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…
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.
A much maligned film with the misunderstood Bond. You know what? This is one of my favourite 80's action films with easily one of the best bad guys from the decade in a film with some breathtaking stunt work. This was the Bond film the fans wanted at the wrong time.
Está bem datado para os tempos atuais mas ainda tem a essência dos antigos filmes do 007.
Não está entre os memoráveis mas também não chega a ser um dos piores.
Licence to Kill modernizes Bond for the late-1980s. My full review: cinemachase.net/review-licence-to-kill/
Dalton's second and, sadly, final outing as 007, finds him crossing paths with a sinister drug baron in a tougher-than-your-average-Bond story of revenge. Brilliant score by Michael Kamen, showing exactly how to contemporise a classic, feisty female sidekicks, a sneeringly evil henchman and an exploding head, make this one of the better Bonds.
I heard a lot of bad things about this movie before seeing it, so my expectations were low. However, now after watching it, I am seriously confused about why so many people dislike this film. The more ruthless Bond seen here is nice to see and have him not be under a mission from the British government was interesting and nice to see something other then 'Bond gets mission, Bond completes mission', which is what I got from all the other Bonds. I also like how the villain is just an evil drug lord and is not trying to take over the world. It is a small, isolated story but it works and is nice to not have the world…
James Bond: "In my business you prepare for the unexpected."
Franz Sanchez: "And what business is that?"
James Bond: "I help people with problems."
Franz Sanchez: "Problem solver."
James Bond: "More of a problem eliminator."
People who like Daniel Craig's darker take on Bond should at the very least appreciate Timothy Dalton's portrayal of the character. He set the template. I'd still to this day argue Licence to Kill as the darkest Bond film. Just watch it and you'll understand. I've always very much liked Dalton's Bond and think its a shame he only did 2 films, luckily both were very good. Licence to Kill has always been my favorite of the two. I love the thought of Bond going…
The whole gone-rogue plot makes it slight and repetitive ("Go home," Bond barks at everyone in five-minute intervals), but Dalton interprets it as consistency--a set level of fierceness that chips away at his adversaries. Licence to Kill is definitely a response to contemporary action; I just don't buy the argument that it's an attempt to "catch up" with those films. Glen conjures up his leftover silliness, applies it to a gritty standard, and demands that you recognize Bond as a character who always had cultural heft on his own terms. So for what we often consider the most serious entry, this is still a nice flavor of not-quite-satirical. If the ricochet xylophone doesn't convince you of that, think about the image of the villain: a jovial drug baron who seems to care very little for drugs, money, or his "100% loyal" employees. The movie takes that as fair indication to explode the hell out of all three.
The violence knob is turned up to 11 in Licence to Kill. Timothy Dalton returns as James Bond. A drug lord is Bond's new adversary. Jokes are out. Taking care of business is in.
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