Women - The Living Daylights (1987)

Kara Milovy: For the first time since The Spy Who Loved Me Bond remains a one-woman man - well almost. Kara is a talented Czechoslovakian cellist and girlfriend of General Koskov. She is persuaded to act as a KGB sniper whilst Koskov "defects", to add more realism forthe British. Later, Bond tracks her down and explains the double-cross. She sides with him in helping to find the crook. In shadowing Bond, she remains by his side for the majority of the film, and plays an important role during the fierce battle between the Afghan resistance and the Soviet Army. In another imaginative step, it is Kara who has to keep a steady flightpath whilst Bond and Necros fight. She is rewarded by the Russians by being allowed a visa to "come and go" as she pleases which, undoubtedly, would help her cello-playing career.

The part is played skilfully by Maryam d'Abo who shows that she and Dalton are just right for the film. Unlike previous films, the leading lady role is not derogatory (compare this to the role of Stacey Sutton - A View To A Kill) and has a totally serious edge, even if she is na´ve.

Linda: Seen briefly in the pre-credits sequence, Linda is just lying on a sun lounger on a yacht complaining to a friend (on the phone) about the "playboys and tennis pros", and how boring it was. Then, literally out of the blue (sky), Bond lands on top of the boat and flips himself over onto the deck. Alarmed, but seemingly pleased by the arrival, Linda pours a class of champagne for Bond while he calls mission control. He suggests he will be back in an hour but quickly revises that to two when she offers him a glass.

Rosika Miklos: One of Bond's purely business friends, plump Rosika helps Bond to get Koskov from Czechoslovakia into Austria through the Soviet gas pipeline - for which she works. She distracts her supervisor while all this is going on by thrusting his head into her more-than-ample cleavage, using the goal celebration on the office TV as cover for the noise the operation takes. Strangely Rosika mentions that she is happy to work for Bond again. She has never been seen in a film before, so then how often does Bond frequent Czechoslovakia (the Czech Republic or The Slovak Republic today)?

Conclusion: Bond a one-woman man eh? He doesn't seem to bothered in this mission - Dalton's more Fleming-esque portrayal of Bond being of a more hardened, slightly disturbed gent probably having something to do with it - but just goes about trying gently to woo Kara Milovy instead. That part is excellently played, with just about the right level of naïvity to be made believable. Linda and Rosika are just brief roles, but made memorable by good scripting - not always evident in some other films.

8/10

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