Leaning into Dalton’s darker portrayal and piggybacking on 80’s action movie trends, Licence to Kill may be the most un-Bondlike film yet and is certainly the most violent.
The James Bond Rewatch: THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
I fondly remember The Living Daylights as one of the better 80’s Bonds, and a much-needed palate cleanser after Moore’s run devolved into goofiness.
The James Bond Rewatch: A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
A long-in-the-tooth Roger Moore finishes out his lengthy run as James Bond with A View to a Kill. With the inimitable Christopher Walken and Grace Jones as villains it can’t be all bad, can it?
The James Bond Rewatch: OCTOPUSSY (1983)
I’m not sure if fans were clamouring to see Roger Moore dressed as a sad clown during the climax of a James Bond film, but the suggestively titled Octopussy fulfils that wish anyway.
The James Bond Rewatch: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
Like the child that rebels against hippie parents by being conservative, For Your Eyes Only steers the Bond franchise towards gritty realism after the fantastical sci-fi of Moonraker.