The Living Daylights
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The Living Daylights is a 1987 spy action thriller film and the first film to star Timothy Dalton as James Bond. It was also the first Bond film to be released in two years after 1985's A View to a Kill.
After Bond helps Russian officer Georgi Koskov make a daring defection to the West, the intelligence community is shocked when Koskov is abducted from his remote hiding place. Bond leaps into action, following a trail that leads to the gorgeous Kara, who plays Bond as easily as she plays her Stradivari cello. As they unravel a complex weapons scheme with global implications, they are forced into hair-raising chases, a riveting jailbreak and an epic battle in the Afghanistan desert with tanks, airplanes and a legion of freedom fighters on horseback.
Why It Rocks
- Good action sequences, including an amazing plane fight.
- Catchy theme song by A-ha.
- Well done characterization.
- Great acting, from actors like Timothy Dalton.
- A storyline with an introspective tone.
- Great cinematography.
- The music score by John Barry is good.
- Some of the dialogue is memorable, such as:
- -What happened? -He got the boot.
- Good direction by John Glen.
- It's a nice change from Roger Moore after his last Bond film A View to a Kill.
- The main title song might not appeal to everyone.
- Some questionable pacing.
The Living Daylights was commercially successful, earning $191.2 million out of a $40 million budget.
The movie has also received mostly positive critical reception, with a 74% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.