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James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 8:12 am

Hi everybody,

I just watched the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights". One of the stars is a Soviet military transport plane which carries "Bond, James Bond" as a prisoner to Afghanistan. (In the end, he flies her into a mountain.
The problem is, and that´s why I´m asking this question, this very airplane seems to be a Hercules. So either there´s a Soviet airplane which is hardly distinguishable from a Hercules by the untrained eye, or the poducers of this movie made a hell of a mistake ("ah, dem stupid audience don´t notice anyway").

Anyone KNOWS which type of aircraft I saw?


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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 8:32 am

sorry for this post being in german!!

Hi Daniel

Meines Wissens gabs nie irgendeine russische Maschine die der Hercules ähnlich sah. Ich denke mal daß es eine C-130 der RAF oder der USAF war, die einfach nur mit "Wüstentarnanstrich" versehen wurde, Für Filme geht fast alles  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:14 am

Hi Daniel!

Just saw the movie myself today on ARD, it is indeed a Hercules. I think the reason why they didn't take an Antonov 12 or similar is simply that the movie was produced at a time when you couldn't easily rent a Russian plane due to the political situation. For the same reason the scenes which should have been Moscow are taken in Vienna, recognizable at the tram...

At this Russian airbase you can also see some other wetsern planes, one of them, with a V-tail, is a Fouga Magister I think...

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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:20 am

The Living Daylights is one of my favourite bond movies, i actually bought it just a few weeks ago!

I dunno what kind of plane it was, but i certainly WOULDN'T say that if it's not a Russian plane, then the producers made a "hell of a mistake". This film was shot in like '87, during the Cold War! DO you think it would be easy for British film producers to get a hold of a genuine Russian military transport???

Furthermore, was that really Afghanistan? I don't honestly know, but using the same logic as above, I see no reason to think that either...
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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:36 am

There has also been another movie some 20 years ago when they painted 2 Caravelles in Aeroflot and Interflug colors to double as TU-134's.... I think the scenes that should have been Moscow SVO airport were taken in Paris...

It is quite common in the movie business to replaces things like aircraft, cars, etc and landscapes... e.g. the Winnetou-Movies were all taken in Yugoslavia as far as I know... so when watching a movie, expect anything but the reality  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:41 am

Actually, I believe that they used two different types of aircraft for that series of scenes. All the fly-by and ground scenes used a C-130 from some North African country (I think) and the airborne shots, with the fight scene on the cargo ramp seems to be a C-123. Note how small the doorway seems to be compared to the C-130.
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RE: James Bond Living Daylights - Which Aircraft Used?

Sun Jul 29, 2001 1:03 pm

James Bound film gaffes:

-The C130 as a Soviet Afghan theatre transport is a doosey. My guess is not so much being able to get a hold of an authentic Russian transport, as it was simply a matter of cost and convenience. You'll notice the "Afghan Desert" looked a LOT like the southwestern US.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

-In "Octopussy" , General Orloff's personal helicopter is a smartly painted bird with a big red Soviet star on the side....except that it is a first generation Aerospatiale Dauphin I.

-One item you have to give them credit "For Your Eyes Only", General Gogol arrives to make the trade for the secret ATAC decoder inside a genuine Russian(or license built Swerdlick) MI2 chopper. THAT couldn't have been easy to pull off in the early 80s when the film was made...

My favorite Cold War-era movie con job was the fake "Hind"attack helicopters in 'Red Dawn"...they actually didn't do a bad job at dressing up three Puma helicopters with VERY elaborate noses, turning the stubby face of a Puma into the long, menacing snout of an early "Hind" (the flat glass panel versions, pre-bubble canopy). If you can put up with the bad Patrick Swayze acting and the hopelessly dated story line, it's worth a rent.

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