The Living Daylights

Eon Productions Released 1987




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Movie Summary

John Glen

James Bond starts out having to assassinate a KGB sniper who is supposed to take out a Soviet defector the British Secret Service is trying to protect. However, Bond has a suspicion that not everything seems as clear as it might be. Seeing Kara Milovy as the sniper, Bond does not kill her. Instead, he seduces her and finds out she is the defector's girlfriend who was supposed to fake his defection. He is linked to an illegal arms dealer, Brad Whitaker who has been supplying weapons to the Soviets in their invasion of Afghanistan.


Metacritic Score

  • 80


    You may not like Timothy Dalton as Bond, but the fact is they could put a trained seal in the role and the movies would be basically the same. And by those standards, this one is p...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    In The Living Daylights, Dalton establishes his claim to the role; in the films that will follow, he'll have the chance to dig deeper.

  • 50

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    Dalton has training in classical theater; he has pedigree, looks, class. But as Bond he is – face it – dull as dirt. Too much spoofing is bad (see Moore), none is deadly (see Dalton).

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • James Bond: Stuff my orders. I only kill professionals. That girl didn't know one end of a rifle from the other.
      Go ahead. Tell him what you want. If he fires me, I'll thank him for it. Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $40,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $51,185,897 (19th)
      Worldwide Gross - $191,200,000 (4th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $106,822,742
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $399,026,087

    • Other Production Companies:
      MGM / United Artists (distributors)

    • Filming locations include:
      Ait Benhaddou, Ouarzazate, Morocco
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Atlas Corporation Studios, Ouarzazate, Morocco
      Atlas Mountains, Morocco
      Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
      Beachy Head, East Sussex, England
      Cape Deme, Vienna, Austria
      Carinthia, Austria
      Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
      Suffolk, England
      English Channel, England
      Gasometers, Vienna, Austria
      London, England
      Malaysia House, Trafalgar Square, St James's, London, England
      Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar
      Mojave Desert, California
      Ouarzazate, Morocco
      Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England
      Prater Park, Prater, Vienna, Austria
      Riesenrad, Prater, Vienna, Austria
      Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar
      Hietzing, Vienna, Austria
      South Downs, East Sussex, England
      Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
      Stonor, Oxfordshire, England
      Tangiers, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco
      Trafalgar Square, St James's, London, England
      Vienna, Austria

    • Taglines:
      1. 007 for Thrills. 007 for Romance.
      2. The most dangerous Bond. Ever.
      3. This BOND is dangerous.
      4. Living on the edge. It's the only way he lives.
      5. Timothy Dalton is the new James Bond 007.
      6. Licensed to thrill.
      7. The new James Bond... living on the edge.
      8. Enigmatic. Dangerous... Always living on the edge.
      9. James Bond 007 at his most dangerous in The Living Daylights.

    • Music:
      The Living Daylights
      Performed by A-Ha
      Composed by Pål Waaktaar and John Barry
      Where Has Every Body Gone?
      Performed by The Pretenders
      Music by John Barry
      Lyrics by Chrissie Hynde
      If There Was A Man
      Performed by The Pretenders
      Music by John Barry
      Lyrics by Chrissie Hynde
      Symphony no 40 in G minor, 1st Movement
      Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      String Quartet #2 In D Major: 3rd Movement 'Notturno' Andante
      Music by Aleksandr Borodin
      Rococo Variations
      Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
      Concert for cello in Ut minor
      Music by Antonín Dvorák
      Performed by Austria Youth Symphony Orchestra with Stefan Kropfitsch (cello)


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80s, Thrillers, Espionage, Classics