The Living Daylights Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 13, 2015
More serious, tougher version of Bond has plenty of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
October 31, 2012
"Finally, a James Bond movie that Ian Fleming can be proud of. Dalton is a lean, mean and bold Bond. Full of great action and featuring a romantic sub-plot that elevates this above most other 007 adventures."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Rogers
October 14, 2012
Dalton is a dapper, dashing and dangerous Bond. And although "Casino Royale's" sophisticated blend of thrills and personal turmoil slightly eludes "Daylights," it's a sign that the producers then had the right instincts if not the full initiative.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 16, 2012
Dalton gets a chance to demonstrate a fascinating, if slightly too actorly take on [James Bond].
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 17, 2009
It was somehow more entertaining than how it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 16, 2008
...ultimately comes off as one of the most ineffective and flat-out dull entries within the ongoing series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 13, 2008
After the fizzle of the later Roger Moore Bonds, The Living Daylights brings in a new 007 in Timothy Dalton, who manages the Connery trick of seeming suave and tough at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2008
With its weak plotting and distinterested performances, this is a misfire on nearly every level.
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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader
October 13, 2008
Expect the expected.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 13, 2008
Dalton is an engaging Bond, d'Abo is coolly alluring, and Krabbe is the epitome of the double-dealing spy master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 13, 2008
Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 13, 2008
This Bond is as fast on his feet as with his wits; an ironic scowl creases his face; he's battle ready yet war-weary.
February 10, 2008
A very weak entry
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
February 13, 2007
The casting of Timothy Dalton as James Bond in this 15th entry into the adventures of 007 is widely considered a classic mistake: Dalton isn't suave like Sean Connery or even Roger Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Confused plot and digressive globe trotting notwithstanding, the best Bond in years.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
I'm one of the few people who really liked Timothy Dalton as James Bond.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
September 23, 2004
Typical Bond action but it's one of the spy's worst.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Dalton, the latest successor to the role of James Bond, is well equipped for his new responsibilities. He has enough presence, the right debonair looks and the kind of energy that the Bond series has lately been lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
April 15, 2003
Hasn't aged well -- but it was once a refreshing change of pace.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
Dalton is a solid, serious, but a bit colorless as Bond. Still, the action is good.
| Original Score: 3/5
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