What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GoldenEye is the seventeenth James Bond adventure, and the first to feature Pierce Brosnan. It is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed of the series. After an attempt to "go darker," with some of the earlier films, this one went back to a "PG" rating. It features lots of killing, which is largely bloodless. Sex is more of an issue, with naked silhouettes during the title sequence, kissing, foreplay, and strong innuendo. Language, though infrequent, includes words like "ass" and "bitch." Of course, drinking is also an issue. Bond has his martinis, and other characters drink, but one bad guy in particular appears to have a drinking problem, habitually swigging from a flask during tense situations. The movie advertises Perrier and a fancy watch, but nothing that teens should be interested in buying.
- Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the movie seem less violent if many characters die, but very little blood is shown?
- What does Bond's "license to kill" mean? Would it be easy to have such a thing?
- What is the appeal of Bond's vices like sex and drinking? Can he be a hero or a good role model in spite of these things?
- Does this movie have strong female characters, or are they stereotypes? How do they compare to women in other Bond movies?