The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights (1987)

Assigned to facilitate the defection of a Russian agent, secret agent James Bond soon discovers that the situation is much more complicated than it appears. This entry in the popular action series finds 007 battling drug smugglers,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 29, 1987
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Newcomer Timothy Dalton plays James Bond with more seriousness than preceding installments, and the result is exciting and colorful but occasionally humorless.

Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

I feel just rotten about this, but I'm afraid I've outgrown James.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

As with other Bond movies, the locations in The Living Daylights are more remarkable than its plot.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

Just what the franchise needed to become more culturally relevant as the 1990s approached.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The result is a film that is not so much bad as mechanical and uptight.

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Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

The relative clarity of the story allows director John Glen and screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson to inject moments of subtlety and human interest -- commodities that in recent Bonds have been in even shorter supply than sense.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Dalton shows a serious side that's been missing from the role since Sean Connery's earliest 007 days. And as a whole, the new picture is less of a special-effects affair than most of Roger Moore's Bond films.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Expect the expected.

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People Magazine

Why not send James off to well-earned retirement with a gold-plated martini shaker and the thanks of a grateful moviegoing public?

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% 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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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