Making Of...
Making Of...

The Living Daylights Behind The Scenes

AKA:
The Living Daylights Picture
1987
The traditional eye candy...
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1987 Action / Adventure movie starring Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé et al.
Contributed by: James Kennedy
All potential Bonds audition with the same scene; it is the sequence in 'From Russia With Love' where Bond discovers Tatiana Romanova in his bed.
Contributed by: James Kennedy
The role of Bond almost went to at least two other actors, Pierce Brosnan and Sam Neill. Brosnan was forced to bow out due to his role on Remington Steele and Bond producer Cubby Broccoli supposedly did not approve of Neill.
Andreas Wisniewski (Necros) is a former ballet dancer and found that training useful in performing his own fight scenes.
Pierce Brosnan was the hot favorite to replace Roger Moore but was ruled out because of his contractual obligations to "Remington Steele" (1982). Sam Neill tested very well and was also considered.
Contributed by: Robert Baum
Dalton had wrapped up some theatre work in London which had originally been a reason why he told the producers he would be unable to play 007. Yet things managed to work out the best for him when the producers of the recently cancelled "Remington Steele" renewed Pierce Brosnan's contract when it was decided the show would return. Dalton had recently finished work on the film "Brenda Starr" just before reporting to the set of "The Living Daylights." Because no one had been contracted for the role when the film was written, the scene in Tangiers where Bond confronts Pushkin was tailored for Dalton.
Contributed by: Frankie
Dalton was originally asked to play the part of 007 after the release of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (in other words, for the film ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE). Dalton was 22 at the time, and decided himself that he was too young. Producer Cubby Broccoli still considered him for the role until 1987, when he was actually cast. Despite screen tests by Sam Neil and (current Bond) Pierce Brosnan, which were greeted with enthusiasm by the crew and fans, Broccoli was still adament about Dalton playing the role.
In the opening scene at Gibraltar, real military installations were used. These included a Ministry of Defense road not open to the public. The machine gun nest on the airstrip was not authentic.
Maryam d'Abo was originally hired only to appear in screen tests opposite the candidates for the new 007.
The casting of Frederick Warder and Glyn Baker as 004 and 002 was intentional. One bears a resemblance to Roger Moore, the other is a near-lookalike for George Lazenby. The writers wanted to toy with the audience's expectations of which of the 'double-o' agents was actually Bond.
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The Living Daylights