Licence to Kill 1989 ★★★★★

35mm: No matter how many times you see one of your favorite movies at home, there is NOTHING like seeing it on the big screen with a gorgeous print.
I'm exhausted but here are the reasons this one is my favorite:
Timothy Dalton has created a Bond similar to the 007 agent of the Ian Fleming novels. He has emotion, gets pissed off, and in this one - has his license to kill revoked. Bond isn't out to save the world - he's out to avenge a friend. Simple.
Before CASINO ROYALE, this was the Bond movie that was dark and gritty. The film lacks any of the campiness that could be found in the Connery and Moore Bonds. My favorite sub-genre is the vengeance or vigilante film. Bond doing a Charles Bronson = gold to me. Throw in a great villain like Davi, some amazing stunts, a great Bond score by Michael Kamen (DIE HARD had a huge impact on action films, including Bond), foxy strong females, sharks, exotic locales, ninjas, Q, Priscilla Barnes, the final Bond directed by John Glen, and Wayne Newton - and you have a great end of an era.

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