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Thursday, February 12, 2009
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. 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 also the last film to be based on a story by Ian Fleming until 2006's Casino Royale, 19 years later.
Aston Martin Volante from The Living Daylights
James Bond's car in the 1987 film The Living Daylights is somewhat confusing. At the beginning of the film, the car is a V8 Vantage Volante (convertible), complete with Vantage badges. The car used in these scenes was a preproduction Vantage 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 and Vantage badges as the initial car. Clearly, the later cars are intended to be the same Volante. The alterations and gadgets featured were: Tire Spikes, Jet engine behind rear number plate, Retractable outriggers, Heat-seeking missiles behind fog lights, Lasers in front wheel hubcaps, Bulletproof windows, Fireproof body and Self-destruct system. See more.
Dr. No (1962) is the first James Bond film, and the first to star Sean Connery as the functional M16 agent James Bond. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel of the same name, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather. The film was directed by Terence Young.
In the film, James Bond is sent to Jamaica on an investigation into the death of a fellow British agent. The murder trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. Julius No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American space launch with a radio beam weapon. Dr. No's success, as the first major film adaptation of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, led to a series of films that continues to this day.
The Alpine was launched in 1959 and has the distinction of being the first car ever to be seen being driven on screen by a Mr James Bond. Bond drives to Miss Taro's home in the Blue Mountains; he is pursued by Dr. No's thugs driving a LaSalle hearse. It is a Lake Blue example that was owned by a local resident in Jamaica where the scenes were filmed. In the novel Dr. No, Bond drives the car that formerly belonged to Commander Strangways, the murdered agent in Kingston. It is also driven by Quarrel. The Alpine also had an extensive roll in ‘Get Carter’, for it was an undoubtedly attractive car. However based on the floorplan of the Hillman Husky it was always considered softer than its rival MGs and was outsold by them; a total of nearly 70,000 were sold in the 9 years of production. The series II modelled here was announced in 1960, merely 15 months after the Alpine had gone on sale, and featured a more powerful 1600cc 80BHP engine which the Alpine shared with the Sunbeam Rapier. See more.