Trivia / GoldenEye

  • Actor-Shared Background: Some of Bond's demons parallel Pierce Brosnan's: Bond lost his wife in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; Brosnan was married to a Bond Girl (Cassandra Harris starred in For Your Eyes Only) and lost her to cancer. Bond alludes to this in GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough, without making a big point of it.
  • All There in the Script: In the script, M's real name is Barbara Mawdsley.
  • Backed by the Pentagon: The French Armee de l'Air provided a prototype Eurocopter Tiger and its testing ship, the FS La Fayette, for its Monte Carlo scenes.
    • Subverted by the actual Pentagon, however, who declined to support the film in an earlier draft as it was suggested that the murder of the Admiral at Xenia's thighs (with the Admiral originally being American) was an unflattering portrayal of American military personnel. The Admiral was quickly changed to be French-Canadian.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Part of the St. Petersburg tank chase was filmed on site. They faked all of the relevant statutes and treasures and smashed replicas on a UK Backlot, but that didn't stop a few breathless "They're destroying our art!" newscasts in Russia.
  • Development Hell/Saved from Development Hell: Not nearly as bad as most examples, but it took 6 years for Licence to Kill to get a follow-up due to legal problems, the longest tenure between two Bond films. In 1994, Timothy Dalton opted to leave the role behind despite Goldeneye partially being written with him in mind, and Pierce Brosnan got the job he could have gotten if he'd been released from his Remington Steele contract in 1987.
  • Fake Nationality: There's a lot of Fake Russians.
    • The Georgian Xenia is played by the Dutch Famke Janssen.
    • The Russian Boris played by the Scottish Alan Cumming.
    • The Russian General Ourumov is played by the German Gottfried John.
    • The Russian Defense Minister Mischkin is played by the Turkish-Greek-raised-in-France Tchéky Karyo.
    • The Russian Zukovsky played by the British Robbie Coltrane.
    • The Russian Natalya is played by the Polish-born-raised-in-Sweden Izabela Scorupco.
    • And of course, the very British James Bond is played by Irishman Pierce Brosnan.
  • In Memoriam: The Attract Mode of the pinball game includes the message "Dedicated to the Memory of Jack Bushell."
  • Method Acting: Before filming the sequence in the sauna where Bond hurls her into the walls, Famke 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; Cue irony as Famke promptly managed to break a rib after Brosnan did as she demanded, the very damage her murderous thighs are meant to do in-movie.
  • Product Placement: The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC665 Tiger, as well as the latest Aston Martin DB5, and IBM computers. Interestingly enough, the Tiger wouldn't become operationally ready for another 13 years, so at the time it really was a prototype. The BMW Z3 - although not a favourite of Bond fans - was also only a prototype but actively spurred sales of the vehicle despite appearing in two short sequences on film. Perrier also got in on the act with a truck being prominently obliterated during the tank chase.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The end credits song "The Experience of Love" was originally written by score composer Eric Serra for The Professional.
  • Romance on the Set: It's been reported (and both director Martin Campbell and producer Michael G Wilson allude to it on the DVD and Bluray commentary track, suggesting that there were a lot of 'secret desires' between the pair) that Pierce Brosnan and Famke Janssen were extremely attracted to each other during production. Nothing ever "happened" as far as anyone knows, bur it sure explains their strong on-screen chemistry. Naturally, however, the British tabloids took this and ran with it, despite Brosnan being in a long-term relationship and Janssen actively being married at the time.
  • Star-Making Role:
    • The second one for Pierce Brosnan. He was already famous when GoldenEye was made, but after Remington Steele (which put him on the map), he lapsed into mediocrity. Bond revitalized his career greatly, to the point that he's the only Bond actor besides Sean Connery who continues to get decent roles after being let go from the 007 franchise.
    • This is where Famke Janssen's filmography started to snowball, with her next major appearance being in Bryan Singer's X-Men. She had however stated a desire to avoid being typecast following Goldeneye, and reportedly received dozens of 'evil villainess' roles following her turn as Xenia; to avoid this, she used her turn in Goldeneye to gain numerous indie roles, including a spot on a Woody Allen film.
    • Subverted with Izabella Scorupco, who turned down high profile lead roles in The Mask of Zorro and L.A. Confidential after the success of this film. Her acting career petered out, and she's only been in a few supporting roles since.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • The movie came out in 1995. Natalya goes to an IBM office so she can contact Boris via the internet, and gives the sales rep a purchase order as a rather clever lie to use their connection. Computers using 500 megabyte hard drives, with 14.4 kbps modems, seem woefully underpowered today, but probably were of decent specs at the time in post-Soviet Russia.
    • 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Samantha Bond replaced Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny and Judi Dench replaced Robert Brown as M, becoming the first woman in the role. Dench was the only actress from the Brosnan films to go on to Craig's.
  • Tuckerization: Jack Wade is named after uncredited screenwriter Kevin Wade.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: One of the theatrical trailers for the film spoiled Alec Treveylen being revealed as the villain.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: 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, Hollywood Hacking, and the early Internet. Plus, there are a lot of post-Cold War themes unique to the time period.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Even after a six-year hiatus between this film and Licence to Kill, Timothy Dalton was initially interested in reprising the role of James Bond for just Goldeneye and not for any further films. Despite their great working relationship and friendship, producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli wanted Dalton to commit to a four to five-film contract, which Dalton was unwilling to do. Not wanting to be contractually obligated to stick around for longer than he was willing to, Dalton announced his resignation from the role in April 1994.
    • Sean Bean was actually considered for the part of Bond proper. This has the effect of making Alec Trevelyan more creepy because he's essentially portraying Trevelyan as an evil Bond. ("How is old Q?")
    • The producers originally asked John Woo to direct, as early drafts had a significant number of action scenes. Woo declined, though said he felt honored by the offer. The action scenes from those drafts were recycled throughout Pierce Brosnan's run as the character.
    • Reportedly, the part of Trevelyan was originally written to be an older character, a mentor to Bond who went to the dark side. Apparently the producers wanted to cast either Anthony Hopkins or Alan Rickman in the part, but both turned it down. An older character would make sense, given the timeline for the execution of the Lienz Cossacks in the wake of the Second World War. (When the part was re-written for a younger actor, the script skirted the issue by suggesting that Alec’s family survived the massacre, with his father committing suicide years later. “But my father couldn’t let himself or my mother live with the shame of it.”) There was also talk of the older Augustus Trevelyan as having been a previous M, rather than an equal 00 agent.
    • John Rhys-Davies was set to reprise his role as General Pushkin from The Living Daylights when Dalton was still on, but the character was replaced with Defense Minister Mishkin.
    • A subversion from a previous example. Pierce Brosnan was originally chosen to replace Roger Moore as James Bond but wasn't able to get out of his Remington Steele contract leading to Timothy Dalton getting the part.
    • Loelia Ponsonby, James Bond's secretary in the early novels, was written in the first draft. Miss Moneypenny originally was not meant to be in this film.
    • The Rolling Stones were offered the chance to sing the title song, but declined.
  • You Look Familiar: Joe Don Baker, who plays Jack Wade, earlier portrayed the villain Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights.

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