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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James Bond
... Kara Milovy
... General Georgi Koskov
... Brad Whitaker
... General Leonid Pushkin
... Kamran Shah
... Necros
Thomas Wheatley ... Saunders
... Q
... M
... Minister of Defence
... General Anatol Gogol
... Miss Moneypenny
... Felix Leiter
... 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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007 for Thrills. 007 for Romance. [UK 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

Contrary to popular belief, the film was never written with Sir Roger Moore in mind. At first, Screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson wrote several treatments, in which a twenty-something James Bond teams up with a senior Agent named Burton Trevor on a mission to infiltrate the jungle compound of a Chinese warlord named Kwang. Trevor would die helping Bond escape, Bond would hunt down and kill Kwang, and subsequently be promoted to the Double-0 section, taking Trevor's old number "007". After two full-length treatments, Producer Albert R. Broccoli vetoed the idea, arguing that audiences were more interested in who James Bond is, rather than who he was. The Bond origin idea was (partially) resurrected for Casino Royale (2006), in which Bond is shown shortly after being promoted to Double-0. See more »

Goofs

When Necros hits the British agent with the frying pan, it misses very badly, but sound is played as if it connected. See more »

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[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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Rococo Variations
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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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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