Licence to Kill (1989)

Licence to Kill (1989)
  • Time: 133 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Crime
  • Director: John Glen
  • Cast: Timothy Dalton, Carey Lowell, Robert Davi


James Bond is on possibly his most brutal mission yet. Bond’s good friend, Felix Leiter, is left near death, by drug baron Franz Sanchez. Bond sets off on the hunt for Sanchez, but not everyone is happy. MI6 does not feel Sanchez is their problem and strips Bond of his license to kill making Bond more dangerous than ever. Bond gains the aid of one of Leiter’s friends, known as Pam Bouvier and sneaks his way into the drug factories, which Sanchez owns. Will Bond be able to keep his identity secret, or will Sanchez see Bond’s true intentions?

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  • This is Timothy Dalton’s second and final appearance playing James Bond, and the mission takes him to track down drug baron Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), who left Bond’s good friend, Felix Leiter (David Hedison) near death. Feeling that Sanchez should be the least of Bond’s worries, MI6 chief M strips 007 of his license to kill. This leaves Bond sneaking away to find Sanchez unofficially.

    Full of vengeance and suspense, this is one of the most serious Bond films. Unlike Connery and Moore, Dalton gave Bond’s character more emotions and realism; this is evident in the scenes where 007 cries over the lifeless body his friend’s wife, and him showing anger and confusion when he was stripped of his license to kill. While Connery and Moore displayed more levels of confidence and suaveness, and having a somewhat superficial personality and unphased emotions, Dalton showed more feelings that are more inclined to everyday people, and even displayed much drama (such as in the scene when he argued about his priority assignments with M). It’s a huge contrast, but all acted out very well in the story.

    This movie is full of thrilling non-stop action, and villains you would love to hate and root against, most notably, Franz Sanchez. And, this movie features the biggest role that Q (Desmond Llewelyn) has. Q has always had a somewhat cynical and frustrated working relationship with Connery and Moore’s Bond, as well as with Pierce Brosnan’s Bond. However, in this movie, Q has a more rapport relationship with Dalton’s Bond and even showed concern in his well-being.

    With all these elements, along with a solid plot, this is one unique 007 movie and a good one to close out Dalton’s brief but touching portrayal of the agent.

    Grade B+

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