The Living Daylights
Enter Timothy Dalton. It could have been much sooner: he was in the running to replace Sean Connery in 1969, but was judged too young at the time. In 1980, when Roger Moore considered retiring the part, Dalton was all but signed up to succeed him - then Moore changed his mind. When his opportunity finally came around Dalton projected a leaner, meaner edge that some aficionados consider the closest to the 007 described by Ian Fleming.
The story is inspired by one of Fleming’s short stories. Bond is assigned to protect Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe), an ex-KGB officer who is defecting to the British. Koskov is to escape during the intermission at the Bratislava concert hall, and must be protected from a KGB sniper. Bond sets up across the street, but decides against assassinating the sniper…
This is a less gimmicky, more pragmatic Bond movie.
"Grips like wet rope" Brian Case, Time Out