* ActorSharedBackground: Some of Bond's demons parallel Creator/PierceBrosnan's: Bond lost his wife in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService''; Brosnan was married to a Bond Girl (Cassandra Harris starred in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'') and lost her to cancer. Bond alludes to this in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', without making a big point of it.
* AllThereInTheScript: In the script, M's real name is Barbara Mawdsley.
* BackedByThePentagon: The French ''[[GaulsWithGrenades 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''.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: 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.
* DevelopmentHell[=/=]SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Not nearly as bad as most examples, but it took 6 years for ''Film/LicenceToKill'' 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 ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' contract in 1987.
* FakeNationality: There's a ''lot'' of {{Fake Russian}}s.
** The Georgian Xenia is played by the Dutch Famke Janssen.
** The Russian Boris played by the Scottish Creator/AlanCumming.
** 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 Creator/PierceBrosnan.
* InMemoriam: The AttractMode of [[Pinball/GoldenEye the pinball game]] includes the message "Dedicated to the Memory of Jack Bushell."
* MethodActing: Before filming the sequence in the sauna where Bond hurls her into the walls, Creator/FamkeJanssen encouraged Creator/PierceBrosnan to run her into the wall as hard as he could, and actually ''insisted'' he do it, citing that the walls were padded; [[CueIrony 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.
* ProductPlacement: 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.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The end credits song "The Experience of Love" was originally written by score composer Music/EricSerra for ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* RomanceOnTheSet: 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 Creator/PierceBrosnan 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.
* StarMakingRole:
** The second one for Creator/PierceBrosnan. He was already famous when ''[=GoldenEye=]'' was made, but after ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' (which put him on the map), he lapsed into mediocrity. Bond revitalised his career greatly, to the point that he's the only Bond actor besides Creator/SeanConnery 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 ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' and ''LAConfidential'' after the success of this film. Her acting career petered out, and she's only been in a few supporting roles since.
* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** 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.
* TheOtherDarrin: Samantha Bond replaced Caroline Bliss as Moneypenny and Creator/JudiDench 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.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the theatrical trailers for the film spoiled [[spoiler:Alec Treveylen being revealed as the villain]].
* 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.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Even after a six-year hiatus between this film and ''Film/LicenceToKill'', Creator/TimothyDalton 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.
** Creator/SeanBean 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 '''JohnWoo''' to direct. Woo declined, though said he felt honored by the offer.
** 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 Creator/AnthonyHopkins or Creator/AlanRickman in the part. 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 ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'' when Dalton was still on, but the character was replaced with Defense Minister Mishkin.
** A subversion from a previous example. Creator/PierceBrosnan was originally chosen to replace Roger Moore as James Bond but wasn't able to get out of his ''Series/RemingtonSteele'' contract leading to Creator/TimothyDalton 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.
** Music/TheRollingStones were offered the chance to sing the title song, but declined.
* YouLookFamiliar: Joe Don Baker, who plays Jack Wade, earlier portrayed the villain Brad Whitaker in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''.
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