With 23 different entries, the Bond series offers something for everyone. Different Bond attitudes, varying scales of action, unique approaches to humor and charm — like a blockbuster Mad Libs, the 007 formula has its blueprints, but leaves plenty of room to play.
That makes picking a favorite difficult, but there’s a Bond movie that sums up everything to love about James and his particular brand of spy entertainment, it’s the under-seen, under-appreciated 1987 gem The Living Daylights. Under the eye of longtime Bond editor and director John Glen, Living Daylights marks the first of British thespian Timothy Dalton’s two entries (he followed it with 1989’s Licence to Kill). After years of courting the actor, producers finally got their wish for Dalton to take on the role — and with his addition came a darker, more sophisticated tone.