Directed by: John Glen
Starring: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d’Abo, Jeroen Krabbé
I like Timothy Dalton’s Bond. He’s got an intensity that comes out in the action sequences, but he still has the quips and the charm and a very British quality to him. That’s really the difference between Dalton and Daniel Craig; Dalton comes across like a professional doing his job, then he indulges in his vices later. Craig’s Bond is just a scary murderer.
After Bond stops an assassination attempt against a defecting Russian because the assassin was a hot girl, he gets mixed up in a plot to mislead the British government with false information and start a war. He and the assassin (who turns out to be a cellist, not so much a cold-blooded killer) find out that Joe Don Baker is really behind the whole thing and do plane chases and car chases and sled down a mountain in a cello case and all sorts of other stuff.
The Living Daylights is a little less fun than your average goofy Roger Moore Bond film, but it instead actually has a cool spy plot and they develop a couple characters, including Bond. It’s more like a real movie, but without forgetting the silly roots of the franchise. This and License to Kill are two of my favorite Bond movies, and it’s pretty cool that they even have a connecting plot between the two.