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The Living Daylights
He got the boot.
Genre: Espionage
Directed By: John Glen
Written By: Richard Maibaum
Michael G. Wilson
Starring: Timothy Dalton
Maryam d'Abo
Joe Don Baker
Art Malik
John Rhys-Davies
Jeroen Krabbé
Desmond Llewelyn
Distributed By: United Artists
Release Date: June 29, 1987 (London premiere)
Runtime: 130 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
United States
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $191.2 million
Franchise: James Bond
Prequel: A View to a Kill
Sequel: Licence to Kill

The Living Daylights is a 1987 spy action thriller film and the first film to star Timothy Dalton as James Bond. It was also the first Bond film to be released in two years after 1985's A View to a Kill.


After Bond helps Russian officer Georgi Koskov make a daring defection to the West, the intelligence community is shocked when Koskov is abducted from his remote hiding place. Bond leaps into action, following a trail that leads to the gorgeous Kara, who plays Bond as easily as she plays her Stradivari cello. As they unravel a complex weapons scheme with global implications, they are forced into hair-raising chases, a riveting jailbreak and an epic battle in the Afghanistan desert with tanks, airplanes and a legion of freedom fighters on horseback.

Why It Rocks

  1. Good action sequences, including an amazing plane fight.
  2. Catchy theme song by A-ha.
  3. Well done characterization.
  4. Great acting, from actors like Timothy Dalton.
  5. A storyline with an introspective tone.
  6. Great cinematography.
  7. The music score by John Barry is good.
  8. Some of the dialogue is memorable, such as:
    • -What happened? -He got the boot.
  9. Good direction by John Glen.
  10. It's a nice change from Roger Moore after his last Bond film A View to a Kill.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main title song might not appeal to everyone.
  2. Some questionable pacing.


The Living Daylights was commercially successful, earning $191.2 million out of a $40 million budget.

The movie has also received mostly positive critical reception, with a 74% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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