History Film / TheLivingDaylights

1st Jul '16 10:39:50 AM JamesAustin
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* MeaningfulName: Necros' name is from the Greek prefix meaning death.
** Generals Pushkin and Gogol were named after famous Russian authors.
* {{Meganekko}}: Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss).

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Necros' name is from the Greek prefix meaning death.
** Russian Generals Pushkin and Gogol were named after famous Russian authors.
* {{Meganekko}}: Miss Moneypenny (Caroline Bliss).Bliss) wears glasses now.
1st Jul '16 10:36:11 AM JamesAustin
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* ContinuityNod: In [[Literature/JamesBond the books]], Smiert Spionom (SMERSH) were a constant rival to Bond. Their role was mostly assumed by SPECTRE in the film series.

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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod:
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In [[Literature/JamesBond the books]], end showdown, Whittaker says to Bond "You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty!", which sounds similar to [[Film/DrNo "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]].
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Smiert Spionom (SMERSH) were makes a constant rival to Bond. Their role was mostly assumed by SPECTRE reappereance after last being heard in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''.
** After a rather pompous and self-serving speech from Koskov after he's revealed he's
the film series.bad guy, Bond quips that the British have a particular (unstated) saying, "and you're full of it." Presumably this saying also involves [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun a certain useful four-letter word that Bond also thought applied to Scaramanga]].



* MoodWhiplash: Versus Roger Moore's previous take. Also within the movie, since it was originally written for Moore. A lot of the Moore-era puns and silliness are there, but Dalton's presence generally gives the film a much darker atmosphere.
* MurderousThighs: One female Russian assassin, who looks like a BrawnHilda, is said to murder her targets with her thighs. Moneypenny quips that it sounds like [[Film/GoldenEye the perfect date for Bond]].
* MusicalTrigger: The stun-gas keyring is set off by whistling. [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] it's disguised as a [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece whistle-activated keyring finder.]] It will also respond to a wolf call by exploding.

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* MoodWhiplash: Versus Roger Moore's previous take. Also within the movie, since it was originally written for Moore. A lot of the Moore-era puns and silliness are there, but Dalton's presence generally gives the film a much darker atmosphere.
* MurderousThighs: One female Russian assassin, who looks like a BrawnHilda, is said to murder her targets with her thighs. Moneypenny quips that it sounds like [[Film/GoldenEye the perfect date for Bond]].
Bond, which given [[Film/GoldenEye what came out eight years later]], it's quite ironic.
* MusicalTrigger: The stun-gas keyring is set off by whistling. [[JustifiedTrope Justified,]] {{Justified|Trope}}, it's disguised as a [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece whistle-activated keyring finder.]] It will also respond to a wolf call by exploding.



** In the end showdown, Whittaker says to Bond "You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty!", which sounds similar to [[Film/DrNo "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]].
** After a rather pompous and self-serving speech from Koskov after he's revealed he's the bad guy, Bond quips that the British have a particular (unstated) saying, "and you're full of it." Presumably this saying also involves [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun a certain useful four-letter word that Bond also thought applied to Scaramanga]].

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** In [[Literature/JamesBond the end showdown, Whittaker says books]], Smiert Spionom (SMERSH) were a constant rival to Bond "You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty!", which sounds similar to [[Film/DrNo "That's a Smith & Wesson, and you've had your six."]].
** After a rather pompous and self-serving speech from Koskov after he's revealed he's
Bond. Their role was mostly assumed by SPECTRE in the bad guy, Bond quips that the British have a particular (unstated) saying, "and you're full of it." Presumably this saying also involves [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun a certain useful four-letter word that Bond also thought applied to Scaramanga]].film series.



* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason why Bond didn't kill the female sniper (Kara), although Saunders and M think it's WouldntHitAGirl.

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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The reason why Bond didn't kill the female sniper (Kara), although Saunders and M think it's because Bond WouldntHitAGirl.



** And if Bond ''had'' killed Kara, she wouldn't have needed to dump the gun, Bond wouldn't have found the blanks, the British (including Bond) would have thought Koskov's defection was real, Bond would have killed Pushkin, and the bad guys would have won. (That, or [[TheGreatMuppetCaper it would have been a very short movie.)]]



* ShoutOut: Pushkin, like his predecessor Gogol, was named after a famous 19th Century Russian novelist.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Pushkin, like his predecessor Gogol, was named after a famous 19th Century Russian novelist.



* SmugSnake: [[spoiler: General Koskov so ''very'' much wants to be a MagnificentBastard, but doesn't quite make the cut.]] His [[{{Narm}} happy dance]] doesn't help.

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* SmugSnake: SmugSnake:
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[[spoiler: General Koskov so ''very'' much wants to be a MagnificentBastard, but doesn't quite make the cut.]] His [[{{Narm}} happy dance]] doesn't help.



* TitleDrop: Bond about shooting Kara's sniper rifle: "It must have scared ''the living daylights'' out of her!
** Retained from the short story it was based on.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kara, who takes it upon herself to rescue James from the Soviet airbase when Kamran initially says the risk in attacking is too great.

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* TitleDrop: Bond about shooting Kara's sniper rifle: "It must have scared ''the living daylights'' out of her!
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her." Retained from the short story it was based on.
* TookALevelInBadass: Kara, who takes it upon herself to rescue James Bond from the Soviet airbase when Kamran initially says the risk in attacking is too great.
1st Jul '16 10:18:00 AM JamesAustin
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* TheEighties: While not as obvious as ''Film/AViewToAKill'', its still got [[Music/{{Aha}} a-ha]], EightiesHair and, of course: the boom box with an integrated [[StuffBlowingUp missile launcher]] is called the Ghetto Blaster]].



* CoversAlwaysLie: One of the film's posters shows the gunbarrel with Timothy Dalton aiming at Maryam D'Abo in a sheer diaphanous [[WomanInWhite white dress]], who carries a silenced gun. No such scene appears in the film, and the blonde woman is apparently not supposed to represent Kara Milovy.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: One of the film's posters shows the gunbarrel with Timothy Dalton aiming at a woman who from behind looks like Maryam D'Abo in a sheer diaphanous [[WomanInWhite white dress]], who carries a silenced gun. No such scene appears in the film, and the blonde woman is apparently not supposed to represent Kara Milovy.



* TheEighties: While not as obvious as Film/AViewToAKill, its still got Music/AHa, EightiesHair and, of course: [[StuffBlowingUp The Ghetto Blaster]].
1st Jul '16 10:01:08 AM JoieDeCombat
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* [[MarshmallowHell Marshmallow Heaven]]: As part of a distraction.

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* [[MarshmallowHell Marshmallow Heaven]]: MarshmallowHell: As part of a distraction.



* PunkInTheTrunk: Saunders plans to smuggle Koskov over the border this way, but Bond overrules him. "That's the first place they'd look."
* [[RareGuns Rare Gun]]: the [[CoolGuns cool]] but unusual [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Walther_WA_2000 Walther WA 2000]]. Only 176 were ever made.

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* PunkInTheTrunk: Saunders plans to smuggle Koskov over the border this way, but Bond overrules him. "That's the first place they'd look."
* [[RareGuns Rare Gun]]:
" Indeed, Saunders is later seen looking on in exasperation as the border guards search the trunk of his car.
* RareGuns: The
[[CoolGuns cool]] but unusual [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Walther_WA_2000 Walther WA 2000]]. Only 176 were ever made.



* ShowSomeLeg: Played with in that instead of the usual slim gorgeous Bond Girl, [[strike: an overweight]] a [[BigBeautifulWoman husky Slav woman]] provides the distraction so Koskov can defect.

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* ShowSomeLeg: Played with in that instead of the usual slim gorgeous Bond Girl, [[strike: an overweight]] a [[BigBeautifulWoman husky Slav woman]] provides the distraction so Koskov can defect.



* [[SympatheticAdulterer Sympathetic Adulteress]]: Kara never has sex with Bond (at least until the end of the movie) but you can't blame her for wanting to cheat on Koskov seeing as he tried to have her killed...except that at the time she didn't know that Koskov had made such arrangements and that Bond was simply a friend of his, making their affair rather skeevy in retrospect. This said, on top of everything else it's heavily implied that Koskov is taking plenty of advantage of the beautiful women hanging around Whitaker's compound to enjoy himself and isn't particularly concerned about Kara to begin with, so it's not like we feel ''that'' sorry for him or anything.

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* [[SympatheticAdulterer Sympathetic Adulteress]]: SympatheticAdulterer: Kara never has sex with Bond (at least until the end of the movie) but you can't blame her for wanting to cheat on Koskov seeing as he tried to have her killed...except that at the time she didn't know that Koskov had made such arrangements and that Bond was simply a friend of his, making their affair rather skeevy in retrospect. This said, on top of everything else it's heavily implied that Koskov is taking plenty of advantage of the beautiful women hanging around Whitaker's compound to enjoy himself and isn't particularly concerned about Kara to begin with, so it's not like we feel ''that'' sorry for him or anything.



* [[WouldntHitAGirl Wouldn't Shoot a (Beautiful) Girl]]: Played straight in the original story, but as Bond has averted this trope in past movies it's made a JustifiedTrope. In the movie, Bond is accused of this after his decision to not actually shoot the sniper ''apparently'' risks the defection. Bond counters that [[WouldHitAGirl it's not beautiful women that's the problem]], it's [[spoiler: people who aren't part of the spy business -- Bond could see from the way she was handling the gun that she ''wasn't'' experienced with guns, and so couldn't be a KGB sniper]].

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* [[WouldntHitAGirl Wouldn't Shoot a (Beautiful) Girl]]: WouldntHitAGirl: Played straight in the original story, but as Bond has averted this trope in past movies it's made a JustifiedTrope. In the movie, Bond is accused of this after his decision to not actually shoot the sniper ''apparently'' risks the defection. Bond counters that [[WouldHitAGirl it's not beautiful women that's the problem]], it's [[spoiler: people who aren't part of the spy business -- Bond could see from the way she was handling the gun that she ''wasn't'' experienced with guns, and so couldn't be a KGB sniper]].
1st Jul '16 9:51:39 AM JamesAustin
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* to feature the Soviet Union as a major player.[[note]]The last Bond film before the dissolution of the Soviet Union was ''Film/LicenceToKill'', but it takes place in the Americas, and the USSR is not involved. The USSR makes its final Bond appearance in ''Film/GoldenEye'', with a brief prologue set nine years before the main action of the film.[[/note]]

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* to feature the Soviet Union as a major player.[[note]]The last Bond film before the dissolution of the Soviet Union was ''Film/LicenceToKill'', but it takes place in the Americas, and the USSR is not involved. The USSR makes its final Bond appearance in ''Film/GoldenEye'', with a brief prologue set nine years before the main action of the film. Most of the rest of the film is set in UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia, and it's a sort of love letter to the "Soviet Union as major players" trope.[[/note]]



* AdaptationExpansion: The [[Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights original short story]] is only about the sniper mission at the beginning of the movie.
** The story features Bond having to help a British agent escape East Berlin, by eliminating the opposing sniper. [[spoiler: When he recognises her as a beautiful woman he saw earlier, he merely elects to wound her and prevent her killing the agent. M is not happy, as Bond's delay caused by adjusting his aim nearly causes the mission to fail]].

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* AdaptationExpansion: The [[Literature/OctopussyAndTheLivingDaylights original short story]] is only about the sniper mission at the beginning of the movie.
** The story
movie. It features Bond having to help a British agent escape East Berlin, by eliminating the opposing sniper. [[spoiler: When he recognises her as a beautiful woman he saw earlier, he merely elects to wound her and prevent her killing the agent. M is not happy, as Bond's delay caused by adjusting his aim nearly causes the mission to fail]].
1st Jul '16 9:34:56 AM JamesAustin
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-->--'''James Bond'''
27th Jun '16 10:21:40 AM megarockman
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** "He met his Waterloo".
** "He got the boot."

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** "He met his Waterloo".
** "He got the boot."" [[spoiler: Necros fell out the back of the open cargo bay door of a plane in flight by Bond cutting the laces of his own shoe, which Necros was hanging on to.]]
** "He met his Waterloo." [[spoiler:Bond had set off a small explosion that toppled a statue of the Duke of Wellington onto Whitaker.]]
8th Jun '16 10:16:20 AM MisterCPC
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* to receive a PG rating from the MPAA; the ''much'' grittier ''Film/LicenceToKill'' would receive a PG-13 rating and all subsequent films in the series would follow suit.
27th May '16 3:14:21 AM DoctorNemesis
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* IronicEcho: "Sorry, old man: section five, paragraph eight. Need to know. I'm sure you understand."[note]The first time, Saunders delivers this as a rather pompous reply when Bond asks what the escape route for Koskov's defection is. The second time, after Bond has unilaterally scrubbed Saunders's clearly doomed escape route and implemented one of his own, Saunders demands to know what Bond's route is, only to be met with the same response.[/note]

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* IronicEcho: "Sorry, old man: section five, paragraph eight. Need to know. I'm sure you understand."[note]The "[[note]]The first time, Saunders delivers this as a rather pompous reply when Bond asks what the escape route for Koskov's defection is. The second time, after Bond has unilaterally scrubbed Saunders's clearly doomed escape route and implemented one of his own, Saunders demands to know what Bond's route is, only to be met with the same response.[/note][[/note]]
27th May '16 3:13:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* IronicEcho: "Sorry, old man: section five, paragraph eight. Need to know. I'm sure you understand."[note]The first time, Saunders delivers this as a rather pompous reply when Bond asks what the escape route for Koskov's defection is. The second time, after Bond has unilaterally scrubbed Saunders's clearly doomed escape route and implemented one of his own, Saunders demands to know what Bond's route is, only to be met with the same response.[/note]
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