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Steven Jay Rubin celebrating Jeroen Krabbe on his 76th birthday

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Jeroen Krabbe The Living Daylights
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - wishing The Living Daylights (1987) actor Jeroen Krabbe a very happy birthday.

Jeroen Krabbe – (pronounced HER-OON CRAB-BAY) portrayed renegade Russian general Georgi Koskov who teams up with mercenary Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker) for a major drug deal with the mujahedeen rebels in Afghanistan.

Although The Living Daylights is a fun Bond adventure and an epic debut for Timothy Dalton’s Bond, part of the problem with the film is the villains aren’t very villainy (shades of Christopher Lee’s Scaramanga in 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun). Koskov does a lot of hugging in this film – he’s so grateful that the British Secret Service is helping him defect.

Timothy Dalton and Jeroen Krabbe at The Living Daylights premiere in London 1987
Timothy Dalton and Jeroen Krabbe at The Living Daylights premiere in London on June 14, 1987.

He’s much more effective as the bad guy opposite Harrison Ford in The Fugitive, where he plays a smarmy doctor involved in a corporate drug scheme. I first noticed this handsome Dutchman opposite the late Rutger Hauer in director Paul Verhoeven’s terrific World War II thriller from 1977, Soldier of Orange.

The casting of Krabbe and Hauer in that film’s lead parts had to be one of the casting coups of the 70s.

So let’s raise a Vodka to Jeroen, and his lasting legacy in the greatest franchise in the world.

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