The Living Daylights Reviews

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September 6, 2020
Smartly, it kickstarts a grander daredevilry in Bond films - and a greater realism in the violence - that is entirely welcome.
July 16, 2020
The Living Daylights breathes new life into the series and we needed that.
January 6, 2020
If you're looking for a bit for fun in your Bond film, this would be one to skip, otherwise it's a really good action film with some top class set pieces.
August 6, 2017
While the film seemed relatively modern well into the '90s, now it is a bygone era for which I'm nostalgic.
November 8, 2016
Dalton's Bond brings the British spy much closer to the head and heart of a real character.
November 1, 2015
Just what the franchise needed to become more culturally relevant as the 1990s approached.
October 20, 2015
I feel just rotten about this, but I'm afraid I've outgrown James.
October 20, 2015
In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper.
October 20, 2015
The relative clarity of the story allows director John Glen and screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson to inject moments of subtlety and human interest -- commodities that in recent Bonds have been in even shorter supply than sense.
October 20, 2015
Why not send James off to well-earned retirement with a gold-plated martini shaker and the thanks of a grateful moviegoing public?
October 20, 2015
Despite being hampered by an overly convoluted plot and two of the feeblest Bond villains ever (greedy buffoons Koskov and Whitaker don't have a quantum of menace between them), Dalton brings much-needed grit to the role.
October 20, 2015
Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days. And as a whole, the new picture is less of a special-effects affair than most of Roger Moore's Bond films.
October 20, 2015
This was Timothy Dalton's debut as 007 and it was already pretty clear that he lacked the necessary ironic touch that made the credibility-straining action seem fun rather than ridiculous.
October 20, 2015
Bond is impersonated by 007 newcomer Timothy Dalton, who does little that's identifiable as acting, although he looks the part.
October 20, 2015
As with other Bond movies, the locations in The Living Daylights are more remarkable than its plot.
October 20, 2015
Colorful, vibrant, exotic, The Living Daylights more than delivers an eyeful of entertainment. At a running length just over two hours, the most thrill- seeking Bond fans will get their money`s worth.
October 20, 2015
The result is a film that is not so much bad as mechanical and uptight.
January 13, 2015
More serious, tougher version of Bond has plenty of violence.
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."
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.
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