Bondfest 2006: The Living Daylights / Licence to Kill

Dan Bondfest 2006

Holy crap, I only have like 3 days left to get through six Bond films. I guess I know what I’ll be doing!

The Living Daylights: This was weird to watch. It’s Timothy Dalton’s first outing as Bond, and this time he’s up against a corrupt Soviet general – and it takes him all the way to Afghanistan, where he joins up with the Mujahadeen. Yeah, it’s pre-Osama Bin Laden, but hey, go Taliban! (Eeks!!)

Licence to Kill: Bond goes rogue against Robert Davi, and totally hits on his girlfriend. It’s a colder, more calculating Bond film, but it also felt like a glorified vendetta story, and not so much “James Bond”. I think that focusing on a drug cartel wasn’t the best of plots. I mean, Wayne Newton as a meditation evangelist? Yikes! There are some good action bits though, including the big-rig truck chase. I believe Dalton had potential as Bond, but sadly he wouldn’t return.