The Living Daylights Reviews

  • Dec 29, 2020

    Timothy Dalton's first and most impactful contribution to the Bond franchise. The last James Bond film to take place entirely during the Cold War deserves some praise. The Living Daylights is a well-appreciated pivot back to the novels. Yet, the film has enough innovations to influence later Bond films. For such an underappreciated film to influence later portrayals of Bond in such ways is one of this film's greater achievements. The Living Daylights is over-the-top in all the right places. The plot and villains are down-to-earth and not some evil supervillains. The twists are interesting and can be missed if one isn't paying attention. And the twists are well thought out and believable. There are enough exotic locations and action in the film to keep the movie interesting. Few films can pull off a car chase on a frozen lake the way this film did. Because of the above, TLD is a fun film to watch. It's close to the depiction of James Bond that one envisions in the novels. We see the shadow war between the communists and the free world. We also see the independent agents who seek to profit off the conflict. Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) portrays a wonderful and down-to-earth Bond girl who makes some honest mistakes. She's fearful yet grows to be enthusiastic and helpful. She's much more human than most other Bond girls in an enjoyable way. I did find myself rather annoyed by General Georgi Koskov's (Jeroen Krabbe) character. What felt like a minor personality trait seemed to grow into a full-blown Flanderization of the character. His performance was balanced by the more serious Necros (Andreas Wisniewski) who plays the colder anti-Bond villain. What's with Bond always facing off against tall, athletic, European blonde types? Special appreciation for Joe Don Baker who plays General(?) Brad Whitaker only to later play CIA agent Jack Wade in Pierce Brosnan era Goldeneye. I caught that. Also, special appreciation for Albert R Broccoli for consistently delivering quality Bond films with enough experimentation to keep them fresh. And director John Glen for bringing such ideas to life. But even with these accolades, I cannot come to bring myself to appreciate the third act in this film. The film has a solid first and second act. Yet, the third act in Afghanistan felt somewhat as an afterthought. Maybe as a way to bring attention to the Soviet-Afghan conflict? Either way, it seems to throw the film off balance and makes it somewhat less enjoyable. 3.5/5. +.5 for cultural influence in later Bond films bringing this to 4/5.

    Timothy Dalton's first and most impactful contribution to the Bond franchise. The last James Bond film to take place entirely during the Cold War deserves some praise. The Living Daylights is a well-appreciated pivot back to the novels. Yet, the film has enough innovations to influence later Bond films. For such an underappreciated film to influence later portrayals of Bond in such ways is one of this film's greater achievements. The Living Daylights is over-the-top in all the right places. The plot and villains are down-to-earth and not some evil supervillains. The twists are interesting and can be missed if one isn't paying attention. And the twists are well thought out and believable. There are enough exotic locations and action in the film to keep the movie interesting. Few films can pull off a car chase on a frozen lake the way this film did. Because of the above, TLD is a fun film to watch. It's close to the depiction of James Bond that one envisions in the novels. We see the shadow war between the communists and the free world. We also see the independent agents who seek to profit off the conflict. Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) portrays a wonderful and down-to-earth Bond girl who makes some honest mistakes. She's fearful yet grows to be enthusiastic and helpful. She's much more human than most other Bond girls in an enjoyable way. I did find myself rather annoyed by General Georgi Koskov's (Jeroen Krabbe) character. What felt like a minor personality trait seemed to grow into a full-blown Flanderization of the character. His performance was balanced by the more serious Necros (Andreas Wisniewski) who plays the colder anti-Bond villain. What's with Bond always facing off against tall, athletic, European blonde types? Special appreciation for Joe Don Baker who plays General(?) Brad Whitaker only to later play CIA agent Jack Wade in Pierce Brosnan era Goldeneye. I caught that. Also, special appreciation for Albert R Broccoli for consistently delivering quality Bond films with enough experimentation to keep them fresh. And director John Glen for bringing such ideas to life. But even with these accolades, I cannot come to bring myself to appreciate the third act in this film. The film has a solid first and second act. Yet, the third act in Afghanistan felt somewhat as an afterthought. Maybe as a way to bring attention to the Soviet-Afghan conflict? Either way, it seems to throw the film off balance and makes it somewhat less enjoyable. 3.5/5. +.5 for cultural influence in later Bond films bringing this to 4/5.

  • Dec 10, 2020

    Timothy Dalton is fantastic in this movie and blends together great humor and seriousness. Maryam d’Abo is also great and so is the action of this movie. The Living Daylights isn’t as confusing as other Bond films and is very underrated like License to Kill.

    Timothy Dalton is fantastic in this movie and blends together great humor and seriousness. Maryam d’Abo is also great and so is the action of this movie. The Living Daylights isn’t as confusing as other Bond films and is very underrated like License to Kill.

  • Nov 24, 2020

    New Bond, New Energy, although loses steam a bit by the third half!

    New Bond, New Energy, although loses steam a bit by the third half!

  • Nov 14, 2020

    Joe Don Baker was a more menacing villain for the MST3k crew than he was for Bond.

    Joe Don Baker was a more menacing villain for the MST3k crew than he was for Bond.

  • Nov 09, 2020

    The best Bond film since 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and a much-welcome return to the more serious tone of Sean Connery's early efforts.

    The best Bond film since 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and a much-welcome return to the more serious tone of Sean Connery's early efforts.

  • Oct 15, 2020

    This film was definitely an improvement over some of the previous Roger Moore films (e.g. Moonraker), but the plot could have been better and who the villain characters were wasn't well explained. Timothy Dalton was significantly better as Bond than George Lazenby and at least as good as Roger Moore, but he's still not the early Sean Connery and also sometimes makes funny faces like Roger Moore did. I'm happy they introduced Dalton properly unlike how they introduced Lazenby. There was less humour in this film, which was a good thing, but there was still a romance story that felt a bit overdone. However, the Bond girl was good and one of the better ones. There was a good mix of action that was entertaining, although the airbase part was ridiculous - for example, guys on horses somehow destroyed the Russians. I am seriously getting fed up of snow sequences as well; it feels like half the Bond films have action sequences on snow. The visual effects were decent and not excessive like some other Bond films. Finally, the cinematography and soundtrack were solid. The opening theme is actually one of the better ones.

    This film was definitely an improvement over some of the previous Roger Moore films (e.g. Moonraker), but the plot could have been better and who the villain characters were wasn't well explained. Timothy Dalton was significantly better as Bond than George Lazenby and at least as good as Roger Moore, but he's still not the early Sean Connery and also sometimes makes funny faces like Roger Moore did. I'm happy they introduced Dalton properly unlike how they introduced Lazenby. There was less humour in this film, which was a good thing, but there was still a romance story that felt a bit overdone. However, the Bond girl was good and one of the better ones. There was a good mix of action that was entertaining, although the airbase part was ridiculous - for example, guys on horses somehow destroyed the Russians. I am seriously getting fed up of snow sequences as well; it feels like half the Bond films have action sequences on snow. The visual effects were decent and not excessive like some other Bond films. Finally, the cinematography and soundtrack were solid. The opening theme is actually one of the better ones.

  • Sep 19, 2020

    Timothy Dalton makes an Excellent James Bond. the Love interest is very likeable and one of the best and the action scenes are memorable as always. this movie also contains some interesting gadgets. Overall this is entirely Watchable.

    Timothy Dalton makes an Excellent James Bond. the Love interest is very likeable and one of the best and the action scenes are memorable as always. this movie also contains some interesting gadgets. Overall this is entirely Watchable.

  • Aug 24, 2020

    Roger Dalton was an excellent Bond, and was supposed to be the turning point to get the franchise back to a grittier, more serious Bond, in tune with the original books. And that did happen in The Living Daylights, but only partially, because the producers hedged their bets by introducing, into an otherwise very good film, several cartoonish scenes, just like the ones that over-populated, and ruined, the latter films in the Roger Moore era. The mountain (road/lake/ski) chase and the military museum fight were particularly retrograde.

    Roger Dalton was an excellent Bond, and was supposed to be the turning point to get the franchise back to a grittier, more serious Bond, in tune with the original books. And that did happen in The Living Daylights, but only partially, because the producers hedged their bets by introducing, into an otherwise very good film, several cartoonish scenes, just like the ones that over-populated, and ruined, the latter films in the Roger Moore era. The mountain (road/lake/ski) chase and the military museum fight were particularly retrograde.

  • Jul 12, 2020

    Timothy Dalton is a great Bond and it is the best since On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    Timothy Dalton is a great Bond and it is the best since On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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    Jun 28, 2020

    I liked this because its a spy movie.

    I liked this because its a spy movie.