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1987 James Bond Movie starring Timothy Dalton

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  • May 11, 2010
Timothy Dalton brings Bond back to his tougher roots with a complex story of opium smuggling and gun runners. Not bad, could be better.
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review by . August 03, 2009
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Bond and Kara travel through Afghanistan
Timothy Dalton gets a lot of hell for his portrayal of Bond.  He's stiff, too serious, too dark, a little too unlikeable and a little too tough.  I really like him myself since he shows failings like the Bond of the books but for a movie series that has had gondolas turn into hovercrafts and a man with metal teeth, he must have thought he was in a different series.      The fact that he only made two Bond movies and neither of them set the world on fire didn't help …
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The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story "The Living Daylights."

The beginning of the film (following the title sequence) resembles the short story, in which Bond has to act as a counter sniper to protect a defecting Soviet. The film begins with Bond investigating the deaths of a number of MI6 agents. The Soviet defector, Georgi Koskov, informs him that General Pushkin, head of the KGB, is systematically killing Western operatives (British and American spies). When Koskov is seemingly snatched back by the Soviets, Bond follows him across Europe, Morocco and Afghanistan.

The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli, his stepson Michael G. Wilson, and his daughter Barbara Broccoli. The Living Daylights was well received by most critics, and was also a financial success, grossing $191.2 million worldwide.

It was the last film to bear the title of a story by Ian Fleming until 2006's Casino Royale, 19 years later.

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