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The Living Daylights [1987] (1 disc)

Director:John Glen
Writer:Michael G. Wilson
Richard Maibaum
Composer:John Barry
Length:130 minutes
(2 hours 10 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Action
Sorting Tub:Hotel
IMDB Rating:6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: 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.

Reaction: An okay outing for the super spy. It doesn't particularly set itself apart for me, but it's not bad if you enjoy Bond.

Personal Rating: 6/10

John Glen => Director
Michael G. Wilson => Writer / Opera Patron (uncredited)
Richard Maibaum => Writer
John Barry => Composer / Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Ian Fleming => Story
Andreas Wisniewski => Necros
Art Malik => Kamran Shah
Atik Mohamed => Achmed
Barbara Broccoli => Opera Patron (uncredited)
Belle Avery => Linda (as Kell Tyler)
Caroline Bliss => Miss Moneypenny
Catherine Rabett => Liz
Desmond Llewelyn => Q
Dulice Liecier => Ava
Frederick Warder => 004
Geoffrey Keen => Minister of Defence
Glyn Baker => 002
Jeroen Krabbé => General Georgi Koskov
Joe Don Baker => Brad Whitaker
John Bowe => Colonel Feyador
John Rhys-Davies => General Leonid Pushkin
John Terry => Felix Leiter
Julie T. Wallace => Rosika Miklos
Maryam d'Abo => Kara Milovy
Robert Brown [II] => M
Thomas Wheatley => Saunders
Timothy Dalton => James Bond
Virginia Hey => Rubavitch
Walter Gotell => General Anatol Gogol

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The casting of Frederick Warder and Glyn Baker as 004 and 002 was intentional, due to their resemblance to George Lazenby and Roger Moore, respectively. For the movie's opening scene, the writers wanted to toy with the audience's expectations of which of the 00 agents was Bond.
  • Robert Bathurst auditioned for the role of James Bond, after being persuaded by a casting director. He later admitted in an interview that his "ludicrous audition" was an "arm-twisting exercise" as the producers still wanted Timothy Dalton.
  • Timothy Dalton was originally considered for the role of James Bond in the late 1960s, after Sean Connery left the role following You Only Live Twice. Dalton was screen tested by Albert R. Broccoli for On Her Majesty's Secret Service but he turned down the part as he thought he was too young. He was also considered for Diamonds Are Forever but turned it down again, still feeling he was too young. He was considered again for the role in For Your Eyes Only when for a time it was unclear whether Roger Moore would return. However, Dalton declined at that time, as there was no script (or even first draft). Dalton was offered the role again in 1983 for Octopussy, and yet again in 1985 for A View to a Kill, but had to decline the role both times due to previous commitments.
  • For a time, the General Pushkin character (played here by John Rhys-Davies) was intended to return in the next [James Bond] movie, Licence to Kill.
  • This film marked the final occasion (to date) in which M's office is relocated to an unusual location - in this case an airplane. The gag dates back to You Only Live Twice but has not reappeared in any of the [Bond] films made since 1987, though The World Is Not Enough comes close (The Eilean Donan Castle, located near the Isle of Skye, West Scotland).
  • This was the last [James Bond] film to use an original Ian Fleming title until Casino Royale, a gap of almost twenty years.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the strange looking rifle Bond uses to shoot Kara is an actual rifle and not some prop designed for the movie. The rifle is a WA2000 sniper rifle, perfect for Bond since it's designed by Walther Firearms, maker of his classic PPK.
  • Features the only ever deliberate nude scenes in the [James Bond] film series outside of opening titles. They are when two men escape from a bombed building and when Pushkin's girlfriend's top is torn off in a hotel room.
  • Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) was the last "main" Bond girl to be blonde for a long time. All subsequent leading Bond girls have been brunettes or red-haired until Léa Seydoux in Spectre.
  • The rocket fired from the "ghetto blaster" in Q's lab was an effect activated off-screen by Britain's [?] Prince Charles - who was touring the studio at the time of filming. The effects crew offered to allow [?] Prince Charles to activate the rocket that was used in the final cut of the film. The Royal visit also instigated the famous footage/photograph of [?] Princess Diana hitting her husband over the head with a breakaway bottle (apparently instigated by actor Jeroen Krabbé).
  • This was the first appearance of Felix Leiter in the EON Productions official series since Live and Let Die, a gap of fourteen years. In the interim, he appeared in the unofficial [Bond] film Never Say Never Again, in which he was played by Bernie Casey.