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Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable
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A James Bond film (1995), with Pierce Brosnan as the suave secret agent, who goes to Russia to foil the fiendish plots of a criminal mastermind. In temper with the changing times, M is played by Judi Dench (just as, in the 1990s, MI5 was headed by a woman, Stella Rimington). Unlike earlier Bond films, it was not based on any of the Bond novels by Ian Fleming (1908–64), but adapted from a story by Michael France. Goldeneye was the name of Fleming's house in Jamaica, which he had named after one of his Second World War operations, when he worked as a senior officer in naval intelligence.

Originally, goldeneye is a handsome species of duck (Bucephala clangula) with striking black and white plumage.

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