The Living Daylights (1987) Read along book and tape, digital HD version. During a training operation, a “00” agent is unexpectedly murdered. When British agent James Bond organises the defection of a top ranking Russian general, the general divulges a plan by the bad guys to kill all its enemy agents. Bond is suspicious of the plot, but nevertheless is ordered to kill the enemy officer masterminding the operation.
Cast of the full movie version were…
Timothy Dalton as James Bond: an MI6 agent assigned to look into the deaths of and conspiracies against several of his allies.
Maryam d’Abo as Kara Milovy: Koskov’s girlfriend and later Bond’s love interest.
Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker: An American arms dealer and self-styled general. Baker called his character “a nut” who “thought he was Napoleon”.
John Rhys-Davies as General Leonid Pushkin: The new head of the enemy, replacing General Gogol.
Art Malik as Kamran Shah: a leader in the Afghan Mujahideen.
Jeroen Krabbé as General Georgi Koskov: Whitaker’s ally and a renegade Russian general.
Andreas Wisniewski as Necros: Koskov’s henchman, who poses repeated threats to Bond.
Thomas Wheatley as Saunders: Bond’s ally.
Robert Brown as M: The head of MI6 and Bond’s superior.
Desmond Llewelyn as Q: MI6’s “quartermaster”, who supplies Bond with multi-purpose vehicles and gadgets useful in the latter’s mission.
Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray: The British Minister of Defence
Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny: M’s secretary.
John Terry as Felix Leiter: A CIA agent and ally to Bond.
Walter Gotell as General Gogol: The retired head of the enemy, now a diplomat shown in a cameo at the end of the film.
Virginia Hey as Rubavitch: General Leonid Pushkin’s mistress in Morocco
Julie T. Wallace as Rosika Miklos: James Bond’s contact in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia who works at the TransSiberian Pipeline.
Nadim Sawalha cameos as a police chief in Tangier. Sawalha also appeared in a previous 007 film, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), as Aziz Fekkesh.
► Director: John Glen
► Writers: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Michael G. Wilson (screenplay)
Originally the film was proposed to be a prequel in the series, an idea that eventually resurfaced with the reboot of the series in 2006. SMERSH, the fictionalised Russian counterintelligence agency that featured in Fleming’s Casino Royale and several other early James Bond novels, was an acronym for Smiert Shpionam – “Death to spies”.
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