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The Living Daylights


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About the Movie

Armed with razor-sharp instincts, a gadget-laden Auston Martin, and a license to kill, James Bond (Timothy Dalton) battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination in a weapons conspiracy that may be linked to the Soviet military high command. Initially assigned to help a KGB agent (Jerome Krabbe) defect, Bond must prevent an unknown sniper from killing him before he can escape to the West. The mysterious shooter is the seductive and beautiful Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo), who is not at all what she appears to be. Bond foils a plot to trade millions of dollars of diamonds for weapons, ending in a shootout high above the clouds in a plane loaded with opium.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 51
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Dalton, the latest successor to the role of James Bond, is well equipped for his new responsibilities. He has enough presence, the right debonair looks and the kind of energy that the Bond series has lately been lacking. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Sep 8, 2015

Fresh: 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. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: I feel just rotten about this, but I'm afraid I've outgrown James. – Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times, Oct 20, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Ian Fleming's James Bond

Timothy Dalton captured the James Bond Ian Fleming created in his novels. The Living Daylights brings us a more serious Bond who still enjoys life and has a sense of humor. From the exciting opening sequence to the awesome fight OUTSIDE of a jet to the showdown with the main villain, this movie shows us a Bond who survives by his skills, prowess, and (ok) a few gadgets from Q branch.

DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED and not as dark as Dalton's other Bond outing (Licence to Kill).

5 out of 5 Walther PPKs

A great, popcorn Bond film with surprising depth and intensity!

Grew up with this, I think it was actually the first Bond film I ever saw and I loved it. Nostalgia has not warped its quality for me either, it's actually a darn good Bond film. Dalton is suave, tough and dangerous. Great action, music. Tons of fun!

pretty decent

Though he, like the rest, pales in comparison to Connery as Bond, Dalton was pretty good. He just was kinda weird looking and over-acted a bit. But his toughness and seriousness, was a welcome retreat from the fluff and old age of Roger Moore and the role should have been given to him after Moonraker. This movie was based on an Ian Fleming short story