“We're the laughing stock of the Intelligence
community … our first major coup in years,
snatched from right under our noses by the KGB”
The Living Daylights stars Timothy Dalton as James Bond in a high speed mission battling dangerous arms dealers.
Agent 007 is on assignment to assist in the defection of KGB agent General Georgi Koskov (Krabbé). Bond must prevent Koskov being killed by a mysterious sniper who turns out to be Koskov’s girlfriend, Kara Milovy (d’Abo).
Bond and Kara team up to uncover an elaborate weapons plan that could shape the world. Together they go through an incredible ordeal that includes riding a cello case in the snow and enduring an epic battle in the Afghan desert.
Timothy Dalton James Bond
Maryam d’Abo Kara Milovy
Jeroen Krabbé Georgi Koskov
Joe Don Baker Brad Whitaker
John Rhys-Davies General Leonid Pushkin
Art Malik Kamran Shah
Andreas Wisniewski Necros
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
John Bowe Colonel Feyador
Julie T. Wallace Rosika Miklos
Belle Avery Linda
‘Living on the edge. It’s the only way he lives’
‘The Living Daylights’ by a-ha
Austria, England, Italy, Gibraltar, Morocco, USA.
Saunders: ‘I'm telling M you deliberately missed. Your orders were to
kill that sniper.’
Bond: ‘Stuff my orders! I only kill professionals. That girl didn't know one end of a rifle from the other. Go ahead. Tell M what you want. If he fires me, I'll thank him for it.’
Kara: ‘You were fantastic. We're free.’
Bond: ‘Kara, we're inside a Russian airbase in the middle of Afghanistan.’
The beginning of The Living Daylights sees James Bond involved in a training exercise between the British Secret Service and the Special Air Service in Gibraltar. Agent 007 pursued an assassin that killed his fellow agent 004.
After leaping onto the killer’s jeep, a brutal struggle ensued, before the vehicle flew off a cliff. Bond enabled his parachute in the nick of time and escaped the falling vehicle midair.
Action in Gibraltar in The Living Daylights
The killer of Agent 004 fell to his death whilst 007 landed safely on a cruise boat where a woman couldn’t believe her luck.
Bond was given an invaluable keychain from Q Branch. It had the following features:
Kara was a beautiful naïve woman, who posed as an assassin to assist her lover Koskov. She was a skilled cellist whose gentle appearance concealed her daring character. Bond first thought Kara was working for the KGB.
Maryam d'Abo is Kara Milovy
Later, Kara reported Bond to Koskov when she believed 007 was a KGB agent. Bond and Kara worked extremely well together - a highlight of The Living Daylights was their stunning arrival into Austria - sliding on Kara’s cello case.
Agent 007 gave Kara a mighty shock at a concert hall in Bratislava. He shot a rifle out of her hands when he noticed her aiming a weapon at Koskov.
His fellow agent, Saunders, was angry he deliberately missed shooting the Soviet sniper. However, Bond explained the girl definitely didn’t look or act like an assassin. It turned out that Kara was just assisting in making Koskov’s defection look credible.
After Kara and Bond arrived safely in Vienna, they rendezvoused at the renowned Prater in the city centre. Later they visited the Wurstelprater, and kissed on the Riesenrad, the city’s famous Ferris wheel.
The Riesenrad in Vienna, Austria
One of the key villains in The Living Daylights, Whitaker, was a scheming weapons broker obsessed with military paraphernalia. He was the chief planner of a malicious plot to purchase opium from resistance fighters in Afghanistan using the advance funds for providing KGB artillery.
In his mansion in Tangiers, Whitaker had a fascinating collection of military figurines, miniature battle fields and weapons. He had great fun using toy soldiers in depicting past battles.
He confronted Bond with a rifle after he was trapped in his hideout. However, Bond survived the encounter after a statue of the Duke of Wellington knocked him out.
One of Koskov’s key henchmen was Necros. He was a dangerous assassin who had KGB connections and continually posed a risk to 007.
In the English countryside Necros raided the lovely Stonor House, an MI6 safe house. He was disguised as a milkman and used explosive milk bottles to take out a number of Secret Service agents.
Stonor House in Oxfordshire, England
Koskov was then snatched and taken by helicopter to Tangiers to unite with Whitaker at his base. In a midair spectacle in Afghanistan, Necros was finally killed by Bond.
In the desert of Afghanistan, Koskov and Whitaker were using a Russian airbase to collect their haul of opium. Bond instigated a rapid assault on the base with the assistance of Kamran Shah and his Afghan mujahedeen.
This allowed 007 to sabotage the evil intentions of the enemy. Shah proved to be a crucial ally to Bond in The Living Daylights.
Aston Martin V8
James Bond’s Aston Martin V8 had plenty of weapons and was designed by Q Branch for the colder climes - it had outriggers and spiked tires for traction on ice and snow.
This vehicle was an extremely useful piece of equipment provided by Q in The Living Daylights and was ideal for use in a central European winter.
The car showed its true value when Kara and Bond were trying to escape from Czechoslovakia after being pursued by the KGB and Czech police.
The stylish Aston Martin V8
In Bratislava and Vienna, Saunders was Bond’s MI6 contact. At a cafe in the Wurstelprater, a fun park in Vienna, he was callously killed by Necros who placed a bomb in a sliding door.
One of the key turning points in The Living Daylights, is when Bond managed to trick the enemy by staging the death of General Pushkin. To make it look believable, Pushkin’s girlfriend, Rubavitch, sobbed over his lifeless body.
Kara owned a beautiful Stradivarius cello bought for her by Brad Whitaker. When Kara and Bond escaped to Austria the precious cello received a bullet hole. They skilfully used the cello case to slide downhill on snow in their getaway.
Kara's useful Stradivarius cello case
The merciless Koskov was a rebel Russian General who paired with Brad Whitaker in an attempt to pull off a massive drug trade.
Koskov was a part of the sneaky operation of killing agents of the British Secret Service. He anticipated this would frustrate MI6 and bring about the elimination of General Pushkin, his major opponent.
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