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In a hotel room in Cambridge, UK about to zonk out for the night and The Living Daylights is on ITV4. 

 

It's a bit cheesy (I think Bond just stole the stair car from Arrested Development) but dat Barry score tho... 

 

 

 

 

And now the Bond girl just whacked him in the head with a pillow. She's not a very good actress... 

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She is very good at playing the innocent and scared girl from the slums of Eastern Europe, she is a very unique Bond girl. And she underlines the straight attitude and detached character of Dalton's Bond, by contrasting him.

If the film has a flaw, of which there are very few, it's that the script calls for Dalton to be outright humorous and smiling ear to ear occasionally, which doesn't fit his Bond at all.

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8 hours ago, Jay said:

 

And now the Bond girl just whacked him in the head with a pillow. She's not a very good actress... 

Are you calling me a "horse's arse?!".

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS is one of my top-5 Bond films.

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That was the first time I'd ever seen any of The Living Daylights, I believe. I've listened to the Rhino expansion of the score loads, though!

 

As far as films go, I've only seen the first four Connerys, then everything from Goldeneye forward. 

 

I gotta watch em all! 

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It’s a top 5 Bond for me.  Bearing in mind, my love of a Bond film rarely has much to do with its “objective” qualities.  Or a better way to put it: my criteria for what makes a great Bond are very different from how I evaluate any other kind of film.

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14 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

Lately though whenever I’ve felt like I was in a Bond mood I’ve been reaching for For Your Eyes Only.  I’ve watched it like 5 times in the last year.  I love it!  Might climb my ranking above Goldfinger.

Funny enough, I couldn't stand it!

 

Goldfinger is just fine.  From Russia With Love is the best Connery Bond. 

My Top 5 favorites:

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

GoldenEye

From Russia With Love

The Spy Who Loved Me

Thunderball

 

 

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I'm watching For Your Eyes Only right now.   I love the identigraph scene.  The giant computer that takes up a room,  Bond and Q working late to identify the lead henchman.  It leads directly into Bond going to Cortina, which is one of the all-time best Bond locations.  I love this movie!

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Living Daylights has one of the best openings of anything I've ever seen. The car chase with the guy going off a cliff while Bond escapes in a parachute and lands on that babe's yacht as she immediately proceeds to offer him a drink and her sexy body. What a legend.

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I have a top nine “classic Bond” list — nothing against Brosnan and Craig, they’re just in a different headspace for me.

 

1. Goldfinger    Connery #3
2. From Russia with Love    Connery #2
3. Dr. No    Connery #1
4. You Only Live Twice    Connery #5
5. Thunderball    Connery #4
6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service    Lazenby
7. Live and Let Die    Moore #1
8. The Spy Who Loved Me    Moore #3
9. The Living Daylights    Dalton #1

 

I had to cut it off at nine because there didn’t seem to be any serious contender for the tenth spot.

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It's funny, I LOVE Roger Moore, he's my favorite Bond hands down, but people who don't like him as much as I do tend like Live and Let Die more than I do.

 

My Moore Ranking

 

1. The Man With the Golden Gun

2. For Your Eyes Only

3. The Spy Who Loved Me

4. Octopussy

5. Moonraker

6. Live and Let Die

7. A View to a Kill

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I wasn’t old enough to see any in theaters prior to GoldenEye, and Moore and Dalton were seriously pooh-poohed at the time*, so I rented VHSes of the Connery movies in order until I got bored.

 

* - Still are? I suppose they always try to say the current Bond is the best since the iconic Sean Connery.

 

 

 

1 hour ago, Disco Stu said:

It's funny, I LOVE Roger Moore, he's my favorite Bond hands down, but people who don't like him as much as I do tend like Live and Let Die more than I do.

 

Well, there are a number of factors which make it so memorable that most people have to at least give it a shout-out. The first is Jane Seymour. There are many beautiful Bond women, and many (most?) have better roles, but just watching Jane Seymour at all is something of a transcendental experience. (And they threw in Madeline Smith as a very nice bonus.)

 

Also, the name of the film stands out because its theme song stands out.

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