Goldeneye was the "Best of James Bond", Russians, betrayals, sexy but sadistic female henchmen, cars being chased by a fucking TANK. Tina Turner doing the credits who sounds like Shirley from Goldfinger.
It was still a step back from what they did with Licence to Kill. They could have build something with that. They shook things up with Dalton, but since the film didn't do well at the Box Office they decided to play it safe with Brosnan. I feel with Daniel Craig they went back to Dalton level awesomeness.
Someone else who appreciates Licence to Kill, it felt like a Fleming novel put on screen again, possibly for the first time since On Her Majesty's Secret Service, same with Casino Royale. Licence was my favourite JB film by far though, Robert Davi was absolutely superb as Sanchez, a lot of it was fucking brutal, you really felt for Bond, the characters had multiple dimensions to them, there was badassery a-plenty... Looking forward to Skyfall, although I probably need to see Quantum first, I tried to watch it once and got bored about 15 minutes in. Maybe I need to make more of an effort.