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The Living Daylights (1987)

James Bond is sent to investigate a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies and uncovers an arms deal that potentially has major global ramifications.

Director:

John Glen

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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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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Living on the edge. It's the only way he lives. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Arabic | French | German | Russian | Czech | Slovak | Dari | Pushto

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Bond 007: The Living Daylights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,051,284, 2 August 1987

Gross USA:

$51,185,897

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,185,897
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Bond falls through the roof of a boat. He did so before in A View to a Kill (1985). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Concert for cello in Ut minor
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Music by Antonín Dvorák
Conducted by Gert Meditz
Performed by Austria Youth Symphony Orchestra with Stefan Kropfitsch (cello)
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Alright, hold on tight now. It's down, down to the wire!
23 April 2007 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

The first of Dalton's double-bill as 007 is a merely above-average affair. The one thing that really stops TLD from being a better film is the fact that it's just too tame. This was the last Bond film to be given a PG rating as it was clear that they couldn't appeal to the family audience any longer. With a new Bond should have come a new approach. Yes, it does feel more modern and realistic but since the script was originally designed for Moore they missed a chance at taking advantage of Bond's dark side. Thankfully, they did exactly that in Licence to Kill.

Ian Fleming's story had Bond on a sniping mission, detailing every characteristic and moment of his assignment. Upon spotting the person he's been ordered to kill he discovers it's a beautiful woman and chooses to wound her instead of killing her. Wishing M to fire him for disobeying orders he comments that he must have 'scared the living daylights out of her'. The story ended on this note. The film expands this premise and has Bond escort a defecting Soviet agent from Russia only to disbelieve his story of a Russian General going berserk. Upon investigating further he discovers a plot involving the Mujhadeen and an American Arms dealer. Despite these complications and developments, there's just not enough killing! Without meaning to sound bloodthirsty, I just think that Bond should have laid waste to more bad guys. The script doesn't really give him a chance to. And, as a result, the film seems watered-down and too broad.

Director John Glen stages and frames the action very well, as always but it's John Barry's score (his last involvement with the series) that gives it that extra punch. The Bond theme, so incredibly worn-out and done-to-death, is given a new spin, a faster tempo and more modern feel. Despite being about nine when I first saw it, this is the first thing I realized. They ruined a lot of potential by not taking this renewing further and not giving us a tougher film.

Of Dalton's reign as 007, Licence to Kill is definitely the superior film, but don't rule-out Living Daylights. Average it may be, but still far from being anywhere near bad.


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