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The Living Daylights (1987)

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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Storyline

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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Enigmatic. Dangerous... Always living on the edge. [USA poster] See more »


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Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Bond 007: The Living Daylights  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$51,185,897

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$191,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The four-engine Lockheed Hercules C-130 plane, was played by the smaller two-engine C-123 Provider plane. This was because it was more cost efficient to rent the smaller plane. A model of the C-130 was used by Special Effects Expert John Richardson for flying shots, while close-ups of actors, such as the net fight, utilized the C-123, where one can actually see that it had two engines, and not four. See more »

Goofs

During the chase on the frozen lake, Kara shouts "James" to warn him. Bond never gave his name to Kara before that scene so she would not have known his name. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

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Soundtracks

String Quartet #2 In D Major: 3rd Movement 'Notturno' Andante
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Music by Aleksandr Borodin
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11 January 2005 | by 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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