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DOSSIER: The Superspy - Timothy Dalton (James Bond / Agent 007)
James Bond is a normal man with all the normal instincts, but he lives in a world which brings danger to him and to those he loves," explains actor Timothy Dalton, who makes his debut as Agent 007 in The Living Daylights, the British superspy's 15th film adventure. "He is a man who likes cars, he drinks, he is a gambler—he gambles at the tables as well as constantly risking his life. But every culture across the world has its mythical heroes who single-handedly take on, with courage and determination, the forces of evil. And Bond is one who eventually conquers those individuals and groups who personify evil."
Born in Wales of English parents, Dalton studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. An accomplished stage performer, he starred in many Shakespearean productions and eventually made his film debut in 1968's The Lion in Winter opposite Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. With many film credits, including Flash Gordon, The Doctor & the Devils and Brenda Starr, Dalton also appeared in the TV miniseries Mistral's Daughter and Sins.
Photo: After completing a defense exercise, 007 unwinds in the only fashion to which he is accustomed.
Photo: More dangerous than ever. Bond, James Bond returns for his deadliest mission yet.
The actor's journey to the role of James Bond took a long and winding path, according to Dalton. "When I was about 25, Mr. Broccoli kindly asked me if I would be interested in taking over from Sean Connery who was about to relinquish Bond [after Diamonds are Forever]," he recalls. "It was not a firm offer, but an expression of interest. Frankly, I thought it would have been a stupid move for me. I was too young—Bond should be between 35 and 40 years old.
"Then, several years ago, when Roger Moore was uncertain about continuing as 007, I was approached again. The situation was very vague, there wasn't a script yet, and I had already been asked to do Flash Gordon. But I was pleased to have been considered. When I was asked in early 1986, I was unavailable. I was doing my own stage productions of Anthony and Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew so the schedules conflicted and the idea went out the window again. -Eventually, however, the schedules did come together and this time, I was delighted to finally accept James Bond and embrace the project with a great deal of joy and enthusiasm."
Dalton's enthusiasm in taking over the 007 persona has extended to his performing as many of his own stunts and fight sequences as possible. "I have been asked why I chose to do so much of my own action in The Living Daylights. Simply, the story's nature involves so much action," he notes. "The James Bond character, of necessity, is involved in a lot of action. This movie is an adventure thriller, with a sense of humor, and if that is part of my role, then I should at least attempt as much of it as I can.
"In this James Bond film, it's especially important that the audience identify with this new man playing an established character. And the more they perceive Bond to be me, the more they will get caught up in the excitement. The action is necessary to the role, so I do as much as I can."
Ultimately, Dalton is insistent upon drawing distinctions between himself and the super secret agent. "The differences between myself and James Bond are extreme," he says. “It's strange because, as an actor, I must look for common identities in order to express Bond through me—but it isn't easy. Obviously, I don't know what it's like to be a secret agent, and I'm certainly not licensed to kill. And I don't know if I would want to be licensed to kill.
“Well, you never know, do you?" Timothy Dalton smiles. "There are odd times when it h as flashed across my mind."
Photo: Bond and Kara are ambushed in Afghanistan.
Photo: Once again, modem technology helps deliver the master spy from peril.
Photo: The troubled twosome enjoy the countryside on their way to foil a smuggling ring.
Photo: In Vienna. Bond and the Czech cellist are overcome by the country's romantic environment.
DOSSIERS: The Leading Ladies - Maryam d'Abo (Kara Milovy)
Maryam d'Abo plays Kara, an assassin who doubles as a concert cellist, bringing her to the forefront of international attention as James Bond's latest leading lady. "I was delighted when I learned I had been cast. It all happened so unexpectedly," the London-born actress says. "In February or March 1986, when they were still looking for a new James Bond, I was asked to be the 'feed' for an actor who was being screen tested for the starring role. I had long hair at the time and looked quite different—much younger and perhaps less sophisticated.
"A few months went by and they had seen many girls for the role of Kara, when I bumped into Barbara Broccoli in the street. By this time, I was wearing my hair much shorter and she exclaimed, 'You look so different. Come and see us again.' So, I went back to Pinewood, and as I walked into the room, Cubby Broccoli, Michael Wilson and John Glen all said, 'Yes, she's right for Kara, the Czech girl.' It really all came together at the right time and nobody could have been more excited than me."
D'Abo's parents were Dutch and Russian. After she turned five, she left England and was raised in Paris and Geneva. As a result, d'Abo now speaks both French and English perfectly, although she developed a middle-European accent for her new role.
Once she became interested in acting, d'Abo returned to London to begin studying, later embarking on a career in films and television. Among her credits are Merlin and the Sword, Until September and White Nights. Television viewers may recall seeing her in Master of the Game and 92 Grosvenor Street.
"I would never compare myself to the previous Bond leading ladies because I think every leading lady in the Bond films has had her own particular quality," d'Abo says. "I'm not playing someone who is sophisticated and so on. I wouldn't have been chosen otherwise. I'm a very natural girl. I've got a good deal of natural, very genuine character."
Photo: The young Czech becomes cm unwitting pawn in a deadly game of diamonds, drugs and destruction.
Photo: Nobody does it better than Bond.
Photo: With the aid of ever-faithful Miss Moneypenny. Bond uncovers the identity of the beautiful cellist/assassin.
In preparing for her role, d'Abo took cello lessons every day beginning a month prior to principal photography. "Many people have asked me if I am now going to take up cello-playing as a hobby. That's crazy," she laughs. "It's like asking me now, at 26, if I'm going to take up ballet dancing as a hobby. You've got to be trained from when you are a child—it's a talent, a career. At times, it was very frustrating playing the cello. It was hard work and I used to cramp in my back and in my arm. But, at the end of every day, it was rewarding when I found myself in the theater in Vienna miming the pieces with all those terrific musicians. There was a tremendous 'whoomph' and I really felt like a princess."
And 007 falls in love with this princess, the beautiful Kara, a musician who also plays to kill.
She's in love with James Bond. And she has loved him desperately, passionately and secretly for a long time. Her name is Miss Moneypenny. She is the executive assistant and secretary to M, head of the British Secret Service.
New to the role is Caroline Bliss, who succeeds Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny in this latest movie mission, The Living Daylights. The young actress is the granddaughter of Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen's Music. Trained as a dancer, Bliss made her TV movie debut in an equally royal role, portraying Princess Diana in Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story. She has appeared in Pope Paul II, Dempsey & Makepeace and other British and American TV productions.
Moneypenny, her screen alter-ego, still loves James Bond. He, too, feels great affection for her, but they never venture into the heartbreaking area of an affair—beyond some witty repartee and a toss of his hat to her corner hat rack. It's all business as usual between close friends On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
DOSSIERS: The Villains
For every woman James Bond falls in love with, he must first deal with the villain at hand. The Living Daylights is no exception to that rule. And this time, Bond confronts Brad Whitaker, a ruthless and deadly international arms dealer.
Filling the role is Joe Don Baker, a man known not only for his roles as a heavy but also for being a good guy. Given a choice, though, Baker will opt for the villain. "The villain gets to snarl and spit, and that's fun," he says.
With a score of credits to his name, Baker is perhaps best known as Buford Pusser, the hero of Walking Tall. He has also appeared in Cool Hand Luke, Fletch, The Natural and Charlie Varrick and starred on TV as Eischied.
Getting the chance to play a villain in a Bond film excited the actor. "Bond films are fun and the people who make them are delightful," comments Baker. "Most of them have been involved with the series for many years. There is kind of a family atmosphere about the environment which is difficult to enter, like any family. When I first arrived in Tangier, I felt a bit like an outsider—but they're all very nice people and Albert Broccoli is the father of the family, looking after his children.
"I enjoy the experience of playing in a Bond film. This is special kind of picture. I've watched Bond movies for the past 25 years. I remember those early films so very clearly and how each villain had his own way of trying to kill James Bond. And now, here I am trying to do the same thing myself.
"It's my job to create the character and make him really dangerous, but believable," he explains. "The trick with playing a villain is to sit back and think of all the most awful things you could be. I have to think what a person like Whitaker has in mind. He is a dangerous arms dealer, a diamond-smuggler, a drug-runner on a gigantic scale and he even takes on the might of the KGB and the British Secret Service. And I really had to get right inside that guy's mind! Unfortunately," laments Joe Don Baker, "in a fight to the death with James Bond, I come off second best."
Photo: Whitaker prepares to meet Bond for the final showdown.
Villains can be very nice so you don't recognize them from ordinary people. That is one of the powers of a real villain," notes Jeroen Krabbe, who plays the scheming KGB General Koskov whose 007-engineered defection kicks off The Living Daylights.
"Koskov is not really an evil person," Krabbe continues. "Whitaker is far more evil. Koskov is a nice villain—he's not interested in killing people so much as looking after himself in an avaricious way. Necros and Whitaker are ruthless killers, but Koskov is Mr. Nice Guy."
One of Holland's most popular actors, Krabbe was born in Amsterdam into a family of successful painters. Destined to become a third-generation artist himself, Krabbe altered his fate by switching his studies to dramatics. Prolific and versatile, he has performed in and directed stage productions in Holland, hosted his own talk show on Dutch TV as well as been a radio DJ.
For Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Krabbe has starred in Soldier of Orange, Spetters and The Fourth Man, for which he won several acting honors. Making his way to the United States, he has appeared in the TV mini-series World War Three, and the films Jumpin' Jack Flash and No Mercy—in which he portrayed, ironically, the ruthless killer.
Though familiar with the Bond film series, Krabbe was surprised by his 007 adventure. "It was more than I expected," he says. "The Living Daylights was the Rolls-Royce of productions in my view.
Photo: KGB General Koskov has defected for all the wrong reasons — plunder and betrayal.
Photo: Whitaker's assassin, Necros, has his sites set on a KGB general and Mr. Bond.
"The great adventure of appearing in a Bond movie is that you travel around the world—and I love to travel," Krabbe continues. "I knew Vienna a little, but this time I was able to visit all the museums and different things. We stayed in wonderful hotels and filmed in wonderful places—and I got paid for it!"
When you're up against a man with a Licence To Kill, you only hire the best. Goldfinger had Oddjob, The Man With The Golden Gun acquired Nik-Nak and that would-be Moonraker, Hugo Drax, employed Jaws to see that some harm came to Mr. Bond. In this 15th attempt to end 007's career, Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) sends the one-man demolition squad Necros to beat The Living Daylights out of Bond.
At six foot two, Andreas Wisniewski, who portrays the nefarious Necros, looks healthy enough to do it. Of course, Wisniewski didn't start out his career as a hired killer. Born in West Berlin of a German mother and Polish father, he studied classical ballet in Berlin, Paris, London and Copenhagen before joining the Berlin Ballet in 1979 and then the Munich Ballet in 1981. The actor's other appearances include a starring role in the German stage production of Marcel Keller's Outputs and music videos like "If You Were a Woman" and Elton John's "Nikita." The "Nikita" video, directed by Ken Russell, led to Wisniewski's screen debut in Russell's Gothic.
Now, it seems Andreas Wisniewski's job is to silence KGB General Pushkin—with the promise of a bonus if Necros has a bullet with James Bond's name on it.
DOSSIERS: The Leaders
There are good Russians and there are bad Russians in the James Bond adventures. And General Gogol—portrayed by Walter Gotell—is both.
Gotell is a familiar face in the Bond series. His first appearance came 24 years ago as Morzeny, the training camp commander who taught the ways of assassination to Red Grant (Robert Shaw) in From Russia With Love.
As General Gogol, Gotell joined the series with The Spy Who Loved Me. He reprised his role as the KGB head in Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill and now in The Living Daylights, as General Gogol gets a promotion to the Foreign Service.
One of the world's leading character actors, Gotell has also been seen in The Boys From Brazil, Cuba, Black Sunday and The Road to Hong Kong.
James Bond's boss won't put up with any nonsense. He is cold. Curt. Frosty. And often gruff, grim and deadly serious. He is M, the irascible head of the British Secret Service, a man known by that one letter for years.
Robert Brown, a distinguished British character actor, has assumed the role created by the late Bernard Lee (who played the character from the series' beginnings in Dr. No through his death in 1981). Brown was officially dubbed M with Octopussy and has continued to decide 007's espionage assignments with A View To A Kill and now, The Living Daylights.
His first appearance in the Bond film series, however, came in 1977. Brown played Admiral Hargreaves as 007 faced The Spy Who Loved Me. Among Brown's other credits are The Winds of War mini-series, Lion in the Desert and Voyage of the Damned.
Photo: General Gogol and his British opposite number. M, share a rare moment of detente with the lovely Kara.
Photo: Bond has been assigned to terminate the man behind Smiert Spionem. But is it General Pushkin?
Operation Smiert Spionem—Death to Spies—is in effect. When a Soviet defector's finger points at KGB General Leonid Pushkin as the mastermind behind this evil scheme, Bond is instructed to exercise his Licence To Kill the KGB Chief—but he is unable to pull the trigger on his Walther PPK. Who would possibly want to kill John Rhys-Davies, who essays M's Soviet counterpart?
Davies is best known for his portrayal of the jovial Sallah, one of the Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Welsh actor began his training at the University of East Anglia before going on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His work on British television has included I, Claudius, Henry VIII and Reilly: Ace of Spies. On American TV, he lent his charm to roles in Shogun, Sadat, and The Nairobi Affair, while being an irrepressible cavalier in such films as Victor/Victoria.
It appears that where there is action, fire and a desert, John Rhys-Davies can't be hard to find. Among the excitement and pyrotechnics of a Bond film, it seems the actor has found his oasis.
He's a minor character, but in the British government of the James Bond universe, he is a major player. His name is Frederick Gray, the Minister of Defense.
Geoffrey Keen — a veteran character actor seen in Dr. Zhivago, Born Free and The Third Man—essays the role, first introduced in The Spy Who Loved Me. In Moonraker, Gray and M venture into the field together, while in For Your Eyes Only, Gray and Chief of Staff Bill Tanner (James Villiers) give 007 his assignment, covering for M (and substituting for Bernard Lee who died during the film's production).
Gray returned to aid M (now Robert Brown) in Octopussy, A View To A Kill and The Living Daylights, once again functioning as the liaison who keeps the Prime Minister informed on the explosive exploits of her favorite British superspy.
DOSSIERS: The Specialists
This is a business of illusions," announces Desmond Llewelyn, the man who portrays Q, the gadget master of the British Secret Service. "And I take it as a compliment that many people actually believe I've had a hand in inventing the devices that James Bond uses in the films.
"I try not to disillusion the public and always familiarize myself with the working of all the equipment I supposedly create for Bond's adventures. But the truth is I'm merely an actor, and not particularly mechanical at that. I sometimes have a dickens of a time trying to get the gadgets to work for me."
However, as Q intoned seriously in Goldfinger, "I never joke about my work, 007." That work first began 24 years ago with From Russia With Love (in which he issued the superspy that famous weapon-filled attache case). Llewelyn has appeared as Q in all but two of the Bond films (Dr. No, Live And Let Die).
And once again in The Living Daylights, Q is supplying 007 with new weaponry. "The Aston Martin is back," Llewelyn explains. "It boasts several hi-tech features including windscreen head-up visual display, scanning digital radio, bulletproof glass, fireproof body, guided missiles, jet engine booster rocket, weapons control panel, convertible ice tires, hidden snow skis, laser cutting device and self-destruct mechanism.
"We also have a key ring and holder which emits a stun gas or activates a highly concentrated plastic explosive; a portable radio which fires rockets; a pen which duplicates what another pen writes; and a couch which swallows its victims."
Born in Wales, Llewelyn spent most of World War II out of the fight, confined as a German POW. He resumed his acting career in 1946, toiling in theater and television before claiming lasting fame as Q.
"The Bond films are special," Desmond Llewelyn says. "Everywhere I travel, people always recognize me as Q, the man who always has something new and exciting up his sleeve for 007."
Photo: As supplier of Bond's lethal gadgets. Q always has something up his sleeve.
Photo: Rebel leader Kamran Shah allies with Bond.
Photo: The new Aston Martin is as durable and well-equipped as the previous makes.
His name is Kamran Shah and he is a proud man. Leading a band of Afghan freedom fighters, he strives for a noble cause—until he is captured and thrown in jail. Fortunately for the rebel, his cellmate is the most dangerous man alive. And James Bond doesn't stay imprisoned for long.
For Art Malik, who portrays Kamran Shah, riding into battle alongside a British Secret Service agent seemed a most natural thing. Though the actor was bom in Pakistan, he was raised in London and determined early on that he was English. "I felt English and England was my home," he says. ”1 never even learned to speak Hindi."
Having studied at the Guildhall Drama School, Malik eventually joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He later appeared in the acclaimed British productions Jewel in the Crown (on TV) and the Oscar-winning movie A Passage to India. Despite his successes, Malik's family is still suspicious of his career. ”I think sometimes they wonder when I'll get a proper job," he smiles.
Look at them. They're lovely. Long lashes. Shapely forms. But look at them with care. Stare at them with caution. These are the women of the world of James Bond. They are beautiful. And some of them are deadly.
In his long career, Bond has certainly discovered that fact—as he romanced the ladies from the beaches of Crab Key (with nature girl Honey Rider, Ursula Andress, opposing Dr. No) to the temples of India (with Maud Adams, also known as Octopussy).
As always, back at the office, there is the ever-faithful Miss Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss), M's secretary, nursing her lifelong crush on Bond somewhere beneath the surface of her broken heart.
Then, there are the agents, both foreign and domestic, as Agent 007 often finds himself in loving embrace with the enemy such as Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as the Secret Service's own, women like Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), who faced The Man With The Golden Gun. And Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), the American agent investigating Moonraker.
Photo: Catherine Rabett plays Liz. CIA agent Felix Letter's assistant.
Photo: Cela Wise may not be a double-O agent, but the 25-year-old model doesn't need a Licence To Kill.
Photo: Linda (Kell Tyler) relaxes as she waits until Bond drops by.
Photo: Maryam d'Abo plays a sensuous, yet very deadly, cellist.
Photo: Wherever 007 may go. there will surely be a beautiful woman like 20-year-old Ruddy Rodriquez, a former Miss Venezuela, to greet him.
Photo: Dangerous when wet — Bond girl Karen Seeberg.
They are the beauties who have decorated the life of James Bond. And there are others.
Some women have helped him. Solitare (Jane Seymour) whose tarot deck foresaw whether Bond would Live And Let Die. Tiffany Case (Jill St. John), the deadly smuggler who believed Diamonds Are Forever. Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet), out for revenge but willing to shed her clothes For Your Eyes Only.
Some women have betrayed him. Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry), a double agent charged with allowing Bond to Live and Let
Die. Helga Brandt (Karin Dor), the Spectre agent whose gruesome fate lay in a fall to feed the fish, not surviving although You Only Live Twice.
Some women have tried to kill him. The seductive Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) aboard Thunder-ball. May Day (Grace Jones), the fatalistic female who took A View To A Kill. The fanatical Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya), pursuing him From Russia With Love (or in her case, hate).
Some women have died for him. Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), gilded by the monstrous Goldfinger. Aki (Akiko Makabayashi), killed by the poison intended for Bond's lips when You Only Live Twice. And Tracy Vicenzo Bond (Diana Rigg), 007's beloved wife, murdered by Ernst Stavro Blofeld on honeymoon from serving On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
And with The Living Daylights, there are a number of new lovelies to catch his eye. Still, there is only one woman who has truly captured his heart—the ravishing Kara (Maryam d'Abo), the Czech cellist.
Look at her with care. Stare at her caution. She is beautiful. And perhaps, she is deadly. She is the woman who loves James Bond 007.
James Bond has had his cinematic Licence To Kill renewed for a 15th time, but this summer, it's a new 007 facing The Living Daylights. British actor Timothy Dalton becomes the fourth screen Bond as he attempts to prevent a beautiful, but deadly, woman from assassinating a Russian defector.
While the film series is entering its 25th year, the superspy must remain a younger man and producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli initiated a global search for someone who could look right being fired at, set against exotic backgrounds and in the arms of luscious women—all hallmarks of the Bond series.
There was one more characteristic the new 007 would definitely share with his predecessors. "Bond is, of course, a British secret agent, and we've tried to keep him that way," maintains Broccoli. "There might be young, qualified American actors, but every time we've thought about that, we've discouraged ourselves because we instinctively feel Bond should be a British actor."
While Broccoli and company began the search, it fell to co-writer Richard Maibaum & co-producer/co-writer Michael Wilson to craft a screenplay without knowing who would become the leading man. Whoever the actor, they knew the character would still be Bond, James Bond.
At first, Maibaum and Wilson readied a treatment that dealt with the change by turning back the calendar and introducing a much younger, much less self-assured Bond. "We had some very good things in it," Maibaum says. "But Cubby felt the audience doesn't pay to see James Bond as an amateur."
Maibaum and Wilson returned to the original source material, the action-packed books of Ian Fleming. Since the title was taken from a short story in the Octopussy collection, Maibaum reread the tale and began asking questions. "Who is the defector?
Photo: He's the most dangerous man alive —James Bond. Agent 007.
Photo: Director John Glen, now helming his fourth Bond assignment, takes a break from darring-do with star Timothy Dalton.
Photo: Poor Kara is a dupe used to lure Bond into danger.
Photo: Director Glen (left) rests on the desert with Dalton and Malik.
Photo: The superspy enters the den of the Afghanis.
Photo: Bond gets reacquainted with naughty Necros.
Is he really a defector or is he coming over as a doubleagent? Who is the woman? Was she really going to kill him?" Maibaum says. "One thing led to another and finally, the movie's story began to evolve. And once you've got the caper, you're off to the races and the rest is fun.
"There is a greater sense of reality in what's happening this time," Maibaum notes. "It's easier for the audience to identify with. You can have all the magnificent action in the world, but if you don't care about the people involved with the action, then something is lost. The Living Daylights is an opportunity to see that Bond is not a thoughtless killer, whom they push a button on and he'll go out and kill somebody."
As the script progressed, the search for a 007 was concluded. Everyone was delighted to discover that a
man they had wanted nearly 15 years earlier was now available. Actor Timothy Dalton had just completed a run on stage and was interested in signing onto Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Director John Glen—who previously helmed A View To A Kill, Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only—says of Dalton, "We felt he could bring a new side to the character, something fresh. Timothy Dalton is one of a kind—as were his predecessors. He's a fine actor, probably the best we have ever had, and he shows great aptitude for the role. He's athletic, enthusiastic, and has a good sense of humor, all of which are essential."
Also essential to a good Bond film are spectacular locations. This time out, those locations were considered well in advance of the final screenplay, giving Maibaum and Wilson some more pieces for their puzzle.
Work progressed and a screenplay was finished before Dalton was cast. "We did know that, depending on what actor we got and how the words fit in his mouth, some adjustments would have to be made," producer Wilson comments. “You're generally dealing with dialogue changes and the way the scene is played rather than adding or subtracting scenes."
When Dalton began work on the film, he gave being Bond a great deal of thought. He studied the Fleming books in an effort to bring forth the essence of the character. As he learned more about Bond, he asked for some changes in the script—and fewer lines. Wilson, amazed, recalls, "Dalton said, 'Don't worry about giving me a lot of dialogue, I would rather play it quietly.' He believes there's more menace and strength in a man of few words, a man of action. And for him, it works.
Bond's latest caper starts with the traditional adrenalin-pumping precredit "teaser" set on the Rock of Gibraltar, as fans watch Bond experience a literal cliffhanger.
"That gets us off to a roaring start," Glen declares. "Then, the film takes us to Vienna and the Austrian Alps, where there is more action in the snow and ice. We usually try to get one snow scene into each film.
Photo: All hell breaks loose as Bond delivers his explosive trademark to Koskov's men.
Photo: It wouldn't be a James Bond film without the traditional snow sequence.
"From there, we go to Tangier, where we have an exciting rooftop chase before the action takes us to Russian-occupied Afghanistan (filmed in Morocco) where Bond gets involved with the freedom fighters and swaps his fast cars for horses and camels and finishes up in a Hercules airplane with Maryam d'Abo, There is a unique sequence which involves Bond fighting with one of the villairs while being dragged behind the Hercules on a net. All this in addition to the return of the Aston Martin with all its fantastic gadgetry."
Principal photography began in late September 1986 at Pinewood Studios, traditional home to the Bond films. After traveling to locations in Austria, Morocco, the United States, Italy and in England, the production completed shooting in February.
For director Glen, helming his fourth 007 film in a row makes for a heady experience. "We pride ourselves on our locations for the Bond films," he comments. "We don't like to repeat ourselves and we try not to go back to the same place twice. Occasionally, we do. We have been to France a couple of times, but we look for new places so that our audiences are treated to a fresh view of the world with each film. Once we have selected a location, we then investigate it thoroughly. We find out what is unique about the area to incorporate that into the story. We have the advantage of being able to write our stories around our locations, where other films have to select a location to fit the story."
Photo: Flying away from their victory. Bond and Kara resume conduct more becoming to the friendly skies.
Photo: Bond and the freedom fighters race against time to stop Koskov's troops from escaping with their contraband.
Photo: Koskov puts the finishing touches on his get-rich-quick scheme with support from Whitaker's enforcer. Necros.
Production designer Peter Lamont kept pace with Glen and the others as he prepared each locale for the cameras. Each new Bond film is a challenge, one he eagerly anticipates. For this production, Lamont had his hands full both at Pinewood and on the road. "We filmed outside fabulous villas and museums in Tangier, in front of picturesque mountain villages and kasbah fortresses in Quarazazate between the Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert, and around some of the most elegant opera houses, theaters and historic buildings in romantic Vienna. On our return to England, I had to design and build the lush sets to represent the interiors of these fantastic structures."
Back in England, Lamont also had a chance to rebuild one of his favorite regular sets, Q's workshop. "We have done this several times before, but obviously, with every picture, we try to bring it up to date," Lamont reveals. "Q's workshop is where all the gadgets are tested and constructed so that the agents in the field have unusual protection. For this latest film, we have gone reasonably hi-tech. Philips Electronics has supplied us with thousands of pounds worth of extremely hi-tech computers from their business systems, the type of thing they use in international banking.
"I've been involved in 13 of the Bond films—and production designer for four—and the explosion of hi-tech equipment over the years has been amazing. In the early days, we were lucky to get one or two computers. Now, we have dozens of the most sophisticated computers ever made. Everything is set up and operating so that the extras can actually get legitimate read-outs on their screens during filming."
Overall, the cast and crew, mostly veterans of the last 25 years of Bond movies, feel new life has been brought to the series and they all expect it to continue for some time to come. The change in Bonds appears well-timed for the filmmakers. "What's interesting about Bond is that we've used different directors, different producers and different stars and it still goes on," observes producer Broccoli. "A Bond audience comes for the excitement, and my only goal is to prepare Bond so that he can go on forever."
"I'm sure the James Bond series will continue," adds director Glen. "Audiences look forward to a James Bond adventure. It is very rare nowadays to get action films with the class and pedigree of the James Bond films. I would hope that the public, after seeing The Living Daylights, will come out of the cinema with a smile on their faces and a desire to go back and see the next and the next and the next.
[The Official The Living Daylights Poster Magazine is copyright © 1987 O'Quinn Studios and copyright © 1987 Eon Productions Ltd. and Glidrose Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.]
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