The Living Daylights (1987)

Produced by Albert R Broccoli & Michael G Wilson

Directed by John Glen

Screenplay by Richard Maibaum & Michael G Wilson

James Bond played by Timothy Dalton

 

THE VILLAIN:    General Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe) - ambitious Soviet mastermind who, behind the scenes, is plotting to take over the KGB by convincing the British to assassinate General Pushkin.

                            Brad Whittaker (Joe Don Baker) - expelled from West Point for cheating, an amoral military-obsessed, American arms merchant in league with General Koskov.

 

SUB-VILLAINS:    Imposter Double-0 (Carl Rigg) - assassin who infiltrates a training exercise in Gibraltar, killing an SAS soldier and 004, working for Koskov and Whittaker.

                                Necros (Andreas Wisniewski) - cold-blooded killer, formerly in the employ of the Soviets, working with Brad Whittaker and Koskov, possesses a knack for voice impersonations.

 

VILLAIN'S PLOT:    Arms merchant Whittaker and rogue Soviet General Koskov collude to re-create SMERSH, murder British agents and force the assassination of General Pushkin in order to secure KGB funds to finance a vast opium-smuggling, arms-trading scheme which will enrich them.

 

BOND WOMEN:    Linda (Kell Tyler) - bored woman on yacht of Gibraltar searching for a real man.

                                Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo) - talented Czechoslovakian cellist, lover of General Koskov who aids in faking Koskov's defection to the West, but is betrayed by the Soviet General.

 

BONDS ALLIES:    004 & 002 (Frederick Warder & Glyn Barber) - agents training with 007 in Gibraltar; 004 is killed apparently by a Soviet SMERSH agent.

                                Saunders (Thomas Wheatley) - officious head of section V, Vienna, for the British Secret Service.

                                Rosika Miklos (Julie T Wallace) - operative working with Bond, aiding with Koskov's defection using the Trans-Siberian pipeline.

                                Felix Leiter (John Terry) - Bond's CIA ally.

                                General Leonid Pushkin (John Rhys-Davies) - tough and resourceful head of the KGB, falsely accused by Koskov of relaunching SMERSH, the Soviet anti-espionage directorate charged with killing spies.

                                Kamran Shah (Art Malik) - Russian-hating, Oxford-educated, mujaheddin leader who serves as Deputy Commander of the Eastern District in rebellion against Soviet occupation; also works with opium smugglers, the Snow Leopard Brotherhood.

                                General Anatol Gogol (Walter Gotell) - former head of the KGB, now with the Soviet Foreign Service.

 

THE BOND TEAM:    M (Robert Brown) - head of the British Secret Service, an authoritative father figure who sends Bond on his missions.

                                    Miss Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss) - assistant and researcher working for the British Secret Service, a Barry Manilow fan with glasses and a hopeless crush on 007.

                                    Q (Desmond Llewelyn) - the creator of Bond's lethal gadgets, aka Major Boothroyd.

                                    Sir Frederick Gray, Minister of Defence (Geoffrey Keen) - stern British government cabinet minister.

 

BOND'S GADGETS:    Pocket binoculars; dinner jacket which transforms into a black sniper's tunic; Walther WA-2000 sniper's rifle with infrared sight; Aston Martin Volante with police-scanner radio, heads up targeting display, bullet-proof glass, laser-cutting device in wheel hubs, front-firing missiles, convertible ice tyres, outrigger skis, rocket booster and self destruct mechanism; eyeglasses with magnifying binoculars; key-ring finder which emits stun gas when 'Rule Britannia' is whistled and also packed with highly concentrated plastic explosive activated by wolf whistle; keys on ring open 90% of world's locks.

 

LOCATIONS:    Gibraltar; Bratislava; Czechoslovakia-Austria border; London and English countryside; Vienna; Tangier; Afghanistan.