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The Living Daylights (1987)
« on: January 12, 2013, 07:58:39 pm »

I will be the first to admit that when I went to see this back when it first came out in the theater, I was prejudice against anyone replacing Roger Moore as James Bond. I was so dead set against replacing the definitive Bond (at that time) that this was really a no-win situation and I get the feeling most fans that grew up with James Bond in the 70's-80's felt the same way. I know I saw it in the theater and possibly once on Cable when it first hit HBO or Showtime. But I remember absolutely nothing about The Living Daylights. So, this for me is actually like watching a new James Bond flick tonight.

So, how did this measure up? Surprisingly well. This is way better than I originally gave the movie credit for. In hindsight, I never really paid much attention to the story as I was hating on Dalton. I think because I don't have that dumb kid mentality as before and I'm coming at this completely impartial with no preconceived ideas about this film and more importantly Timothy Dalton, I was able to watch this as a movie going experience rather than a critical eye. Dalton, although a bit dry in his delivery is actually quite good in this. Comparing to the tail end of Roger Moore's run of Bond flicks, The Living Daylights has none of the hamminess that plagued those films. Although Dalton does have a few quips and retorts as Bond usually does, they never come across as a desperate attempt for a laugh, but are clever in its usage. Maybe it's his delivery or maybe that's just the way he wanted to play it, I liked it regardless.

Also, the movie as a whole played infinitely better than the last few Bond films from Moore. It was better paced and the stunt work and Set Pieces were a bit more creative and exciting (for the time it came out anyway). Yeah, I can say this one is definitely worth a Rent and doesn't feel dated at all. Check it out and don't let the naysayers persuade you to skip it just because it's Dalton in the lead role. Very underrated film.
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Re: The Living Daylights (1987)
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 07:59:10 pm »
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Re: The Living Daylights (1987)
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 08:00:25 pm »
You had blinders on for awhile. I get that.
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Re: The Living Daylights (1987)
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 08:03:47 pm »
Like I said, I was dumb and stuck in my ways. So, what's your take on The Living Daylights? Having just watched this, I feel really bad that Dalton got thrashed the way he did and to some extent, still does. I just think there are a lot of people who were like me, are still in that mindset and never gave the movie or him a chance.

Mr. Dalton, I apologize to you good sir.

What's ironic is that I actually like him in a lot of other roles and he was great in Chuck as well.
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Re: The Living Daylights (1987)
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 05:00:41 am »
I don't have a take.... Really, because while I saw it, do t remember it.
But I do remember his character enough to like it more than what Roger Moore was doing. He was bringing a completely different game to the series.
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