An excellent film and truly reflective of Fleming's vision of 007. A few
When Bond tells Saunders, "Go ahead, tell M what you like and if he fires
me, I'll thank him for it..." The camera then closes on Dalton's face to
reveal a cruel and sardonic smile. Immediately, you know you're not watching
one of Roger Moore's lightweight performances.
After the murder of Saunders, Bond sees the "Smiert Spionam" balloon
floating nearby. As he catches it, he is filled with a consuming rage which
flashes on his face as he crushes the balloon. As he catches sight of the
cluster of balloons over the hedge, which may be held by the killer, his eyes
fill with murderous rage. No other actor could have possibly pulled this off
sop well, with the exception of Connery. Look at the similar expression on
his face in FRWL as he hurls a knife at Krilencu during the Gypsy Camp fight
Unfortunately, today's Bond audience has become so bombarded by the
blast-laden, special effects extraveganzas, that they were unable (or
unwilling) to accept this truer and more mature version of the Bond
Jeroen Krabbe's performance as Koskov is both subtle and disarming. One
cannot help but like him during the Blades debriefing scene. The showing of
his true colors at Whittaker's villa in Tangier is excellent, as he blithely
suggests the murder of another agent to convince London that General Pushkin
has indeed ordered whole executions of Allied agents.
Myriam D'Abo's performance as Kara Milovy brings back memories of the
sensitive and beautiful Bond Girls of old. Beautiful without being vapid
(Britt Eckland in "...Golden Gun") and modern without being strident or
frigid (Lois Chiles in "Moonraker") D'Abo is most like Daniela Bianchi in
And what a joy to hear the touch of the master, John Barry. The best
soundtrack since the Connery days. The music during the Aston Martin chase is
reminiscent of the 007 Theme used during the Gypsy Camp fight scene in FRWL.
I am profoundly disappointed that the producers of this series have chosen
to abandon the one hope they had to return the series to the true heritage of
the Fleming character. "The Living Daylights" ranks right along side the
Connery series in every way. It is the last of the great Bond films.
I hope the series can find it's way again.
Beside Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton I think, was the best Bond! He
gave a very realistic view of Bond with romance and seriousness. Ever since
OHMSS, James Bond weren't much romantic. He slept with many woman just with
pleasure. Kara Milova, the bond girl is one of my favorite Bond girl.
I have not read Ian Fleming novels and I've heard that Dalton was very
Fleming-ish Bond. I'm think i understand why. Dalton isn't humourous? Well,
when i watch 007 movies, I don't always look out for humor but for action and
the character of 007. Out of all 5 bonds Dalton could become the closest to be
a real spy. New element of Bond was very artistic and fun. I was suprised to
see Dalton as a Bond right after Roger Moore's slap-stick bond.
Living Daylight had a very good start and predictable, yet romantic and
enjoyable ending. I loved the scene where Bond and Kara gets away from the
enemy by sloping down with the cello case. The whole movie was a bit slow and
gradually gets energetic toward the action scenes and the ending. I would also like to see Dalton star in Warhead.
006 out of 007
I don't see how anybody can not like this movie. It is probably the only movie
which stays true to the James Bond character while at the same time mixing
new, more modernized elements.
Timothy Dalton, playing Bond for his first time, did a fabulous job of
acting. He had no trouble slipping into the role of Bond, and played the part
very seriously. Maryam d'Abo was alright as Kara Milovy, although at some
points I feel she could have put forth more effort into her role. Her small
weaknesses don't subtract majorly from the movie, though. Jeroen Krabbe and
Joe Don Baker both did superb jobs.
The stunts and action in this film are enough to keep you in your seat as if
there is a nail pinning your pants to it. The pre-title action sequence is one
of the best I've yet seen, crammed full of action and wild stunts. Since I
love arial stunts, especially skydiving jumps, the pre-title action sequence
skydiving jump and the scene in the end where Bond and Necros are fighting on
the cargo net hanging out of the plane were special treats.
All in all, a great, fun, explosive Bond film with just a tinge of humor and
romance, all of which blend together to make one of the best Bonds in the
10 out of 10
The Living Daylights, in my opinion, was what the Bond of the novels was
supposed to look like on the screen. True, nobody really beats Sean, Moore
turned Bond into the campy Batman-like series ("Pow! Bam!"), and Lazenby
sort of lacked the chronic self-confidence Bond possesses. The pre-title
sequence showed that even the elite 00 corps need to train, and the
subsequent chase and yacht scene were classic. The plot is not old, if
anything, it far surpassses the old megalomanical billionaire wants the
world in his pocket (which the Simpsons parodied with Scorpio!!), and Dalton
carries Bond without the first-film syndrome Moore and Lazenby suffered with.
Consider when Bond refuses to shoot Kara, he is acting as the both the
perfect gentleman and consumate ladies man; never strike a lady, and don't
kill a beautiful woman. Or when he waits for General Pushkin, he is a secret
agent being both cunning, resourceful and brutal. Dalton plays all the
elements of Bond we love, and does it well. Even after beating Necros on the
plane, and crash landing in a jeep, he still knows where there is a good
restuarant in Karachi. Classic Bond.
And, for all those who knock License to Kill; as dubios as much of it is,
how else would Bond react to his life-long friend being mamed?
My favorite Bond movie. Tymothy Dalton's acting is
outstanding. He portrays James Bond as a real, cold blodded serious secret
agent. The plot is very realistic, something that you could actually
believe that could happen in real life. The pre-credit sequence is the best
after the one seen in Goldfinger, and the chase scene with the Aston Martin
is great. My
rating is 007/007