The name GoldenEye was originally the name of Bond author Ian Flemming's home in Jamaica.
During the games production, it was rumored that the original Goldeneye 64 video game would be buried within the games code and accessed via a special Easter Egg type of command. The idea was dreamt up by designers who felt that Electronic Arts was trying to piggyback off the success of Goldeneye 64 by calling their newest game "GoldenEye 2", which has no resemblance
Although one of the villains from the James Bond film, GoldenEye appears in the game, the stories have no real ties to each other. The plot of the film revolved around a weapon called the GoldenEye which used a nuclear bomb detonated in the upper atmosphere to create a damaging electromagnetic pulse on earth.