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Pierce Brosnan Plays GoldenEye 007 with Jimmy Fallon [SLYT] Jimmy Fallon fulfills a childhood dream by playing the Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 against former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.
posted by Fizz (54 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
I'm just amazed that there are any still working controllers for the N64.
posted by The River Ivel at 9:00 AM on August 24, 2014 [5 favorites]


Goldeneye was hardly the first multiplayer FPS, or the first console FPS, but Goldeneye was the first game to successfully bring multiplayer FPS to home consoles, and back in the late 90's it was the game. It and Mario Kart 64 kept a lot of N64s plugged in and in constant use long after the system's lifespan, though Halo of course eventually brought console FPSes to the internet. It's not aged as well as one might like, and it's not the greatest games ever, but in terms of popularity and influence, it's one of the most important.

Also Pierce Brosnan is apparently a hell of a sport.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:13 AM on August 24, 2014 [11 favorites]


The river:there are, but competitive players and speedrunners have bought up all of the good ones that aren't hidden away in a warehouse. You can sort of fix an N64 controller that's past it's prime, but not really to competitive levels.

Either way, for the purposes of television it probably doesn't matter, and both controllers were probably in lousy shape.
posted by Yowser at 9:15 AM on August 24, 2014


Goldeneye was hardly the first multiplayer FPS, or the first console FPS, but Goldeneye was the first game to successfully bring multiplayer FPS to home consoles, and back in the late 90's it was the game.

I was in college at that time, and I remember dismissing Goldeneye with a swift "this is not as good as Quake." In fact, after being a Nintendo loyalist all my life, N64 made me think for the first time Nintendo is fallible in terms of both game design and hardware craft (in light of PC games) and business (in light of PlayStation's uprising).

I was talking to a guy in his mid-twenties recently, and I realized that my viewpoint of the N64 was rather rarified. It was the system for kids in that era, and it did bring four-player couch multiplayer via Goldeneye and Mario Kart and Smash Bros to all sorts of people without dorm LANs or even the Internet.
posted by ignignokt at 9:42 AM on August 24, 2014 [6 favorites]


More evidence for Pierce being the Worst Bond Ever.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 9:42 AM on August 24, 2014 [9 favorites]


Jimmy Fallon fulfills a childhood dream by playing the Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007 against former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

In 1997, when GoldenEye 007 was released, Jimmy Fallon turned 23 years old.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:00 AM on August 24, 2014 [26 favorites]


Pope Guilty: Also Pierce Brosnan is apparently a hell of a sport.

Here is Pierce doing a sketch as "Prawn, James Prawn," from the late, lamented Muppets Tonight!

Here is Pierce as an assassin who boosts his self-esteem by painting his toenails in the woefully under-appreciated film The Matador.

That same assassin has cheerleader fantasies, but not the kind you'd expect.

Yeah, Pierce Brosnan's a good sport.
posted by tzikeh at 10:19 AM on August 24, 2014 [16 favorites]


The Matador is the best Bond film never made.
posted by maxsparber at 10:33 AM on August 24, 2014 [14 favorites]


I just wanted to second (third?) the matador as fucking fantastic.
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:35 AM on August 24, 2014 [4 favorites]


I have to agree, ign. Goldeneye 007 doesn't have a patch on Quake, let alone the far superior Doom(non-controversially:single player, controversially:multiplayer over a phone) that was released three years previous to it.

And also nthing the heck out of the Matador. I'm amazed Pierce Brosnan was willing to risk being typecast as a Bond-ish character forever in order to be in it.
posted by Yowser at 10:47 AM on August 24, 2014


More evidence for Pierce being the Worst Bond Ever.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 12:42 PM on August 24 [3 favorites −] [!]

Growing up in the 90s I was convinced he was the best at the time. But when I rewatch his films I find myself often thinking that Brosnan is the non-porn segments of a porno when it comes to his Bond films. It has not aged well.
posted by Fizz at 10:49 AM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


Someone who is worse than me at Goldeneye? I never thought this was possible.
posted by nickthetourist at 10:56 AM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


In 1997, when GoldenEye 007 was released, Jimmy Fallon turned 23 years old.

To be fair, the poster did not specify from whose childhood the dream came.
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:19 AM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


More evidence for Pierce being the Worst Bond Ever.

I realize that that opinion gets a lot of support, but I disagree.

Brosnan is the second best Bond, tied with Roger Moore, imho. As good as Daniel Craig can be as an actor, I simply don't care for this new dour, joyless Bond. Bring back the girls, gadgets, and gags.
posted by fairmettle at 11:35 AM on August 24, 2014 [8 favorites]


While I never bothered with Brosnan's Bond because of the scripts, he is absolutely hilarious in Matador.
posted by Doktor Zed at 11:39 AM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


The Matador is the best Bond film never made.

Oh my god, I thought I was alone in the universe with my intense love for The Matador. Great film, great script (should have been nominated for an Academy Award, imo), great performances. It's definitely the moment where I realized Pierce Brosnan was not just a blandly handsome former Bond, but that he is in fact a very good character actor.
posted by scody at 11:40 AM on August 24, 2014 [4 favorites]


I don't know, his remake of the Thomas Crowne Affair with Rene Russo might be Brosnan's best Bond movie.

Although I did like him and Sean Bean together in Goldeneye.
posted by PussKillian at 11:49 AM on August 24, 2014 [9 favorites]


If this is turning into a Pierce Brosnan appreciation thread, can I mention I don't care at all for anything Bond, but have kind of a soft spot for The Fourth Protocol?
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:02 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


I also highly recommend Pierce's performance as Not!Tony Blair in The Ghost Writer, though I also highly recommend finding a way to watch it without paying for it (but that has nothing to do with the quality of the film).
posted by tzikeh at 12:08 PM on August 24, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm just amazed that there are any still working controllers for the N64.

It's worth nothing that Nintendo has announced plans to re-release the more-durable Gamecube controller, and an adapter to plug it into the Wii U, for Smash Bros. The N64 controller, however, continues to languish.

[...]I realized that my viewpoint of the N64 was rather rarified. It was the system for kids in that era[...]

Well, that or the original Playstation, which sold a lot more.

I have to agree, ign. Goldeneye 007 doesn't have a patch on Quake, let alone the far superior Doom

Goldeneye brought console FPSes to the masses. Theme might be part of this -- I don't think games can be completely separated from their theme, it does play a role in game design, and I don't think I can name a video game that does theme better than N64 Goldeneye 007. They went all out to make the perfect licensed Bond game, for its time. The only way they could have realistically improved it, that comes to mind, was to have made it based off of a classic movie, or even James Bond movies in general, instead of a relatively blah installment.
posted by JHarris at 12:10 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Since we're on the subject:

Pierce Brosnan on Inside the Actors Studio.

As is so often the case with British actors who get famous through American TV, he started on the stage in London -- but unlike most cases, he started out working with Tennessee Williams.
posted by tzikeh at 1:06 PM on August 24, 2014


Live Action Goldeneye
posted by elwoodwiles at 1:34 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


It was the system for kids in that era[...]

Well, that or the original Playstation, which sold a lot more.


The impression I get from people who were kids - as in under 18 - in the late nineties is that even though the PlayStation outsold the N64 as a whole, everyone their age still wanted the N64 far more.
posted by ignignokt at 1:44 PM on August 24, 2014


Doom? Quake? No way, Goldeneye all the way!!!

Used to play this in college with three friends in between homework sessions. I would buy a N64 again just to play this game...

And going head to head with dual controllers was badass!
posted by inparticularity at 1:59 PM on August 24, 2014


Rockets in the stacks.
Grenade launchers in the basement.
Pistols in the library.
posted by migurski at 2:13 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


I was that guy who'd put the motion activated mines in the bathroom stall, effectively trapping my opponent.

Good times.
posted by elwoodwiles at 2:17 PM on August 24, 2014 [6 favorites]


PS1 was great but who wanted to buy an extra accessory to be able to plug in 4 controllers for a 4-people-on-the-couch-laughing-and-swearing deathmatch? Nobody, that's who.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:33 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


In 1997, when GoldenEye 007 was released, Jimmy Fallon turned 23 years old.

Well, he's 40-ish now and has the persona of a 14 year old, so 23 probably was in his childhood.
posted by FelliniBlank at 2:54 PM on August 24, 2014 [5 favorites]


In 1999 I did a lot of moonlighting "teaching English" in rural Japan. I would drive to people's homes in the early evening and "teach" their kids "English conversation." It was a lot of fun and was a great way to make a lot of extra cash.

Anyway, at one of the homes I went to, I taught each kid for 20 minutes, and then we played N64 for 20 minutes. We played Mario Kart 64, Smash Bros., or Goldeneye. It was a lot of fun, and the two brothers called each other the most shocking things.
posted by Nevin at 3:12 PM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


Wordless part, but Pierce was in the incomparable ending [spoileriffic] to one of my favorite films, The Long Good Friday. And fans of Patrick Stewart might want to see him face off against Pierce in the nothing-special but well-executed (IMO) TV actioner Detonator (aka Death Train), which you can sometimes find in clearance DVD bins. He's also fairly good in The Tailor of Panama.

But yes, I recently had the pleasure of introducing myself to Matador, and while Greg Kinnear makes it work, he's the weaker link in what is basically an opportunity for an obviously relaxed Brosnan to act his balls off. I ordered the DVD from Netflix because Adam Scott's in it, but it turns out just barely (just a sort of plot-necessary character).

Sorry, I only have the slightest experience with the N64 and all of it was Goldeneye-related. Frankly, coming from the Doom/TF world, having both images on screen was very distracting.
posted by dhartung at 3:16 PM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


Remington Steele was my very first girlhood crush. I will always love Pierce Brosnan.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 3:17 PM on August 24, 2014 [6 favorites]


It's a brief segment, but Fallon does say "Childhood dream of mine... or, college-aged."

Looks like Brosnan recently said he declined the role of Burton's Batman. Compared to those who actually have portrayed Bruce Wayne, he'd probably have best resembled how the character usually looks in the comics.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:25 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


And for those who weren't fans of his work as Bond, Brosnan would seem to agree, as he laments that he wasn't particularly proud of it.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:28 PM on August 24, 2014


I know about 3 pieces of first-hand celebrity gossip, thanks to a friend who's worked on a bunch of movies, and the other 2 aren't very nice, so this one I get to finally share.

She worked on Matador, and aside from saying that Brosan's a great guy and all that, the interesting thing, that I always think of when I see his name, is that PIERCE BROSNAN SMELLS AMAZINGLY GOOD. Like, really noticeably exceptionally good, like better than anybody, it's apparently kind of uncanny.
posted by hap_hazard at 3:54 PM on August 24, 2014 [9 favorites]


Well, that makes sense. Pierce Brosnan looks like he would smell good. Like, REALLY REALLY good. And his hands are probably just the right amount of rough.

i'll be in my bunk.
posted by palomar at 4:10 PM on August 24, 2014 [8 favorites]


I know some people who worked with Pierce Brosnan when he recorded the audio tour for one of the exhibitions at the museum where I work. They all said that he is really, really nice and -- indeed -- that he smells really, really good.

I would love to know what it is. I imagine some combination of Hermes cologne and whiskey.
posted by scody at 4:12 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Irish Spring soap?
posted by wabbittwax at 4:19 PM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


This should become an occasional series of sitting down with famous people to play video games. Next up: Fallon plays Star Fox Wing Commander with Mark Hamill.
posted by RonButNotStupid at 5:58 PM on August 24, 2014


As good as Daniel Craig can be as an actor, I simply don't care for this new dour, joyless Bond. Bring back the girls, gadgets, and gags.

Oh, God -- THIS. He's no fun at all, and charmless. Not to mention that Craig's Bond is a lousy fucking spy.
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:01 PM on August 24, 2014 [7 favorites]


Pierce Brosnan is a class act (FOAF reddit story).
posted by um at 6:02 PM on August 24, 2014


He apparently did some good work in an '80s film called Taffin. THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T BE LIVING HERE!
posted by ignignokt at 6:54 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Pierce Brosnan is a Fucking Awesome Bond. As this clip from Goldeneye shows. The scripts may have wasted his talent, but I'd watch him ahead of Daniel Craig.
posted by arcticseal at 7:42 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


And for those who weren't fans of his work as Bond, Brosnan would seem to agree, as he laments that he wasn't particularly proud of it.

Brosnan just looks James Bond to me, only a bit less so than Timothy Dalton. They're about what I imagined (though I like how fierce Dalton looks in Live and Let Die) when I was a kid reading my dad's old Bond novels.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:49 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Whatever one thinks of Brosnan's or Moore's Bond performances relative to other actors', I think it's safe to say they've been two of the best EX-Bonds. They've both been willing to be open and gracious in their discussions of their experiences; they're honest about what they didn;t like about their particular films without being bitter; and they've both been willing to talk up the franchise in a positive and humorous manner. They've been great ambassadors for the brand.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:57 PM on August 24, 2014 [6 favorites]


Remington Steele was my very first girlhood crush. I will always love Pierce Brosnan.

Seconded. That dude was pretty much the formation of my mental love map. I'm not kidding when I say that my exes all have a fair amount in common with Mr. Steele. Well, no English accent, but other than that...
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:30 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


He's no fun at all, and charmless. Not to mention that Craig's Bond is a lousy fucking spy.

Oh, I kinda dig his wiry tortured brutality. [because I am a terrible person]
posted by FelliniBlank at 10:32 PM on August 24, 2014


I watched this only to see how Pierce Brosnan is looking these days. Oh my. Lookin' mighty fine . . . .
posted by JanetLand at 4:54 AM on August 25, 2014


Brosnan does hypercompetent spy especially well - but only when he's a clear villain. Matador, where his genteel accent is the barest cover for a primal force of chaos, brutish and not very bright when it comes to things that aren't killing people. It's a masterful interpretation of the anti-hero, engaging and repulsive all at once. Also, his turn with Geoffrey Roush in A Tailor of Panama - you get the impression that this is how Brosnan actually sees James Bond, as a clever and silver-tongued force of evil, and he turns in one hell of a performance.
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:12 AM on August 25, 2014 [3 favorites]


-Remington Steele was my very first girlhood crush. I will always love Pierce Brosnan.

--Seconded. That dude was pretty much the formation of my mental love map.


Whenever I read a book with a romantic hero, unless he's specifically described to be significantly different he looks like Remington Steele.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:47 AM on August 25, 2014 [2 favorites]


I remember dismissing Goldeneye with a swift "this is not as good as Quake."

From a purely gameplay standpoint I would say you were right. Though I have fond memories of making more than a few "pro" quake players lose their cool while dominating them on Goldeneye.

"Just let me get you on a quake lithium server!" "You can't even jump in this game!" "You're just looking at my screen!" "RAAAAAAAAGHGHGH!!!!" "Can we turn on health!?"

"No. License to kill is the only acceptable mode of play."

Teehee!
posted by history_denier at 8:46 AM on August 25, 2014 [4 favorites]


I've always preferred the dour movie Bonds like Daniel Craig and even more so Timothy Dalton, because they're more like the Bond in the books.
posted by nerdler at 10:04 AM on August 25, 2014


"Can we turn on health!?"

"No. License to kill is the only acceptable mode of play."


A Quake player who can't hang in instagib is a shameful Quake player.
posted by Pope Guilty at 10:30 AM on August 25, 2014 [1 favorite]


Watched The Matador today based on recommendations here. It's a gem of a movie, loved it so much. Brosnan is fantastic in it and puts in a remarkable performance.
posted by arcticseal at 9:27 PM on August 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


There is one gigantic thing Goldeneye has that Quake doesn't, and that's playing those notes of the James Bond theme song when you kill someone. DUH-DAAH, DAAH-DAAAH! twang....

I am not usually the kind of person who gloats when he wins, but I managed to unwind enough once or twice to sing along when I was dominating someone at Goldeneye. It's just fun.
posted by JHarris at 10:25 PM on August 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


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