Monday, 23 November 2015

Trevelyan's Mainframe - FILE: Film Premieres, GoldenEye / Twenty Years Removed

It seems we’re nearly at the end of the line, friend. You’ve nosed through almost every file pertaining to the locations, personnel, and data surrounding the GOLDENEYE operation. I commend you on your findings. The data and files you’ve explored thus far have only gotten you that much closer to fully understanding Janus and the origins of our organization. Now, suit up, grab a date, and put a smile on. The following is what we have on the premiere events for GOLDENEYE, twenty years removed from their original dates...

Proceeding chronologically, GOLDENEYE would first premiere on Monday, November 13, 1995 in the United States. Make note of this, as Bond films are almost always premiered first in the United Kingdom. GOLDENEYE would deviate from this mold and the Radio City Music Hall in New York City would mark the debut of the film on the silver screen. Compiled data suggests that this location was no stranger to world premieres at the time, previously screening TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the original KING KONG, and Disney’s LION KING to name only a few. Held at this legendary entertainment venue by United Artists Pictures, this gala would see numerous faces of Bond’s past return to support his latest outing. The likes of Maud Adams, Lois Chiles, and Geoffrey Holder would be a few of the guest highlights.

The film’s cast was also nearly complete in their presence with Pierce Brosnan and his family attending, Bond women Izabella Scorupco and Famke Janssen, the legendary Joe Don Baker, Alan Cumming, Desmond Llewelyn (MI-6’s resourceful quartermaster), director Martin Campbell, singer Tina Turner, and Bono. I myself was able to successfully infiltrate the event as I was still doubling for an MI-6 agent at the time. So, if you end up considering the collection of data on this premiere healthier than the next, you’ll undoubtedly understand why. I was the inside man. Regardless, several extended members of the Bond film family, the great cast of GOLDENEYE, the series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and their celebrity guests all made for a very special New York City night out… Or so our mainframe suggests.

The next notable event marked within this file is dated Tuesday, November 22, 1995. A handful of days after the spectacle at the Radio City Music Hall, the cast, film producers, and a slew of special guests would again congregate at the Odeon cinema of London’s Leicester Square district. This time, however, it would be a royal premiere to unfold! Being ousted as Janus, I would be watched during this premiere, leaving any intel collection up to two others under the cover of English celebrities. Nonetheless, Pierce Brosnan, Gottfried John, Dame Judi Dench, Famke Jannsen, Izabella Scorupco, and singer Tina Turner added their light to the star-studded lineup of famous attendees. Though, perhaps, the most esteemed guest that night would be Prince Charles of Wales. Surveillance provided shows that Prince Charles would meet and talk with several members of the cast, as well as Tina Turner. Pierce Brosnan’s young son, Sean, and Pierce’s then-girlfriend-later-wife Keely Shaye Smith would also get the opportunity to meet Prince Charles that night. We’ve had our eye on them ever since.

This gala would be held in aid of Prince Charles’ charity, the Prince’s Trust, and the moment of the night would Bond meeting with the Prince to exchange words, jokes, and smiles. GOLDENEYE’s royal premiere event held in the Leicester Square cinema district of London, England, was nothing short of regal indeed! Most of the celebrities and filmmakers that attended would almost certainly vouch for such claims, or so it says here. The rest of the report on this premiere event, it seems, has been rendered indecipherable due to two inside operatives consuming more than their fair share of drinks by the end of the night. It’s noted here that following their failure, they faced termination, permanently. So, take that for what you will.

There would be one more premiere event scheduled for GOLDENEYE, to be held in Paris, France. However, in an attempt to raise awareness, Pierce Brosnan boycotted a French premiere in support of Greenpeace's protest against the French nuclear testing program. Brosnan’s very public support of the protest would eventually cause the French premiere to be pulled from the schedule. It’s worth mentioning that the following year, the nuclear testing program would indeed cease. However, by then, it would be too late for any GOLDENEYE premiere! You know what they say, boys with toys and all that…

Moving on to the side notes for this file, only a few brief entries appear to be listed. GOLDENEYE would be released in the United States on November 17, 1995 and would later see a general release across the United Kingdom and Europe on November 24, 1995. The film would later be released in a further thirty-one countries, under three alternate titles! Quite a travelling license, Mr. Bond has. Intel also outlines that at the royal premiere for GOLDENEYE in Lodon, Prince Charles talked with the young Sean Brosnan about his budding interest in guitars and beginning guitar studies, interestingly enough. Data collected at the time also submits that Prince Charles made a specific point to congratulate Tina Turner on her singing work for the film.

To conclude, I’d ask that you stay mindful of the information collected on these events. The tactics, mannerisms, and behavior expressed by myself should serve as a model for your covert work in the future… As your skills are obviously, lacking. Premiere events are nothing to take lightly and should be sifted through as professional and transparent as your orders permit.

And so ends another file, old boy. You’ve been thoroughly briefed on this subject and your suggested methods of approach. Your success depends on how you conduct yourself.

So, welcome to the party, my dear. 

- End transmission, Trevelyan.

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