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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…
"I help people with problems."
"More of a problem eliminator."
Bond gets personal.
Licence to Kill opens with a brilliantly cross-cut, two-level conflict: James Bond and Felix Leiter are on a mission to stop dangerous drug lord Franz Sanchez—and Bond has to get Leiter back in time for his wedding. They succeed, of course, but Sanchez escapes and captures Leiter. Assuming the worst, Bond embarks on a quest for vengeance.
The motivation in almost every single James Bond film up until this point (with the possible but questionable exception of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) has been to save the world and have as much fun doing so as possible. Some Bad Guy gets his hands on some…
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
HE DISAGREED WITH SOMETHING THAT ATE HIM
Licence to Kill feels the least ‘Bond' of all the Bond films. It’s a much harder film to the previous films in the series, all of which were a PG until this 15-rated film came along. This is due to much gorier death scenes (the air pressure chamber, for one) and a huge emphasis on narcotics. And not forgetting Bond’s potty-mouth. I think this is the first film in which 007 swears. This is a Bond film for adults!
Licence to Kill is a much more realistic film. The gadgetry is kept to a minimum and, instead of tracking down a megalomaniac hell bent on world domination, Bond is on a highly personal…
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…
Sanchez: Cream? Sugar?
Bond always takes it black.
Sharks and James Bond. Like chocolate and peanut butter. At least, that's the way it seemed for quite a few years. Thunderball (1965), Live and Let Die (1973), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and For Your Eyes Only (1981) all contain scenes where sharks are used as a menacing element, usually (but not always) kept in tanks by Bond's enemies for reasons of torture or dispatching of victims. In my head, I always lump the truly insane, Connery race-changing epic, You Only Live Twice into this bunch, but always have to remind myself that the deadly creatures in Blofeld's lair are piranhas, not sharks. Same concept; entirely different fish.
Hell, Bond even has a nemesis (and eventual ally, briefly)…
One of the most underrated Bond films starring the most underrated James Bond. Dalton was Daniel Craig before Daniel Craig. Dark, cynical, yet still charming. In my (useless) opinion, he is #2 only to Connery himself.
This movie is like James Bond meets Miami Vice, in the best way possible. Give it a watch, won't you?
Bond tuvo el más agrio de sus sinsabores en taquilla con esta más que correcta cinta de acción –más de dos horas que pasan como un suspiro- que sin embargo era indistinguible de cualquier título del género, sin demasiados elementos que lo ligaran a la liturgia de 007. Una trama y unas localizaciones con un notable aire a la entonces exitosa serie de televisión Corrupción en Miami terminaron de encasillarla.
La película es muy divertida, pero su fracaso dejó seis años congelada la saga y a Timothy Dalton un cierto sanbenito de Bond fallido, con sólo dos títulos en su haber.
This is not only one of the most underrated bond movies, It's also one of the best. Dalton gives us one of the best performances of any Bond actor. He's out for blood to avenge his friend and when you see this movie you will believe that he could kill you in an instant just because he feels so pissed off. Robert Davi on the other hand is one the best Bond villains playing a likable character with his own rules and morals he sticks to. The movie also has some of the best action in the series. The final truck chase alone is brilliant. And it has one of the best plots of any bond movie. Not only is it a revenge story about Felix Leiter, in a way it's a revenge story for Bonds own wife ( from OHMSS ).
Second and last Timothy Dalton - a Bond which a personally liked and would have liked to see more off.
License to kill is a very different Bond movie regarding its story. The stakes this time is not that the whole world will be taken over by a bad guy but it is more of a personal vendetta story for Bond.
Not to spoil anything but in License to kill I felt like Bond went through a little bit of character development and changed - not in a major way but a little.
The Bond song was pretty average, just nothing special and mostly forgettable.
All in all: I will miss your Bond Mr. Dalton. I enjoyed his portrayal of the character it was a refreshing tone after Roger Moore's ridiculous run at the end.
I'm really happy I watched this one again. It ended up being way better than I recall. It's still a John Glen picture and it carries a lot of the same problems his previous films had, but this is by far his least silly movie in the Bond series. Dalton went out on a high note.
Yet ANOTHER film where someone gets head-butted in the face.
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