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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.
One of my favourite Bond films, this one shook off the Moore-era humour and instead had something far more violent and realistic.
Carey Lowell is a wonderfully sparky girl associate for 007, even if Talisa Soto is a bit of a drip. The basic premise of this one is that Bond goes solo and rogue after witnessing the murder of his friend Felix Leiter's bride on her wedding day, and the mutilation of Leiter.
The bad guys are an international drug cartel led by Robert Davi, and there are lots of cover stories and twists to keep the interest, including a corrupt man of God (Wayne Newton). Benicio del Toro is a monster of a sidekick and there are some…
”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…
Like all Bonds, this film is a product of its time. Right at the the end of the 80's, the influence was harder, darker action films filled with baddies pushing drugs. Enter an okay script and Timothy Dalton as a pretty good Bond you have a mediocre film. But the hardness of the direction, the rogue agent spin, Davi's cool performance, and the truly awesome action set pieces and stunts make this a fun watch.
Two other random highlights:
- Lowell ordering a shaken martini by making the jerk off action
- Del Toro really hamming up a line about... rape
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…
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…
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…
This one is not bad. Although it does seem to a little slow. But is pretty good.
Darkest Bond of original series! Sadistic villiain and a propper send off to original Q! Also look for young Benicio Del Torro
A lot of people say "Dalton was a terrible Bond!" Apart from less thuggish ruggedness than Daniel Craig, he was trying to do exactly the same thing with the character-- the problem was he was stuck with scripts that hadn't figured out how to get along without the Cold War and Roger Moore. Poor ol' Tim.
Not as strong as I'd heard. Dalton is stiff with one or two standout moments. Del Toro is a cartoon. The revenge plot and the idea that Bond cares are interesting, but the movie does nothing with them. The truck stunts and the waterskiing to plane scene almost redeem it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The infamous License to Kill was hailed as the most violent Bond movie ever, sometimes still regarded as so even after Casino Royale came out. Looking at it now in 2015, the film naturally seems pale in comparison, but even back in '89, there were much more violent films out there that made it seem like all the hoopla was for naught.
The majority of the movie consists of Bond flaunting his usual charm around women, and in this case, he has to work his charisma on his adversary as well. Only one-third of the movie has extremely violent scenes, as most of the action scenes featured here are no more violent than Connery's Bond movies. Dalton's so-called 'edgier' side…
These Tim Dalton 007 films are like a bad dream.
Then you wake up and it's Pierce Brosnan???
Better than I remembered. More of an "80's action movie" than a traditional Bond. A return to the more tongue-in-cheek humor that made these movies fun but with enough grit and style not to be childish or slapstick.
As a huge supporter of action movie violence, the thought of a bloodier, darker James Bond film is intriguing. If you remove the sexual overtones of the franchise, these films could be considered a fairly family friendly affair. Sure, the henchman burial ground is running short on room, but brutal, bloodsoaked deaths have never been the series’ modus operandi. License to Kill brings the fucking crimson with solid results. Heads explode, legs are eaten off by sharks, motherfuckers be falling into meat grinder type contraption lookin ass things, and our lead baddie meets a fiery demise.
License to Kill as with Live and Let Die doesn’t quite have that Bond feel to it. After the almighty Die Hard changed the…
This was a damn good bond film. Timothy Dalton plays bond really well in this darker bond film following through violent revenge. I can appreciate this for it's gritty realism and showing a darker edge to the Bond character unlike it's predecessors. It's a real shame that Dalton wasn't in more bond films because he killed it here. Dalton was great in The Living Day Lights but the overall of it wasn't as interesting as Licence to Kill.
Where Moore has this lighter take of the bond character, straight up English gentlemen, witty and had a more gentle charm. Dalton is leaner, tough, dryly humorous, less obsessed with sex and more about the action and I love that. You've got excellent chase sequences, not bad villain, and Pam Bouvier as bond girl was really great whom was capable of herself.
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