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Goldeneye (1989)

Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and romantic adventures which ultimately led to his creation of the super-spy.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dance ... Ian Fleming
Phyllis Logan ... Ann Fleming
Patrick Ryecart ... Ivar Bryce
Marsha Fitzalan ... Loelia
Ed Devereaux ... Sir William Stephenson
Richard Griffiths ... Second admiral
Lynsey Baxter ... Wren Lieutenant
Julian Fellowes ... Noel Coward
David Forman ... Ernie Chang
Joseph Long ... Lucky Luciano
Donald Douglas ... Lord Kemsley
David Quilter David Quilter ... Lord Rothermere
Donald Hewlett ... Adm. Godfrey
Kim Kindersley Kim Kindersley ... Naval lieutenant
Lisa Daniely ... Wren Captain


Fact-based biography of James Bond author, Ian Fleming. The film focuses on his wartime exploits and romantic adventures which ultimately led to his creation of the super-spy. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

27 August 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Anglia Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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the missing Bond film?
14 May 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'Goldeneye' is the story of Ian Fleming's exploits in the Secret Service during World War II, and plays like the Bond movie we had all forgot - incidentally, Charles Dance, who plays Fleming, would have made a wonderful Bond in his day; what a shame it never happened.

With a TV feel but a strong and absorbing plot (including a fun role for Julian Fellowes as Noel Coward), Goldeneye delivers on all fronts, becoming an interesting curio on the side of the main 007 films.

Strong support from Phyllis Logan, Patrick Ryecart and other familiar faces from 1980s TV makes this move along smoothly. It has emotion, tension, gambling, Martinis, and a bit of sex. Just like the perfect Bond mix in fact.

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