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GoldenEye was the second and last Bond film to be adapted as a novel by then-current Bond novelist John Gardner. GoldenEye is based upon the screenplay by Bruce Feirstein and Jeffrey Caine. The book follows the movie storyline fairly closely, however Gardner maintained a rather violent sequence prior to the opening bungee jump in which Bond wipes out a group of Russian guards cut from the film, although the popular video game based on the film featured it also.
The book was Gardner's penultimate Bond novel; after one more entry in the series (COLD), Gardner would retire from chronicling the adventures of 007. Raymond Benson would take over the series and also write the novelisations for the remaining three Brosnan Bond films, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
The action kicks off with James Bond and his old friend Alec Trevelyan, agent 006, on a mission to destroy a Soviet Biochemical Processing Plant in Arkhangelsk, heavily guarded by the KGB. This is his first encounter with General Ourumov and when the action moves to post-Soviet Russia some years later, he finds himself up against him again, this time working for the Janus Crime Syndicate who have stolen the Goldeneye, a powerful piece of Russian space weaponry, with the help of the eccentric computer boffin, Boris Grishenko.
Armed with his licence to kill and the help of the amenable and attractive Natalya Simonova, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for “GoldenEye”, an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: "Janus" who is revealed to be Trevelyan, a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred for Britain's betrayal of his Cossack parents. As Bond squares off against his former compatriot, he also battles Trevelyan’s stunning ally, Xenia Onatopp, a lust-killing assassin who uses femme-fatale skills as her ultimate weapon. When the horrifying extent of Trevelyan’s plans is revealed, Bond must call upon his sharp wits and killer instincts in a confrontation to the finish with Trevelyan.
Differences to film
- The book features 006 and 007 receiving their briefing from the previous M, Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, before the mission to the chemical weapons factory. If this is counted as part of continuity, it would seem to confirm that the M played by Robert Brown is the same character played by Bernard Lee.
- Xenia drives a yellow Ferrari in Monte Carlo, not a red one.
- Chuck Farrel is an American, not a Canadian. He also holds the lower rank of Rear Admiral, rather than an Admiral as in the film.
- Bill Tanner's title was revealed to have been changed by the new M from Chief-of-Staff to "Senior Analyst".
- When breaking into his nightclub, Valentin Zukovsky observes Bond on security cameras and was able to anicipate his arrival.
- Dmitri Mishkin's first name is changed to Viktor.
- A scene is added between the escape from the train and the trip to Cuba were Bond and Natalya sleep overnight in a St. Petersburg motel and are smuggled out of Rusia the next day by Jack Wade.
|James Bond spin-off works|
|Novelizations by various authors (1977-2002)|
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me -- James Bond and Moonraker -- Licence to Kill -- GoldenEye -- Tomorrow Never Dies -- The World is Not Enough -- Die Another Day
R. D. Mascott (1967)
John Pearson (1973)