James Bond's Best and Worst: Peter Travers Ranks All 24 Movies

The Best and Worst of the franchise

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'The Living Daylights' (1987)

The Living Daylights
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After seven jokey Roger Moore takes on Bond, it came as a relief when Timothy Dalton debuted in the role. Dalton had training in classical theater; he had pedigree, looks, class. But as Bond he was – face it – dull as dirt. The film, with 007 taking down a renegade Russian General (Jeroen Krabbe), is also utterly humorless. Too much spoofing is bad (see Moore), none is deadly (see Dalton).

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