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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: 37
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
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.
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.
Fresh: Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique.
Rotten: The raw materials of the James Bond films are so familiar by now that the series can be revived only through an injection of humor. That is, unfortunately, the one area in which the new Bond, Timothy Dalton, seems to be deficient.
One of the Best James Bond Movies
Timothy Dalton has always been underrated as James Bond. But he brought a seriousness to his role that was true to Ian Fleming's books. He is a great actor and this is his first Bond film and he takes it over with such confidence and charm that you regret that he could not make more than two James Bond pictures. In any case this film has all the action and adventure we come to expect from the franchise. I am thrilled to find it available in stunning HD. This is a classic James Bond movie for the ages!
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!
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1987
- © 1987 DANJAQ, LLC & UNITED ARTISTS CORPORATION
- The Living Daylights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Various Artists