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Living Daylights

A movie directed by John Glen

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This New James Bond Will Not Last Very Long, But Is Still Good.

  • May 17, 2008
Pros: Exciting and thrilling will keep you on the edge of your seat as usual.

Cons: Violence and innuendo of sex starting to cross the line.

The Bottom Line: I would highly recommend this to any of those James Bond fanatics to add this to their collection.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

Defection and impersonation is the name of the game in this movie. Timothy Dalton finally took over the role as James Bond after refusing several times. This is the first time, Timothy Dalton has played James Bond. The living daylights was made in 1987, he only plays James Bond twice. The second time was in the movie goldeneye in 1995. In his very first mission as James Bond he has to help a Russian general Georgi Koskov (played by Jeroen Krabbe) defect to the west. James Bond gets him to the west okay, and puts him into hiding. That is when the gorgeous Bond girl Kara Milovy (played by Maryam d’Abdo) impersonates James Bond and kidnaps the Soviet general from hiding.

James Bond starts out in a training exercise, this is where he has to penetrate a radar installation in Gibraltar, that is where a 00 agent is accidentally killed and where someone is trying to kill Bond. But, when is there a time in any of his movies when somebody is not trying to kill him other than when he is in bed with the Bond girls. They show him in a scene on top of the truck heading to the end of a cliff. The truck flies off at the end of the cliff just before it explodes, and he just happens to have a parachute on and lands into a boat waiting for him with a beautiful woman and it named Linda (played by Kell Tyler). As the story goes on, Bond keeps his audience on the edge of their seat wondering if he is going to be getting this Russian cello player Kara Milovy, instead of chasing the bad guys. He is going after one of the most gorgeous women of the movie. Unknowingly, Bond uncovers a plot that has to do with very sophisticated weapons that if sold to other dealers would have severe consequences against the whole world and start another world war. He also has to head to Afghanistan, where a battle ensues with this many tanks that I have seen and airplanes and in the middle of all this you see guys on horses, and he finds out about it plan to kill all of the KGB enemy agents.

When Bond comes back to MI6 headquarters, “Q” (played by Desmond Llewellyn) comes up with a new high-tech Aston Martin car. A long with all of its regular features this car comes equipped with police scanning capabilities and a laser system. Plus, a guided weapons system that will blast through anything and of course as you all know, all of these cars that they have in all of his movies are bulletproof. One of the other unexpected pleasantries about this car is that it will glide across ice. There are plenty of fight scenes plus, explosions aplenty for all. Bond is always toying with Q, and annoying him by testing his patients by bringing back his car in the usual thousand pieces.

There are also plenty of scenes with assassins and drama with the innuendo of love scenes mixed in between all of this. James Bond, dressed in his usual black cocks, just as Sean Connery and Roger Moore did. He is very suave and sophisticated looking. The Bond girls are just as beautiful as ever and of course they bring back the usual actors to play Q and M.

This movie was directed by John Glenn and written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson. It will run you two hours and 10 minutes, and I believe you will enjoy every minute of the movie if you are a James Bond fanatic. Believe me when I say, Timothy Dalton can never replace Sean Connery or Roger Moore as James Bond, but I guess as they get older we have to get used to the new James Bond. I cannot understand how they can rate this movie PG, with all of this violence mixed in with the innuendo over the possibility of getting some sex. At a minimum I would rate this PG-13 or even an R because of all the violence. This movie also has plenty of action and adventure. The music used up beat and it is very thrilling to see Bond go through all of his acts mixed in with all of the Russian actors. I find this movie, exciting and thrilling to watch along with all of his other movies. This movie is number 15 of 22, and I don't know how long Timothy Dalton will last as James Bond. But for the time being, he will do.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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In this installment of the James Bond series, Agent 007 (Timothy Dalton) is assigned to protect a Russian defector (Maryam d'Abo) from the KGB. When the defection proves to be an elaborate ploy, Bond woos her anyway, and together they follow a trail to a crooked American arms dealer supplying weapons to Afghanistan. Dalton finally assumes the role of Bond after refusing it 16 years earlier with DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. The film is loosely based on Ian Fleming's short story.
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Cast: Maryam D'Abo
Director: John Glen
Release Date: 1987
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (May 22, 2007)
Runtime: 2hr 11min
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