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…
Señor Bond, you got big cojones.
When Moonraker came out in 1979 it was the most expensive Bond Film to date. It's budget was more then the last three films combined. A decade later and the budget for the Bond Films had hardly changed. Licence to Kill only had roughly $10 million more to work with then it's 1979 counterpart, but in a 1989 economy. Unfortunately it shows in everything from locale, sets and wardrobe. Thankfully it passes that obstacle mainly due to Timothy Dalton.
While there were instances I didn't like Dalton in The Living Daylights, here he owns the role…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Licence To Kill is markedly better than The Living Daylights, which was an overall pretty mediocre entry into the series. Injecting some much needed moments of humour and trashiness, LTK finds Bond embracing his inner Yojimbo in a plot involving the infiltration of a drug cartel, to avenge the maiming of Felix Leiter and his wife on their wedding day.
The villain, Sanchez, is played to sleazy perfection by Robert Davi (who excels in these kinds of roles), a young Benicio Del Toro makes a memorable henchman even if he only appears for about ten minutes of screentime, Anthony Zerbe gets his head blown up and Desmond Llewellyn finally gets to see some field action and brings some refreshing comic…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Have yet to revisit some of the more infamous chapters in Bond history, but I'd still say this is likely to be the worst of them all, for so many reasons.
I used to be apt to defend Dalton to those who criticize him for lacking the icon of his predecessors and successors, and I realize his performance is the result of being directed by the ever-uneven John Glen, but Holy Jeez is his performance terrible here. There are moments in this that are so far from good subjectivity seems impossible: upon seeing his new found lady-spy companion in a dress not dissimilar to what she'd been wearing in scenes prior, Dalton does what might be the actual *worst* double…
Before it's time. Brilliant
The Living Daylights was and still is my favourite of the Bond films, and therefore Dalton is still my favourite Bond, but that film's sense of adventure and fun did not carry over into its sequel. This is a much darker movie that sees Bond stripped of his 007 status as he seeks revenge for an attack on his US agent friend Felix Leiter and his newly wed. If these Bond films teach anything, it's that marriage just does not last long for these guys.
So it's grittier and as a result, less fun, but is still interesting to see how Bond tracks down his villain using less resources (although he still gets an assist from Q). The action is…
Dalton was the serious Bond before the world was ready for it.
The other half of Timothy Dalton’s career as 007 goes darker than its predecessor, and certainly profits from a more character-based dynamic of revenge against Robert Davi’s menacing drug baron. But like The Living Daylights before it, the film forgets that part of the character’s essential appeal is his way of balancing his life-threatening day job by indulging his recreational appetites. Dalton can act, but he’s a joyless James Bond.
(Film #16 of James Bond Series)
The second, and kind of sadly, the final portrayal of James Bond by Timothy Dalton. While not the most dynamic performer, Dalton was able to bring a bit of the suave, laid back persona that Connery had and Moore lacked. While Dalton doesn't convincingly play the scorned and upset agent, the personal vendetta he has against the drug cartel makes this mission really intimate and gives the film a little more drive. Since the stories don't carry over, the relationships he has with the two who are murdered isn't long or storied, but it is built up enough in the first 10-15 minutes to help you sympathize with Bond.
One of the more intriguing…
I'm not entirely sure, but I do believe this is the first Bond film I saw in the theatre.
I would have been 5 at the time.
I remember not liking it at the time, but enjoyed it on this rewatch.
Such a pile of smeh. One of the worst villains. Thank god for Benicio Del Toro getting ground up at the end. Pretty much over Timothy Dalton, he doesn't seem interested. Maybe Brosnan will reignite my love for the famed agent.
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High
- Batman Returns
- Howard the Duck
- Morning Glory
- 10 Rillington Place
- 12 Angry Men
- 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
- 42nd Street
Added Comedians back on 28th Jan to make the full 1,000 titles again.
Best viewed in 'film name' order for…
- From Russia With Love
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…