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The Living Daylights, 2007 Bond Remastered Edition - Dalton takes the helm with a hardnosed Bond,
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1987. Roger Moore had finally hung up his Walther PPK and tuxedo after `A View To A Kill', and a replacement Bond was needed for this the fifteenth big screen outing for the superspy. This is Timothy Dalton's first film in role, and he acquits himself well.
I have always enjoyed Dalton's portrayal of Bnd. Not quite as suave and sophisticate as Moore and with less of a predilection for corny one liners, his was a harder character - utterly ruthless in his determination to get the job done but not without his compassionate side. It was a portrayal (and I await the critics to shoot me down for this comment) that strongly echoed Sean Connery's early take on the character. I feel strongly that it was just what the series needed.
In this entertaining romp, Bond helps a Russian General to defect. Pretty soon the defector is snatched by a third party, and Bond is off on a hunt across Eastern Europe and Afghanistan to track him down and foil a plot involving a drugs trade and huge arms deal. It starts off feeling like another cold war drama then slowly morphs into a more sophisticated story about attempts to make huge amounts of money. It's a well constructed script, and pacily directed, jumping from one situation to the next and dishing out the thrills and spills on a regular basis. For sheer entertainment value it has to be one of the best in the series.
This digitally restored edition really is the best version of the film I have owned. The picture has been lovingly restored and cleaned up, and looks amazing. Really, I am not just saying that. It looks superb. The sound has been similarly treated and there is an option to listen to it in 5.1 DTS surround, which is truly exceptional.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2011 17:15:00 BDT
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I won't shoot you down - My Walther PPK remains firmly in holster !!
I quite agree...the EARLY Connery of 'Dr.No' & From Russia With Love' ...executing Prof. Dent ('You've had your six...')
....& cracking Red Grant's neck on the train ('Old Man... !')
Tim Dalton brushes away the 'going through the motions' Connery of 'Diamonds' & all the 'eyebrow raising' of Moore (by 1985 wrinkly old Rog had looked more like the Bond Beauties Grandad... !!)
- Dalton had here a more credible Bond film script (Like the first two & Lazenby's OHMSS)...no mad meglomaniacs just modern major criminals...with the Historical angle of Russians in Afghanistan - again like the Cold war era of 'From Russia...' echoing actual events & giving Bond a credibility so often lacking where madmen are kidnapping Space capsules or nuclear subs, or have private fleets of space shuttles and their own vast space station etc...
credit to Cubby for being bold & brave enough to 'swing back' his Bond series towards a more believable Bond (Ian Fleming's original idea at the start re the defection...and it shows !!)
Shame Babs Broccoli's more recent 're-boot' (again along the right lines) seems stuck with a 'PC' Bond....give Craig the chance to really be 'Fleming's Bond' Babs ! - one who wouldn't tolerate a abyssmally inept 'M' like Judi Dench's...
This film sees Tim Dalton do a splendid job...!
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