The Living Daylights was a landmark movie in a long-running series, by far the best Bond film that appeared in the 1980s. One key feature of the film’s success was John Barry’s excellent score, and this CD gives us a chance to relive some of the film’s finest musical moments. We have, of course, ah-a’s superior title track, and two songs performed by The Pretenders, but more interesting are Barry’s instrumental offerings on the soundtrack. ‘The Sniper was a Woman’ and ‘Koskov Escapes’ are full of atmosphere and suspense. ‘Necros Attacks’ and ‘Ice Chase’ are thrilling and action-packed. Particularly memorable is ‘Kara Meets Bond’, with its enigmatic opening and evocative flute solo, perhaps the finest love theme in any Bond film. Also worthy of note is the epic sweep of ‘Mujahadin and Opium’, which both looks back to Barry’s earlier Bond scores and anticipates his Oscar-winning work on Dances with Wolves. This reissue also includes some intriguing bonus material, including the music from the film’s teaser sequence (in the form of ‘Exercise at Gibraltar’), as well as ‘Murder at the Fair’, ‘Final Confrontation’, and some ‘Alternative End Titles’. An essential purchase for anyone even vaguely interested in Bond music -- or simply for anyone who enjoyed the film.