History Film / TheLivingDaylights

17th Jun '17 2:53:12 PM Scoutstr295
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Back in London, Koskov reveals that the new head of the KGB, General Pushkin, is starting up a new ruthless counterintelligence operation called ''Smiert Spionom,'' Russian for "Death to Spies." Koskov fears that it will lead to retaliation from the British or Americans and possibly even lead to nuclear war. However, before further details can be gleaned from him, Koskov is snatched from the safehouse he was being kept in, assumedly by the KGB.

Bond thinks there's more to the story than meets the eye, but M is convinced enough to order that Pushkin be killed while at a trade convention in Tangiers, especially when 004's body is returned from Gibraltar with a found note reading ''Smiert Spionom.'' Bond accepts the assassination order reluctantly, but decides that there's enough time to investigate things in Bratislava, starting with that pretty cellist...

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Back in London, Koskov reveals that the new head of the KGB, General Pushkin, is starting up a new ruthless counterintelligence operation called ''Smiert Spionom,'' Russian for "Death to Spies." Koskov fears that it will lead to retaliation from the British or Americans and possibly even lead to nuclear war. However, before further details can be gleaned from him, Koskov is snatched from the safehouse safe house he was being kept in, assumedly by the KGB.

KGB. Bond thinks there's more to the story than meets the eye, but M is convinced enough to order that Pushkin be killed while at a trade convention in Tangiers, especially when 004's body is returned from Gibraltar with a found note reading ''Smiert Spionom.'' Bond accepts the assassination order reluctantly, but decides that there's enough time to investigate things in Bratislava, starting with that pretty cellist...
17th Jun '17 2:51:38 PM Scoutstr295
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After a Gibraltar training exercise for Bond and the other 00-Agents turns deadly for 004 and a few SAS guards the agents were sparring against, Bond is given his next mission: assist in the defection of a highly ranked Soviet general named Georgi Koskov when he visits the Conservatoire in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. The defection works out, but Bond suspects something's amiss when the sniper sent to kill the defector was the pretty cellist performing at the Conservatoire, who was clearly not a professional with a sniper rifle. Against orders, Bond merely wounds the woman, before helping Koskov get over the border to Austria via one of Q's contraptions.

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After a Gibraltar training exercise for Bond and the other 00-Agents turns deadly for 004 and a few SAS guards the agents were sparring against, Bond is given his next mission: assist in the defection of a highly ranked Soviet general named Georgi Koskov when he visits the Conservatoire in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. The defection works out, but Bond suspects something's amiss when the sniper sent to kill the defector Koskov was the pretty cellist performing at the Conservatoire, who was clearly not a professional with a sniper rifle. Against orders, Bond merely wounds the woman, before helping Koskov get over the border to Austria via one of Q's contraptions.
17th Jun '17 2:48:43 PM Scoutstr295
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After a training exercise Bond and the other 00-Agents are involved in on Gibraltar turns deadly for 004 and a few SAS guards the agents were sparring against, Bond is given his next mission: assist in the defection of a highly ranked Soviet general named Georgi Koskov when he visits the Conservatoire in Bratislava, Czechoslavakia. The defection works out, but Bond suspects something's amiss when the sniper sent to kill the defector was the pretty cellist performing at the Conservatoire, who was clearly not a professional with a sniper rifle. Against orders, Bond merely wounds the woman, before helping Koskov get over the border to Austria via one of Q's contraptions.

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After a Gibraltar training exercise for Bond and the other 00-Agents are involved in on Gibraltar turns deadly for 004 and a few SAS guards the agents were sparring against, Bond is given his next mission: assist in the defection of a highly ranked Soviet general named Georgi Koskov when he visits the Conservatoire in Bratislava, Czechoslavakia.Czechoslovakia. The defection works out, but Bond suspects something's amiss when the sniper sent to kill the defector was the pretty cellist performing at the Conservatoire, who was clearly not a professional with a sniper rifle. Against orders, Bond merely wounds the woman, before helping Koskov get over the border to Austria via one of Q's contraptions.
21st May '17 6:45:37 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* WeHardlyKnewYe: 002 and 004; the former is outed from the training run almost immediately and not seen again. The latter is murdered by an assassin shortly thereafter.
4th Feb '17 2:25:49 PM Yora
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* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Bond and Kara escape from Bratislava by going over wintery mountains covered in deep snow and frozen lakes and soon after arrive in Vienna where it is apparently late spring. Bratislava actually sits right on the Austrian border and lies in the same Danube plain as Vienna, which is only 60 km away.
13th Jan '17 6:02:25 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* BatmanGambit: Koskov pulls this on the British through his "defection", and arranges the murder of several agents to convince them that Pushkin is the real enemy and thus removing him as an interference to Koskov's plans; Bond then turns the tables on Koskov by confronting Pushkin himself and enlisting his help in stopping Koskov by faking Pushkin's assassination, making Koskov and Whittaker believe they're in the clear.


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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: During the Mujahideen assault on the airbase, when the guerrillas use a front-end loader to knock down the bathhouse as they plow through the base.
22nd Dec '16 12:00:36 AM TheRarispy
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** [[spoiler: Necros also utters one just before he falls off the plane to his death.]]
16th Dec '16 5:34:23 PM Premonition45
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* TakeThat: A debatable example; the other two Double-0 agents in the pre-credits teaser resemble Roger Moore and George Lazenby. The Moore look-alike simply gets hit with a couple of paintballs to be taken out of the war games, but the Lazenby expy gets dropped off a cliff to his death. Given Lazenby's infamous bridge-burning departure from the franchise after only one movie, you can't help but wonder...



* TruthInTelevision: Bond hesitates to assassinate General Pushkin, head of the KGB, because he doesn't believe Pushkin could do something like resurrect the Smiert Shpionam assassination program. This is, for the most part, how professional spy agencies really work. You can hurt the traitors within you, but you leave their case officers alone.

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* TruthInTelevision: Bond hesitates to assassinate General Pushkin, head of the KGB, because he doesn't believe Pushkin could do something like resurrect the Smiert Shpionam Spionam assassination program. This is, for the most part, how professional spy agencies really work. You can hurt the traitors within you, but you leave their case officers alone.
25th Nov '16 3:08:08 PM AnotherGuy
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* AlmightyJanitor: Green Four, the security guard/butler who enters the kitchen after Necros killed the Chef qualifies. He manage to fight Necros for several minutes in a hand to hand fight (remember that's the guy who is supposed to give Bond trouble), and comes close to winning at several points. Justified, in that every guard in the area are highly trained MI agents.



* BadassBystander: Green Four, the security guard/butler who enters the kitchen after Necros killed the Chef qualifies. He manage to fight Necros for several minutes in a hand to hand fight (remember that's the guy who is supposed to give Bond trouble), and comes close to winning at several points.
** Kamran Shah appears to be one of these as well during his first appearance, but he turns out to be quite important indeed.

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* BadassBystander: Green Four, the security guard/butler who enters the kitchen after Necros killed the Chef qualifies. He manage to fight Necros for several minutes in a hand to hand fight (remember that's the guy who is supposed to give Bond trouble), and comes close to winning at several points.
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Kamran Shah appears to be one of these as well during his first appearance, but he turns out to be quite important indeed.
23rd Nov '16 5:44:44 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Bond was meant to be after General Gogol, the recurring KGB head played by Creator/WalterGotell in every Bond movie since ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. However, Creator/WalterGotell was ill at the time, and thus, unable to commit to the film. So it was written that General Pushkin became head of the KGB as Gogol became a diplomat. By the time Gotell was well enough, he essentially makes a cameo as Gogol in the end.
** Timothy Dalton revealed in a 2007 interview that his Bond was not allowed to have too much sex, because his films were released at the height of the AIDS epidemic. To this end, besides the woman in the pre-credits sequence, Kara is the only Bond Girl of the film (and whatever kind of intercouse he had with both happens entirely offscreen).
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