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The Living Daylights ( Aston Martin V8 MkIV ) 1985
The Living Daylights (1987) is the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film 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’. It was the last film to use the title of an Ian Fleming story until the 2006 instalment Casino Royale.
Timothy Dalton was originally unavailable to play Bond, and Pierce Brosnan was then chosen to play 007 in 1986 and was given the script to The Living Daylights (1987). Although he was contracted to Remington Steele (1982) for seven seasons, NBC decided to cancel the show at the end of the fourth season, which meant that Brosnan was free to play James Bond in The Living Daylights the following year. However, shortly after the end of the fourth season, NBC had second thoughts about canceling Remington Steele and subsequently approached the Bond producers directly, in an attempt to strike a deal that would allow Brosnan to play both James Bond and Remington Steele the following year.
Timothy Dalton was originally considered for the role of James Bond in the late 1960s, after Sean Connery left the role following You Only Live Twice (1967). Dalton was screen tested by Albert R. Broccoli for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) but he turned down the part as he thought he was too young. He was also considered for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) but turned it down again, still feeling he was too young.
The beginning of the film resembles the short story, in which Bond acts as a counter-sniper to protect a Soviet defector, Georgi Koskov. He tells Bond that General Pushkin, head of the KGB, is systematically killing British and American agents. When Koskov is seemingly snatched back, Bond follows him across Europe, Morocco and Afghanistan.
James Bond’s car (registered on 18 March 1985 as B549 WUU; last on the road 1 July 2006) in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.
At the beginning of the film, the car is a V8 Volante (convertible). The car used in these scenes was a Volante owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett. Later, the car is fitted with a hardtop (‘winterised’) at Q Branch, and these scenes feature a pair of non-Vantage V8 saloons, fitted with the same number plate as the initial car, but with Vantage badges now fitted to match the previous Vantage.
The alterations and gadgets featured were:
Jet engine behind rear number plate
Heat-seeking missiles behind fog lights
Lasers in front wheel hubcaps
Features the only ever deliberate nude scenes in the James Bond film series outside of opening titles. They are when two men escape from a bombed building and when Pushkin’s girlfriend’s top is torn off in a hotel room.
[after escaping out of a small jail cell]
Kara Milovy: You were fantastic. We’re free.
James Bond: Kara, we’re inside a Russian airbase in the middle of Afghanistan.
[struggling with Kara’s cello]
James Bond: Why didn’t you learn the violin?
The rocket fired from the ‘ghetto blaster’ in Q’s lab was an effect activated off-screen by Britain’s Prince Charles – who was touring the studio at the time of filming. The effects crew offered to allow Prince Charles to activate the rocket that was used in the final cut of the film. The Royal visit also instigated the famous footage/photograph of Princess Diana hitting her husband over the head with a breakaway bottle (apparently instigated by actor Jeroen Krabbé).