Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Living Daylights… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
The Living Daylights
1987 saw a new 007 film and a new actor in the role of British super spy James Bond! After many fans complained that Roger Moore was getting too old to be Bond by the time For Your Eyes Only came out, the producers ignored their wishes and kept Moore on for two more movies. Roger said it was time to retire when A View to Kill was coming to an end of its production. Timothy Dalton was asked to play James Bond back in the late 60s but felt he was way too young and declined. Come the mid 80s he was asked again and he said YES!
The Dalton movies were often forgotten by moviegoers, probably because critics at the time didn’t want a serious take on the character and were too used to the comedic elements Roger Moore brought to the screen and gave it average reviews. Dalton brings a hard-edged style to the character and stays faithful to the original Ian Fleming books.
Over the years the Dalton movies have become incredibly popular with 007 fans and both of his movies make people’s top 10 lists of favourite Bond films. With Daniel Craig impressing audiences with his version of Bond, do you think he has borrowed a lot from Dalton and do you think he is better? Let’s find out.