The Living Daylights

The Living Daylights

Not just a waste of an actor who seemed to want to do something legitimately interesting with Bond, but also a waste of a phenomenal title. This story is unremarkable in just about any regard except perhaps for its ham-fisted misreading of the political situation in Afghanistan circa the mid-1990s. It's also shot with profound distraction by veteran Bond director John Glen, who seemed to be perpetually disinterested in his work—his action scenes are staged and executed with extreme lethargy—or determined to drive the franchise into the ground. Timothy Dalton deserved better; he clearly read into the character the same dark shadings that Daniel Craig would more successfully capitalize on many years later, and his potential is evident in nearly every scene. Dalton just didn't have the script or the filmmaking partners to make anything meaningful with it.

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