Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…
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.
”I’ll do anything for a woman with a knife.”
Back in 80s many critics slammed Timothy Dalton’s portrayal of James Bond and even called him a hopeless actor but personally I adore his style, he is not as lusty as Roger Moore and unlike Sean Connery – who was acting like a man enjoying his vacations – he approaches Bond’s character in a more serious way, he is not a superhero, there are numerous occasions where he is beaten and bloody and fortunately there’s no sign of Roger Moore’s bland humor. What I really like about both Licence to Kill and Living Daylights is that they are darker and more serious films, Bond is no longer the humorous and charming…
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…
Vastly inferior to the Beastie Boys' 1986 album 'Licensed to Ill'.
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…
Sigo pensando que no es culpa de Timothy Dalton, a mi me sigue gustando como Bond. El problema es que esto no es Bond, ni se le parece.
Dos agentes del espionaje internacional, en su tiempo libre, se dedican a atrapar a un traficante de drogas. Cuando este se escapa mata a la mujer del americano y deja para el arrastre al amigo de Bond, Felix Leiter. Es en ese momento, y tras innumerables muertes de amigos, amantes y aliados en el resto de películas con el consecuente sudamiento de polla, cuando a Bond se le cruzan los cables y se dedica a la Vendetta cual Punisher snob.
Y ya esta, poco mas, Bond jode varias operaciones internacionales para acabar con el narcotráfico y finalmente mata al malo, dejando un vacio en el mercado para que, seguramente, lo ocupe el siguiente Drug Lord que pase por ahí. Pero eso a James ya no le importa...
I'm not sure whether I ever watched this entire movie before. I do recall going to the movie as a youngster and leaving early. Watching it in its entirety now, I can see why it traumatized me as a kid. This is like the Temple of Doom of Bond films. They tried taking a new direction with the character, amped up the violence, dialed down the humor, and limited the number of exotic locations. Unfortunately, with all these changes it just doesn't feel like a Bond film. It's a shame really, because with all these risks they took, I think it might have sabotaged Dalton's chances of continuing in the lead role. It was a gutsy move, trying to recreate…
Miles ahead of The Living Daylights, everyone seemed to be awake and on point here.
Dalton is a lot more present, there are some clever moments and Miss Pam Bouvier seems to be the forgotten awesome Bond Girl, she gets a lot of stuff done.
I still think that I didn't need another Dalton movie as watching his Bond version would have gotten old quite soon.
I enjoyed this one a lot. Easily the most brutal of the Bond movies, and I'm pretty sure this is the closest any of the movies so far got to the literary Bond. Dalton amps up the simmering rage that's held back by cold professionalism, and cuts right down on the quips. Like the literary Bond, the closest he gets to jokes are sardonic asides. He's like a wolf in this, watching, weighing the options, waiting to rip out a throat or go for the kill.
Also the writers revisited the Bond library somewhat by including two plot elements from different Bond stories - Leiter getting fed to a shark is straight out of the book of Live and Let…
Vastly inferior to the Beastie Boys' 1986 album 'Licensed to Ill'.
Again I've had to skip installments that I don't have access to (this time missing Moore's last Bond film and Dalton's first). I didn't exactly think highly of of Dalton as Bond and the story isn't all that great IMO. It's nice seeing Benicio Del Toro in an early film. Bottom 3 in the Bond films I've seen so far.
Lesson #1: If you're a super villain building up a $30 million dollar crime lab, at least have a fire sprinkler system or a couple of fire extinguishers installed.
I remember this as better... To say it's filmed like an episode of Miami Vice, but it's more like Dynasty or Falcon Crest. The Bond series tends to flounder when James spends time in the US (Diamonds are Forever, Sheriff JW Pepper), and the appearance of the actress who played Suzanne Sommers replacement on Threes Company is unfortunately emblematic of the performances the Yanks bring to the franchise.
And Dalton doesn't come off as intense so much as he does uptight. One of the keys to playing Bond is an air of relaxed confidence, and a Dalton doesn't have it. Say what you will about Moore, but the guy ALWAYS acted like he belonged in the tux.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
- From Russia With Love
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…
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- The Abominable Snowman
- The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide
- After Life
- The Ages Of Lulu
Full list of films reviewed in the excellent DVD Delirium Volume 1 book. I've tried my best to make the…