Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen KrabbŽ, Art Malik, John Rhys-Davies, Joe Don Baker, Andreas Wisniewski, Thomas Wheatley, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Caroline Bliss, John Terry, Virginia Hey
Written by: Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson, based on a short story by Ian Fleming
Directed by: John Glen
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 130
Date: 06/29/1987
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The Living Daylights (1987)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Dimming 'Lights'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Roger Moore was nearing sixty when he made his final Bond film, and so Timothy Dalton was chosen as his replacement for The Living Daylights (1987). Some effort was made to inject some darkness back into Bond's character, and Dalton is appealing, but a fresh director should have been hired as well. John Glen's work was growing lethargic at this point, and the movie gets pretty silly and sluggish in spots, including the notorious "cello case escape" sequence. Moreover, Bond girl Maryam d'Abo, despite being adorable, was a little bland; in an effort to keep Bond modern in the era of AIDS, she was his only partner in this movie. Jeroen Krabbé and Joe Don Baker are the bad guys, though Baker returned in a different role, as a good guy, for later movies. The Norwegian pop group a-ha performed the title song.

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