The Living Daylights is Timothy Dalton's first James Bond movie, and it is quite different than the others. Dalton is more serious, the story is more serious, and the plot is a little more realistic than some. The plot is pretty straightforward, although at some parts it was hard to follow who was good and who was bad. Even the opening sequence was hard to follow.
Still, The Living Daylights is a 007 film, and it has a lot of action, a beautiful bond girl, and lots of fun gadgetry. The car, while being quite ugly, is one of the best Bond cars in the series. Every special feature of it seems to be used, including missiles, laser tires, spiked tires, skis, and, of course, a self destruct button. The chase scene in the mountains is probably the best in the movie, including a car chase scene and a ski scene (don't we love ski scenes?), only with one big twist: Bond and his girl ride down the hill in a cello case, using the cello itself to steer.
The Living Daylights has a different atmosphere, too. The relationship between Bond and Kara is much more romantic, and much more involved than other films. Unfortunately, that also means there are a few slow scenes, which I find myself fastforwarding through.
Still, for the most part, The Living Daylights is an exciting Bond movie, with a good Bond and a good Bond girl. The action is good and fairly original, and the fight scene on the airplane is pretty cool.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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