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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 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…
”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…
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…
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Many see this pic in B&W terms - it was simply a revenge piece, humorless, less like Bond, less English, more like an American episode of Miami Vice. And while there’s truth in that, it’s not the whole truth. For example, It can’t help but be Bond-like, not when you have Q –in one of his best and most priceless moments in the series- showing up as a field operative. His presence in and of itself adds the gadgets, the warmth and humor that some say the picture lacks.
No it isn’t a big gadget laden movie. It’s not about a villain with the secret hideout, a weird henchman an outlandish scheme and all the cool toys. Critics are right…
A gritty, weirdly violent entry into the Bond franchise, and one of my personal favourites.
It's oddly satisfying seeing Benecio Del Toro going into a rock crusher.
I can't figure out if this is the origin story of Jackie Boy or Mr. Longbaugh. Amazing truck chase though!
One of the best Bonds. Timothy Dalton is awesome and underrated.
Watched for the May Scavenger Hunt
Task#25: A film that takes place in a fictional country
*Much of the film takes place in the fictional Republic of Isthmus.
Bond films are like a warm blanket for me. I can usually derive joy from even the not-so-great ones. Comparatively, I would say License to Kill falls somewhere in the middle of the Bond quality scale. It was the second and final film to star Timothy Dalton as Bond, and it aims to turn the franchise toward a grittier tone, closer to what Ian Fleming had envisioned. Despite the fact that the clownishness of the Roger Moore era is gone, License is still very much an 80s film, and it does pepper…
Excellent and under-rated Bond picture. Great action, stunts and a varied cast of classic 90's stars. It's also nice to see Bond go AWOL from MI6 and go full vendetta mode.
I'm still on my quest to watch every one of the official James Bond movies and today, I continue that quest with Licence to Kill. Licence to Kill seems to be very mixed in the Bond community, you either love it or hate it. Personally, I loved it.
I enjoyed Timothy Dalton's previous outing of Bond, The Living Daylights. It may have been formulaic and it had some really weak villains, but I enjoyed the action, the story, Dalton as Bond and it has one of my favorite Bond girls. So, I was excited to see his second and last outing, Licence to Kill. Imo, it's even better than The Living Daylights.
First off, Timothy Dalton is excellent as…
solid VHS action sleaze dressed up as a James Bond movie.
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