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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…
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.
**"I wouldn't be surprised if they made 20 more of those movies" - A James Bond Marathon**
If I've had one problem with my trip through the Bond franchise, aside from the rampant sexism and all too common racism, it is the lack of a narrative through-line that helps develop the main super spy into anything more then a caricature. For all of its problems, On Her Majesty's Secret Service remains the only film to move Bond forward as a character and sadly, the implications of the events in that film have been rarely felt since. Until Licence to Kill, which almost feels like a direct sequel to Secret Service, with its pitch black tone and heavy dramatic punch. Timothy…
Dalton is a vengeful rogue agent in his second and final outing as Commander James Bond. This time around he goes fishing for planes and swimming with sharks as he hunts down Franz Sanchez, the man who killed (spoiler?) Bond's best CIA buddy, Felix Leiter.
Sanchez is a serviceable enough villain, but fresh-faced henchman Benicio del Toro steals the show with his Sal Mineo-like good looks and sinister smile. This movie ends in a barrage of explosions and with our confident, though noticeably less womanizing, secret agent taking a dip in the pool.
"The living Daylights" was the first time I had seen a Bond flick featuring Timothy Dalton. I'm not sure why, I was young, probably more into horror flicks, like "Nightmare on Elm street", hanging out, and playing sports...probably video games, too.
Another reason was that I have never been heavily into 007. That was my brother's thing-James Bond, "M.A.S.H., and Corn Flakes....I'm more a "Star Wars", "Underdog" dude...
I do remember the "conversation" about who should play Bond geared towards Pierce Brosnan, back when he was on the TV show, "Remington Steele". Back then he seemed destined to replace Roger Moore for the role.
I have to say that Dalton asserts himself quite nicely in both movies. He brings a…
I think Dalton is my favourite Bond. Certainly as far as this rewatch is concerned. I love the darkness of his films, and boy oh boy are they dark. There are rapes, murders, people being set on fire and fed through a meat grinder. Shit gets real. But they also manage to fit in just the right amount of humour so everything doesn't get weighed down by the seriousness of it all. Licence to Kill also features one of my favourite Bond girls so far. Pam is a kickass ally for Bond, one that I actually gave a shit about.
Unfortunately the film is still too long. There are scenes that drag on and the final sequence goes on for…
Still one of the best Bond flicks (and much better than its predecessor, The Living Daylights), taking cues from everything else tried in the series. Equal parts funny and sharp-edged. Davi makes for a great, uncharacteristic villain, Dalton is perfect for this type of Bond (proto-Craig) and though the largely non-existent love interests still feel half-cooked, the film emerges as one of the more fully realized entries in the series.
Not the best James Bond movie, the actor isn't great and the story while enjoyable had a few slow moments.
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