Goldeneye 007 lead designer Martin Hollis recently spoke at length at the Gamecity Festival in Nottingham where he openly discussed the development of the hit Nintendo 64 title. In the discussion, he talks about how Shigeru Miyamoto wasn’t a fan of the killing in the game, how Mario 64’s inspired its development, and even touches briefly on why Rare opted to develop Perfect Dark instead of a new James Bond game. A few choice quotes provided below with more available to read at Guardian Tech.
He went on to explain that, towards the end of development, the team received a fax from Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, with a series of suggestions for the game. “One point was that there was too much close-up killing – he found it a bit too horrible. I don’t think I did anything with that input. The second point was, he felt the game was too tragic, with all the killing. He suggested that it might be nice if, at the end of the game, you got to shake hands with all your enemies in the hospital.”
Instead of this, Hollis added a credits sequence into the game, introducing all the characters, almost as though they were being portrayed by actors. “It was very filmic, and the key thing was, it underlined that this was artifice,” he explained. “The sequence told people that this was not real killing.”
“I wanted to make a game that starred a woman. Partly it was Nikita, the film by Luc Besson, and also Dishonored, a 1930s movie starring a spy who was a woman, and a general sort of sensibility that I thought it would be interesting to have a woman be the centre of attention. We constructed this character, to the very best of our ability, to be the centrepiece of the game.”