Review The Living Daylights (1987)

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    The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film series and the first to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by John Glen, the film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story "The Living Daylights". It was the last film to use the title of an Ian Fleming story until the 2006 instalment Casino Royale.

    The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli, his stepson Michael G. Wilson, and his daughter, Barbara Broccoli. The Living Daylights was generally well received by most critics and was also a financial success, grossing $191.2 million worldwide.

    A significant search for a new actor to play Bond saw a number of actors, including New Zealander Sam Neill, Irish-born Pierce Brosnan and Welshman Timothy Dalton audition for the role in 1986. Bond co-producer Michael G. Wilson, director John Glen, Dana and Barbara Broccoli "were impressed with Sam Neill and very much wanted to use him." However, Albert Broccoli was not sold on the actor

    The producers eventually offered the role to Brosnan after a three-day screen-test. At the time, he was contracted to the television show Remington Steele which had been cancelled by the NBC network due to falling ratings. The announcement that he would be chosen to play James Bond caused a surge in interest in the series, which led to NBC exercising (less than three days prior to expiry) a 60-day option in Brosnan's contract to make a further season of the show.[6] NBC's action caused drastic repercussions, as a result of which Albert Broccoli withdrew the offer given to Brosnan, citing that he did not want the character associated with a contemporary TV series. This led to a drop in interest in Remington Steele, and only five new episodes were filmed before the show was finally cancelled. The edict from Broccoli was that "Remington Steele will not be James Bond."

    Dana Broccoli suggested Timothy Dalton. Albert Broccoli was initially reluctant given Dalton's public lack of interest in the role, but at his wife's urging agreed to meet the actor. Dalton was offered the role once again, which he accepted. For a period, the filmmakers had Dalton, but he had not signed a contract. A casting director persuaded Robert Bathurst, an English actor who would become known for his roles in Joking Apart, Cold Feet, and Downton Abbey to audition for Bond. Bathurst believes that his "ludicrous audition" was only "an arm-twisting exercise" because the producers wanted to persuade Dalton to take the role by telling him they were still auditioning other actors.





    and the theme tune....


     
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    My favourite of the two Daltons.

    It still had a flavouring of the Roger Moore lightness, which makes me prefer it to the, imo, too dark "Licence to Kill".
     
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    For me, Timothy Dalton is still the most accurate film version of James Bond.

    THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS is good, but a bit on the light side for me. LICENCE TO KILL is perfect - and is still my favourite 007 film.

    It is very close to the spirit of the novels - and almost as dark.
     
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    I like this entry. Would have like to have seen Dalton (my favourite Bond) carry the franchise for more than just two movies (although Licence To Kill is my favourite). After the parody that Bond had previously become, I was more than ready for Dalton's serious (some would say dour) take on Bond. Enjoyed this outing (and the next) was keen for more. Unfortunately, the future fortunes of Bond would see Dalton ruling himself out before the cameras were to roll some 6 or 7 years after Licence to Kill.
     
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    i think it is sad that he did not get a third film. Dalton certainly deserved a trilogy, at least.
     
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    Maybe that's why I'm not as keen on the novels? I liked Dalton's performance in The Living Daylights but, for me, Licence to Kill went too far and was just too dark and depressing.
     
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    I didn't know that until now.

    Not sure if I can see this even as a prototype for a Bond theme. :emoji_confused:
     

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