The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights (1987)

The Living Daylights represents the first appearance by Timothy Dalton as "Bond...James Bond." Based loosely on an obscure Ian Fleming short story, the film finds Bond assigned to aid in the defection of KGB agent Jeroen Krabbe.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In The Living Daylights, newcomer Timothy Dalton plays James Bond with more debonair seriousness than preceding installments, and the result, is energetic, exciting, and occasionally weighty.

Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Expect the expected.

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Time Out

Confused plot and digressive globe trotting notwithstanding, the best Bond in years.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

More serious, tougher version of Bond has plenty of violence.

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Variety Staff

Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

"Finally, a James Bond movie that Ian Fleming can be proud of. Dalton is a lean, mean and bold Bond. Full of great action and featuring a romantic sub-plot that elevates this above most other 007 adventures."

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Dalton, with his athletic sort of Brit-yuppie work ethic and romantic streak, comes out all right.

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Nick Rogers

Dalton is a dapper, dashing and dangerous Bond. And although "Casino Royale's" sophisticated blend of thrills and personal turmoil slightly eludes "Daylights," it's a sign that the producers then had the right instincts if not the full initiative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Despite Timothy Dalton's welcome change as a more serious Bond after the cartoonish Roger Moore era, The Living Daylight's is one of the least… More
Al S
A tremendously entertaining action-packed adventure. A sharp, stylish, and wickedly entertaining thrill-ride that delivers the goods. Timothy Dalton is a Bond… More
Chris Weber
After 7 films, it was clear that Moore was done, and the series needed to be refreshed. Cut then, to this: Timothy Dalton making his 007 debut, and the series… More
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20/09/2012 (DVD)
Everett Johnson
"The Living Daylights" is Timothy Dalton's first(of two) turn as Bond, James Bond. He does a decent job, but comes off as too serious for the… More
Lenny Muggsy
Like A View to a Kill, best thing about it is the song, A-ha man. And also props to using Gibraltar in the opening sequence, for some reason I frickin'… More