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The Living Daylights

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Living Daylights
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Timothy Dalton debuts as Agent 007. Armed with razor-sharp instincts and a licence to kill, James Bond battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination.
Title: The living daylights
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, c2006, p1987.
Edition: Widescreen, ultimate ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Ian Fleming.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1987.
Contents: [disc 1] Feature film
[disc 2] Special features.
Summary: Timothy Dalton debuts as Agent 007. Armed with razor-sharp instincts and a licence to kill, James Bond battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination.
Audience: MPAA Rating PG.
Statement of Responsibility: United Artists ; produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson ; screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson ; directed by John Glen
Credits: Director of photography, Alec Mills ; editors, John Grover, Peter Davies ; music, John Barry.
Performers: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Joe Don Baker, Art Malik, Jeroen Krabbé.
System Details: DVD, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby digital 5.1 surround.
Other Language: English or French dialogue ; subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Thai ; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: James Bond films. Bond, James (Fictitious character) Drama. Illegal arms transfers Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Spy films.
Topical Term: James Bond films.
Bond, James (Fictitious character)
Illegal arms transfers
Publisher No: 106000
152751
5043717
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Jan 15, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is the 15th installment of the James Bond series and the first to star Timothy Dalton as James Bond.
It was released in 1987.
The film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story, "The Living Daylights."
It was the last film to use the title of an Ian Fleming story until the 2006 installment "Casino Royale."
A series of incredible actions are seen in the last part, where, with the Mujahideen's help,
Bond plants a bomb aboard the cargo plane carrying the opium.
He is however spotted and has no choice but to barricade himself in the plane.
Kara Milovy, Bond's female partner, drives a jeep into the back of the plane as Bond takes off,
and a vicious henchman called Necros also leaps aboard at the last second.
After an amazing and thrilling struggle, Bond throws Necros to his death and deactivates the bomb.
Bond then notices Shah (the Mujahideen's leader) and his men being pursued by Soviet forces.
He re-activates the bomb and drops it out of the plane and onto a bridge,
blowing it up and helping Shah and his men gain an important victory over the Soviets.
Then stop four engines of the plane because fuel runs out.
How do Bond and Kara survive?
You will see one of the most incredible and hilarious actions in your movie-viewing experiences.
I'm pretty sure you wouldn't believe it at all even after viewing the film twice---if not thrice.
Although the film is far from realistic, you can certainly enjoy it.

Jan 23, 2013
  • downsman rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've never understood why Timothy Dalton's work is always overlooked when discussing "good" Bond movies. He was excellent in this one.

...and so, the run to the end of the Bond Films™ commences!

Initially I didn't know what to make of this, as the pre-titles sequence was all about hard men and M having an office on a cargo plane and crazy stunts on Land Rovers in Gibraltar, and pain balls and monkeys... wasn't this the start of Dalton's run? Wasn't he the return to the Bond of the novels and turned the corner from the Panto-Bond® of Moore's administration?

Well, it turns out the script started as a Roger Moore vehicle, then it was to be Pierce Brosnan's start (until Broccoli used "Remington Steele" to force NBC into the position of screwing him over), and *then* Timothy Dalton got to finally do a Bond Film, after having been up for the role five times or so as early as OHMSS and "Diamonds are Forever".

While not as badly convoluted as "Octopussy", this does suffer from being too much of a muchness. We've got a Soviet General who defects and then doubles back on MI-6, but actually he's arranged to go to an independent arms merchant to be part of a lucrative weapons deal that also involves a double-cross on the Soviets' purchase by using diamonds to pay for poppy mash that will turn a massive profit in addition to the amount they're making on the arms. Plus, there's a Cello player who was to provide cover for the initial defection who's romantically involved with the defector, but who falls in love with Bond (with no solid reason for doing so, other than simply his magnetism), and some Afghanis who have something to do with the Mujahideen (or مجاهدون if you're particularly demanding).

Dalton does provide the most focused Bond we've seen since Connery, and possibly Moore in "For Your Eyes Only". Sadly, the Leiter stand-in is entirely dubbed and badly synced so it really shows, the two assistants of his are under-used, the Bond Girl© is only vaguely useful and mostly exists to sigh "oh, James…" a great deal, and any of several Villains are neither scary nor brainy enough to become worrisome. The arms dealer, in particular, seems far too distracted to ever pose a threat, and more resembles a big teddy bear or 8-year-old child than a cold-blooded gun seller. Casting might be the problem here, but as the other two 'bad guys' aren't much better, it's probably the Director.

It's okay, but I suspect that Dalton's other piece will prove to be the far superior one. If nothing else, it was actually formulated with him in mind.

Dec 06, 2010
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favourite Bond film.

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