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The Living Daylights Reviews

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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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Brian Case
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.
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
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
Sadly underrated Bond entry with an absolutely classic theme tune by A-ha.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tom Coates
September 11, 2001
A pure back-to-basics action-adventure spy drama which mostly delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A snazzy spy thriller.
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
An entertaining enough addition to the long-running series.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
Dalton brought to the part a strong dramatic presence, a heightened sensitivity, a greater human vulnerability than ever before, and a decided seriousness.
| Original Score: 7/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is the Bond film the fans have been waiting for a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Dalton, with his athletic sort of Brit-yuppie work ethic and romantic streak, comes out all right.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The story is too choppy and just meanders from one locale to another without bringing the parts together into a compelling whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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