James Bond: Dalton stars in The Living Daylights 1987 trailer
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James Bond may be a gentleman spy but there is one time he dropped an F-bomb in the 007 movies. The scene was cleverly hidden in 1987’s The Living Daylights, which was Timothy Dalton’s debut as Bond. With most 007 movies being 12As or PGs it may be surprising to some that the MI6 agent would use the F-word in one of his movies.
But in The Living Daylights, it was only implied during a major set piece, as reported by Screen Rant.
In the scene when 007 is making a getaway on a cargo plane full of opium, Bond girl Kara drives alongside in a jeep.
And when the MI6 spy tries to communicate with her via the windscreen, he ends up mouthing the swear word.
As Bond directs her to guide the jeep onto the plane, Kara struggles to understand him and 007 is seen mouthing “F***ing hell!” in frustration, so the word isn’t actually heard.
Today, 12A movies can include the F-word, but only if its use is infrequent. Any more than that and the film would need to be a 15.
Interestingly, Dame Judi Dench’s M dropped an F-bomb in Daniel Craig’s third Bond movie Skyfall, back in 2012.
Awaiting Silva’s attack in the 50th anniversary movie’s third act, M says to 007: “I really f***ed this up, didn’t I?”
Meanwhile, Craig is gearing up to release his fifth and final Bond movie in No Time To Die.
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The long-delayed Bond movie is currently set for release on September 30, 2021 in the UK, although speculation is rife that the film could be delayed further due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic.
No Time To Die will be a direct sequel to 2015’s Spectre and finish what Casino Royale started narratively back in 2006.
Recently, Goldeneye and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell took part in a Reddit AMA where he was asked questions about his time working on Bond.
The 77-year-old famously rebooted the franchise twice with Pierce Brosnan and Craig in two of the best-loved 007 movies.
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During the Reddit AMA, one fan asked: “Your opinion on Quantum of Solace? And the change of direction in Skyfall & Spectre?”
To which Campbell replied: “Disappointed in Quantum of Solace. I really liked Skyfall, but I thought Spectre was disappointing as well.”
Well, maybe No Time To Die can recapture the gold dust of Casino Royale and Skyfall, ending Craig’s era on a high?
No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on September 30, 2021 and US movie theatres on October 8.
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