The Living Daylights

1987

Action / Adventure / Thriller

122
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 76%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 76649

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Timothy Dalton as James Bond
John Rhys-Davies as General Leonid Pushkin
Virginia Hey as Rubavitch
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Reviewed by SimonJack 8 / 10

One of the best action and intrigue plots of the Bond series

Despite being near the least popular actor to play James Bond (the least honor goes to George Lazenby), Timothy Dalton turns in a very good role in "The Living Daylights." And, this 1987 edition of British Agent 007 (James Bond), has a number of pluses going for it. First, it has almost nonstop action and almost no carousing. Second, it has the most advanced special gimmicks for Bond's disposal, which adds to the excitement. And third, it has a complex plot with mystery, intrigue and many twists.

All of that makes for a very entertaining film. And, Dalton as Bond has a wry cynicism combined with a smile that says he sees through his adversary of the moment. All of the cast are quite good in this Bond thriller, with the possible exception of Jeroen Krabbe. He plays General Georgi Koskov over the top, with such flamboyance at times that even the most naïve viewer would have trouble believing he could be in the Soviet KGB.

This film had a nice touch of the Afghan revolt and the Soviet-Afghan War (1979-1989). It has a smashing chase scene with Bond and Kara Milovy (played by Maryann d'Arbo) in the special weapons car evading and disrupting what looks like half the Russian army. And it has a fantastic fight scene in the air between Bond and Necros (played by Andreas Wisniewski) holding on to just netting around a pile of opium bags suspended below the open ramp of the transport plane.

Lots of action and intrigue, and even more globetrotting than usual make this a very entertaining and enjoyable film. It's definitely one of the best plots of the entire Bond series.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 7 / 10

Bond Fifteen

Movie Review: "007: The Living Daylights" (1987)

Producers Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996) and Michael G. Wilson bring in actor Timothy Dalton to succeed Roger Moore (1927-2017) in the legendary role of James Bond aka "007". Director John Glen stays true to even more realistic elegant visual image system as "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), which brings the "007" back to beauty and excellency embedded in highly risky stunt work from parachute base jumping, a car chase with all-famous Aston Martin model V8 vantage (manufactured between 1977-1989) sliding over frozen lakes, further features as an overly-done metal-splicing laser, missile rockets and an afterburner engine before enterting a highly weaponized showdown including an interior gunship fight to the death, keeping "The Living Daylights" as one of the most suspenseful picture in the "007" movie series.

Most beautiful as stylish customes by reprising designer Emma Porteous as down-to-earth production design by Peter Lamont in his fourth assignment for a James Bond movie, establishing splendid charms with leading actor Timothy Dalton's bold to cool interpretation of "007" being the initial MI6 high-class spying assassin with the "Licence To Kill", sharing reminiscence to Sean Connery in "From Russia With Love" (1963). Actress Maryam d'Abo, at age 26, portraying the versatile character of Kara Milvoy, presents herself with a range from cello-playing to sniper-rifle-pointing along with entering the action with James Bond in a fulfilling desert storm finale furioso, where "007" hunts down an arm trader duo, leading from actor John Rhys-Davies as suit-wearing East-Block cold-war-benefiting entrepreneur Pushkin to Joe Don Baker as war-item-collecting, gun-slinging character of Whitaker toward a convincing interior shot-out with Bond.

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Reviewed by Robert McElwaine 7 / 10

Dalton proves his worth as the franchise was thankfully taken in a refreshingly different direction

Dispensing with much of the camp formula that Roger Moore brought to the film series, The Living Daylights took the franchise in a different direction with it's more serious, gritty approach. It was definitely a bit over due seeing as the old formula had begun to grow stale. Timothy Dalton is after all a far cry from Moore's more cheeky and saucy Bond, and thankfully so. Gone is the nudge nudge wink humour that wouldn't have been out of place in a Carry On movie, although there are still the odd moments of humour, but certainly not as frequent. This is a more unassuming, intense Bond than Moore although Dalton still manages to bring much of the self assured confidence we've come to expect from Ian Fleming's iconic creation, and for my money is the most underrated in the role. While the tone is different many of the same ingredients still remain. The punchy theme tune, eye catching foreign locations which range from Gibraltar to Afghanistan, and his array of high tech gadgets, with of course some wonderful, showstopping action sequences.

This is of course not forgetting the requisite Bond girl with Myriam D'abo at the time being the latest actress to carry on the tradition. A refreshingly unconventional choice, she is never the less an inspired one as Czech Cellist Kara Milavoy. She's charming and instantly likeable in the role, bringing a sweet naivety to the part and the chemistry between her and Dalton is immediately felt. What is also rewarding is how writers Richard Maibaum (who worked on 17 Bond movie scripts) and Michael G. Wilson actually give this outing a plot of substance, steering away from the power mad megalomaniac trying to take over the world routine. Here we have a story more rooted in reality with 007 assigned to assist in the defection of a high ranking Russian General named Koskov. When he is recaptured Bond sets out to learn why a friend of the general's was previously sent to assassinate him, and in doing so uncovers an elaborate plot involving American arms dealer Brad Whittaker. For the most part the plot is absorbing and I felt drawn in to the complex nature of it, although unfortunately it does eventually becomes overly complicated and convoluted.

Some of the acting from the smaller bit part actors is pretty poor at times, and It also doesn't help that Jeroen Krabbé and Joe Don Baker while not awful, aren't menacing enough as the movies villains. Brad Whittaker is portrayed as too much of a buffoon to be convincingly dangerous and Koskov is just a smarmy, obnoxious fool. Andreas Wisniewski however does make a memorably imposing, formidable presence as the relentless assassin; Necros and is arguably one of the best Henchman in Bond history. There is more reliable support from regulars Robert Brown and Desmond Llewellyn, with Caroline Bliss making a decent if unremarkable Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell was always going to be a tough act to follow), as well as solid turns from Art Mallick and John Rhys Davies.

What is unusual about this outing is that we don't see the usual bed-hopping from Bond as we did in any of the previous movies. His affections remain solely with Kara throughout the movie, and even then they are never seen to sleep together. There seems to be more of a genuine love story here and an underlining melancholy in so much as we the audience know, that it's obviously not going to last as by the next movie the relationship will have ended and Bond will have moved on. Although not one of the best of the movies, The Living Daylights is still enjoyable and certainly better than the so so; A View to a Kill, which indicated that something had to be done to inject something new in to the old formula, and for the most part this film did precisely that.

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