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"What the hell are you trying to do, 007? Start World War III?!"
― Felix Leiter to James Bond[src]

Felix Leiter is a fictional character invented by Ian Fleming in the James Bond books, who also appears in the Bond movies. In the films, Leiter works for the CIA, and assists Bond in his various adventures. He was portrayed by John Terry in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.

Film biography

Felix Leiter rescues James Bond from the Moroccan police in Tangiers after Bond's fake assassination of General Pushkin. He informs him of his findings of Brad Whitaker's dealings and their relation to General Koskov's plans. Later, after Bond escapes Afghanistan, he helps Bond navigate Whitaker's villa in Tangiers where he kills him and apprehends Koskov with help from General Pushkin.

Production

Following Hedison's first outing in 1973 in Live and Let Die, the Leiter role did not appear again until the 1987 film The Living Daylights, by which time Bond was being played by Timothy Dalton; the role was taken up by John Terry.

Smith and Lavington consider that, although the scene between Bond and Leiter sees warmth in the relationship between them, "it is too fleeting to have any impact". Pfeiffer and Worrall agree on the briefness of Leiter's role in the film, although they consider that Terry has "virtually no chemistry with Dalton".

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