John Barry's "The Living Daylights" is a treasure trove of masterfully written James Bond music. It is a stallion in a stable of stallions of Barry "Bond" scores, the flavour of which I'm sure we have'nt seen or tasted before. Only after the release of this 'crash-hot' remastered and updated soundtrack score does one realise what a divine piece of work this well and truly is and that John Barry may have saved or written arguably one of his best and most memorable "Bond" scores for last, along with (1985's) "A View To A Kill". With it's pulsating synthesized rhythm driven themes and variations on a theme it's unlike anything we've heard before from Mr Barry, when it comes to "Bond" scores anyway and I welcome this new approach with open arms.
My favourite track from "The Living Daylights" score is the exquisitely written "Exercise At Gibraltar" all 6 minutes and 21 seconds of it! From the dashing opening barrel sequence John Barry gradually builds up the tension with every note hinting that something sinister is about to transpire - which it does of course, and which makes this track such a great listen with its mixture of styles.
A few of my other favourites that are worth mentioning are "Hercules Takes Off", "Koskov Escapes" , "Assassin And Drugged", "The Sniper Was A Woman" , "Ice Chase" ,and "AirBond".
This score unfortunately for one reason or another seems to have been John Barry's last for the James Bond films but nonetheless he finished on a high note with this Fab addition and has left the stage with an encore, I'm sure!