This movie will blow your mind
L. Shirley | 11/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie rocks, starting with the jump off the bridge. Then there is the motorcycle-to-plane, while keeping the same bond wit, that hasn't been seen since connory. I really like how it ends and how the girl isn't a bimbo(seeing bond as a man who can't do everything and has emotions really turned this movie in to a keeper). I also believe the plot setting is up there with "goldfinger". I think that the chase near the beginning could have been better but what are you going to do. The evil girl getting pleasure from killing was a nice touch and having a pretty realistic plot, made the story line flow that much more easily. The female and incredible gadgets add for a few surpries that you don't see in other bond flicks. Go rent/buy this movie as soon as you can!"
Pierce Brosnan Debuts as Bond
J. Ewaniuk | los angeles, ca United States | 10/31/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is diffcult to argue with success and Pierce Brosnan'sdebut as James Bond, after the character's 6 year absence from the screen, made more money than any of the previous Bonds (although perhaps not in 60s dollars).Every Bond actor seems to bring something to the role. Connery, of course, was the epitome of 60s cool. Dalton had Connery's determination, Moore his sense of comic delivery - even Lazenby brought a physicality to the role. Brosnan moves extremely well, too, and I suppose is the cloest thing to the well-rounded Connery interpretation, although I am not a great Brosnan fan. My big problem with this film (besides the music) is the screenplay. So many of what are supposed to be witty remarks make no sense as replies to Bond (Example - Bond: What would I do without you, Moneypenny? Moneypenny: As far as I can remember, you've never had me. - This seems a ridiculous thing to say when someone is complimenting you.) And I don't like how the "9 years later" legend on the screen seems to invalidate the Dalton films. And that opening stunts. Other Bond stunts may be implausible, but skydiving after a plane that's jist gone off a cliff??While I am happy the filmmakers try to tell us something new about Bond (that reference to Bond's parents is a first for the series and right out of Fleming), this idea of 006 being Bond's best friend, No, no - the 00s never work together. Never. MI6 could not afford to lose 2 high caliber agents at the same time. It is good to see the character of Chief of Staff Bill Tanner (previously in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY) included.This special DVD is really the same as the previous laserdisc release, but since it is supposed to be "special" it would have been nice if photos of Brosnan being on the set of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (his wife was in that film) had been included. It also would have been nice if Brosnan's Diet Coke commercials, obviously Bond themed and airing when he lost the role in 1986 to Timothy Dalton, could have been included."
Bond reformulated for the 90's and it really works!
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 12/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bond formula--international disaster pending, smart gadgets, impossible stunts and one pretty bad girl and one pretty good girl is reworked for the 90's. Enter Pierce Brosnan, cool, somewhat edgy, never smarmy. The new Bond really works, primarily because the stunts are breathtaking and there's plenty of them.Oh, the plot is pretty standard, but what you WANT from a Bond film--an international disaster of mega-proportions originating from Russia (perennial home of bad boys) and a traitor for good measure. But it's right at home with the Bond genre. If you aren't blown away by the opening scene at a dam before the credits, you will be pleased by a tank chase through the streets of St. Petersburg --a refreshing change to the de rigeur car chase. The inevitable helicopter makes an appearance, but is not over-done. We stayed glued to the edge of our chairs, and the action never faltered. Sean Bean is reasonably good as a bad guy and the supporting cast is well-chosen. Plenty of good entertainment here for Bond fans.The surround sound on this DVD is distinct and very well done--really liked hearing birds in the background (so did the cats, who watch TV avidly) and the vehicle sounds and explosions were not unrealistic. The extras are worth seeing for the "how we did this stunt." One segment features the star stuntman who really gives an inside view as to how difficult and risky some of this stuff is. All in the name of entertainment."
Bond gets back Onatopp of things!
M. D. Lewis | Ravenstown, Maryland | 03/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is difficult to recreate in words the sheer visceral thrill of seeing this film for the first time in a proper movie theater...but I will indeed try. Each time I see this film, I'm reminded of just how great a turnaround this movie made for the Bond series. Some of you may not remember that there was a six-year period where the future of James Bond was indeed in question, thanks to the commercial failure of "Licence to Kill". This movie singlehandedly put Bond back on the cinematic map with a vengeance. And justifiably so, for it is perhaps the best-constructed post-On Her Majesty's Secret Service Bond film. All of the classic Bond elements are well-utilized, be they the gadgets, the lethal enemy, the beautiful ally, the bombastic theme song, or the one-liners which Timothy Dalton never really looked comfortable saying. Pierce Brosnan, despite some stiffness, is indeed suited for the part and we instantly can accept him as Bond. A more psychologically complex and to some extent more vulnerable Bond he is, which makes his portrayal all the more interesting.And, perhaps most importantly, the film itself LOOKS good. Martin Campbell deserves much credit for his directorial effort; the film is visually a world apart from predecessor John Glen's rather tepid later efforts.It's difficult to call this film a classic, at least at the present time (it's still a relatively new film, after all) -- but my guess is that this Bond entry will stand up well to the test of time...The Man With The Golden Gun, it ain't!"