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The Living Daylights (1987)

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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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General Anatol Gogol


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  »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,051,284, 2 August 1987, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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John Barry: The Composer appears as the conductor of Kara's (Maryam d'Abo's) orchestra in the final scene. See more »


After exiting the plane, Georgi Koskov tells Kara Milovy he will try to have her assigned to the Siberian Philharmonic Orchestra. There is a huge gray microphone visible in front of her. It's pulled back when he finishes talking and everybody starts walking towards the camera. 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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If there was a Man
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Chrissie Hynde
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A Great Bond Film
29 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the most overlooked films in the James Bond series, this one brought things back down to Earth for the series. Though Roger Moore made a good James Bond, he had by now out-grown the series. Timothy Dalton is perhaps the most underrated actor to play James Bond, due to his rather brief stint as the character. He is terrific in both his films, and gives 007 a brooding that Bond has not had in any of his previous films. The movie is also good because the romance between Dalton and Mariam D'abo is there and is wonderful to see. Though Kara Milovy is not a tough Bond girl, she is one of the most sensitive and most romantic with Bond himself. The side love story is great to watch. The villains are not that good, for they are not given enough screen time, but the plot is great to try and figure out. Though it's not half as confusing as Mission: Impossible, it still took me a while to catch on at some parts. On a side note, John Rhys Daves once again proves what a great character actor he is as General Pushkin. This Bond movie stands out for it is basically the last to incorporate the USSR, the KGB, and any other Cold War element plots. Cheers to The Living Daylights, an unsung hero of the James Bond series.

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