Trademark Favorite Drink]]: Wouldn't be Bond without him ordering a vodka martini, shaken not stirred. Trevelyan [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this when he asks him "if [[TheAlcoholic all those vodka martinis]] silence the [[ShellShockedVeteran screams of all the men you've killed]]".
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: TheReveal that the head of the Janus Syndicate is [[spoiler:Alec Trevelyan back from the dead]] would have [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot made an intriguing plot twist]], if everything referencing the movie hadn't spoiled it.
* TranquilFury: Although Trevelyan manages to brush it off, Bond clearly hits a nerve when he describes Trevelyan's plan as 'petty theft' and Trevelyan himself as 'a common thief'.
* TranslationConvention: Despite the fact that it is mostly set in early Post-Soviet Russia, all of the computer screens, TheBigBoard and the e-mails sent and received are in English. Oddly averted with the actual [=GoldenEye=] satellite, which is marked "CCCP". Cyrillic for "USSR".
* TryNotToDie: M's last words to Bond before he heads to Russia are, "[[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Come back alive.]]"
* TwoKeyedLock: Needed to operate the [=GoldenEye=] satellites.
* UnderwaterBase: Trevelyan's base in Cuba. Double as an ElaborateUndergroundBase after it emerges.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: All Bond films are a product of their time, but this one stands out as being particularly dated to 1995, featuring a mid-1990s plot laden with computers, HollywoodHacking, and the early Internet. Plus, there are a lot of post-Cold War themes unique to the time period.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Bond drives a tank like a pro.
* VariableTerminalVelocity: Bond ''jumps off a cliff on a motorcycle'' and somehow manages to catch the plane before it crashes. [[RuleOfCool Yeah.]] What makes it worse is that the plane is doing a nose-dive with the propeller running, meaning its going ''faster'' than if it were merely falling.
* VillainousBreakdown
** Boris, when Natalya has [[spoiler:reprogrammed the [=GoldenEye=] satellite, resigning its fate to burn up in the atmosphere]]. Boris tries to reprogram it...but can't break her access codes. He promptly flips his borscht.
-->'''Boris''': GIVE ME THE CODES, NATALYA! ''GIVE THEM TO ME!!!''
** Boris again, [[spoiler:losing the connection with the satellite]] while he has a pistol pointed at his head.
-->'''Boris''': ''(violently shaking the monitor)'' SPEAK TO ME!
* WeaponizedCar: Bond has a BMW Z3 that is supposedly armed to the teeth but none of its gadgets are actually used in the film. See above under Chekhov's Gun. Despite this, it was still a big sell, and in fact, the limited edition "007 Model" sold out ''within a day of being available to order''.
* WeaponStomp: Bond does this to Trevelyan's AK-47 during the train scene.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Subverted by Trevelyan's towards Bond.
--> '''Alec Trevelyan:''' Oh, by the way, I did think of asking you to join my little scheme, but somehow I knew that 007's loyalty was always to the mission. Never to his friend.
* WhamLine: In-universe, although not so much out of it. We hear, "Hello, James," and Bond just about goes into shock as Alec Trevelyan steps out of the shadows.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook:
** When the Russians have taken Bond into custody, believing him to be responsible for the attack on Severnaya as the result of a frame job by the BigBad, Bond shoots lots of guards during his escape. Even though they're shooting to kill, the guards are decent guys who are only doing their jobs. The sole reason they are trying to stop Bond is because they've been led to believe he is a terrorist with lots of innocent blood on his hands, [[spoiler:including that of their Defense Minister after Ourumov kills him and blames it on Bond]], though given the situation, Bond's options are limited.
** Minor LampshadeHanging by Alec Trevelyan when he asks Bond "if [[TheAlcoholic all those]] [[TrademarkFavoriteFood vodka martinis]] silence the [[ShellShockedVeteran screams of all the men you've killed]]" implying that Bond does actually feel guilt about killing {{mooks}}.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: Poor Bond. He's less than pleased with this state of affairs -- particularly the part about kissing up to the same Russians he's screwed over in the past. It's never outright stated, but this could easily be the reason Ouromov and Xenia betray the Russian government by working with Trevelyan.
** This comes up a few times throughout the movie with characters talking about post-Soviet Russia, how things have changed since the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and M referring to Bond as "[[OldSoldier a relic of the Cold War]]." It's also revealed to be Trevelyan's major motivation for his actions.
--->'''Bond''': Why?\\
'''Alec Trevelyan''': ''(laughs)'' Hilarious question, particularly from you. Did you ever ask why? Why we toppled all those dictators? Undermined all those regimes? Only to come home. 'Good job. Well done. But, sorry, old boy, [[DudeWheresMyReward everything you risked your life and limb for has changed!]]'
** Valentin Zukovsky at one point before Bond approaches him can be heard grumbling irritably about free-market capitalism.
* WhyWontYouDie: Trevelyan to Bond on the train; "Why can't you just be a good boy and die?" Bond gives an appropriate response.
-->'''Bond:''' You first. ''(gestures to Xenia)'' You, second.
* WomanScorned: The narrator of the film's title song.
-->"You'll never know how it feel to get so close and be denied."
* WouldHitAGirl: The first real time in the series this happens. Bond gets into a fight with Xenia in the steam room and is willing to slam her against a wall and throw her onto the steam rocks. He then knocks her out after she drives him to the statue park. Later, when she attacks him again, [[spoiler: he kills her by taking out the helicopter supporting her, making her the first and one of the very few women he has directly killed in the series]]. Then again, she's one of the few women ever to try to directly kill ''him''. Maybe [[spoiler:[[Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough Elektra King]]]] should've taken note before {{tempting fate}} by saying "You wouldn't kill me" to Bond.
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: Non-fantasy version. Valentin uses a cane to walk because of a limp on his right leg that Bond gave him by shooting him.
* YouExclamation: Not said out loud, but the look on Bond's face definitely says this as [[spoiler: Janus reveals that he is Alec Trevelyan back from the dead]].
* YouLookFamiliar: Joe Don Baker, who plays Jack Wade, earlier played BigBad, Brad Whitaker, in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Wouldn't be a Bond movie without this. "Either you've brought me the perfect gift, General Ouromov, or you've made me a very unhappy man."
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Immediately after having the officer in charge of Severnaya bring him the [=GoldenEye=] key, Ouromov has Xenia kill not just him, [[LeaveNoWitnesses but also]] the [[KillEmAll entire Severnaya staff]].
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Alec Trevelyan's motive is revenge against the British government for betraying his parents.]]
* YouTasteDelicious: Trevelyan licks the cheek of his hostage, Natalya, and says she "tastes like strawberries."
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