March 27, 2018

The Living Daylights

Still my favorite Bond car: the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
I can see why Timothy Dalton earned his reputation as a grouchy Bond. The very few jokes he gets he undersells; the romantic scenes are few and far between. Especially when in the home office, he huffs and puffs and grumbles the whole time.
The second Dalton film, License to Kill, has such a strong American TV show feel, that Living Daylights feels like the last hurrah of the old Bond franchise. The scenes in the Czech Republic look great, the action sequences in the Alpine mountains are amazing! So much natural snow, I don't remember the last time I saw a modern movie with so much real snow. Back in those days, they would spend the money to go shoot on location. In modern movies it feels like they don't ever want to go on location and would prefer to fake the scenery instead. The Tangiers sequences also are just busting out with authenticity.
I don't know why the Bond franchise liked Joe Don Baker so much, he's the villain in this movie and he comes off like a complete dope. He returns as Bond's CIA field contact (a quasi Felix Leiter) in two of the Brosnan Bond films, playing a equally funny folksy American.
P.S. the title music by the group A-Ha, is completely forgettable.