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007 リビング・デイライツ アルティメット・エディション [DVD]
遊園地で仲間のソーンダースが目の前で敵に殺害され、強く怒りに震えるシーンは、作品のシリアスさを象徴するワンシーン。エンタメ性はムーア、後のブロスナン作品と比べると低いかもしれませんが、クールで原作に忠実であり、古典的要素を大事にした作品です。（たらればですが、オクトパシー辺りからのダルトンボンドを見てみたかった気もする）OPはa－ha「The Living Daylights」
EDはPretendersの「If There Was Man」大人な雰囲気でエンディングを迎えます。
だからというわけではありませんが、こちらの作品は シリアスさ 豪華さ アイデア ストーリー しゃれっ気
ダニエルクレイグ ピアースブロスナンのボンドももちろん好きですが 見たことのない方にも是非一度 こちらのティモシーダルトンの
- Bond actually thinks, and the audience is left to figure out the complexities of motives and ideas. I can't think of another Bond film where the intelligence of the audience is respected. For example - when Bond first meets Kara, and Kara explains that Koscov had her help cover his defection as a pretend assassin. In that moment, Bond realises two things - that Koscov had wanted her to die at Bond's sharp shooting, and also that Kara has no idea that he has far less affection for her than she does for him. None of this is explained - but if you've been paying attention, and are thinking, then you can realise these two things at the same time as Bond does - and Dalton acts it brilliantly. I also love how Bond thinks at the country house meeting, being suspicious of Koscovs motives, and at later points in the film where he's trying to suss out what's going on.
- This is a rare Bond film where its actually Bond who is figuring out the mystery and motives rather than being told to investigate someone or some plot. Some criticise the story for not having high enough stakes, but for me its a relief to trade a "take over the world" plot for a thinking man's mystery spy thriller.
- The relationship with the girl is complex. Its very ambiguous in places whether Bond actually likes her, or is just pretending to to get the answers he needs and to keep her close for information. Her irritation is purposeful - she genuinely winds him up - and watching this tension play against him also finding her attractive is fun. Even after they kiss for the first time (the fairground scene - where his intentions are still ambiguous) he still shows contempt and impatience.
- The music - brilliant score, my favourite for any Bond film. The three themes (the a-Ha and two Pretenders songs) weaving into the soundtrack score is great. Its so much better than the already horribly dated, cold Eric Serra score that followed later in Goldeneye. John Barry did a fantastic job, and cameos at the end as the conductor.
- Necros - awesome villain, and contributes to one of the best action scenes in a Bond film with his one-man take down of the country house to rescue Koscov. Any other scene like this in an earlier Bond was laden with fake wooden planks, sugar glass, hammy henchman acting - but here it plays gritty and real. He burns a mans face before whacking him out cold with a frying pan - years before the brutality of Bourne films or Craig's Bond. Interestingly, the actor (who also played the "they have rules for policemen" terrorist in Die Hard, and the guy on the bench holding the match in Mission Impossible), is now a yoga instructor.
- Genuine spy stuff: Other Bond films seem to rely on naff action or CGI/gimmicky stuff to please the audience. Here we get rare scenes that play like a good spy thriller. The defection - the moody late night hotel scene with the night-vision and sniper rifle. The conversations in the car driving to the defection point. Getting Kara out of her apartment in view of the guys watching. The scene in Pushkins apartment, and then his staged assassination. The fairground scene, getting information from Saunders, and Bond's subsequent anger at his death. If it weren't for the Moore-esque one-liners and shoe-horned action scenes (the car stuff), the film would play like a genuine spy thriller and would have probably been much better received and remembered.
- The best action scene for any Bond film! The moment the opium bags fall out of the plane, I feel a genuine lurch of panic every time I see it. Such an awesome set-piece.
The bluray is of course excellent, with loads of extras, commentaries, trailers etc. The making of film is actually a good one, with decent anecdotes and stories of filming it - not just talking heads gushing about it in a PR way like you normally get these days.
"Whoever she was, it must have scared the living daylights out of her".
What Dalton's Bond lacks in geniality and humour is made up for by the somewhat comical villains played by Joe Don Baker and Jeroen Krabbe. The only truly menacing villain of the piece is the blonde teutonic henchman Necros (played by Andreas Wisniewski who went on to play an equally menacing henchman in Die Hard the following year). The fight sequence in the cargo net of an airplane is one of the most exciting in the entire series. Also worth mentioning is John Rhys-Davies who appears as General Pushkin here. The tense scene between him and Bond is truly memorable for the chilling performances of both actors.
The film kicks off with an exciting pretitle sequence on the rock of Gibraltar. Add to this a kick ass black Aston Martin car, an exciting chase across a frozen lake, the rather silly but highly entertaining escape down a mountain slope in a cello case, and the usual exotic locations (Vienna, Tangier and Afghanistan in this case) and you get a great action flick with an almost Hitchcockian romance thrown in. Mind you, no sex in this one. It's important to keep in mind that the film dates from the 80s to understand this chastity and why Bond is siding with the Mujaheddin.
The 2 disc Ultimate Edition offers a large array of nice extra features making it a nice addition to any Bond fan's collection.
~~~ Spoilers below ~~~
For those who are looking for some of the more memorable scenes of the series, this is the one with the milkman assassin with the exploding milk bottles, the Lada police car coming off the chassis, the transplant heart and the diamonds in the ice bucket.
Plot: Movie starts with a foiled assassination attempt on trainee MI6 veteran operatives as they prepare for a potential highly sensitive mission in the form of what was meant to be a basic exercise. There were three of them two of which were successfully taken out save for one the man himself James Bond. After that James Bond pursues those who tried to assassinate him and his comrades across the globe from central Europe and hostile places of such to various terrorist inhabited hostile places in the middle east getting in all kinds of awesome adventures. All of this to make a long and timeless action classic short. In my opinion one very well put together movie and best member of the series within that.
Sorry if im coming across bitter anyway my idea of a perfect film is the way the story is told easy to follow good direction and having action that fits in well and dosnt feel forced in to which you get the living daylights where is asked to help a Russian defector and assassinate a KGB agent during his adventure Bond knows something dos'nt adds up after a brief encounter with a women holding a sniper rifle which leads him to driving a car on a lake avoiding an army, escaping a base then breaking back into it and finally flying a plane.. that's running out of fuel and carrying bomb inside and some professional killer hiding inside so overall a normal day for Mr Bond one that is truly exciting and one i can watch over and over again. Please give this film and enjoy.
The film itself is one of the better bond and in my humble opinion is in the top 10. A good story, plenty of action, and a winning and watchable leading Lady. The baddies are good, if you know what I mean, and complete a great cast. Production values are very good and direction in always interesting, if sometimes a little predictable. Another great thing is the return of the Aston Martin as Bond's car.
Dalton gives a more serious portrayal of Bond than Roger Moore and there is less humour than usual, but that's not to say the film does not have it's lighter moments. The gadgets are still there but perhaps not as many as normal. Some of the stunt work in this film is just incredible as is the model work.
Overall a very good opening shot for Dalton, pity it went t**s up with Licence to Kill.
Plus, the film is directed with energy and flair by John Glen, making this a real breath of fresh air for the 007 franchise.
The notable change in style is exemplified by the thankfully greatly reduced gags and one-liners, and it was a refreshing change to watch a Bond movie where it took 61 minutes before he kissed a woman, and even then he this was only after a long courting. John Glen, the director, mentions in the commentary that the advent of AIDS definitely influenced the script.
The usual fancy set of locations is visited - Gibraltar, Vienna, Tangier - although it was amusing to see Bond helping the Afghan fighters attack the Russians in Afghanistan. How times have changed!
The accompanying commentary mentions how Bond may be different, but the production crew remain largely the same - and this is part of the problem. Perhaps they took their jobs for granted, since the same usual errors in continuity, editing, and shameless undercranking frequently dog the movie. And all those shots aimed at Bond and not one of them hits home!
The commentary, by the way, is mainly given by John Glen; there is no sign of any words from Timothy Dalton. The other extras include deleted scenes; different angles of the ice-chase sequence; a 45-minute documentary on bond's 25th anniversary, hosted by Roger Moore (this is just a rehash of former film-scenes); minor featurettes on the car etc; and interviews with the leading stars at the time of the film's release.
I guess the only problem i have with this is that is the Bond Timothy Dalton brought to the silver screen back in 1987! Some people overlook Dalton's movies as side notes in the series but they truly are amongst the best and Dalton truly is 20 years before his time with this very human, tough and vulnerable Bond.
Please keep up the great work Daniel but people please feel free to enjoy where his style of Bond really began.
James Bond will return....