- Title The Living Daylights
- Director John Glen
- Year 1987
- Run time 2hrs 10m
- Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
- Tagline Licensed to thrill
Armed with razor-sharp instincts and a license to kill, James Bond battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination in this thrilling, lightning-paced adventure. Timothy Dalton brings energy, humour and ruthless cunning to his debut performance as Agent 007.
|1:24||Already you can tell this Bond is more sprightly.|
|6:56||Why did he have two parachutes to land on Gibraltar?|
|9:49||The “Guess the Artist” game is actually getting more exciting than the films!|
|18:33||“Our engineers have spent months working on this.” That’s Q, that is.|
|21:56||Lots of plane goodness in this.|
|24:08||“Any time you want to drop by and listen to my Barry Manilow collection…” Worst chat up line ever.|
|27:02||Baddy arriving in a milk cart is the least threatening thing I’ve seen in a long time.|
|44:01||I like stroppy Bond. Slamming car seats and stuff. “Why didn’t you learn the violin?”|
|47:12||Wowsers, never seen Bond versus tank before.|
|50:56||Love the cello wrangling. Wonder how many times they had to film that throw and catch.|
|1:03:27||Bond lesson #23: Always be wary of the balloon seller.|
|1:06:39||Nooooo, not the friend. Always the friend.|
|1:06:52||Also, balloon rage is not so scary.|
|1:15:27||“It’s the first time I’ve ever been grateful James Bond is a good shot.”|
|1:21:48||You can’t open a transplant box on the airfield and expect it to be sterile.|
|1:34:37||This guy basically has his own laugh track following him around.|
|1:49:59||Windscreen wipers as a weapon!|
|1:53:38||This Bond girl veers from being brilliant to being the absolute worst.|
|1:57:09||He said fly level and straight, he didn’t say anything about steering clear of mountains.|
|2:06:05||I’m sure Stradivarious would have something to say about a bullet hole in his cello.|
I was concerned about watching the two Dalton films, mostly because I didn’t know anything about his or Lazenby’s efforts, and the latter wasn’t exactly an outstanding Bond contender. Thankfully, Timothy was a heck of a lot better. He was just as good at hiding his accent as Sean Connery, but made up for it with a stern intensity that Roger Moore had been completely missing.
He seemed slightly less creepy when it came to interacting with females, although it’s still Bond so you have to expect a degree of womanising. I couldn’t decide whether I liked this Bond girl or not, she was quite fun and brave in places, but equally clingy and annoying in others. Hard to tell.
I thought the plot was much more grounded than some of the others. Rather than a diabolical story about setting up a new race of humans on an off-earth settlement, we’re talking about defecting spies, arms dealers and drugs rackets. It was great fun to see the Gogol cameo at the end, too.
Overall, I think it wasn’t a particularly memorable Bond outing, but thankfully there was nothing really wrong with it either - which is a lot to ask from a brand new actor playing such an iconic character.
Rating: 3 / 5