The Living Daylights

Publisher: Daily Express
Released: 12th September 1966 to
12th November 1966
Serial: #210 to #263 (Series Three)
Artist: Yaroslav Horak
Writers: Ian Fleming, Jim Lawrence

Data Stream
Villains: Trigger, Klaus.
Bond Girls: N/A
Allies: Paul Sender, Tanqueray, Agent 272, M, Miss Moneypenny, Tanner.
Locations: East Berlin, Germany; London, UK.

Above: Bond's mission is simple - protect the crossing of Agent 272... but a rival sniper lies in wait.

Capsule Synopsis
"The Living Daylights" finds a melancholy Bond facing another sharpshooter - a KGB sniper. Set across the jagged scar of the Berlin Wall, Bond's finger is on the trigger... and into his sights walks a beautiful blonde musician!

Above: The opening panel of "The Living Daylights"

Above: Bond is left unaware of Trigger's fate after he deliberately ignored orders to kill her.

Source To Strip
Fleming's short story of a melancholy 007 grudgingly accepting a mission which he considers to be in cold blood, is faithfully created by Lawrence and Horak - perhaps one of the most accurate adaptations in the Bond canon.

Horak's art sets the mood for the strip, perfectly reflecting the dismal and disheveled state of East Berlin. Fleming's original story used Trigger's identity as the blonde cellist Bond has been eyeing up for the twist, but Lawrence adds his own surprise by killing off Trigger in a "shooting range accident" - obviously the KGB disposing of a failing comrade. Bond isn't made aware of her grisly fate, and is left stewing that although he's in trouble for ignoring orders to shoot to kill, the attractive Trigger is probably in a deeper mess.

The Berlin Wall hadn't been constructed in Fleming's original story, instead Agent 272 had to cross no-mans-land, overlooked by potential sniping positions. The addition of the Wall adds further to the compelling Cold War feel created by Lawrence and Horak.

Best Line
Paul Sender: "Sorry 007 - no drinking! Must keep your reflexes sharp if you're to get that Russian sniper, eh?"
James Bond: "Stow it, chum! If you want me sacked from Double-O go right ahead! They can shift me to a nice paper-shuffling job!"

"The Living Daylights" was first published on 4th February 1962 in the first issue of the new Sunday Times Magazine.

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Released: 20th February 2004
Titles Included: "The Man With The Golden Gun", "The Living Daylights"

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