The Living Daylights

1987 PG 2h 11m DVD

The Living Daylights

1987 PG 2h 11m DVD
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Timothy Dalton makes his debut as suave superspy James Bond, who's tasked with protecting a Russian general from a beautiful sniper and stopping a weapons conspiracy that may be linked to the Soviet military high command.
Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker, John Rhys-Davies, Art Malik, Andreas Wisniewski, Thomas Wheatley, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown
John Glen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Living Daylights is the 15th adventure in the James Bond series and the first to star Timothy Dalton. Made in the 1980s, it featured a concession to the AIDS era and showed Bond seducing only one woman in the line of duty, though other women are still treated as sexual objects. The PG-rated violence features heavy fighting, chasing, explosions, shooting, and killing, with only a little blood shown; the violence is not particularly realistic. Language is not an issue, except for a brief middle-finger gesture, and drinking and smoking are kept to the background, although Bond smokes a cigarette and drinks a whiskey. Opium smuggling is a part of the criminal plot. All in all, this is one of the less iffy Bond films and perhaps a good place for fans to begin. (The next film in the series, Licence to Kill, was an attempt to showcase a much darker Bond.)

Sexual Content

Bond rips a woman's top off, briefly revealing the side of her naked breast. Plenty of women in bikinis. A woman distracts a man by shoving his face into her cleavage. Two briefly shown naked male bottoms. Some kissing and iffy sexual situations.


Plenty of fighting, chasing, shooting, explosions, and deaths, with some blood shown. Kitchen fight with knives, mildly burning faces. Strangling with headphone cord. Some dangerous stunts. A war "museum" with a Hitler statue.


A very brief middle-finger gesture.

Social Behavior

Bond is a little more well-behaved in this entry, seducing only one woman in the line of duty, though other women are treated as objects. His license to kill gives him freedom to cause all kinds of destruction without consequences.


Philips electronics are shown more than once: a car stereo, a keychain, and so on.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Part of the plot involves opium smuggling. Bond is shown smoking a cigarette and drinking whiskey. A martini is drugged. Some other brief, background drinking/smoking, reference to champagne.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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