Living Daylights: Recut, The

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Living Daylights: Recut, The
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Original Movie/Show Title:
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Original Release Date:
1987
Original Running Time:
131 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
123 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The Living Daylights stands out in the Bond series for its mix of Cold War espionage and escapist adventure, its tender romance, and Timothy Dalton’s vulnerable 007 – but it’s got problems, including ineffective villains, unnecessary comedy, and an overcomplicated plot. The Living Daylights: Recut aims to eliminate these problems.
Intention:
The intended result is a better-paced film with more threatening villains, a slightly more serious tone, and a streamlined story that is easier to follow.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to my brothers for assisting with the edit and the poster.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Note: This edit does not change the movie's title song or titles sequence, because these elements are part of the movie's legacy in the Bond series. No radical aesthetic changes are made in an attempt to modernize the film. Instead, this edit should feel like the same movie that was released theatrically, but optimized.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added fanedit disclaimer.
- Cut modern MGM logo.
- Added “Recut” to title.
- Cut Bond’s Russian contact distracting her supervisor with her breasts while Bond activates the pipeline. This is an unfunny waste of time that adds no real tension to the story.
- Recut Bond’s arrival at safe house so that we stay with Bond through his exit from Q-Branch, to his arrival in the Aston Martin, to the meeting with Koskov. This gives a more urgent pace compared to the original scene order (after Bond leaves Q-Branch, we cut to a milk farm). All of the scenes involving the milkman impersonator are still intercut with the safe house meeting, but they are moved down.
- Cut folding couch at Q-Branch. There’s plenty of humour in Q’s scenes already, so this isn’t needed.
- Trimmed bathroom attendant watching Bond take the cello case into bathroom stall. This goes on slightly too long.
- Moved Bond and Kara’s arrival in Vienna so that it occurs directly after Bond and Kara cross the border into Austria. This improves the pacing by letting us get to know Kara more before we are introduced to Whitaker, a relatively minor character.
- Cut surveillance camera watching Pushkin, as well as the boat where the camera images are being transmitted. We learn later that the camera and boat belong to Felix Leiter, but he has been cut entirely from the movie.
- Cut Pushkin and Whitaker talking about whether military commanders are butchers or surgeons. Neither character comes off well here – Pushkin’s viewpoint isn’t believable coming from the head of the KGB, and Whitaker smiling takes the sting out of his words.
- Moved scene featuring Whitaker and Koskov discussing their next plan so that it occurs directly after Pushkin reveals his suspicions about their scheme and threatens Whitaker. This change is intended to make Whitaker and Koskov appear more calculating and competent. In the original film, it feels like Pushkin can take care of these villains himself, without Bond’s involvement – in the edit, we learn about their next plan immediately and how it will involve Bond.
- Cut Koskov lounging at poolside with girls. It’s amusing to see him relaxing after the KGB has supposedly captured him, but the scene makes him too unthreatening.
- Cut CIA girls bringing Bond to Felix Leiter’s boat. Leiter’s dialogue is terrible and so is the actor. The scene exists only so Bond can explain that he faked Pushkin’s murder – however, the viewer should be able to figure that out easily enough. Note: the scene where the girls pick up Bond in the street isn’t removed because it’s needed for pacing, however silly it may be.
- Cut Whitaker’s line “Now we can move. I’ll signal Amsterdam to ship the diamonds.” This line makes the diamonds seem too important, and we don’t need to know about them before Bond does.
- Removed officer inspecting the heart transplant container. This is a weird scene, with rushed editing and badly dubbed dialogue. It’s not important to see the heart transplant before Bond and Kara see it, anyway.
- Added shot of heart transplant that was cut from previous scene when Bond and Kara open the transplant container.
- Cut Bond explaining that the opium is “worth half a billion dollars on the streets of New York.” This raises an unimportant question. What does New York have to do with a Russian/Afghan opium sale? Answer: nothing.
- Cut Kamran defending selling opium to the Russians and talking about needing money to buy arms. This isn’t important and confuses the explanation of what’s going on.
- Trimmed Bond and Kamran discussing the Snow Leopard Brotherhood. This group isn’t important to the story, so they don’t need to be emphasized.
- Cut Kamran shouting “Women!” before chasing after Kara. Boring and unfunny humour.
- Shortened Bond setting up bomb in back of truck. This sequence is too long and shows nothing important.
- Shortened battle in desert by approx. 1 min. For most of the sequence, Bond’s plane is stuck on the tarmac and the villains hide under a truck. Not very exciting, so these moments were reduced. Also cut Kamran bulldozing a building with naked men inside, and cut Kara defeating a soldier who attacks her. She gets another action moment later, so this isn’t needed.
- Cut Kara nearly crashing the plane into a cliff. This makes her look extremely dimwitted.
- Cut Felix Leiter talking to Bond on headset. Leiter doesn’t appear in the movie.
- Cut Bond shooting his entire clip at Whitaker’s face shield, as well as Whitaker’s line "You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty.” This makes Bond look incompetent – he could have easily aimed elsewhere on Whitaker’s body.
- Added faneditor credit.
- Applied colour correction throughout to reduce tinting that was done on the Blu-ray release of the film.
- Other minor changes as needed.
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Franchise:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1987
Original Running Time:
131 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
123 minutes
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The Living Daylights stands out in the Bond series for its mix of Cold War espionage and escapist adventure, its tender romance, and Timothy Dalton’s vulnerable 007 – but it’s got problems, including ineffective villains, unnecessary comedy, and an overcomplicated plot. The Living Daylights: Recut aims to eliminate these problems.
Intention:
The intended result is a better-paced film with more threatening villains, a slightly more serious tone, and a streamlined story that is easier to follow.
Special Thanks:
Thanks to my brothers for assisting with the edit and the poster.
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Note: This edit does not change the movie's title song or titles sequence, because these elements are part of the movie's legacy in the Bond series. No radical aesthetic changes are made in an attempt to modernize the film. Instead, this edit should feel like the same movie that was released theatrically, but optimized.
Cuts and Additions:
- Added fanedit disclaimer.
- Cut modern MGM logo.
- Added “Recut” to title.
- Cut Bond’s Russian contact distracting her supervisor with her breasts while Bond activates the pipeline. This is an unfunny waste of time that adds no real tension to the story.
- Recut Bond’s arrival at safe house so that we stay with Bond through his exit from Q-Branch, to his arrival in the Aston Martin, to the meeting with Koskov. This gives a more urgent pace compared to the original scene order (after Bond leaves Q-Branch, we cut to a milk farm). All of the scenes involving the milkman impersonator are still intercut with the safe house meeting, but they are moved down.
- Cut folding couch at Q-Branch. There’s plenty of humour in Q’s scenes already, so this isn’t needed.
- Trimmed bathroom attendant watching Bond take the cello case into bathroom stall. This goes on slightly too long.
- Moved Bond and Kara’s arrival in Vienna so that it occurs directly after Bond and Kara cross the border into Austria. This improves the pacing by letting us get to know Kara more before we are introduced to Whitaker, a relatively minor character.
- Cut surveillance camera watching Pushkin, as well as the boat where the camera images are being transmitted. We learn later that the camera and boat belong to Felix Leiter, but he has been cut entirely from the movie.
- Cut Pushkin and Whitaker talking about whether military commanders are butchers or surgeons. Neither character comes off well here – Pushkin’s viewpoint isn’t believable coming from the head of the KGB, and Whitaker smiling takes the sting out of his words.
- Moved scene featuring Whitaker and Koskov discussing their next plan so that it occurs directly after Pushkin reveals his suspicions about their scheme and threatens Whitaker. This change is intended to make Whitaker and Koskov appear more calculating and competent. In the original film, it feels like Pushkin can take care of these villains himself, without Bond’s involvement – in the edit, we learn about their next plan immediately and how it will involve Bond.
- Cut Koskov lounging at poolside with girls. It’s amusing to see him relaxing after the KGB has supposedly captured him, but the scene makes him too unthreatening.
- Cut CIA girls bringing Bond to Felix Leiter’s boat. Leiter’s dialogue is terrible and so is the actor. The scene exists only so Bond can explain that he faked Pushkin’s murder – however, the viewer should be able to figure that out easily enough. Note: the scene where the girls pick up Bond in the street isn’t removed because it’s needed for pacing, however silly it may be.
- Cut Whitaker’s line “Now we can move. I’ll signal Amsterdam to ship the diamonds.” This line makes the diamonds seem too important, and we don’t need to know about them before Bond does.
- Removed officer inspecting the heart transplant container. This is a weird scene, with rushed editing and badly dubbed dialogue. It’s not important to see the heart transplant before Bond and Kara see it, anyway.
- Added shot of heart transplant that was cut from previous scene when Bond and Kara open the transplant container.
- Cut Bond explaining that the opium is “worth half a billion dollars on the streets of New York.” This raises an unimportant question. What does New York have to do with a Russian/Afghan opium sale? Answer: nothing.
- Cut Kamran defending selling opium to the Russians and talking about needing money to buy arms. This isn’t important and confuses the explanation of what’s going on.
- Trimmed Bond and Kamran discussing the Snow Leopard Brotherhood. This group isn’t important to the story, so they don’t need to be emphasized.
- Cut Kamran shouting “Women!” before chasing after Kara. Boring and unfunny humour.
- Shortened Bond setting up bomb in back of truck. This sequence is too long and shows nothing important.
- Shortened battle in desert by approx. 1 min. For most of the sequence, Bond’s plane is stuck on the tarmac and the villains hide under a truck. Not very exciting, so these moments were reduced. Also cut Kamran bulldozing a building with naked men inside, and cut Kara defeating a soldier who attacks her. She gets another action moment later, so this isn’t needed.
- Cut Kara nearly crashing the plane into a cliff. This makes her look extremely dimwitted.
- Cut Felix Leiter talking to Bond on headset. Leiter doesn’t appear in the movie.
- Cut Bond shooting his entire clip at Whitaker’s face shield, as well as Whitaker’s line "You've had your eight, now I'll have my eighty.” This makes Bond look incompetent – he could have easily aimed elsewhere on Whitaker’s body.
- Added faneditor credit.
- Applied colour correction throughout to reduce tinting that was done on the Blu-ray release of the film.
- Other minor changes as needed.

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really enjoyed this with my young sons, i could not have watched the original with them but thanks to this great edit , i fully reccomend.

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This is a wonderful edit that fixes virtually all my issues with the movie, refining what was already there to make it the best depiction of Fleming’s Bond outside of Casino Royale. This is absolutely Dalton’s best 007 movie. If you only watch one, this is it.

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One of My top 5 bond movies and this is a great cut.
Really tightens up the story and things move along quicker - will be my go to version moving forward.

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Another amazing work from ProblemEliminator. The movie quality itself is great since the original is the Blu-Ray copy.

The edits were clean and seamless and wouldn't be noticeable narrative-wise unless you've literally memorized the original scene by scene.

Narrative-wise, this edit successfully tightens the narrative and several of the edits even turn sequences to a more frantic pace, which I think fits the overall theme and story of the movie. The tone of the movie also shifts into a more serious one, similar to its successor (and of course the corresponding edit). Overall this turns what is already a solid movie into a great one. Personally, this is the definitive way to watch and enjoy this movie, especially if watched back-to-back with Licence to Kill (or PE's edit).

Amazing work ProblemEliminator and thank you for bringing this masterful edit of one of Bond's most underrated installment,

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I very much liked this edit. A lot of my "issues" with the movie were pretty well solved here. The cuts are all great and the movie flows at a pretty "snappy" pace. I liked this a lot and honestly I enjoy it better than the original. Honestly, I like that the framing of the movie is the same, it's just been trimmed. That, and the villains were pretty flat, but they seem a bit more menacing here. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this cut. Job well done!

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