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James Bond (Timothy Dalton) is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitikar (Joe Don Baker) and General Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe).

OK, hands up. Who thinks Timothy Dalton ranks only a fraction below Sean Connery as the best James Bond? Probably not too many but for this Bond aficionado Dalton had the steel and the flair for the job and it's a pity he was only given two stabs at it.

Two years after 56 year-old Roger Moore received his long overdue superannuating papers, 40 year-old stage actor Timothy Dalton was drafted into this solid series entry that marked 25 years and 15 films since Dr No.

Destinations this time around include Czechoslovakia, Vienna and Afghanistan as 007 starts out investigating the defection of Soviet General Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe) and winds up facing crazed arms dealer Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) in the midst of the Russian-Afghan war.

Maryam d'Abo is good company as the Czech cellist tangled up in the intrigue and there's no shortage of thrills and spills - the highlight among many eye-popping moments is a fight amongst the gradually dislodging cargo of a Russian transport 'plane.

The Living Daylights is a professional, very competent spy adventure that may surprise and impress if you haven't seen it for a while. The bonus materials includes a detailed 40-minute documentary on Ian Fleming and informative commentary by John Glen, Maryam d'Abo and others, making it good value and a must for Bond buffs.

You'll also get a few laughs out of the music video "making of" featurette, featuring the bad 80s hair of bad 80s Norwegian combo A-ha.
Richard Kuipers

Published July 5, 2001

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CAST: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Joe Don Baker, Jeroen Krabbe, Art Malik,
John Rhys-Davies.
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: May 2, 2001
SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen 2.35:1, Audio Commentary by John Glen and Cast
and Crew Members, "Inside The Living Daylights" Documentary, "Ian Fleming -
007 Creator" Documentary, Deleted Scenes, Music Video "The Living Daylights",
Theatrical Trailers, "Making Of" Music Video, "Making Of" Booklet. Language:
English. Subtitles: English, Danish, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish,
Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, English (H.O.H.)

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