The Living Daylights
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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. 007 must prevent an unknown sniper from killing Krabbe before he can reach the West. The mysterious assailant turns out to be the luscious Maryam d'Abo, who, as it turns out, is not all that she seems. The plot wends its way through a scheme to trade several million dollars' worth of diamonds for weapons, which will be shipped off to mercenaries… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Expect the expected."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Confused plot and digressive globe trotting notwithstanding, the best Bond in years."
‑ , Time Out
""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.""
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"It was somehow more entertaining than how it sounds."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"With its weak plotting and distinterested performances, this is a misfire on nearly every level."
‑ , Film4
"Timothy Dalton, the fourth Bond, registers beautifully on all key counts of charm, machismo, sensitivity and technique."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"...ultimately comes off as one of the most ineffective and flat-out dull entries within the ongoing series."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Dalton is an engaging Bond, d'Abo is coolly alluring, and Krabbe is the epitome of the double-dealing spy master."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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
"Dalton, with his athletic sort of Brit-yuppie work ethic and romantic streak, comes out all right."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Dalton gets a chance to demonstrate a fascinating, if slightly too actorly take on [James Bond]."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"After the fizzle of the later Roger Moore Bonds, The Living Daylights brings in a new 007 in Timothy Dalton, who manages the Connery trick of seeming suave and tough at the same time."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A very weak entry"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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