As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been selling off my DVDs. This post is part of a series where I briefly discuss the DVDs I’ve sold. Here’s the next installment.
James Bond isn’t my favorite film franchise, but it’s been pretty solid since Daniel Craig took over as the title character. Casino Royale and Skyfall are two of my favorite best action or spy movies. Those movies brought back a lot of the grounded, character-based grittiness of the Bourne franchise while retaining the glamour of the classic James Bond movies.
In light of this new landscape of what constitutes a good spy movie, I feel Pierce Brosnan gets a bit of a bum wrap. He was supposed to be James Bond for The Living Daylights, but he couldn’t get out of his television commitments. That movie was an attempt by the producers of James Bond for the darker version of the spy that would become more readily accepted two decades later.
The Living Daylights is a really good movie, and Timothy Dalton is pretty underrated as James Bond. However, I wonder how that movie would have turned out had Pierce Brosnan been allowed to play the lead role.
Unfortunately, Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond movies are mostly relics of their time. They reflect the movie market’s desire at the time for over-the-top action with leads dishing out too many quips and puns. Consequently, these movies haven’t dated well.
I’m happy to say that Goldeneye is the lone movie with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond that succeeds in doing something different with the character. He’s a more soulful kind of guy who’s finding relevance in the post-cold war era. It was directed by Martin Campbell, who would later make Casino Royale, and it shows. Goldeneye was a solid start to a new James Bond era that would eventually fall off a cliff, eventually necessitating another reboot.
Although I like this movie, I sold it because the version of the movie I had on DVD had pretty crummy video quality. From the reviews I read online, the blu-ray actually wasn’t that much better. I’m waiting for a remastered edition of this movie to pop up eventually.