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All movies have some degree of cropping. Not everything on the film elements was intended to be seen. For one thing, some dead space has to be left along the side in order to accomodate the optical soundtrack that will be printed there on 35mm release prints.
Variances in framing are not unusual when dealing with two separate film-to-video scans performed on different telecine machines at different times. That, plus variances in theatrical projection and TV overscan, are all reasons why cinematographers frame their shots with some leeway around the edges.
Generally, discrepancies like this are minor and don't affect the compositional intent of the photography. However, the "Ultimate Edition" GoldenEye DVD was widely criticized for being overly cropped on all four sides, so it would appear that Lowry Digital screwed up the framing of that one.
The recent Blu-ray edition was actually sourced from an older master created for the original (non-UE) DVD. It fixes the framing problem, but is an old and crummy transfer with a lot of DNR and edge enhancement issues.