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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Timothy Dalton ... James Bond

Maryam d'Abo ... Kara Milovy

Jeroen Krabbé ... General Georgi Koskov

Joe Don Baker ... Brad Whitaker

John Rhys-Davies ... General Leonid Pushkin

Art Malik ... Kamran Shah

Andreas Wisniewski ... Necros
Thomas Wheatley ... Saunders

Desmond Llewelyn ... Q

Robert Brown ... M
Geoffrey Keen ... Minister of Defence

Walter Gotell ... General Anatol Gogol
Caroline Bliss ... Miss Moneypenny

John Terry ... Felix Leiter

Virginia Hey ... Rubavitch

John Bowe ... Colonel Feyador

Julie T. Wallace ... Rosika Miklos

Belle Avery ... Linda (as Kell Tyler)
Catherine Rabett ... Liz
Dulice Liecier ... Ava

Nadim Sawalha ... Tangier Chief of Security
Alan Talbot ... Koskov's KGB Minder
Carl Rigg ... Imposter
Tony Cyrus ... Chief of Snow Leopard Brotherhood
Atik Mohamed ... Achmed
Michael Moor ... Kamran's Man
Sumar Khan ... Kamran's Man
Ken Sharrock ... Jailer
Peter Porteous ... Gasworks Supervisor
Anthony Carrick ... Blayden Male Secretary (as Antony Carrick)

Frederick Warder ... 004
Glyn Baker ... 002

Scott Hoxby ... Sergeant Stagg (as Derek Hoxby)
Bill Weston ... Blayden Butler

Richard Cubison ... Trade Centre Toastmaster
Heinz Winter ... Vienna Hotel Concierge
Leslie French ... Lavatory Attendant
Odette Benatar ... Girl
Dianna Casale ... Girl
Sharon Devlin ... Girl
Femi Gardiner ... Girl
Patricia Keefer ... Girl
Ruddy Rodríguez ... Girl (as Ruddy Rodriguez)
Mayte Sanchez ... Girl
Cela Savannah ... Girl
Karen Seeberg ... Girl
Waris Dirie ... Girl (as Waris Walsh)
Karen Williams ... Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Del Baker ... Russian Jail Guard (uncredited)

John Barry ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Marc Boyle ... Blayden Grounds MI6 Man (uncredited)

Barbara Broccoli ... Opera Patron (uncredited)
Graham Cole ... Agent (uncredited)

Simon Crane ... Gibraltar Soldier #1 (uncredited)
Gregor Grubhofer ... Boy with Balloon (uncredited)
Alan Harris ... Man Firing Ghetto Blaster (uncredited)
Suzy Herman ... Boy's Mother (uncredited)
Michel Julienne ... Man in White Car (uncredited)
Gertan Klauber ... Fairground Cafe Owner (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... MI6 Agent (uncredited)
Robert Miranda ... Pushkin's Hitman (uncredited)
Michael Percival ... Chef (uncredited)
Hanno Pöschl ... Prater Ferris Wheel Operator (uncredited)

Kerry Shale ... of Necros and Parrot (voice) (uncredited)
Chris Webb ... Soldier Distracted by Kara (uncredited)
Paul Weston ... Gibraltar Soldier #3 (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson ... Russian Soldier on Plane (uncredited)
Jane Wilson ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Michael G. Wilson ... Opera Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
John Glen 
Writing credits
Richard Maibaum (screenplay) and
Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)

Ian Fleming  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert R. Broccoli .... producer
Barbara Broccoli .... associate producer
Tom Pevsner .... associate producer
Michael G. Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
John Barry 
Cinematography by
Alec Mills (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Davies 
John Grover 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Peter Lamont 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
Tal Schneider (uncredited)
Anne Seibel (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Naomi Donne .... makeup artist
Edwin Erfmann .... makeup artist
George Frost .... makeup supervisor
Ramon Gow .... hair styles supervisor
Helen Lennox .... hair stylist
Barbara Sutton .... hair stylist
Production Management
Leonhard Gmür .... production manager
Sparky Greene .... production manager
Philip Kohler .... production manager
Denise O'Dell .... production manager
Arno Ortmair .... production manager
Iris Rose .... unit manager
Anthony Waye .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Blyther .... additional assistant director
Urs Egger .... additional assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... assistant director
Ahmed Hatimi .... additional assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... additional assistant director
Terry Madden .... assistant director: second unit
Callum McDougall .... additional assistant director
Crispin Reece .... additional assistant director
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
Adam Walton .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ted Ambrose .... assistant art director
Dennis Bosher .... assistant art director
Jille Brown .... assistant set decorator
Ken Court .... additional art director
Bert Davey .... additional art director
Roger W. Deer .... sketch artist (as Roger Deer)
Freddi Dobsak .... additional construction manager (as Alfred Dobsak)
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager (as Anthony Graysmark)
Bert Hearn .... property master
Fred Hole .... additional art director
Christoph Kanter .... assistant set decorator
Michael Lamont .... additional art director
Peter Manhardt .... additional art director (as Peter Manhard)
Jim Morahan .... assistant art director (as James Morahan)
Peter Palmer .... production buyer
Sid Palmer .... production buyer
Ken Pattenden .... additional construction manager
Thomas Riccabona .... additional art director
Jacqueline Stears .... scenic artist
Andrew Ackland-Snow .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Duncan Guest .... carpenter (uncredited)
Johannes Slapa .... production buyer: Austria (uncredited)
Colin Thurston .... prop storeman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ross Adams .... assistant sound editor
Derek Ball .... sound recordist
Bill Barringer .... assistant sound editor (as William Barringer)
Robert Gavin .... assistant sound editor
Robi Güver .... additional sound recordist (as Roby Guever)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (as Graham Hartstone)
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Holding .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... additional sound effects
Brian Marshall .... additional sound recordist
Vernon Messenger .... sound editor
Colin Miller .... sound editor
Mark Mostyn .... assistant sound editor
Peter Musgrave .... sound editor
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Corbould .... special effects
Matthew Harlow .... special effects technician
Willi Neuner .... special effects (as Willy Neuner)
Brian Smithies .... special effects
Joss Williams .... special effects
Clive Beard .... special effects (uncredited)
Simon Cockren .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Neil Corbould .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Daniel Dark .... special effects (uncredited)
Nick Finlayson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
John Morris .... special effects (uncredited)
Uli Nefzer .... special effects technician: Austria (uncredited)
Andy Williams .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Leslie Dear .... model photographer
Richard Hewitt .... video effects supervisor
Roy Moores .... front projection
Terry Reed .... model maker (as Terence Reed)
John Richardson .... special visual effects
Alan Church .... optical camera (uncredited)
Julian Parry .... model unit (uncredited)
Roy Alon .... stunt team
Del Baker .... stunt team
Christian Bonnichon .... driving stunts
Brian Bowes .... horse stunts
Jake Brake .... aerial stunts
Garry Carter .... aerial stunts
Jordi Casares .... horse stunts
Jo Cote .... driving stunts
Simon Crane .... stunt team
Graeme Crowther .... horse stunts
Steve Dent .... horse stunts
John Falkiner .... snow stunts
Elaine Ford .... stunt team
Nick Gillard .... horse stunts
Jean-Claude Houbart .... driving stunts (as Jean-Claude Houbard)
Ida Huber .... snow stunts
Dominique Julienne .... driving stunts
Michel Julienne .... stunt team
Rémy Julienne .... driving stunts arranger (as Remy Julienne)
Jean-Claude Justice .... driving stunts (as Jean Claude Justice)
Jake Lombard .... aerial stunts
Brigitte Magnin .... driving stunts
Daniel T. O'Brien .... aerial stunts (as Dan O'Brien)
Joaquín Olías .... horse stunts (as Joaquin Olias)
Miguel Pedregosa .... horse stunts
Doug Robinson .... stunt team
Rene Seiler .... snow stunts
José María Serrano .... horse stunts (as Jose Maria Serrano)
Herman Sporer .... snow stunts
Jean-Jacques Villain .... driving stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt supervisor
Jason White .... stunt team
Nick Wilkinson .... stunt team
B.J. Worth .... aerial stunts arranger
Helen Caldwell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... stunts (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Paul Heasman .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Frank Henson .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Kidd .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Tal Schneider .... aerial stunts support (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Les White .... stunt double: Joe Don Baker (uncredited)
Steve Whyment .... additional stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Anderson .... additional camera operator
Kenneth Atherfold .... camera grip (as Ken Atherfold)
Horst Becker .... focus puller
Frank Elliott .... focus puller
Mike Evans .... focus puller (as Michael Evans)
Mike Frift .... camera operator (as Michael Frift)
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Richard Haw .... camera grip
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... camera grip (as Chunky Huse)
Malcolm MacIntosh .... camera operator: second unit (as Malcolm Macintosh)
Daniel McKinny .... focus puller (as Dan McKinny)
Phil Pastuhov .... additional photographer
Peter Rohe .... additional camera operator
Tom Sanders .... additional photographer
John Tythe .... electrical supervisor
Fred Waugh .... additional camera operator
George Whitear .... still photographer
Nicholas Wilson .... focus puller
Arthur Wooster .... photographer: second unit
Mark Hanlon .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael McDermott .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Simon Mills .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Don Mothersill .... wardrobe master: second unit
Tiny Nicholls .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Matthew Glen .... assistant editor
John Nuth .... assistant editor
Wayne Smith .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Alan Killick .... music editor
Stefan Kropfitsch .... musician: cello
Dick Lewzey .... music mixer
Gert Meditz .... conductor: Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra
Monty Norman .... composer: James Bond theme
Nic Raine .... orchestrator (as Nicholas Raine)
Transportation Department
Andreas Grosch .... location transportation manager (as Andy Grosch)
Mark White .... transportation
Arnaud Esterez .... transportation (uncredited)
Gerhard Rupp .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Zakaria Alaoui .... production liaison: Morocco
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Tina Banta .... contact: USA
Reginald A. Barkshire .... production controller
John Bernard .... location manager
Sonja Beutura .... location production secretary
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Arie Bohrer .... location manager
Jean Bourne .... continuity: second unit
Albert R. Broccoli .... presenter
Joanna Brown .... secretary: Mr. Wilson
May Capsaski .... production coordinator (as May Capsaskis)
Nick Daubeny .... location manager
Allen Davies .... assistant accountant (as Allan Davies)
Fred Evans .... chief sculptor
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Sandra Frieze .... secretary: Mr. Broccoli
Driss Gaidi .... location manager
Hind Hanif .... location production secretary
Charles Juroe .... marketing director
Ihssane Khalafaoui .... production coordinator (as Ihsanne Khalafaoui)
Christl Kirchner .... location accountant
Sophie Koekenhof .... location production secretary (as Sophie Koekenhoff)
Hamish McInnes .... safety climber (as Hamish MacInnes)
Jane Meagher .... location accountant
Janine Modder .... production coordinator (as Janine Lodge)
Douglas Noakes .... production accountant
Pamela Parker .... production coordinator (as Pam Parker)
Greg Powell .... horse master
Brenda Ramos .... production coordinator
June Randall .... continuity
Amanda Schofield .... secretary: Mr. Juroe
Dawn M. Severdia .... production coordinator (as Dawn Severdia)
Mary Stellar .... contact: USA
Daniela Stibitz .... production coordinator
Joseph Viale .... production liaison: Gibraltar
Rebecca West .... publicity assistant
Marc Wolff .... aerial liaison
Stefan Zürcher .... location manager
Hamid Araissi .... location manager (uncredited)
Pauline Hume .... graphic artist: titles (uncredited)
Nick Wilkinson .... assistant horse master (uncredited)
His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco .... special thanks (as His Majesty King Hassan II)
Crew verified as complete

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130 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-14 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2015) | Malaysia:PG-13 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2000) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1989) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:12 (Blu-ray rating) (2012) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

A Hercules is unable to taxi with its ramp lowered on the ground. During the escaped scene in Afganistan, the production team built the rear end of a Hercules on the back of a large furniture lorry, hence the different ramp design and narrower fuselage when Kara drives in. It was not a C-123 in these scenes as previously suspected.See more »
Continuity: A plane that is speeding down the runway, just after barely missing a collision with the plane Bond has commandeered, crashes into Koskov's jeep with such force that the jeep literally explodes into a huge ball of flame, inside and out. However, when the smoke clears, the jeep is still intact with no flames at all on the inside and Koskov is only singed.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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37 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 Returns At Last!, 29 November 2005
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

At the end of thirteen years of comedic 007 adventures, opinions among many fans were for a return to the more serious films of the early Connery era. The hopes of fans were realized with this film that began a new era in the world of 007.

Timothy Dalton is perhaps the closest actor in terms of vision to Ian Fleming's idea of Bond. He certainly looks the part, with his scalp of wild black hair and his piercing blue eyes, and can actually visualize 007. Just look when Bond is at the fair, having lost Saunders's murderer amongst the crowd and found the balloon with Smyert Spionam scrawled over them. This guy can act. Despite this being his first film as Bond, we get the feeling that he's been playing the part for years with his mastering of the character. Dalton is also great in the action sequences and his belief that he should do as many of his stunts as possible makes it hard to determine when its him and when its a stuntman.

The change continues on with the Bond girl Kara Milovy. Maryam d'Abo may not have had a lot of acting experience before this but she is a good actress. Her character goes far beyond being just eye candy. She's realistic. She's an average woman who is drawn into this world on intrigue, action, and danger. Kara is an innocent brought into it all by a man she cares for deeply and whom she owes everything to. She is also very beautiful and while she isn't the smartest Bond girl of them all, her gradual relationship with Bond provides one of the series few true love stories.

If the film has a fault in it, it would have to be the villains. While both Jeroen Krabbe and Joe Don Baker are great actors, this isn't there shinning moment. Both of the characters of General Georgi Koskov and Brad Whitaker are too UN-villain like to be bad guys. Any menace that Koskov might have had is ruined by the fact that he is constantly kissing everyone on the cheek. Brad Whitaker is also too weird to be a villain. He is in many respects the ultimate military historian and in another the craziest. At least unlike Koskov, he does have a great final showdown with Bond during the fantastic gun battle at the films end.

The supporting cast is also excellent. Andreas Wisniewski is great as Necros. He is menacing and despite being an obvious take on Red Grant from FRWL, he manages to be original. John Rhys-Davies and Art Malik are fantastic as the allies of the film. Both actors are initially suspicious to us, but when they are revealed as allies they are the ones we want on Bond's side. Too bad we didn't see more of them. And let's not forget Thomas Wheatley as Saunders. He is the ultimate bureaucratic agent. But he can get the job done and he's so good that when he becomes the film's sacrificial lamb we feel for his loss. As for Caroline Bliss and John Terry it is hard to find good things to say. Both were replacements for well-known and beloved characters in the series and it wasn't going to be easy. Here they failed. Neither has enough screen time to establish them in the parts and when they are on screen they are lousy at best.

The action sequences are among the best in the series. The teaser featuring the training exercise and later chase on Gibraltar was the best until Goldeneye. The car chase is not only the best car chase since FYEO but also the triumphant return of the classic Aston Martin. While the car has gadgets, they are at least believable and the chase features the classic scene of the police car being split in half and Bond and Kara escaping over the border in the cello case. Other great action scenes include the roof top chase in Morocco, the battle at the Afghan airbase, and the gun battle between Bond and Whitaker. But the films best action sequence is the cargo net fight at the film's end. The excellent editing together of the aerial footage and footage shot in the studio puts together the best fight sequence since the beach fight in OHMSS. Despite the action, the film's plot never suffers and makes this perhaps the best-paced Bond film.

There is also the matter of John Barry's score. It is largely action based making excellent use of the main title theme song, the song "Where Has Everybody Gone?" and the James Bond Theme and taking a heavy synthesizer feel. That the score a feel of being both modern and yet a classic feeling. But perhaps the films best music is the romantic music used in the scenes between Bond and Kara. There is also the suspenseful music used in the desert sequences that, while featuring the synthesizer feel of the action scenes, still feels in place and reminds the listener of Barry's classic suspense music.

The films songs are a mixed bag. The main title theme, a musical collaboration between Barry and the rock group aha, is a good main title song. It is heavily rock though and the lack of an orchestral feel hurts the song considerable and it pales in comparison to the main title song from AVTAK. The films other two songs , while being great to listen to, feel out of place in a Bond movie.

Despite weak villains, a couple of questionable supporting players, a rather complicated plot, and a mixed song bag, this film delivers. With Timothy Dalton's grand performance as Bond, Maryam d'Abo as Kara, a good supporting cast, great action scenes, and a great score, The Living Daylights delivers a classic Bond adventure that ranks just outside the top five classic films.

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