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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.


John Glen


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


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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Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Bond 007: The Living Daylights See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brad Whitaker's personal war museum included busts and statues of himself dressed up as the following leaders of military history: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler, Napoléon Bonaparte, the Duke of Wellington, and Gaio Giulio Cesare. 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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Concert for cello in Ut minor
Music by Antonín Dvorák
Conducted by Gert Meditz
Performed by Austria Youth Symphony Orchestra with Stefan Kropfitsch (cello)
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User Reviews

The best spy movie Timothy Dalton is the finest James Bond 007
1 November 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

The Living Daylights (1987) is my sixth favorite James Bond 007 film it is the reason why is one of my favorite in James Bond films. I'm a hard-core James Bond fan. I make no apologies for believing that Timothy Dalton is the closest thing we've seen to IAN FLEMING's James Bond.

I grew up watching this movie as child it has a great action and one of the best Timothy Dalton's performance as James Bond he is excellent and charming I love his character. It has a beautiful filming locations in Austria Weissensee, Carinthia, Austria. Bond and Kara encounter a roadblock - Drautalstraße just before the Festungsbergtunnel, Carinthia, Austria. The frozen lake chase - Weissensee, Carinthia, Austria. Aston Martin V8 Vantage was used in this movie and you can see laser which he cuts a police car on the chase. This was the fourth film to be directed by director John Glen he previously directed For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. The movie was filmed also in Vienna, Austria on those locations in which was this movie filmed 12 years ago I was in Vienna and I love it there.

Not only this movie is an action film it is also a spy film in which James Bond 007 with a sniper riffle shoot's Kara when she try's to shot Koskov. Unaware it was a plot twits on the end and Bond uses Kara to get the Koskov when he find's out an assassins are killing spies.

Armed with razor-sharp instincts and a license to kill, James Bond battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination in a weapons conspiracy that may be linked to the Soviet military high command. Initially assigned to help a KGB agent (Jerome Krabbe) defect, Bond must prevent an unknown sniper from killing him before he can escape to the West. The mysterious shooter is the seductive and beautiful Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo), who is not at all what she appears to be. Bond foils a plot to trade millions of dollars of diamonds for weapons, ending in a shootout high above the clouds in a plane loaded with opium.

Great performance by Maryam d'Abo as Kara Milovy Koskov's girlfriend and later Bond's girl. She plays a cello and I like the classic opera songs used in this movie.

Great performance from the bad guys Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker the main villain and the bad guy.

Great performance from Jeroen Krabbé as General Georgi Koskov: Whitaker's ally and a renegade Soviet general the second bad guy.

Great performance from Andreas Wisniewski as Necros: Koskov's henchman and assassin he is great as the killer I love the climatic fight on the plane between Bond and Necros on the end off the movie.

Great performance from John Rhys-Davies as General Leonid Pushkin who was also in two of Indiana Jones movies I love his performance in this movie.

I love the beautiful score from John Barry and wonderful music soundtrack The Living Daylight by A-Ha I love it.

I have enjoyed this film it is my favorite James Bond film and I love it so much I have it on Blu-ray disc and I just love to watching it.

You have a good stunt work, great action performance, you have a car that explodes you have great explosions. Great stunt work great action.

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.

I'm a hard-core James Bond fan I love old movies I love GoldenEye to death, I love Roger Moore and Sean Connery, Peirce Brosnan and of course Timothy Dalton.

I love The Living Daylights I love this movie to death I also love Maryam D'abo in this she is enthralling I just love and enjoy watching this film not as much as I love GoldenEye but I love this movie to death. I think it is way underrated because he was in Afghanistan like was Rambo III (1988) and I know a lot of people from 9/11 doesn't like this movie but that time it was different time then now and yes it is my guilty pleasure of mine. If you don't like that's fine but I will take it any time over Daniel Craig and his retarded movies that is just my opinion not yours. You don't have to agree with me.

The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth spy film in the James Bond film series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by John Glen, the film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story "The Living Daylights". It was the last film to use the title of an Ian Fleming story until the 2006 instalment Casino Royale.

10/10 my favorite James Bond movie. This film is amazing Totally mind-blowing I love it.

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