A remarkable turnaround by John Glen after the terrible A View To A Kill, both in terms of quality and tone. Gone is the pantomimic nonsense of the previous film in favour of an actual attempt at a fairly serious Bond film which ideally matches of the talents of Timothy Dalton. Jeroen Krabbe and Joe Don Baker are awful villains, but this is largely enjoyable and a fine 007 debut by Dalton.
Taking over the mantle from Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton's Bond is a much more interesting, more intriguing character than the former. The film itself is also leaps and bounds ahead of everything in creepy grandpa era of Moore's time as the character. That being said this still isn’t that great a movie, but it’s certainly more enjoyable than what I’ve seen in the last few months. Darker, more engaging, better action.
Timothy Dalton began his short tenure as Bond here with a fairly high octane film that recues the character from the cheap tongue in cheek one that Moore had finessed. Dalton lacks a certain charisma compared to Connery or Craig but was still able to deliver the goods. The problem with the picture was the script that seemed underwritten and too often convenient. D'abo was one of the better Bond girls.
This entry brought "THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS" back into the series, refreshing jolt of excitement after the awful staleness of the Moore era, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. The Living Daylights is one of the best Bond films since Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and Thunderball, Daylights feel like a Bond film, arguably more so than the entries from the 70's and rest of the 80's.
The Living Daylights is textbook Bond, with plenty of thrilling action sequences but nary a memorable villain nor plot. Timothy Dalton plays Bond with a more serious edge, bringing the role back to Fleming but tossing out his charisma along with any semblance of Roger Moore.