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The Living Daylights Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 1, 2015
Just what the franchise needed to become more culturally relevant as the 1990s approached.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
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-
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

TV 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.
Boyd van Hoeij
August 16, 2006
| 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
Emanuel Levy
June 11, 2005
| 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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