Awesome / The Living Daylights
  • Bond and Kara crossing the Austrian border on a cello case.
  • Necros successfully infiltrates an MI5 safehouse by dressing up as a milkman. He proceeds to have a brutal fight with an MI5 Red Shirt, then uses a radio handset, adjusting his voice subtly, to warn everybody outside of a (false) gas leak. With the help of milk bottle grenades, he effortlessly kidnaps the target and escapes in plain sight by slightly changing his outfit to resemble a paramedic. All while his theme music triumphantly blares in the background. Magnificent.
    • Made even better by the fact that it's only one part of one of the best Evil Plans in Bond movie history.
    • That Red Shirt, a guard only known as Green-4, himself is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome. A somewhat unimposing-looking, skinny middle-aged chap (presumably played by a veteran stuntman) who nonetheless almost succeeds in fighting the much younger, bigger and stronger The Dragon to a standstill. Hell, from the looks of things, Necros didn't even manage to kill the guy. Give that guy his own movie series!
    • It's stated two died and two were in hospital, two grenades were thrown at other Red Shirt agents so he did survive the fight.
  • Bond having a fistfight with Necros while hanging out the back of a cargo plane in midflight. While a time bomb is counting down. Yikes.
    • And then using the bomb to take out a Soviet patrol pursuing Shah's men, then bailing out of the plane in a jeep seconds before it crashes...and then knowing a good restaurant in Karachi.
  • Kamran Shah and his followers' all-out assault on the Soviet airbase would be awesome... except that they're Expies of the Taliban. How... very awkward.
    • Except not. The Taliban weren't militarily active until the early 1990s.
      • The Taliban are an offshoot of the Mujahideen from the movie, and the two groups were at odds in the 90s - so much so that the remaining Mujahideen groups allied themselves with the US to get rid of the Taliban. So yeah, unfortunate, but not as bad as you might think.
      • The Taliban did not exist until 1994. The Mujahadeen can hardly be expies.
    • Kara going singlehandedly after the convoy Bond is pinned down in was awesome enough for Shah's men to glare him into following, as he growls "Women!"
  • The Gilbraltar training exercise that opens the film. One of the most action-packed openings of a Bond movie ever (and one of the few to directly tie into the plot of the movie), culminating in Bond driving an explosives-laden Land Rover off the mountainside (with screaming Mook left inside), parachuting out before it explodes, and then landing his parachute on top of a passing yacht where a bored sexy heiress yearning to bump into a "Real Man" is waiting with a chilled bottle of champagne.
    Bond: (using the heiress' phone) Exercise Control, 007 here. I'll report in an hour.
    Linda: (offering a glass) Won't you join me?
    Bond: (thinks it over) Better make that two.
  • Pushkin gets one of his own at the end, when he tells Koskov he's going to be sent back to Russia. Koskov is pleased, til Pushkin growls, "In the diplomatic bag."
  • The Car Chase. Every time a Bond film does a gadget-laden car chase right, it is awesome. This is one of those times.
    • Bond sees a roadblock set up before him and proceeds to activate a screen, line up a target and fire a pair of Stingers to take it out.
    Bond: I've had a few optional extras installed.
    • The Aston Martin V8 that Bond drives in this film is awesome in a meta sense as well as its general appearance - it was the first Aston Martin that Bond had driven on screen since On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Also, the original car - not the "winterised" version - was owned by the man who secured the new endorsement deal: Victor Gauntlett, then-CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda.
  • The fact that Timothy Dalton did some of his own stunts (hanging onto the roof of a truck, sledging down on a cello case, etc).