It’s all change in The Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton taking over from Roger Moore as 007 and Caroline Bliss taking over from Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny. John Glen is back to steer the ship, his fourth of fifth consecutive Bond films.
The Living Daylights sees 007 act as a counter-sniper to protect a Soviet defector, Georgi Koskov. Koskov reveals that the head of the KGB, General Pushkin, is hunting down and killing British and American agents. When Koskov is seemingly snatched back, Bond follows him across the world to find out what’s really going on.
So, does Dalton fill the big man’s shoes? In a word, yes, which I know Ruth over at FlixChatter is going to love me for saying! In my opinion, it was time for Moore to step down from the role. From the moment Dalton appeared on screen I was enjoying his performance. He’s a very different Bond to Moore, who was in turn was different to Connery. Moore excelled in (cheesy) one liners while Dalton is more comfortable with high-octane stunts.
Licence to Kill (1989)
Director: John Glen
James Bond: Timothy Dalton
Notable villain(s): Franz Sanchez
Notable Bond girl(s): Pam Bouvier
Super-violence and swearing, these are the two things that struck me about Licence to Kill.
Dalton’s second and final Bond flick seems to have an abundance of gory death scenes and swear words, which both my boyfriend and I picked up on. The action takes us to more exotic locations, including The Bahamas, which is where 007 first meets the dangerous drugs lord Franz Sanchez.
The storyline is easy to follow, but far from boring, and the baddies are particularly effective, especially Benicio del Toro in his second big screen appearance as the blood-thirsty Dario. The chase scenes seem to have stepped up a notch too, with Bond indulging in a particularly exciting oil tanker chase.
Current order of preference: Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Man with the Golden Gun, You Only Live Twice, Licence to Kill, Dr. No, The Living Daylights, A View to a Kill, Octopussy, The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and, in last place, Moonraker.
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