The Living Daylights

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The Living Daylights is a 1987 film in which James Bond is aiding a Soviet KGB general defecting to the West - but the general is revealed to be hatching his own plans with an arms dealer in Morocco.

Directed by John Glen. Written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson, based on a short story by Ian Fleming.
The new James Bond... living on the edge. taglines

Brad Whitaker

  • That's too bad, Bond. You could've been a live rich man, instead of a poor dead one.


[at a yacht just off Gibraltar]
Linda: [into phone] It's all so boring here, Margo - there's nothing but playboys and tennis pros. [sighs] If only I could find a real man.
[James Bond, having just dispatched an assassin in a burning truck in mid-air, lands on the boat with a smoldering parachute]
James Bond: I need to use your phone. [into phone] She'll call you back.
Linda: Who are you?
Bond: Bond, James Bond. [into phone] Exercise Control, 007 here. I'll report in an hour.
Linda: [offering drink] Won't you join me?
Bond: [into phone] Better make that two.

James Bond: Cheer up, Saunders. The operation's a success. And officially, its still yours.
Saunders: I have no intention of leaving it at that, 007! I'm reporting to M that you deliberately missed! Your orders were to kill that sniper!
Bond: Stuff my orders! I only kill professionals. That girl didn't know one end of a rifle from the other. Go ahead, tell M what you want. If he fires me, I'll thank him for it. Whoever she was, it must've scared the living daylights out of her.

General Georgi Koskov: The sniper was a woman.
James Bond: I noticed.
Koskov: Some of the best KGB shots are women.
Bond: Um-hum.
Koskov: Did you...
Bond: I'd rather not talk about it.

[Bond confronts General Pushkin over Koskov's claims about him reactivating the Smiert Spionam directive]
Leonid Pushkin: You are professional. You do not kill without reason.
James Bond: Two of our men are dead. Koskov named you. Now why should I disobey my orders?
Pushkin: I am in the dark as much as you are. It is a question of trust. Who do you believe? Koskov, or me?
Bond: If I trusted Koskov we wouldn't be talking. As long as you're alive, we'll never know what he's up to.
Pushkin: Then I must die.

[General Pushkin visits arms dealer Brad Whitaker]
Brad Whitaker: [referring to his life-size statues of famous military commanders] How do you like my personal pantheon of great commanders?
Leonid Pushkin: Butchers.
Whitaker: Surgeons. They cut away society's dead flesh.

[as General Koskov and Necros bring Bond and Kara to Afghanistan]
General Georgi Koskov: I'm sorry, James. For you I have great affection, but we have an old saying: duty has no sweethearts.
James Bond: We have an old saying too, Georgi. And you're full of it.

[Bond and Kara have successfully defeated the guards at a Soviet airbase's brig]
Kara Milovy: You were fantastic. [embraces Bond] We're free.
James Bond: Kara, we're inside a Russian airbase in the middle of Afghanistan.

[Bond and Kara have just escaped the Soviet airbase, and Kamran Shah saves them on the way out. He talks to two men in a different language]
James Bond: What did you tell them?
Kamran Shah: I tell them you not Russian. They no kill you now.
Kara Milovy: Not now? How about later?
Bond: Don't worry, they'll save you for the hareem.

[General Pushkin and his men raid Whitaker's house and also capture General Koskov]
Leonid Pushkin: Put him on the next plane to Moscow...
General Georgi Koskov: Oh, thank you General, thank you so much...
Pushkin: the diplomatic bag. [the Soviet troops haul off a startled Koskov]


  • The new James Bond... living on the edge.
  • The most dangerous Bond. Ever.
  • Living on the edge. It's the only way he lives.
  • James Bond 007 at his most dangerous in The Living Daylights
  • Enigmatic. Dangerous... Always living on the edge.
  • Licensed to thrill.


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