Film of the Day #62/ 300
The Living Daylights is a pure back to basics Bond adventure starring Timothy Dalton as the world’s most famous spy. Dalton is the closest 007 to Ian Fleming’s literary vision and brings a strong dramatic presence, greater human vulnerability and decided seriousness to the role. Based on a short story, The Living Daylights is a darker 007 adventure with a hard edge. The film was modernised to appeal to a new audience; cinema-goers were now familiar with a new breed of die-hard action heroes. During the early eighties, James Bond seemed old fashioned and out of date. The Living Daylights was a serious reinvention of the Bond franchise and is a forgotten classic. The tone is back the stern, tense style from the 1960’s. This movie reintroduces a welcome level of grit and seriousness, while the suspense and action is at a level not seen since the early Connery movies. Critics felt that Dalton wasn’t suave enough to portray James Bond. However, Dalton's 007 is a down-to-earth interpretation of Bond the cold-blooded killer, who takes his missions and relationship seriously. Along with director John Glen, Dalton gave the series a sense of realism and bought 007 back from the dead, long before Daniel Craig.