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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…
Not really that special but still a good watch.
Rache für Felix! Deutlich härter als die meisten anderen Filme der Reihe. So mancher Szene merkt man den 80ies Vibe deutlich an, der explodierende Kopf beispielsweise erinnert mich stark an Friday the 13th und das allgemeine Setting könnte aus Miami Vice sein.
Ganz unterhaltsam, auch wenn ich den Vorgänger etwas mehr mochte.
My favourite of the Dalton Bonds. So good! If only for the fact that Dalton is wet a lot in this film and young Benicio de Toro is so beautiful I cried a little (poor fella had a cruel death in this one). Pam Bouvier is such a better Bond girl than the previous Dalton one and Carey Lowell is a sweetheart!
Absolutely love the violence of this film paved the way for Craig's Bond and the truck chase was out of this world magnificent!
Such a shame Dalton didn't do more Bonds.
M: This private vendetta of yours could easily compromise Her Majesty's government. You have an assignment, and I expect you to carry it out objectively and professionally.
Bond: Then you have my resignation, sir!
M: We're not a country club, 007!
I haven't seen all the Bond films, but even so I still think this movie is unfairly maligned. Some critics have pointed out that this film made Bond grittier and more realistic before "Casino Royale" did. Timothy Dalton pulls off the role well and I like the Bond Girl Pam Bouvier. The cartel leader villain is pretty forgettable but I like the revenge plot itself. This film beats the mediocre Connery, Moore, & Brosnan Bond films by a mile.
I'm taking my kids on a journey through all the Bond films. With Licence to Kill it was time to tackle the most violent of the series, and thankfully ITV had provided a cut version, which would spare my young Son an exploding head and a guy on fire, amongst other things!
Licence to Kill is one of my favourite Bond movies, but is also the least like a Bond movie, coming across more like a American actioner than a Brit spy flick. I guess that's why many people didn't like it, but it is a fast paced, hugely entertaining film and I wish Dalton had continued in the role.
Le subo del 6 al 7 por el truco del mechero (Sole), y le añado el corazoncito por el momento jefazo final con las dos chikuelas. ¡Fácil para Bond, claro que sí!
O melhor com o Timothy Dalton, eu acho.
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Its a testament to the franchise, when one of the more tepid Bond movies can still be infinitely more enjoyable than 99% of the other movies one could think of. This one has its ups and down. The ups feature sharks, mid-air plane heists, tractor-trailer acrobatics, and a very young and very sadistic Benecio Del Toro. The downs include a Bond rather lacking in competence, an unappealing blend of old-school 60s Bond set pieces invaded by unpleasant late-80s characters and styles, a humorless love interest, and an overall lack of suspense or climax that other films do so well. But it is a Bond movie, and therefore well worth watching in my book.
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