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…
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…
I like these Dalton Bonds more than most. Not as good as The Living Daylights but the action here is still spectacular.
The best of the Bond series and one of the all-time great revenge films.
Timothy Dalton had an unfortunately short run as James Bond, but his movies are two of the better entries in the franchise. The Living Daylights is the closest the series ever returned to the tone of the earlier Terence Young films, and Licence to Kill is a precursor to the Daniel Craig Bonds, being grittier and more violent and shedding away the campier aspects of the series. Director John Glen, who had been with the series since For Your Eyes Only, had a straighter, leaner approach that didn’t mesh well with Roger Moore’s more light-hearted portrayal of Bond, but went together great with Dalton’s take on the character, less playboy and more man of action. The things that make Licence…
The promise of The Living Daylights is squandered by an unsure film which unwisely tries to match the violence the Schwarzenegger/Stallone/Van Damme axis was churning out at the time. Dalton keeps it watchable by being even nastier than first time out but both he and his definitive take on Bond are totally wasted here.
I haven't seen Miami Vice, so I can't comment on the similarity that this film has with the TV show or film of that name, but it certainly looks and sounds like Scarface, which might be a problem if it weren't better than Scarface. James Bond isn't really James Bond here, and that suits Timothy Dalton just fine. He lacks the levity to thwart the schemes of criminal masterminds trying to take over the world; it makes far more sense for him to be pursuing a personal vendetta. It's a shame they didn't continue down this route in future movies, but I guess it wouldn't be James Bond if they did. It would be a different, better series.
Brought to you by the director of 'other bond films' and Aces: Iron Eagle III(!?!) you get what you paid for. Licence has enough standard Bond fare to make it awkward on the palate but Dalton's pared back, less cartoonish incarnation (following on from Roger Moore's tired and bloated persona) is refreshing, playing nicely with the simple revenge plot. In fact the entire thing seems relatively un-'Bondy' up until the last act where it goes full ridiculous. Although I confess to being highly impressed by whichever stunt driver actually took a truck and trailer up onto one sides set of wheels for that stunt.
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.
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