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THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS 1987 


In 1987 the James Bond film series was 25 years old. To mark this cinematic milestone, Eon Productions released The Living Daylights with a new James Bond, Timothy Dalton. There was much anticipation as Dalton was introduced to the worlds press at a conference on the 5 October 1986, which was held in Vienna, where The Living Daylights was shooting. Look in the bonus section of these archives for publicity images of Dalton, leading lady Maryam D’Abo, and Jeroen Krabbé (playing the villainous Russian defector Koskov) promoting the upcoming film. The new Aston Martin V8 Vantage is also seen in the Vienna publicity stills. Dalton actually started work on Daylights on location in Gibraltar under the supervision of second unit director Arthur Wooster in September 1986. The behind the scenes stills in this archive demonstrate the hands on approach Dalton took to filming this action scene, which helped provide some gritty realism to his characterisation of James Bond. Further stunt sequences were shot on location in Lake Weissensee in Carinthia, Austria. Associate producer of the film, Barbara Broccoli, can be spotted with her father producer Albert R. Broccoli (5 April 1909 – 27 June 1996) watching the expertly staged action by director John Glen and the film’s second unit and stunt crew. Stills photographers credited as Keith Hamshere and George Whitear (second unit). Whitear makes an appearance in one of the stills taken in Gibraltar, which was provided by Raymond Flindall. Special contributions to this section of the archive are Laurent Perriot, Julian Keen, Raymond Flindall and Tim Greaves.