Bond is back, and Timothy Dalton is here to stay! (Until the end of the movie.) It’s the end of an era, with John Barry already gone, Cubby Broccoli on his way out, and a new Bond, M, Moneypenny, director, and writers waiting in the wings. It’s an action-packed, adrenaline-fueled, revenge tale like no other (except for every other ’80s action movie). The stunts are spectacular, the villains are unsavory, and the girls are absolutely to die for.
I compare the film to Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Raw Deal, Yojimbo, and The Beautician and the Beast (not really, but I should have). I suddenly notice that Bond has sex with Pam. I question Cubby Broccoli’s motives for “testing out” a see-thru swimsuit. I heap praise on it in nearly every respect, but I still don’t like it, BUT I admit that I’m probably being unfair, so your mileage may vary.
I’m watching the Blu-ray. Start the commentary after the MGM lion and United Artists logo with the gun-barrel sequence, on the countdown.