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The Living Daylights (1987)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  31 July 1987 (USA)
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James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.



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James Bond 007's mission is to firstly, organise the defection of a top Soviet general. When the general is re-captured, Bond heads off to find why an ally of General Koskov was sent to murder him. Bond's mission continues to take him to Afghanistan, where he must confront an arms dealer known as Brad Whitaker. Everything eventually reveals its self to Bond. Written by simon

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Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Bond 007: The Living Daylights  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$51,185,897 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Timothy Dalton was officially announced as the new James Bond and to appear in this movie on 7 August 1986. See more »


There is no reason for Saunders to use the night vision goggles, the outdoor area is extremely well-lit, even for night time. See more »


[first lines]
M: Gentlemen, this may only be an exercise so far as the Ministry of Defence is concerned. But for me, it is a matter of pride that the 00 section has been chosen for this test. Your objective is to penetrate the radar installations of Gibralter. Now, the SAS has been placed on full alert to intercept you, but I know you won't let me down. Good luck, men.
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When A-HA is credited as the performers of the opening theme song in the opening credits, their band name is given in the actual "A-HA logo font." This is the only time this has been done in the series. See more »


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Rococo Variations
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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One of the Best
11 January 2005 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I just spent the weekend watching nine Bond movies, many of which I hadn't seen in years. When you see that many back to back, it makes comparison easier and each movie's strengths and weaknesses stand out.. After finishing, I realized that The Living Daylights was much better than my memory had perceived it. (I also felt the same about OHMSS). The plot is great with many twists and turns. Tim Dalton brings a very intense Bond to the screen and in this movie it works. I thought MaryAnn D'abo was a very good female lead. We also see a new Moneypenny. The only drawback to the movie is that the villains were somewhat weak. Overall, I now feel The Living Daylights is in the very top tier of the Bond movies.

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