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Fridge Brilliance

  • The prologue is set in 1986, one year before The Living Daylights, the first of the two Timothy Dalton films. A subtle reference (and possible retcon) to the fact that Pierce Brosnan would have played Bond in that movie and Licence to Kill had the producers of Remington Steele not declined to release him from his contract.
    • It also could explain part of why the two Dalton films seem darker than usual; in the prologue, Bond is chipper with a "buy me a pint" quippy attitude with Alec Trevelyan. Trevelyan is seemingly executed, Bond escapes, and immediately another few MI6 agents are murdered in the prologue of The Living Daylights. This explains Bond's darker attitude across the two Dalton movies, having lost close friends. This gives new meaning to why M is warning Bond against going off a vendetta when they believe General Ourumov to be behind the Severnaya attack, and Bond is also "under evaluation" in the car racing scene because of his rogue actions in Licence to Kill.
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  • The Living Daylights had Moneypenny describe a female, Russian assassin who kills her targets using her 'hands and thighs', telling James that she'd be "just his type". At the time, Bond just shrugged it off and continued flirting; while the character detailed at the time isn't Xenia, since Q names her and there's a picture of her in the background, it's extremely likely that the producers pinched the idea from that scene, given Onatopp's style of killing. In the sauna, she does notably attempt to kill Bond with her thighs, but also has her hands around Bond's throat at one point in a manner that makes it seem Bond is having trouble breathing.
  • It may seem odd that the first woman Brosnan's 007 seduces onscreen is relatively plain-looking in comparison to the glamorous babes that we're used to seeing, but considering that GoldenEye was viewed as a big risk for EON Productions,note  the producers had to exploit whatever strategy they could in order to get people to flock to the cinema, and one of these included taking advantage of Brosnan's sex symbol status from Remington Steele. (For instance, the actor's hairstyle in this film is a more subdued version of the bouffant his character sports on the television show.) By giving Brosnan a romantic scene with a somewhat dowdy lady, the subtle message the filmmakers were trying to convey to the actor's fangirls is, "Hey, this new 007 would be willing to shag you, too!" It worked like a charm, as the actor drew in some female moviegoers who'd normally stay away from action flicks.
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  • In the opening sequence, Bond gets suspicious when he notices that he and Alec have had zero difficulty breaching what should be a very secure area—"It's too easy". Alec completely dismisses his concern—"Half of everything is luck, James." It seems highly irresponsible of a trained agent to react this way—until later in the film when Alec is revealed to be a traitor. He wasn't concerned because it's precisely the setup he wanted.
  • Some of the lyrics of "GoldenEye" foreshadows the fact that someone close to James is a major antagonist. With the reveal of Alec and his backstory, the song will make sense.

Fridge Logic

  • When Bond and Xenia arrive at the statue graveyard, she's disheveled, as one would expect as she had to hurriedly dress at gunpoint. Bond, however, is as impeccably dressed as ever. How did he manage that while holding a gun on her?
    • The novelisation suggests that once she was done dressing, Bond bound her arms and legs while in his hotel room.
    • Or alternatively, the other way around; he binds her arms and legs with towels at the sauna, gets dressed, then makes her get dressed at gunpoint.
  • Ouromov fakes shooting Trevelyan at the beginning of the film with presumably blank cartridges, but moments later he shoots a guard dead for nearly setting off the flammable gas tanks. Did he load only a single blank into his gun?
    • Ouromov and Alec clearly had a deal beforehand, otherwise there's no reason Alec would still be alive, so yes. One blank for Alec, live rounds otherwise.

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