The Living Daylights
TLD poster

Directed by

John Glen


Timothy Dalton
Maryam d'Abo
Jeroen Krabbé
Joe Don Baker

Music by

John Barry

Preceeded by

A View to a Kill

Followed by

Licence to Kill

The Living Daylights is a 1987 spy film and the fifteenth official installment in the James Bond film series. Directed by John Glen, it is the first to star Timothy Dalton as James Bond, taking over from Roger Moore, and also introduces Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny, filling the role after Lois Maxwell's departure. The film also features Maryam d'Abo as Bond's love interest Kara Milovy, a cellist who is drawn into a plot by villain Georgi Koskov, her Soviet general boyfriend played by Jeroen Krabbé, and his ally Brad Whitaker, played by Joe Don Baker, to manipulate Bond into killing the new KGB leader, General Pushkin, who is played by John Rhys-Davies. Amongst the supporting cast are Robert Brown and Desmond Llewelyn, reprising their roles as M and Q respectively, and Andreas Wisniewski as Necros, the villains' henchman.


Timothy Dalton as James Bond, British MI6 agent 007.

Maryam d'Abo as Kara Milovy, Koskov's Czechoslovakian cellist girlfriend,who is unwillingly drawn into his plot. She is Bond's main love interest.

Jeroen Krabbé as Georgi Koskov, a renegade Soviet general who wants Pushkin killed in order to continue profiting from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and main antagonist of the film.

Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker, an arms-dealer, self-styled general and military fanatic who serves as a secondary antagonist.

Andreas Wisniewski as Necros, Koskov's loyal henchman.

John Rhys-Davies as Leonid Pushkin, the new leader of the KGB who is the target of Koskov's plot.

Art Malik as Kamran Shah, the leader of the Afghan Mujahideen.

Thomas Wheatley as Saunders, Bond's ally, a fellow MI6 agent.

John Terry as Felix Leiter, Bond's close friend from the CIA.

Walter Gotell as General Anatol Gogol, the former head of the KGB, now a diplomat.

Virginia Hey as Rubavitch, Pushkin's mistress in Morocco.

Julie T. Wallace as Rosika Miklos, Bond's contact who works at the TransSiberian Pipeline.

John Bowe as Colonel Feyador, the commander of a Soviet airfield in Afghanistan and a minion of Koskov.

Robert Brown as M, the head of MI6 and Bond's superior.

Desmond Llewelyn as Q, the MI6 quartermaster.

Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray, the British Minister of Defence.

Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny, M's secretary.