The Living Daylights (1987)
Cast & Characters
James Bond must prevent renegade KGB General Koskov and
his ally, arms dealer Brad Whitaker, from enriching themselves
through a complicated sheme to cause all-out war between
Soviet and British intelligence agencies.
UK: 29th June 1987 (PG)
USA: 31st July 1987 (PG)
World Premiere: 29th June 1987 (Odeon Leicester Square,
UK TV Premiere: 3rd October 1992, ITV
US TV Premiere: 15th April 1990, ABC
Running Time: 130 minutes
Classification: PG (UK), PG (US)
Worldwide Box Office: $191.2m
US Box Office: $50.3m
US Admissions: 14.1 million
UK Box Office: N/A
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli
Director: John Glen
Screenplay: Richard Maibaum, Michael G. Wilson
Composer: John Barry
Gibraltar; Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; Vienna, Austria;
London, UK; Blayden, UK; Tangier; Afghanistan; New York.
Three 00-agents parachute onto the rock of Gibraltar for
a mock assault. One of the agents is shot by a guard with
a paintball gun, another has his grapple rope cut by a man
out for blood. Bond rushes to the side of the fallen 00
and finds a clue; a tag with the words "Smiert Spionam"
written on it. He gives chase to the assassin who is using
a jeep as a get away vehicle. Bond jumps on to the roof
as it sways along the road, almost out of control, as the
assassin tries to throw 007 off. Packed with explosives,
the vehicle is driven off a cliff. Bond activates his reserve
chute, which pulls him clear of the stricken jeep just as
it explodes into the sea.
Taken from an short story by Ian Fleming, "The Living Daylights"
uses the original text as a basis for the opening scenes. Bond
utters the phrase when describing how the sniper, who he deliberately
missed, must have felt.
Cut Scenes & Alternate
The largest cut scene was of Bond going for a magic carpet
ride during the roof top chase in Tangiers, sliding down
telephone cables and on to the back of a passing motorcycle.
Director John Glen cut the scene as it did not fit the mood
of the chase sequence, and the carpet was suspiciously rigid.
Two scenes were trimmed down in the final cut. The first
to be shortened was the ice lake chase. Several shots of
the Aston Martin being chased by Russian forces were removed
in order to keep the pace of the chase up. The traditional
Q-Branch briefing had a few goofy gadgets and extra lines
An early preview cut of the film featured Dalton jumping
across the gunbarrel in the iconic opening shot, but this
was changed to a more traditional walk-turn-shoot in the
Some unedited footage was stolen and videos were sold as
if they were the completed movie. The producers released
a poster explaining that this copy of the movie was unfinished
and had no soundtrack or special effects at all, saying
that the only way to see the real movie was going to the
Q, displaying a portable stereo with built-in rocket launcher:
"Something we're making for the Americans. We call it the ghetto-blaster."
When Bond and Kara are sliding down the slopes on the cello case,
the cello Bond is holding gets shot through the front, yet Bond
is unscathed. Not even Q never issues bullet- proof musical instruments.
Not only does this film usher in a new Bond (Dalton) but
also a new Miss Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss).
"Bond, James Bond": 1
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