The Living Daylights (1987)

USA, UK, 1986-1987
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Technicolor, 2.35:1
Dolby, English
Production Start Date: 29 September 1986

An American/British borderline science fiction film directed by John Glen.

Plot Summary

James Bond oversees the defection of a top Soviet General and uncovers a plan by the Russians assassinate all Western agents. Though suspicious of the plot, Bond is sent to track down the KGB officer in charge and kill him – but what are the officer’s real motives and how does the mystery tie in with Afghani arms smugglers?


Directed by: John Glen
© MCMLXXXVII [1987] Danjaq S.A. and United Artist Company
Metro Goldwyn Mayer [logo]. United Artists [logo]. Albert R. Broccoli presents. Made by Eon Productions for Danjaq S.A.
Produced by: Albert R. Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
Associate Producers: Tom Pevsner and Barbara Broccoli
Second Unit Directed and Photographed by: Arthur Wooster
Screenplay by: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson
Characters: Ian Fleming [credited in possessory above title]
Director of Photography: Alec Mills
Editors: John Grover and Peter Davies
Music Composed and Conducted by: John Barry; Mozart (40th Symphony in G Minor 1st Movement); Borodin (String Quartet in D Minor); Tchaikovsky (Rococo Variations)
The Living Daylights Performed by: A-Ha
The James Bond Theme Written by: Monty Norman
Sound Recordist: Derek Ball
Costumes Designed by: Emma Porteous
Make-up Supervisor: George Frost
Hairdressing Supervisor: Ramon Gow
Special Visual Effects: John Richardson
Visual Effects Supervisor: Richard Hewitt
Special Effects: Chris Corbould, Joss Williams, Brian Smithies, Ken Morris, Willy Neuner
Main Title Designed by: Maurice Binder
Production Designed by: Peter Lamont

Timothy Dalton (James Bond)
Maryam d’Abo (Kara Milovy)
Joe Don Baker as [Brad] Whitaker
Art Malik (Kamran Shah)
John Rhys-Davies (General Leonid Pushkin)
Jeroen Krabbé (General Georgi Koskov)
Andreas Wisniewski (Necros)
Thomas Wheatley (Saunders)
Julie T. Wallace (Rosika Miklos)
Desmond Llewelyn (Q)
Robert Brown (M)
Walter Gotell (General Anatol Gogol)
Caroline Bliss (Miss Moneypenny)
Geoffrey Keen (Minister of Defence)
Virginia Hey (Rubavitch)
John Terry (Felix Leiter)
Nadim Sawalha (Chief of Security, Tangier)
John Bowe (Colonel Feyador)
Kell Tyler (Linda)
Catherine Rabett (Liz)
Dulice Liecier (Ava)

Alternative Titles

007 zona pericolo – Italian title
007: High Tension – translated Spanish title
Agente 007, zona pericolo – Italian title
Death is Not a Game – translated French/Belgian title
Having the Finger on the Trigger – translated Greek title
James Bond 007 – Der Hauch des Todes – German title
Killing is no Game – translated French title

Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)

Licence to Kill (1989)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time to Die (2021)

See also
Casino Royale (1967)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Goldeneye (1997)
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987)

Extracts Included In
The James Bond Story (1999)
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day (2002)


Monthly Film Bulletin August 1987 pp.243-245 – review by (Raymond Durgnat)
Première (France) September 1987 p.19 – review (by Bertrand Mosca)
Starburst no.107 pp.13 – review
Starburst no.108 pp.40-44, 45 – illustrated article, interview; illustrated review (by Gary Russell)
Stills no.29 (February 1987) pp.53-54 – illustrated credits (Reel to real: A-Z of production)
Stills no.30 (March 1987) p.76 – credits (Reel to real: A-Z of production)
Variety 1 July 1987 p.10 – review (by Pit)
Video Today March 1987 pp.16-17 – illustrated review

The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.180
The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.331
The Incredible World of 007 by Lee Pfeiffer pp.146 – illustrated article
The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.542 – illustrated credits, note
Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.106