Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…
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.
”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…
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…
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…
The Journey to Skyfall continues with the 16th James Bond film, Licence to Kill!
God damn it. Already done with Dalton. It really always pains me every time, because he was THE perfect Bond. It wasn't until Dalton that we REALLY got Fleming's character in true screen form, and we would only have him for two (great) films. The traditional "James Bond will Return" text feels almost taunting, because it wouldn't be for another 6 years that Bond would return, and it wouldn't be Dalton at the helm.
For a film that is the last of the 80s Bond films, Licence to Kill certainly feels the most like an 80s action film, and it actually fits well with the Bond…
To call Licence to Kill unique amongst the James Bond franchise is an understatement. It stands as both a turning point and an ending, an uneven, sprawling film that successfully shakes up the status quo of the series in a way that no entry before attempted, yet nevertheless falls victim to the same ills that have plagued all five of the John Glen-helmed Bond movies. But, while being extremely frustrating to watch, it does have a high enough awesome-to-shit ratio to keep it from being an utter disaster. Hell, this flick's all over the place. This review's gonna be tough.
Licence to Kill closes out Timothy Dalton's brief tenure as James Bond, and it's with no great sadness we see…
Where Bond meets Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. The most violent Bond film to that point, Licence to Kill does have problems - the main one being that it was about fifteen years too early - but it's not entirely without merit. Dalton is great as a damaged Bond out for revenge and Robert Davi is always a fun villain, despite his Sanchez not having the traditional Bond villain disability that makes him stand out, but it's not a Bond film that you'll want to return to too often.
Shockingly bloody. This almost seems like a direct reaction against Living Daylights, there Bond went back to being a spy and the film itself was a pretty cut and dry Bond flick (in all the right ways mind you), but here we have 007 assuming a role that seems like it was plucked out of a Steven Seagal movie (someone close to him was murdered, now he needs to go abo... outside to law to get his revenge) and is found going head to head with a Colombian drug (read: Scarface). In other words this had gratuitous bloody violence galore (someone's head literally explodes in one scene, not too long later someone is fed into an industrial grinder) and the…
Timothy Dalton is a quite better Bond than most people say. "Licence to Kill" is not your typical Bond movie. It's a typical revenge story and therefore in its tone has more in common with the newer ones starring Daniel Craig.
The best of the two James Bond film that Timothy Dalton is in as Bond goes rogue to get revenge on the people that tried to kill a friend of his.
Timothy Dalton's Bond films have both stood the test of time - much better than the Roger Moore films, and in terms of how Dalton interpreted the character, he laid the ground for Daniel Craig (who is now the most acclaimed Bond since Sean Connery). "Licence To Kill" is a bold film (Bond goes rogue, MI6 even try to kill him) with a great cast. It also features the final title sequence by the great Maurice Binder - and in my view it's one of his very best (the theme song helps as well). It's better than all the Brosnan entries and on par with the Connery and Craig films. Dalton's Bond has a strange reputation, when i was a kid, he was around so i admit some nostalgia - but with hindsight, he was actually one of the very best.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A good Bond flick. It never really got dull, and Timothy Dalton's voice is like melted British butter. This one has some really cool action sequences. I'm willing to forgive the cheesy high-pressure chamber head explosion death, simply because the cheesiness level is relatively low (relative to its decade). Opening credits weren't the best when compared to other Bond films.
Another solid 007 entry. Timothy Dalton has grown considerably on me as James Bond. I really enjoy Dalton's humorless fuck machine with a license to kill. A real loss that he never got to play the role more than twice.
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