Holly Gennaro once said to John McClane he needed to wake up and smell the 90’s. By June the 8th 1994 EON Productions was ready to tell the world they had in fact woken up and Bond was back.
While Pierce Bronson was far from a surprise choice, the path that led him to that London hotel conference room on that early day in June was a long and winding one. Since the last scenes of ‘License To Kill’, shot 6 years previously, Bond had frequented court rooms far more than M’s office or Q’s gallery.
Timothy Dalton, who had stepped in classically as Bond and who was a friend of Brosnan’s had bowed out. So much had changed in such a short amount of time – there was no more Soviet Union, no more wall, no more cold war and with the premier of ‘Goldeneye’ EON Productions 17th James Bond picture there was no Cubby Broccoli as sole producer having turned over all production duties to his children daughter Barbara Broccoli and stepson Michael G. Wilson.
What would become of the largest and most profitable movie franchise ever? Would yet another Bond be able to breakthrough into the digital age? The answer would lie not just in the theaters but in the game consoles of millions of kids who would be introduced to 007 in a whole new way and pave the way for Bond’s fourth decade!
So, grab your 64 and can of Jolt cola because it’s about that time to sit back and relax Mom & Dad won’t be back for at least an hour and Welcome To The Latch Key Kids Present “Breaking Bond Part XX: Goldeneye”