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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…
"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…
Dalton next got to star in another film, one specifically written for his strengths. Licence To Kill (1989) shook audiences in a way it had never been shaken before, perhaps the reason why its box office receipts were less than stellar. Despite the film’s flaws (appalling costume changes, questionable supporting cast and over reliance on eighties movie clichés among others), Dalton really sells himself here.
Rejecting the piteous quips entirely (Dalton stuttered one or two out in Daylights, much to his audible chagrin), Dalton showed just how nasty Bond really could be. Hair combed back, mouth largely closed, eyes tightened, Dalton truly comes across as a killer par excellence.
Overall, very poor despite its better than average climax and some good stunt work. Timothy Dalton's second outing as James Bond should have convinced everyone that Dalton was never cut out to play 007 but then no-one could have saved LICENCE TO KILL, the least of all the Bond pictures and utterly indistinguishable from a thousand other mediocre action flics. The lack-lustre villain is Robert Davi while a brief appearance from a young Benicio Del Toro promises more than it delivers.
#173. The second and last of Dalton's Bond films. It was a pretty good one, just...bland.
-Great song. Weird title sequence with awkward dancing.
-Tone shifts from cute wedding scene to shark brutally eating man’s legs (goes nicely with shark week though).
-007 constantly telling everyone that he needs to do this alone but in reality he would be dead without Q, Pam and Lupe.
-Benicio Del Toro is gorgeous.
-Woman who shoot guns, flies airplanes and drives a truck in a Bond film. Go Pam! How did she manage to get in a bar with a shotgun?
Maybe best till now... best women too... :)
This has the best choreographed underwater/above-water action sequence in history. That is all.
The case for why Dalton should have stayed aboard for a few more assignments. I know I complained about his alien sensibility in "The Living Daylights", and that hasn't really changed, but the movie around him is better this time, more satisfying overall, and it reflects favorably upon his presence. The formula is more shaken than stirred, thankfully, opening with a festive wedding (that's entirely too chipper, however, at least in the Daltonverse, hence the ultra-downer aftermath), Bond going rogue on M16, a surprisingly gory PG-13 head explosion (most violent death in a Bond movie? Most likely), another grisly one where a guy's body is minced into chunky pieces, and the bad guy is a Latino drug lord for once…
Nach dem dahingekleckerten THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS wird hier geklotzt, als wäre dies der letzte Bond überhaupt. Leider zumindest der letzte mit Dalton. Aber ein hervorragender.
There are some bad performances from the Bond Girls in this one, but the action is some of the best (Fire makes drugs go KABOOM!) and the deaths are some of the nastiest (Meat grinder, high pressure exploding head, eaten by a shark, and more). Dalton impresses me again! By far the most underrated Bond. He made his mark with these two movies, that is for sure.
MVP: A young Benicio Del Toro. It was his 2nd film and he is damn creepy.
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