Licence to Kill
His bad side is a dangerous place to be.
James Bond and his American colleague Felix Leiter arrest the drug lord Sanchez who succeeds in escaping and takes revenge on Felix and his wife. Bond knows but just one thing: revenge.
It seems to me, watching Licence To Kill, that there are so many things about it that should have made me dislike it - yet despite them, it hangs together better than any Bond film since The Spy Who Loved Me.
For instance, it's almost as if, from the outset, they had decided that this one is going to be more violent and adult and have a lot more swearing. It is, at times, pretty bracing and very forced and you do find yourself thinking, "Hang on. You can't say "bullshit" in a Bond film, this just isn't on!" Additionally, people get whacked in faces with shotgun barrels and graphically set on fire - and Carey Lowell shows a lot…
This is a great example of doing something different while staying true to the essence of the character. Unlike Skyfail.
Bond is typically always about following an order to do some mission to stop some bad guy from doing something bad, but here, it becomes a bit more personal. Bond disobeys orders to track down the man who seriously injured his friend Felix Leiter and killed Felix's new bride.
On paper, this sounds like a pretty generic revenge tale, but the writers made it work beyond that. The hints at Bond's past marriage from On Her Majesty's Secret Service helped us understand why Bond is doing this. Making the villain a guy worth going after also adds weight and purpose…
Day fifteen of the Bond Film Marathon, film 16:Licence To Kill
I decided to watch this too, because what the hell, I like it, why not do both of Dalton's films in the same day. Licence To Kill is the final Bond film in Dalton's short tenure and for director John Glen. It's much more darker and violent than any of them, and It's about Bond, gone rogue and driven by revenge. Bond doesn't care about an hour in between with a woman in his bed, he cares about killing Franz Sanchez. At any cost.
Felix Leiter, James Bond, and Felix's friend Sharkey are on their way to Felix's wedding in Miami, Florida, when they are alerted by the DEA…
The Journey to Skyfall continues with the 16th James Bond film, Licence to Kill!
God damn it. Already done with Dalton. It really always pains me every time, because he was THE perfect Bond. It wasn't until Dalton that we REALLY got Fleming's character in true screen form, and we would only have him for two (great) films. The traditional "James Bond will Return" text feels almost taunting, because it wouldn't be for another 6 years that Bond would return, and it wouldn't be Dalton at the helm.
For a film that is the last of the 80s Bond films, Licence to Kill certainly feels the most like an 80s action film, and it actually fits well with the Bond…
Señor Bond, you got big cojones.
When Moonraker came out in 1979 it was the most expensive Bond Film to date. It's budget was more then the last three films combined. A decade later and the budget for the Bond Films had hardly changed. Licence to Kill only had roughly $10 million more to work with then it's 1979 counterpart, but in a 1989 economy. Unfortunately it shows in everything from locale, sets and wardrobe. Thankfully it passes that obstacle mainly due to Timothy Dalton.
While there were instances I didn't like Dalton in The Living Daylights, here he owns the role…
This was recently described to me as the trashy, coke-fueled Hollywood-as-fuck late-80's Bond movie. The Bond movies have been so wide-ranging in their embracing of goofy and/or violent schlock that it might have been hard to imagine what one would have to do to constitute a significant detour, but I think this is more different from the rest than any other so far - the same summer brought us movies like Lethal Weapon 2 and Road House, and this plays a lot like a less jokey/campy version of one of those that perversely plays its super-schlock super straight. It's basically James Bond vs. Scarface - and they're not even subtle about that, they even throw in a reference to chainsaw…
"Why don't you wait until you're asked?"
"Well why don't you ask me?"
....cue really weird 80's song over the credits. Also my god this is the most uninspired poster in the entire franchise. Jesus that's boring. Just look at it.
Alright so Licence to Kill is Timothy Dalton's second (and final) James Bond adventure which is a shame since there was definitely time for him to get a third one in before the release of GoldenEye. Oh well!
This one plays like a pretty straight revenge movie where the plot is completely secondary, similar to 2008's Quantum of Solace. The plot is even more secondary in this than in QoS however and Bond hardly even bothers giving a shit,…
Timothy Dalton returns as a super serious Bond-gone-rogue in what feels like an elongated Miami Vice episode.
The film is full of dull direction with a lack of cinematic style and is generally low in energy. It also lacks any significant globetrotting and undercuts its serious aspirations with plot elements that are unrealistic.
The Reverence: Fondling a statue beats out Del Toro, ninjas, Bond failing to be recognised, and a spontaneously combustible factory.
One of the darker, more serious films of the Bond franchise. I still enjoy Licence to Kill in every respect. The villains are especially creepy (perfectly typecast Benicio Del Toro and Robert Davi), with their icky evil grins and insane giggling.
Dalton is Bond without a doubt, second only to Connery in this fan's eyes. No nonsense, more stolid, more violent... more like Ian Fleming's literary version of the character. Not the light, quippy Bond that Roger Moore gave us.
Without going into depth with the story, let's just say that Bond goes rogue as he carries out a vendetta against the drug lords who maimed his CIA friend and killed that friend's new bride. It's a helluva ride right up until the final explosions.
Best theme. Dalton pitched it perfectly. Gritty, dark, yet still fun. BdT & Davi are ace.
This viewing was the most I enjoyed the film. Dalton was a good Bond.
My new favourite Bond film, thought I had seen them all in the past but had never seen this one and I have to say that it was a lot of fun. It is certainly a lot more serious than the Roger Moore films and there is the usual lack of concern at the end of the film. There is also the usual silliness in some of the stunts but overall I was really happy with what it did and while I feel that most of the Bond films are over long this kept me gripped longer than most.
I would say if you have a passing interest in James Bond this is a lot closer to what you would want from the character, there is the smoothness, the gadgets but a dark edge that keeps you guessing.