Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Living Daylights

Continuing our glacial quest to watch all of the James Bond Films in order, we watched The Living Daylights on Saturday night.  Released in 1987, it is the fifteenth James Bond movie and the first to star Timothy Dalton in the title role. The film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story The Living Daylights.

The movie has a fairly convoluted plot. Bond is sent to act as a counter sniper to protect a defecting Soviet. After successfully getting the Soviet defector to a safe house in England, he informs the British secret service that head of the KGB is systematically killing British and American spies. When the defector is seemingly snatched back by the Soviets, Bond follows him across Europe, Morocco and Afghanistan. Much of the last part of the film is set in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation.

In addition to Timothy Dalton as James Bond, the film stars Jeroen Krabbé as General Georgi Koskov (the Soviet Defector), Maryam d'Abo as Kara Milovy (Koskov's girlfriend), Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker (an American arms dealer) and John Rhys-Davies as General Leonid Pushkin (head of the KGB).

The opening sequences of the film have some interesting footage of Rock of Gibraltar. I have added it to the list of places that I would like to visit someday.

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