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.


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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Living on the edge. It's the only way he lives. See more »


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Christopher Reeve turned down a million-dollar offer by Albert R. Broccoli to play Bond in this film. Had he accepted, he would have been the only American (as of 2021) to play the role. See more »


The highly trained security officer, who is supposed to be working at maximum alert, takes Bond's gun but doesn't look in the hamper he's carrying. The security officer knew Bond, knew he was coming there, and knew he would be carrying "a parcel from Harrod's." 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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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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Love The New Bond
1 June 2014 | by ZooomaSee all my reviews

I like the new James Bond. He's different. In walks Timothy Dalton to replace Roger Moore after his seven turns as 007. The new Bond is a monogamous chap, less humorous and clowny, a little more serious and darker. Not that Moore's Bond wasn't serious when he needed to be... when he needed to be that agent capable of getting the job done he always did, of course! But here Dalton gives us a guy on the job almost all the time. Moore's silliness gone, in comes seriousness with Dalton. The action sequences seem to definitely get kicked up a notch. And we're back to great cars and gadgets and a henchman for the villain who is quite a nemesis, at least for a little while. It's been like ten years since I've seen this, perhaps this being the 4th time overall, and I think now, whilst watching all the Bond films chronologically, I have a greater appreciation for it.

7.6 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener

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Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Bond 007: The Living Daylights See more »


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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,051,284, 2 August 1987

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