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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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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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31 July 1987 (USA)  »

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James Bond 007: The Living Daylights  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,185,897 (USA)
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This was Timothy Dalton's first of only two appearances as James Bond. See more »

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Bond drives in a circle causing the ice to crack. As he stops and looks across he can see the car wobbling on a much smaller circle of ice ten's of feet away. See more »

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The Living Daylights
Performed by A-Ha (as a-ha)
Composed by Pål Waaktaar (as Pal Waaktaar) and John Barry
Produced by Jason Corsaro, A-Ha (as a-ha) and John Barry
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One of the Best Bonds
31 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching the Living Daylights, I can see that Dalton was *far* superior to Roger Moore. Moore was just a clown, looking for his next joke. When Moore wanted to quit after 1979's Moonraker, they should have let him go.

But Dalton brought a serious side to the role. You can see that he's determined to get the job done, and realizes he could be dead any minute, so he focuses on the mission and not clowning. Just like Sean Connery did back in the 60's.

---> As for the actual story, that too is serious & well-written. One of Bond's long-term enemies, Russian KGB Commander Pushkin, has crossed the line and is actively killing off agents. (To quote the movie "He's gone mental like Stalin.") Bond is tasked to search out & kill Pushkin, but Bond refuses because he knows Pushkin & knows he'd never cross the line like that. Instead, Bond suspects someone else inside the KGB is setting up Pushkin for a fall.

And thus begins a long adventure to discover the mystery man behind the killings. And like I said earlier, Dalton does an *excellent* job in this role. I highly recommend his movies. 10/10


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