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Licence to Kill (1989)

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James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

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John Glen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... James Bond
Carey Lowell ... Pam Bouvier
Robert Davi ... Franz Sanchez
Talisa Soto ... Lupe Lamora
Anthony Zerbe ... Milton Krest
Frank McRae ... Sharkey
Everett McGill ... Killifer
Wayne Newton ... Professor Joe Butcher
Benicio Del Toro ... Dario
Anthony Starke ... Truman-Lodge
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... President Hector Lopez (as Pedro Armendariz)
Desmond Llewelyn ... Q
David Hedison ... Felix Leiter
Priscilla Barnes ... Della Churchill
Robert Brown ... M
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Storyline

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? Written by simon

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His bad side is a dangerous place to be. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

UK | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

License to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,774,776, 16 July 1989

Gross USA:

$34,667,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,167,015
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the Writers' Guild of America strike in 1988, long-time James Bond Screenwriter Richard Maibaum was unable to continue working on the screenplay. A long time member of the Guild, Maibaum felt he could not betray his membership and ghost-write the script. Co-Writer Michael G. Wilson had to complete the screenplay on his own. This was to be the fifth and final pairing for the Maibaum-Wilson writing team, which had started with For Your Eyes Only (1981). See more »

Goofs

Near the Wavekrest, Bond is on sentinel and jumps off after it reaches the surface. A small boat approaches with four men on board. Two jump into the water after Bond. In the next shot, there are still four men on the boat and two more jump into the water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
AWACS radar operator: We have a mid-course deviation. Target heading 036, 126 miles, bearing 062, Havana VOR.
Voice of DEA agent: He's landing at Cray Key. Advise Key West Drug Enforcement.
AWACS radar operator: Roger, sir. AWACS to Key West. Key West Drug Enforcement, please come in.
Voice of DEA agent: If they hurry, they just might be able to grab the bastard.
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Crazy Credits

At the tail end of the credits: "James Bond Will Return" See more »

Alternate Versions

The original DVD release contained a mild dialogue alteration. The "What are you waiting for? Get in!/Yes, sir." exchange has been moved to the next shot of Bond nodding and approaching the tanker, after Pam stops it. Originally, she said it right after stopping the tanker. The fact that Timothy Dalton's lips can only slightly be seen to move when he says his line confirms this alteration. However, the 2006 Ultimate Edition DVD has moved these lines back to their proper places. See more »

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Referenced in Fresh Off the Boat: License to Sell (2015) See more »

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La Bamba
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Arranged by Michael Kamen
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Stimulating adventure in which an avenger Bond goes after a drug baron to revenge an attack on his best partner
5 December 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Timothy Dalton's second entry in which faces dangerous adventures around the world in this solid , slick thriller with magic mix of action-packed , dazzling stunts, gadgetry, and romance provided by sexy company as Talila Soto and Carey Lowell. Timothy Dalton's last outing with overwhelming action and spectacular scenarios . This was Timothy Dalton second appearance as tough and attractive James Bond of the Ian Fleming's famous creation and screen-written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson . This Bond film deals with seductive James Bond OO7 as the ultimate spy hero who undergoes a dangerous mission seeking revenge . This time Bond gets mad after a close friend named Felix Leiter (David Hedison of Voyage to the bottom of the sea) from the intelligence sector being abducted on his wedding day ( the bride is played by Priscilla Barnes), and 007 goes undercover to link the kidnapping to an international drug cartel . James attempts to chase the corrupt kingpin and a double-dealing agent (Everet McGill). Meanwhile , there happens a high-octane race and discovers clues about Sanchez (the ruthless villain well played by Robert Davi) and his hoodlums (Anthony Zerbe , Don Stroud and Benicio Del Toro at one of his first appearances). James is double-crossed and continues to follow the lead to baddie's headquarter . Bond deserts Her Majesty's Secret Service and embarks on a world wide personal vendetta . Meanwhile, 007 join forces with a gorgeous , cocky CIA agent (Carey Lowell who married Richard Gere) and of course he falls in love with her .

Timothy Dalton as new James Bond is nice , lacked in irony, suavity and sympathy characterized by Roger Moore however earns in dimension of humanity , coldness ,cunning , adding intelligence and toughness like Sean Connery and nearly to character created by Ian Fleming . Timothy Dalton made his final intervention as Bond in this Licence to Kill, the toughest of the Bond films since Connery's early efforts .In spite of the spectacular opening sequences the Bond films were starting to look a little bit old and tired just like its star Roger Moore , then the producers Michael Wilson, Albert R. Broccoli and his daughter Barbara Broccoli hired Timothy Dalton to up the series. However , Dalton only played two Bonds ,¨The living daylights¨ and ¨Licence to Kill ¨ with the same director John Glen . Here Bond is an efficient , relentless agent trying to chase obstinately the criminals led by a drug kingpin , traveling around the world as always , as this globe-trotting story to achieve his aims , James along the way uses violent means even pulling off brutal killings against enemies who wreak all sorts of havoc . As always Bond will use gadgets and spectacular cars provided by ¨Q¨ (Desmond Llewelyn in an important appearance) . In addition , there appears at the second intervention Caroline Bliss and Robert Brown as ¨MoneyPenny¨ and ¨M¨ , respectively .

The picture with a low-key intrigue contains sensational chases , silly set pieces, high adventure ,great stunts, ferocious action , amazing gimmicks and exciting images like are the happenings on the frantic boat pursuit , a midair brawl with breathtaking aerial scenes over the controls of an out-of-control aircraft , and unstopped action truck-races in the Mexican desert . Enjoyable title song and stirring musical score fitting to action by Michael Kamen , in similar style to classic John Barry . Riveting and fancy main titles by habitual Maurice Binder . It's brimming with colorful and fascinating cinematography by cameraman Alec Mils. The motion picture produced by habitual producers, Albert ,Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson , being professionally directed by John Glen who directed various outings (Licence to kill, A view to kill , For your eyes only. Octopussy) though with no originality . The film will appeal to James Bond series's buffs but good for fans only ; because this one goes on far too long . Rating : 6 , well worth watching .


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