Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 17th installment of the James Bond franchise, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan: GoldenEye. This was also the first Bond film to not feature any of the novel elements created by Ian Fleming, as well as the first to use computer-generated imagery. It was even turned into a groundbreaking multiple award-winning video game. But GoldenEye wasn’t just revolutionary in its new vision for the franchise—it also made its mark with multiple award nominations for sound.
No 007 movie is complete without explosions and heavy sound design elements to carry the intensity of its espionage-driven, globetrotting plot, and this 1995 installment was no exception. From lasers to exploding pens, GoldenEye’s sound had to be uniquely crafted and expertly mixed into place. Today’s scene is just a quick example of this intricate design, as Bond is listening for the correct number of clicks that turns a pen into a bomb.