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30th Anniversary of The Living Daylights (1987)

By: Anders Frejdh
The Living Daylights 30th Anniversary
On this day in Bond history, 30 years ago, the film The Living Daylights premiered at cinemas. The film was first released in the UK on 29th June 1987. The Swedish premiere was on 10th July while the Americans had to wait until 31st July.

Soviet General Georgi Koskov fakes his defection to the West in order he is able to continue his capitalist pursuits and have the British Secret Service eliminate his colleagues who are close to exposing his corruption.

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 29 Jul 1986: Timothy Dalton signed his contract to play James Bond for the first time
• 6 Aug 1986: Timothy Dalton was announced as the fourth actor to play James Bond
• 17 Sep 1986: Shooting began in Gibraltar (2nd unit)
• 11 Dec 1986: Prince Charles and Princess Diana visited Pinewood Studios and met with cast & crew
• 13 Feb 1987: Principal photography was completed

A selection of filming locations for The Living Daylights:
• Antonigasse tram stop, Vienna, Austria (Kara's apartment)
• Beachy Head/Eastbourne/South Downs, East Sussex, England (opening sequence, Jeep goes over cliff)
• Elveden Hall, Suffolk, England (banquet shooting scene)
• Fickeystraße tram stop, Vienna, Austria (end of the line where Bond checks the cello case)
• Gasometers, Vienna, Austria (Defection: Q and General Koskov climb steps - Koskov escapes in Harrier)
• Hotel Palace, Palais Schwarzenberg, Schwarzenbergplatz 9, Vienna, Austria (Bond's Hotel - Hotel Im Palais Schwarzenberg)
• Malaysia House, Trafalgar Square, St James's, London, England (exteriors: MI6 HQ)
• Ministry of Defence Property, Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar (opening sequence, landing - Upper Rock)
• Mojave Desert, California, USA (C-130 Sequences)
• Ouarzazate Airfield, Ouarzazate, Morocco (Afghan airport)
• Palais Mendoub, Rue Shakespeare, Tangiers, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco (Brad Whitaker's Military Museum & Villa)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England (filmstudio)
• Prater Park, Prater, Vienna, Austria (amusement park scenes)
• Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar (opening sequence)
• Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47-49, Hietzing, Vienna, Austria (Schönbrunn Palace - Bond and Kara Milovy arrive by horse and carriage)
• Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England (Bladen safe house)
• Sweetshop, Währingerstrasse 65, Vienna, Austria (bookshop where Kara Milovy takes aim - across the road from the Volksoper Opera House)
• Volksoper Opera House, Vienna, Austria (Bratislava Opera House - Bond meets Saunders)

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aston Martin Vantage/Volante V8
• Audi 200 Quattro
• Chevrolet Impala convertible
• Iveco Ford Cargo truck
• Lada 1500
• Land Rover Lightweight
• Land Rover Series III
• Lockheed Hercules C-130
• Moonmaiden II
• Red Crescent Ambulance
• Renault TRM 10000
• Tracma 1500
• Transport Allianz C-160 Transall

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet some of the cast and crew on TLD:
>Alec Mills (director of photography)
>Albert R. Broccoli (producer)
>Arthur Wooster (2nd unit director)
>Bill Weston (stunt double for Christopher Walken)
>Caroline Bliss (actress)
>Chris Corbould (special effects technician)
>Colin Miller (sound editor)
>Debbie McWilliams (casting director)
>Derek Lyons (actor)
>Desmond Llewelyn (actor)
>Doug Robinson (actor/stuntman)
>Geoffrey Keen (actor)
>John Barry (soundtrack)
>John Glen (director)
>John Grover (film editor)
>John Richardson (special effects supervisor)
>Keith Hamshere (stills photographer)
>Michael G. Wilson (screenwriter/executive producer)
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Paul Weston (stunt supervisor)
>Peter Davies (editor)
>Peter Lamont (production designer)
>Rémy Julienne (stunt driving arranger)
>Robert Brown (actor)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Timothy Dalton (actor)
>Tom Pevsner (associate producer)

United Artists - an MGM company - and Albert R. Broccoli present Roger Moore as James Bond 007 in Ian Fleming's The Living Daylights:

Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for The Living Daylights (1987) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film The Living Daylights on MGM's official website.



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